US Coast Guard calls for high-tech help in BP oil disaster

Coast Guard wants high-tech help to handle BP Deepwater oil disaster

The US Coast Guard has issued a call for better specialized technology to help it better respond to the ever-widening BP Deepwater oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. 

In what some may regard as too little too late, the Coast Guard is looking for all manner of technology such as advanced wireless sensors to help it track the movement and amount of oil in the Gulf, which depending on who you listen to amounts to over 140 million gallons and its still leaking. 

10 hot energy projects that could electrify the world 

The Coast Guard's Broad Agency Announcement says it needs to address five key technology gaps:   

1.       Oil Sensing Improvements to Response and Detection: Tactical oil sensing, surface oil tracking and reporting, submerged oil detection, submerged oil tracking and reporting, etc.

2.       Oil Wellhead Control and Submerged Oil Response: Wellhead spill control, wellhead shutoff measures, submerged oil collection, submerged oil treatment, etc.

3.       Traditional Oil Spill Response Technologies: Booms, skimmers, surface collections techniques, absorbents, near- and on-shore response, innovative applications not commonly used for oil spill response, disposal, etc.

4.       Alternative Oil Spill Response Technologies: In-situ burn, alternative chemical treatments, innovative applications not commonly used for oil response, etc.

5.       Oil Spill Damage Assessment and Restoration: Damage assessment techniques, tracking surface restoration technologies and submerged restoration technologies, etc. 

The US Coast Guard Research and Development Center will evaluate the submissions - and their potential cost - to determine if the technology as a potential for immediate benefit to the spill response effort, the Coast Guard stated.  Submissions then will be forwarded to the Deepwater Horizon Response Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for further action.  

In related news, the US Department of Energy this week opened an online portal where the public can get all the technical details it can stomach about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf.  The DOE site offers online access to schematics, pressure tests, diagnostic results and other data about the malfunctioning blowout preventer and other problems in the ongoing mess

The DOE said it wants to make all data widely available to ensure the public is as informed as possible, and to ensure that outside experts making recommendations have access to the same information that BP and the government have. 

The information posted at includes detailed raw data on the pressure readings within the blowout preventer, as well as rates and amounts of hydrocarbons captured by the top hat and by the riser insertion tube. There is also a timeline of key events and detailed summaries of the Deepwater well configuration, the blowout preventer stack tubes, and the containment system, the DOE stated. 

Follow Michael Cooney on Twitter: nwwlayer8   

Layer 8 Extra

Check out these other hot stories:

FTC bombs massive robocall operation

BP oil spill disaster data available online from US Dept. of Energy

NASA gets front row seat for fiery "man-made meteor" reentry

Can your data center earn an EPA Energy Star?

FAA adds brainpower to mix unmanned aircraft with commercial aviation

FAA lab to explore unmanned aircraft impact, new navigation concepts

SpaceX successfully takes rocket and expectations into orbit

What would your ultimate network security look like?

The six greatest threats to US cybersecurity

NASA Mars rover spies rare red planet rocks

"Mars" mission to develop electronic co-pilots for future astronauts

NASA tweaks comet chasers

Could a roly-poly, wind-powered rover soon zip across Mars?

Satellite gap fuels climate, weather monitoring worry

FTC shoves identity theft rules deadline to year-end

FAA awards largest contracts ever -- $4.4B -- for future air traffic network

NASA satellites watch comet death dive into the Sun

NASA Mars Lander Phoenix killed by ice

NASA preps advanced technology for the future, now


Copyright © 2010 IDG Communications, Inc.

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking 2022