Development of Dynamic Feature Extraction Techniques for Industrial Process Data Analysis with Application to Optimization of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Process

The Operational Excellence (OpEx) team at Spartan Controls is actively involved in several initiatives for developing advanced process control (APC) solutions to the oil sands industry. The OpEx team collaborates with Professor Biao Huang’s research group through the NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Control of Oil Sands Processes program for solutions that require extensive research and development. This proposed project will complement the on-going joint research efforts with the development of new data analysis techniques to address the APC problems in the steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process facilities. SAGD is an in-situ thermal oil sands recovery technique, which finds widespread application in the province of Alberta for bitumen production. The proposed project has two components, (i) theoretical research for the development of data analysis techniques to study the SAGD process data, and (ii) translation of the research results into applicable solutions in the industry. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Biao Huang


Rahul Raveendran


Spartan Controls


Engineering - chemical / biological


Oil and gas




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