Oil & Gas

Oil and Gas

Members of the Oil and Gas Industry face daily challenges in the pursuit of business. The challenges stem from the huge scale and the technical difficulty of oil and gas extraction. It is a high risk business, if not the highest, and the companies that succeed and prosper are the ones that use the best tools and services to minimise that risk.

AAM are renowned in the industry for our ability to harness innovation and geospatial data in minimising risk. From lead to prospect to well, and through to repatriation, we bring insights confirmed by accurate data capture to aid in risk reduction at each step of a reserve's life cycle.

It may start with satellite imagery, or an aerial survey as part of your exploration, but our services also extend into the day-to-day operations of an active well. We have a wide range of solutions available and the flexibility to tailor them to your needs.



Onshore seismic exploration planning / Onshore drilling planning

AAM can provide the data and analysis you need to minimise the time and cost of exploration programs.

We make remote areas accessible to exploration and analysis and help with rapid assessment of wide areas to find the prime site candidates.

When you are ready to narrow in on a prospect we can assist with detailed seismic surveys and planning drilling programs through the provision of accurate and detailed multi-spectral geospatial data.

Our team can translate that data into project specific maps and further integrate all mapping data with other key exploration data including your own pre-existing data and data from other services.

Offshore exploration / Transition zone exploration planning

Moving offshore brings its own unique challenges. AAM can supply the unique solutions that match them. We can draw on a wide range of satellite data and generate our own high resolution imagery using our fleet of aircraft fitted with LiDAR and bathymetric LiDAR scanners. Our geospatial analysts are highly skilled in combining disparate data sources to extract reliable data that can be further quantified and interpreted. The result is clear and actionable data to inform your decision processes.

Onshore environmental and heritage pre-assessment

Before any ground is broken heritage baseline data can be captured using any combination of satellite and airborne imagery as well as LiDAR. For many regions we have baseline data in our geospatial archive. This data can be supplied quickly and at low cost as part of the establishment of your environmental assessment and monitoring.


Construction assessment

Construction monitoring

Once a site is chosen, high resolution digital terrain models of the target and surrounding areas help in planning construction and development of wells and the supporting infrastructure, like route locations for pipelines and power lines.

Depending on purpose and resolution requirements, construction progress can be performed using satellite imageryaerial survey (image based as well as LiDAR) and terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). TLS provides data that can be imported into CAD systems to make high accuracy comparisons between planned and as-built structures.

Environmental monitoring and change management

Airborne LiDAR can capture ground cover as well as terrain, providing baseline data and ongoing site monitoring to meet environmental reporting and management requirements.

Our aircraft can capture high resolution imagery (down to 5cm) with a quick turn-around between capture and data provision that is a cost effective way of injecting site scale monitoring into your processes. For more detailed progress/change monitoring terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) provides data that can be imported into CAD systems to make high accuracy comparisons between construction stages and between planned and as-built structures.

Security and Safety

AAM's data acquisition technologies, particularly terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), 360 imaging and aerial photogrammetry, make it possible to create virtual walk throughs and fly throughs of structures and sites. It becomes possible to conduct security and safety assessments while offsite, as well as conduct introductory safety inductions and site orientations before employees and contractors move onsite.


"Bare earth" terrain models

The ability for airborne LiDAR to penetrate ground cover makes it possible to capture digital terrain models in environments with heavy vegetation. The terrain models are highly accurate and can be used to determine detailed drainage patterns, amongst other uses.

Contours with simultaneous imagery

By combining "Bare earth" terrain models with satellite or aerial survey imagery a realistic model of the environment incorporating accurate topographic model can be created and used for planning purposes.

Historical data - AAM Geospatial Archive

For projects that require historical multi-date imagery, foundation datasets for baseline studies, or severe time constraints, AAM has an extensive geospatial archive that may meet requirements as well as reduce time and costs. This archive includes a massive 42,600 square kilometre area covering most of the active mining and exploration region of the Pilbara in WA.

Acquisition Technology

Satellite Imagery

AAM partners with different satellite imagery providers in order to give our clients access to the highest quality data available for their projects. We can acquire imagery with accuracy down to 50cm and across 8 spectral bands, allowing us to perform advanced segmentation and classification of land and aquatic features. Stereo satellite images for the rapid creation of digital elevation models across large areas are also available.

Aerial survey

We have our own fleet of aircraft fitted with high resolution multi-spectral digital cameras. Accuracy upwards of +/- 1cm (vertical height) at 1 sigma and spatial resolution starting at 5cm can be achieved. This allows for the creation of highly detailed digital terrain models. From these models our analysts can extract and quantify a broad range of data including feature categorisations and measurements of environmental details and built assets. The official term for the process is photogrammetry.

Airborne LiDAR

Airborne LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) consists of a high frequency laser scanner that records the time differential between the emission of the laser pulses and the reception of the reflected signal from the environment. By combining this data with the position and orientation of the scanner (determined by differential kinematic GPS and an Inertial Measurement Unit) LiDAR creates highly accurate and detailed models of the earth's surface with a height accuracy down to +/- 10cm.

LiDAR can pierce dense canopy, making it able to capture bare earth structure as well as its ground cover in enough detail to allow categorisation and change monitoring.

Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)

TLS uses the same technology as airborne LiDAR in a portable, ground based format. It can be used in a traditional ground survey style to capture broad site features and for the modelling of the interiors and exteriors of as-built assets like industrial plants, offshore platforms and other complicated structures. TLS can also capture individual pieces of plant equipment. This is often done to check for deformation and to monitor wear.

Post Capture


Our geospatial analysts are experts in extracting the most value from geospatial data for our clients. Much of our data provision powers come from careful planning and execution: combining the right imaging technologies, managing data capture for integrity and accuracy, and the selection of post-processing methodologies to give clean data.

At this stage we can supply your data in any number of custom and industry standard formats for your in-house geospatial team. Or our analysts can perform the feature analysis and categorisation your project requires, delivering GIS compliant layer data for use in your GIS system or through one of our hosted services.

Analysis and presentation

For data presentation, or further analysis, AAM offers Geocortex. Geocortex is designed for the rapid creation of web mapping and web GIS applications. The system enables enterprise-wide access to the spatial data we capture for you, in raw and presentation-ready formats. With Geocortex you can integrate the data we supply with your existing corporate data as well as with public datasets available from other services.

Enterprise-wide access to geospatial data improves overall situational awareness and the quality and rapidity of decision making.

Recent Projects

Broad-acre and ultra high-definition aerial survey of as-built infrastructure

This resources company needed to update its asset data in order to manage and monitor operational gas reserves and field operations, comply with legislation, manage the environmental impact of extraction operations and record as-constructed plant and infrastructure. Assets across its 9,000 square kilometre lease also needed updating.

Scope of AAM Services: Aerial survey capturing 150 points/m LiDAR and 2cm imagery of as-built assets and broad-acre high-resolution imagery

  • Broad-acre aerial survey captured high-resolution LiDAR and imagery over 9,000 km2 of operational gas fields
  • Custom aerial survey captured ultra high-resolution LiDAR (60–150 points/m) and imagery (2 cm), delivering high-definition spatial records of all as-built infrastructure. These datasets were the highest density ever supplied to a company in Australia.