US 9,810,522 B2
Method and system for hydrocarbon release management
Timothy J. Nedwed, Houston, TX (US); and David A. Palandro, The Woodlands, TX (US)
Assigned to ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Spring, TX (US)
Appl. No. 14/385,473
Filed by Timothy J. Nedwed, Houston, TX (US); and David A. Palandro, The Woodlands, TX (US)
PCT Filed Mar. 19, 2013, PCT No. PCT/US2013/032994
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Sep. 15, 2014,
PCT Pub. No. WO2013/162790, PCT Pub. Date Oct. 31, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/638,190, filed on Apr. 25, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2015/0047420 A1, Feb. 19, 2015
Int. Cl. G01N 13/00 (2006.01); G01B 11/06 (2006.01); E02B 15/04 (2006.01); G01B 11/02 (2006.01); G01C 13/00 (2006.01); G01B 5/06 (2006.01); G01N 11/12 (2006.01); G01N 33/18 (2006.01); G01N 33/28 (2006.01); G01C 11/04 (2006.01); G01B 21/08 (2006.01)
CPC G01B 11/06 (2013.01) [E02B 15/04 (2013.01); G01B 5/06 (2013.01); G01B 11/022 (2013.01); G01C 13/00 (2013.01); G01N 11/12 (2013.01); G01N 33/1886 (2013.01); G01N 33/28 (2013.01); G01B 21/08 (2013.01); G01C 11/04 (2013.01)] 26 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for managing an oil release with one or more airborne devices, comprising:
deploying a marine vessel having an airborne detection device to a location in a body of water near an oil slick;
hovering the airborne detection device above the oil slick;
measuring thickness of the oil slick at the location by contacting the oil slick with a measurement component deployed from the airborne detection device; and
transmitting a signal associated with the thickness of the oil slick to a command unit, wherein the measurement component includes an imaging camera to contact the oil slick, and measuring the thickness further includes capturing an image of an air-oil interface and an oil-water interface, and retracting the imaging camera out of the oil slick.