Surveillance in Practice

Surveillance in Practice

13 Mar 2018, 16:00 - 17:30

South Gallery Room 18 & 19

Chair: Richard Hall, Principal Engineer, Statoil

To respond effectively, responders require accurate and timely information on the location, quantity and characteristics of the oil spilled and areas likely to be impacted.  This helps responders make good decisions on where and how to respond, control the response and confirm effectiveness. Surveillance is key to providing ‘situational awareness’ during an oil spill and is supported by a range of technologies and techniques, including observation from vessels and aircraft, the use of airborne technology and satellite platforms to the use of small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This session explores both technologies and strategies to manage surveillance and surveillance data.

Speakers include:

Droning On: A Review of UAV Use in Recent Spills Attended by ITOPF and Considerations for the Future
Susannah Domaille, Technical Support Coordinator, ITOPF and David Campion, Technical Adviser, ITOPF

CleanSeaNet: 10 Years Detecting Marine Pollution in Europe
Samy Djavidnia, Digitalisation and Application Development, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

Recent Lessons Learned from UAS Field Activities for Shoreline Oiling Survey Applications
Dr Ed Owens, President, Owens Coastal Consultants 

The Importance of a Strategy to Manage Surveillance Activities in an Oil Spill Response
Dr Henk Renken, Oil Spill Technology Advisor, BP and Richard Santner, Group Technical Authority - Oil Spill Preparedness & Response, BP International

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Programme subject to change


  • Richard Hall


    Principal Engineer


    A geographer by education specializing in the interpretation of satellite images. Today Richard ensures Statoil gets the most out of satellite images...

  • David Campion


    Technical Adviser


    David has been a technical adviser with ITOPF for three years attending multiple spills around the world, prior to this he was a Group Director at...

  • Samy Djavidnia


    Digitalisation and Application Development

    European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

    Samy Djavidnia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Space Science. Before joining the European Maritime Safety Agency he...

  • Susannah Domaille


    Technical Support Coordinator


    Susannah joined ITOPF in 2016 after completing her Masters in atmosphere, ocean and climate sciences. Her main role at ITOPF is to support the wider...

  • Dr Ed Owens



    Owens Coastal Consultants

    Dr. Owens has 45 years of experience in marine and inland oil spill response and training worldwide. He has been a consultant to industry, the World...

  • Dr Henk Renken


    Oil Spill Technology Advisor


    Henk is a marine ecologist, who also has an MSc in Tropical Coastal Management. After working for a number of years on conservation projects in Asia...

  • Richard Santner


    Group Technical Authority - Oil Spill Preparedness & Response

    BP International

    Richard has 25 years’ experience in international crisis management and oil spill response. At ITOPF he responded to oil spills in 26 countries and...

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