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08 May 2020
ODH4+ DAS Interrogator Unit

OptaSense Introduces New Advanced Interrogator Unit for the Oil and Gas Industry

ODH4+ High Performance Distributed Acoustic Sensing Interrogator Unit For Enhanced Fibers

ODH4+ DAS Interrogator Unit

The best DAS interrogator unit on the market just got better

Built upon the industry’s leading interrogator unit technology, the OptaSense ODH4+ high performance distributed acoustic sensing interrogator unit delivers superior measurements in multiple applications with the flexibility of using high backscatter fiber cables.

The ODH4+ IU provides value to both engineering and geoscience applications which require variable spatial resolution.  Unlike conventional interrogator units , the ODH4+ IU is capable of measuring with ANY fiber from ANY vendor (single mode, multi-mode or enhanced high backscatter) for superior signal-to-noise ratio levels. With the ability to provide variable spatial resolution regardless of the glass present in the cable, operators are no longer limited to a specific fiber dedicated to single measurement, expanding the possibilities for sensing any physical process.

The ODH4+ delivers higher signal-to-noise ration with variable spatial resolution.

Enhanced Sensitivity

When combined with high backscatter fiber, the ODH4+ unit delivers a level of enhanced sensitivity capable of responding to the smaller signals associated to more subtle changes in the reservoir like those associated with the hydraulic fracturing processes.

System Performance

The ODH4+ IU utilizes a key redesign of OptaSense’s leading-edge DAS interrogator unit technology specifically designed to take advantage of the availability of new enhanced fiber-optic technology for specialized applications and signal requirements. The new IU design delivers superior performance, generating cleaner and stronger signals on a variety of fibers.

Improved Features

The ODH-4+ offers several enhancements to our current interrogator unit distributed sensing technology, including more robust laser controls optimizing the highest signal fidelity. With the variety of fiber-optic cables now available in the market, the ODH4+ system provides the flexibility to interrogate various fibers without compromising the measurements and without incurring additional hardware costs specific to these given fibers.

The OptaSense ODH4+ interrogates BOTH enhanced and conventional fibers.
24 Apr 2020

Are You Prepared Today To Continue Delivering Your Business?

OptaSense Can Help Your Business Stay On Track During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s economic impact is undeniable. We are all currently living through extraordinary times. Businesses across the globe have had to adapt to local and national mandates designed to protect the health and safety of the population.

OptaSense is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our employees, clients and partners and have taken the necessary steps to ensure our business operations continue with minimal disruption. The majority of our workforce are working remotely, based on local requirements, and have the equipment and technology necessary to conduct their daily tasks. For those that are not able to work remotely, we are ensuring that all health and safety protocols are followed.

We recognize that you continue to rely on us, perhaps more than ever, to ensure your business remains productive during these challenging times. We take that responsibility seriously. Our inventory levels remain strong and our delivery channels are positioned to get products to your business when you need them.


17 Apr 2020

URTeC │July 20-22, 2020 │ Austin, TX

Join us at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in booth #931 to learn more about Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing and how it can help you find and produce reserves cost effectively.

NOTE – The conference organizers are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. URTeC is scheduled to take place as planned, 20-22 July, in Austin. OptaSense is dedicated to the well-being of our employees, partners, and customers and will make our decision to participate based on current conditions as we move closer to the event dates.

17 Apr 2020

Version 2.9 of DxS Browser Now Available

OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, is excited to announce the release of Version 2.9 of the OptaSense DxS Browser Visualization Software suite. The software allows users to easily integrate large distributed data sets into workflows, including 3D depth, time and measurement data, while managing quality control, analysis and interpretation.

Several major improvements have been incorporated into the version 2.9 release, including:

  • Sparse data set visualization – The DxS charting framework has been upgraded to provide a mode for displaying very sparse datasets, by removing the gaps between data segments and displaying the data on a non-linear time scale.  This enhancement will provide support for analyses of datasets involving looking for long term trends, and easier comparison of datasets captured at widely separate time intervals.  At the same time, the representation of areas on the waterfall where no data is available has been changed to make it more readily distinguishable from areas of low signal.
  • DTS datum trace import and export – the DxS Browser will now allow DTS data datum traces to be shared between projects and datasets for consistent and efficient data analyses.
  • Time-shift capability for imported curves – the DxS Browser now allows users to clean up imported data series (curves) by applying timestamp corrections.
  • Enhanced data tree refresh button operation – the usability of the DxS Browser has been enhanced by allowing the data tree to be refreshed readily when curves have been modified by DxS plugins.
  • Transferable waterfall colour maps – both the colour map, and the colour map limits, can now be copied from one waterfall to another, improving user efficiency when presenting data.
  • Interpolating line plots – the user can now select for interpolation across large gaps when drawing line-plots of sparsely or unevenly sampled data series.

Learn more about the DxS Browser Software suite HERE

08 Apr 2020
Global Support Service Map

OptaSense Introduces Support Services For Distributed Fiber Optic Systems

Maximize Your Fiber Optic System Availability!

Global Support Service Map

OptaSense’s long-term support for distributed fiber optic sensing systems can maximize operator’s fiber optic sensing system reliability and availability through a range of balanced service packages that combine both technical support, services management and a framework that is focused on system Uptime, Maintainability and Life of Asset Support.

