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Leveraging our expertise

Scaling up affordable methane detection for the oil & gas industry

ChampionX brings its global workforce with more than a century of chemistry, artificial lift, and digital expertise, and now pairs it with the decade of innovation and experience at Scientific Aviation to deliver fast, accurate, and cost-effective solutions for leak detection, emissions quantification, and air quality research.


MidWave InfraRed Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) with AURA™ OGI

MidWave InfraRed Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) with AURA™ OGI

AURA™ OGI is one of the most intelligent MidWave InfraRed (MWIR) Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras on the market. Designed by one of the original creators of Optical Gas Imaging technology, AURA OGI was built by experts here at ChampionX.

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Continuous Methane Monitoring – SOOFIE™

Continuous Methane Monitoring – SOOFIE™

Our SOOFIE system is a ground-based technology providing continuous emissions monitoring and immediate alerts. This rapid, reliable, and affordable system is an all-in-one solution that can monitor oil and gas facilities, 24/7 through a solar-powered on-site detection unit that leverages cloud-based servers and AI for analysis and reporting.

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Aerial Monitoring – Drones

Aerial Monitoring – Drones

Our quadcopter and hexacopter platforms provide low-altitude and near-field point source emissions quantification. Our drones can measure winds, temperature, relative humidity, and pressure, and can be outfitted with a methane/ethane analyzer and whole air sampling canisters. Our custom-built iPad app controls the drone flight path, with real-time data and camera views.

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Aerial Monitoring – Manned Aircraft

Aerial Monitoring – Manned Aircraft

Our manned Scientific Aviation fleet consists of three highly versatile FAA-certified Mooney aircraft, each with advanced avionics and navigational systems. These aircraft can be customized with a scientific payload specific to unique customer requirements.

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Focused on

Cost-effective continuous emissions monitoring for our customers


How much more potent methane is vs. carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

According to the U.S. EPA, methane accounts for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s more than 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. During the past 200 years, methane concentrations in the atmosphere have doubled largely due to human-related activities.

5 measurements

taken each second by our SOOFIE continuous monitoring devices

SOOFIE is the present and future of emissions detection and quantification for the oil and gas industry. Always watching, SOOFIE devices take 5 measurements every second and employ machine learning to accurately identify anomalies 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

10+ years

of proven emissions monitoring capability

Scientific Aviation was founded by Dr. Stephen Conley, an atmospheric scientist, whose team includes experienced Ph.D. scientists with expertise in atmospheric research of greenhouse gases, reactive gases, and aerosols, airborne measurements, analytical instrumentation design and construction, and computer programming

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