Data Delivery: How Remote Sensing Technologies are Driving the Digital Future of the Oil and Gas Industry

Integrating remote sensing into operations allows progressive companies to enhance productivity, reduce risk for employees and increase compliance with industry regulations. With operators on the ground, aircraft are able to venture into areas that would otherwise be hazardous to humans and collect key data for analysis and distribution that will drive better decision making practices. In this webcast, you will learn how Insitu is helping oil and gas companies such as Chevron ETC and ConocoPhillips investigate the benefits of using remote sensing technology to support oil spill emergency responses, ice floe monitoring and other operations. Please join us for an informed and forward-looking discussion of what’s next for this important global industry.

Featured Speakers


John Leipper
Solutions Architect
Insitu Mission Systems
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California San Diego
M.S. Communication Theory, University of California San Diego

John Leipper is a Solutions Architect for Commercial applications at Insitu. In this role, he collaborates with commercial customers consuming data from airborne platforms to translate the challenges, needs, and use cases into implementable hardware and software solutions.

Leipper has architected and built systems that leveraged numerous collection platforms, such as PUMA, STALKER, Indago, and ScanEagle, within hallmark UAS exercises, such as Arctic Shield with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Paradise Fire with DOI, and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Pathfinder flights with BNSF, to push data from remote locations, to anywhere in the world. Leipper has used these experiences to guide technical teams with vision and requirements necessary to address the handling of airborne data.

Prior to joining Insitu, Leipper was a Solutions Engineer with 2d3 Sensing (now part of Insitu Inc.) and coordinated the pre-sales software architecture engineering and post-capture delivery of complex motion imagery solutions. These software solutions where built atop a core set of standards from NGA’s Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB), which promote the effective exchange and understanding of airborne imagery data. Leipper contributed to many of the published MISB standards during his time at 2d3 and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, and authored one of the most widely adopted metadata standards in the industry: MISB ST 0601, UAS Datalink Local Set.

Leipper is a Masters graduate of the University of California San Diego with a core background in Electrical Engineering, and focus areas in Electromagnetism and Communication Theory. He has served in the aerospace industry for more than 10 years, and continues to be actively involved with the Motion Imagery Standards Board.


Charlton Evans
Commercial Aviation Products Manager
Insitu Mission Systems
B.S. English, United States Naval Academy

Charlton Evans is the Aviation Products Manager at Insitu Mission Systems. In this role, he meets customer needs through synthesizing products, services and FAA certification efforts and operational approvals to help Insitu meet customer needs for commercial unmanned aircraft services around the globe.

Evans was previously the Director of Regulatory Strategy for Insitu and managed the Type Certification “Pathfinder” effort for ScanEagle. Once the system was certified, he managed its subsequent commercial work for ConocoPhillips in the Chukchi Sea off of Alaska’s northern Slope. Evans led the team that accomplished Insitu’s BVLOS Pathfinder flights for BNSF. He has also served as the Deputy Director for Deployed Operations, and has deployed for Insitu as a Mission Coordinator. Evans joined Insitu in 2009 as the Manager of Operations and Plans.

Evans is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has more than 25 years of aviation experience. He served in VMA-223 as an AV-8B Harrier Attack Pilot in the Marine Corps, and in Iraq as a Joint Tactical Air Controller with 2nd Battallion, 25th Marine Regiment. Charlton holds instrument, commercial, and multi-engine civil ratings in addition to his military type ratings. He is an active member in the Cascade Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association.

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