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April 2014

BEG Director Scott W. Tinker  is presented TIPRO's 2014 Hat's Off Award
The Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) presented itsBureau Director Scott W. Tinker addresses TIPRO's 68th Annual Convention 2014 Hat's Off award to Bureau director Scott W. Tinker at its 68th Annual Convention on March 24. TIPRO periodically recognizes individuals who have taken exceptional strides to help ensure continued safe and responsible hydrocarbon development in Texas by presenting them with one of its highest awards. Tinker was recognized with this distinction, "For his tireless pursuit of truth through science and education; For his leadership in examining the intersection of energy, the environment and the economy; For his research endeavors in fields of study vital to the oil and natural gas industry; For his dedication in striving for Texas excellence; and, For his service to the citizens of Texas."


Remote sensing specialist John Hupp with the Airborne Spectral Imaging SystemThe Bureau has begun testing its newly acquired Airborne Spectral Imaging System. Assembled by OptoKnowledge (OKSI) out of Torrance, California, the one-of-a-kind system integrates all of the components necessary to capture spectral information from 400nm up to 14┬Ám in a single airborne platform. This includes VNIR (very-near infrared), SWIR (shortwave infrared), MWIR (midwave infrared), and a thermal imaging microbolometer camera sensitive from 7000-14000nm. The unit includes an integrated IMU with an internal GPS receiver and a complete data collection and storage system. Used on an airborne platform, the hyperspectral instruments are capable of collecting data at a higher spatial resolution than that from a satellite-based hyperspectral sensor and promises a multitude of applications ranging from coastal processes to mapping of minerals, vegetation and soil types. Used in conjunction with BEG's Chiroptera lidar instrument, the Bureau will have unequalled capability for 3D and 4D topographic and bathymetric mapping and Earth-surface imaging.
Unrectified VNIR image of terrain north of Oxnard, California





 

 
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