STS AIChE January 2019 Monthly Dinner Meeting | AIChE

STS AIChE January 2019 Monthly Dinner Meeting

Thursday, January 10, 2019,
5:30pm to 9:30pm
In-Person / Local
12126 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077
United States

January 10, 2019 Dinner Presentation: Drones, a New Tool for Chemical Engineering Applications


5:30PM - 6:30PM Workshops

6:00PM - 7:00PM Social/Networking Time

7:00PM - 8:00PM Dinner and STS Announcements

8:15PM - 9:00PM Dinner Presentation/Speaker



The use of UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, as they are more commonly referred to, is rapidly growing in many industries including oil and gas. The first drones were used for military purposes. Today, even though there are over 20,000 drones used by various armed forces worldwide, most drones are used for civilian purposes. In a recent report, the estimated number of Enterprise or Commercial-use drone shipments in 2016 was 110,000. This number will reach over 800,000 by 2021. Consumer drone shipments are expected to be around 29 million by 2021.

This talk will briefly cover different types of drones and sensors; how drones work; and how they are being utilized to solve business problems in a more efficient, safer manner, and at a lower cost than traditional methods.  FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, requirements, and regulations will also be covered. Examples of actionable data products generated from drone imagery including high-resolution aerial photos and videos, orthomosaics (photo maps), digital elevation models (DEM), 3D models, detailed measurements, such as area, volume, length, contours and surface profiles. Show some examples of other types of sensors being used on drones including lidar, gas leak detection, air quality, ground penetrating radar (GPR) and magnetometers. Specific applications in surface mining, flood control and both external and internal inspections will be discussed. 

Speaker: Mike Allison, Raptor Aerial Services, LLC

Mike Allison holds a BS and MS in Geology. He has 34 years of experience in the upstream oil & gas industry. Mike’s experience and background in both Geoscience and IT make him uniquely qualified to recognize how technical solutions can solve E&P business problems. Much of Mike’s experience has been focused on leading IT teams directly supporting key E&P departments including Geosciences, Engineering, Spatial/GIS, Land and SCADA. He has worked for different O&G companies including Majors (Gulf Oil and Chevron), Independents (Devon Energy and Fieldwood Energy) and several Service Companies (Exploration Logging, Landmark Graphics, Geoscience Data Management and Moblize).

After leaving Fieldwood Energy, he founded a drone services company named Raptor Aerial Services LLC (RAS). His company provides aerial mapping surveys, stockpile volumetric calculations, inspections, data collection and marketing to a variety of industries. The company provides solutions focused on increasing sales, reducing costs, saving time and improving safety. RAS is fully insured and FAA Part 107 certified.

Mike is an active member of AAPG, HGS and SPE. He has severed as the Treasurer-Elect and Treasurer on the HGS Board. Last October, Mike taught an HGS Continuing Education Course entitled, “Introduction to UAV (Drones) Aerial Surveys and Other Applications”. He has made a number of presentations on the use of drones to various organizations including the Montgomery County Extension Office, Energy Drone Coalition Summit & Expo,, HGS Flood Conference, Society of Independent Petroleum Earth Scientists (SIPES), Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP), University of Houston, Allied Geophysics Laboratory (AGL),  and HGS Environmental & Engineering (E&E).




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Student / Unemployed







An American BBQ Evening with STS AIChE at the Bougainvilleas

Buffet Options:

Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dinner Bread Rolls

BBQ Chicken


Potato Salad

Cole Slaw

Fixings: Pickles, Onions, and Jalapenos

Vegetarian Dinner Option:

Stuff Portabello Mushroom **

** This dish is by request only – reservation are due two (2) days before the event.


Bread Pudding

Coffee Station:

Regular Coffee

Decaffeinated Coffee

Non-Alcoholic Beverages:

Iced tea with Lemon Wedges


Alcoholic Beverages:

Cash Bar

Online Registration closes at 4PM the day prior to the event (Wednesdsay January 9th).  After this time, you may register at the door.

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