Technology at Work: GPS surveying with helicopter-deployed stakes ///

The oil and gas industry is continually reducing costs, increasing productivity and appeasing environmental concerns. Demand and competition for natural resources increase daily, driving companies to locate, extract and transport materials faster and at a lower cost than ever before. This requires more efficient methods in each area of the supply chain. From front-end preparation to the final stages of extraction and transportation, surveying remains a key element of any project. Calgary-based HeliStaker Corp. Ltd. has developed a heliportable device that enables surveying and staking to commence with significantly less time, cost and liability. As depicted in the photograph, the patented HeliStaker* device is suspended from a 115-ft-long line to survey and stake pre-plotted survey points. Although originally designed for seismic applications, the device has proved its versatility in the surveying industry. The technology has applications in forestry, mining, pipelines, power lines, seismic and wellsite leases. Environment. Restrictions and regulations on E&P and transportation

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