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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Feasibility Study

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Feasibility Study

The Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Project is a Coal Seam Gas (CSG) to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, part owned by Origin Energy. Origin’s work share includes designing, scouting and constructing over 1000 new wells and maintaining existing wells in accordance with legislative requirements. To improve efficiencies, Origin decided to investigate the feasibility of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technologies to cost-effectively replace or enhance current practices in LNG activities.

Nova Systems was engaged to undertake this study and undertook a multi-phased approach to the UAV Feasibility Study. Nova Systems collaboratively engaged with Origin stakeholders to understand Origin’s business needs and to identify a range of Key Objectives for assessing the value of UAVs to Origin. Nova Systems then engaged with stakeholders across the Upstream LNG Organisational Structure, to identify where potential existed for UAVs to replace or enhance existing processes. The results of this phase were captured in a Business Needs Analysis Report.

Nova Systems investigated existing and emerging technologies in the UAV market and developed UAV Solution Scenarios to highlight how UAVs could be used to replace or enhance existing Upstream LNG processes. This analysis included providing a Technology Road-map for the long-term monitoring and management of UAV technologies. Nova Systems prepared a comprehensive Cost Benefit Analysis model and drafted a Business Case highlighting the cost-benefits of using UAVs. The Business Case provided a risk-based assessment of each UAV Solution scenario against Key Objectives and concluded with recommendations and a draft implementation plan for progressing to the next stage of UAV Trials.

Determining the true benefits a company can achieve from UAV technologies is dependent on the effective engagement of stakeholders. Effectively engaging stakeholders requires being aware of the impact of external factors on the organisation, and the corresponding impact on internal organisational climate.


Key People

Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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