Infrastructure Placement Analysis System (IPAS)


Technology # 13-27


Technology for rapid screening for gas developers during infrastructure placement planning stages


The oil and gas industry, as well as other industrial and commercial enterprizes frequently must coordinate planned sites for drilling or other operations with environmental regulators.  The environmental issues are complex, usually involving a lot of different factors related to a given site – such as soil conditions, slope, drainage, and the location of significant environmental assets, such as Extraordinary Resource Waters.  A problem exists in coordinating industry plans with environmental regulators in an efficient manner.  The University of Arkansas has developed a software tool to address the problem.




* IPAS has tools that will compare a proposed well pad or gathering line location against several data layers (erodible soils, proximity to extraordinary resource waters, et.)  Based on the result of the comparison, the system will provide information to the user indicating potential environmental impacts associated with the placement.  The used can also run simple models that predict spill directions from a simulated reserve pit failure.  Another feature of the tool is the ability to submit a link showing the proposed placement for review or comment.


* The tool could be used to help manage any kind of development in areas where environmental in are of concern. It might also be useful in planning placement of other utility infrastructure such as transmission lines. 




* Direct communication between concerned parties

* Decisions based on common, mutually vetted data layers

* Date from multiple snores collected in a single central location

* Requires no software or data download to desktop computer. Data and application updates are automatic (think Google applications).

* Can be accessed on a relatively low-power computer.

* Additional analysis models can be added in days.




The Infrastructure Placement Analysis System (IPAS) is multi-functional software whose primary purpose is to enable rapid screening for gas developers during infrastructure placement planning stages.  The system provides a secured and centralized resource where operators and regulators can perform pertinent geospatial analysis on a range of environmental issues related to the oil and gas industry.

  One intention of this tool is to enable more streamlined communication between the regulating agencies and the user.



This invention/software is available for licensing. For interested parties seeking further information, feel free to contact:

Mark Allen Lanoue

Technology Manager / Tech Ventures

University of Arkansas

(479) 575-7243


Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Mark Lanoue
Technology Manager
University of Arkansas
Peter Smith
Malcolm Williamson
Jackson Cothren
Greg Thoma
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