Remote Sensing in EDC for Geothermal Resource Exploration and Management

S. Farley M. Meneses III

Geomatics Engineer Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering Group
Energy Development Corporation
41stFlr., OCC, J. Vargas cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City


Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has been at the forefront of exploring, developing, and harnessing clean and renewable geothermal energy resources in the Philippines for the last three decades. Being a leader and pioneer in the country’s geothermal energy industry, EDC continues to grow and adapt applicable technologiesregarding geothermal energy exploration and managementby looking at best practices, guidelines, and current research thrusts by geothermal energy experts here and abroad. One of the technologies that have recently seen an increased use in EDC is remote sensing.

For the last two years, EDC has actively acquired sets of remotely-sensed data from various sources. These include digital elevation/surface models (DEM/DSM), RADAR data, optical images, and thermal imageries. With the availability of these datasets, EDC has begun to develop applications sutiable for geothermal energy resource exploration and managemeng purposes. For example, the Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering Group (GREG) of EDC has begun using very high resolution images (VHRI), such as GeoEye and Ikonos imageries, in updating the company’sbasemapsby incorporating these datasets with as-built plans and other thematic information within a geographic information systems (GIS) platform. Other remote sensing applications include the use of thermal infrared for land surface temperature mapping and the use of digital elevation/surface models to derive structural maps for various sites of interest.

This presentation will share the current thrusts that EDC has taken, including the opportunities and challenges, in using remotely-sensed data in order to improve, update, and streamline its operational activities related to geothermal energy resource exploration, development, and management. It is foreseen that with the increased use of remote sensing data, EDC will continue to stay at the leading edge of energy development in the Philippines, hence further contributing to the country’s growth and resilience for the future.

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