Drone-Based Gas Mapping LiDAR for Leak Mitigation

EPA Contract Number: 68HE0D18C0019
Title: Drone-Based Gas Mapping LiDAR for Leak Mitigation
Investigators: Thorpe, Michael
Small Business: Bridger Photonics, Inc.
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: I
Project Period: October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019
Project Amount: $99,999
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2018) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Bridger Photonics, Inc. proposes developing a drone-based Gas Mapping LiDARâ„¢ sensor to mitigate

the loss of valuable product across the Oil & Gas supply chain. The sensor will uncover leaks and

physical changes to infrastructure and pipeline right-of-ways using high-resolution 3D topographical

imagery with methane gas concentration overlays. The technology will enable reliable detection,

precise localization, and accurate quantification of leaks. Bridger’s target market will be the Oil & Gas

production sector, where most lost product occurs. For the proposed Phase I effort, Bridger will prove

the feasibility of meeting the key performance characteristics demanded by the industry while

overcoming the critical cost barrier to reach a price point below $500/yr per wellpad. This provides an

attractive value proposition to key industry stakeholders that lose an estimated $2,400/yr per wellpad

due to lost product and regulatory fines.

Supplemental Keywords:

technology, leak detection

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report