Monitoring oil fields surface displacement with InSAR

TRE ALTAMIRA monitors surface displacement for EOR and underground gas storage operations around the world. Satellite-based InSAR data provides insight into the impact of subsurface operations on heave and subsidence at the surface, adding information on geohazards, fault reactivation, well conformance, well failures, and infrastructure stability.

SAR satellite imagery provides the opportunity for a temporally and spatially dense array of displacement measurements over any field. With frequent satellite data acquisitions, it is possible to monitor surface deformations on a weekly to monthly basis. Where snow and vegetation limit the presence of natural reflectors, TRE ALTAMIRA’s corner reflectors, designed specifically for northern climates, provide reliable measurements year-round.

SAGD field in Alberta. SqueeSAR® analysis provided measurements of ground displacement over the drainage pads.
InSAR motion map over ME oil field
Displacement over active oil operations. Red and blue indicate areas of rapid subsidence and heave detected by SAR satellites. © DLR e.V. 2009-2013 and © Airbus Defense and Space GmbH




Operational optimization

predictive maintenanceSqueeSAR® displacement data provides insight into well conformance, well failures, and infrastructure stability.

Risk mitigation

risk mitigationThe timeliness and accuracy of InSAR measurements help operators mitigate risk, and meet HSE and regulatory requirements.


cost effectiveNo other technology provides such dense measurements and at a fraction of the cost of other survey techniques.

Visualization platform

visualization platformOur InSAR results can be visualized and analyzed through TREmaps®, our web platform, and can also be integrated with traditional surveying methods.