A spy in the sky

Ikonos satellite imagery can be used to delineate infrastructure. Note the access roads and equipment shadows for this oil sands extraction facility. Photo courtesy of Syncrude Canada Ltd.Click here to enlarge imageWith the launch of Space Imaging Ikonos satellite in September 1999, the petroleum industry gained a new tool for visualizing infrastructure, building base maps, and defining pipeline corridors. "In the past, high-resolution imagery was the domain of national security organizations," said Steve Adam with Canadian Geomatic Solution Ltd. "However, this is no longer the case," he told attendees at Geospatial Information & Technology Association's GIS for Oil & Gas Conference...

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