A Curtin University research team will work to bring leading broadband fibre optic acoustic sensing technology to the Australian oil and gas, mining and environmental monitoring industries, offering a more cost-effective and safer resource extraction process.
The project will seek to produce a suite of passive and active geophysical data acquisition and analysis techniques based on broadband fibre optic sensing that aim to significantly reduce the cost of geophysical characterisation of the subsurface and develop a safer resource extraction process.
The team is led by Professor Roman Pevzner from Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. The team, as part of the Federal Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program will include international collaborators to test the viability of the technology in the Australian landscape.
The Professor notes that the project would develop technologies that will use ambient seismic energy and physical phenomena, including remote earthquakes and human activity, through laboratory and field studies.
Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Chris Moran believes that the Curtin research project will “ensure Australia was not left behind by the latest global advances in fibre optic acoustic sensing technology”.
As part of the project, Curtin will work with companies like CSIRO, and Woodside and global leaders in seismology and fibre optic sensing in the application to geosciences such as Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and Silixa Ltd.
About the Global Innovation Linkages Program
The Federal Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program provides funding to help Australian businesses and researchers collaborate with global partners to support strategically focused, leading edge research and development in priority areas.
To apply for the grant, one’s project must be an Australian organisation collaborating with another Australian entity and at least one global partner, and lie in at least one of the six categories outlined:
- Advanced manufacturing.
- Food and agribusiness.
- Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals.
- Mining equipment, technology and services.
- Oil, gas and energy resources.
- Cyber security.
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