07 Apr 2020
Offshore Oil Rig

High Backscatter fiber improves DAS performance

OptaSense, the industry leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) solutions, has integrated the latest high backscatter optical fiber technology with its industry leading DAS interrogators for unparalleled downhole measurement performance.

Combining high backscatter fiber with OptaSense’s DAS interrogator unit delivers the best possible sensitivity, resolution and signal to noise ratio delivering high-fidelity measurements:

  • Enhanced seismic data acquisition
  • Improved production monitoring
  • Increased microseismic event detection and count
  • More sensitive strain measurements for detection of frac hits

The unique high backscatter fiber used by OptaSense provides a continuous amplification of the DAS signal, enabling flexibility in setting measurement parameters in the field, including channel spacing and gauge length.

This flexibility to optimize interrogator parameters to the specific physical processes in the well and reservoir is an important departure from the restrictions that other commercially available enhanced fibers have in terms of pre-set gauge lengths and channel spacing.

Field Demonstration of High Backscatter Optical Fiber

Demonstration of the technology has been conducted in wellbores by comparing the performance of high-backscatter and standard single-mode fibers. This comparison was made with the shortest gauge length typically used in fracture monitoring applications. The enhanced backscatter fiber results in clear seismic signals with reduced background noise and improved signal fidelity.

High Backscatter Optical Fiber Test Results
01 Apr 2020
land drilling rig

OptaSense Authors Pen New Oilfield DAS Application Article

land drilling rig

"Making Sense of Unconventionals With DAS" Appears in Oilfield Technology Magazine

Members of the OptaSense Oilfield Services technical team recently penned an article for Oilfield Technology magazine. The article, “Making Sense of Unconventionals With DAS,” written by Dr. Marcel Grubert, Dr. Xinyang Li and Dr. J. Andres Chavarria, provided a review of applications of distributed fiber optic acoustic and temperature sensing in unconventional reservoirs. 

19 Mar 2020
COVID global map

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

On behalf of OptaSense, a QinetiQ company:

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone—a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty.

I want you to know we are committed to reducing the risk of exposure for our employees, customers and partners while continuing to provide the experience, technology, and service our customers have come to rely on from OptaSense.

For our valued customers and partners, we understand the critical importance of mitigating the impacts of this pandemic to our business operations, our employees and the markets we serve. You rely on us to provide cutting-edge distributed fibre-optic sensing, and we understand the responsibility that entails. Meeting that responsibility day in and day out, in any environment, is our primary focus.

Business Continuity Plan

In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our business continuity plan—which examines all areas of our business operations—and have taken actions to ensure continued service to our customers. Rest assured, we are prepared to meet your business needs.
Considering the most recent news and announcements from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have implemented the following actions to minimise business disruption:

  • Corporate policy and personnel well-being – we are conducting daily briefings throughout our management structures around the world and with our parent company QinetiQ, to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff.
  • Remote work implementation – Based on local conditions and requirements, we have ensured our people have the tools they need to work from home and stay connected. Personnel have access to our corporate systems and specific personnel will be in our offices and facilities, per corporate health and safety guidelines, to perform key tasks.
  • Product supply lead times – We have strong inventory levels in our various regions and do not anticipate disruption in our lead times for clients.
  • Technical support – We are implementing a remote support plan in our Operations group to facilitate technical support.  As always, clients can access our 24-hour helpdesk or contact us by email to gain access to a remote engineer.
  • Customer needs – Ensuring we understand your needs during this difficult time is of utmost importance. Our sales and support team continue to dialogue with our customers and are focused on carefully listening to their needs in order to provide fit for purpose and rapid solutions.
  • Communication – In a constantly changing environment, we believe that regular and direct communication with our customers, partners and suppliers is vital. OptaSense will continue to reach out regularly and we ask that our clients do the same. We invite you to follow us on LinkedIn for the latest OptaSense updates.

These steps have been taken to limit the potential spread of the virus, to support our employees in this challenging time and to ensure we maintain our ability to serve you, our customer, for the long term.

Please be safe and stay healthy.

Jamie Pollard

Important Resources

Please monitor public health and local government guidance to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and your community.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

UK Government COVID-19 Information

Canada Public Health COVID-19 Page

UAE Dept of Health COVID page, also Ministry of Health, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Govt Media

World Health Organization

19 Feb 2020
Crowd at conference

ISC West 2020 | October 6-8, 2020 | Sands Expo, Las Vegas, NV

NOTE – The dates for ISC West 2020 have been rescheduled due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. The Expo will now take place October 6-8, 2020.

Join OptaSense at ISC West 2020, one of the world’s largest safety and security expositions. Stop by Booth 4057 to learn how our Perimeter Intrusion Detection and Security solution can provide continuous protection for your property and assets.

We are proud to once again be a Gold Sponsor!

13 Feb 2020

SICUR International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition |February 25-28, 2020 | Feria de Madrid

OptaSense will be participating in SICUR International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition, February 25-28 at the Egypt International Exhibition Center. We’ll Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. We will be joining with our partner, Optral S.A. to showcase our fiber-optic monitoring solutions for perimeter and intrusion detection.

Visit us in Hall 10, Booth 10A27.

Find more information here.