Oil Spill Modeling
ASA provides world-class services and solutions for predicting the fate and trajectory of oil spills. When oil is spilled in the marine environment, the primary concern is where the oil will go. ASA scientists with in-house computer modeling tools can provide rapid predictions of the movement of spilled oil. ASA was founded with a focus on hydrodynamic modeling and pollutant transport in marine environments, and in 1989, following the infamous Exxon-Valdez spill, a group of companies (Exxon, Chevron, Mobil, Environment Canada, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Canadian Petroleum Association), recognized the need for a fast and accurate prediction modeling tool to assist with decision support. In turn, ASA was commissioned to develop an oil spill model to support effective response planning and to minimize damage in the event of a catastrophic oil spill. For these clients, the model ASA developed was OILMAP™.
Since then OILMAP, has become the most used and sought after oil spill model around the world and is used internationally by major oil companies, governments, universities and research organizations. OILMAP is considered the world-wide industry standard oil spill model, and most of the large oil companies rely only on OILMAP for oil spill predictions, including BP, Chevron, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Petrobras, Shell, and Agip, among many others.
ASA’s oil spill modeling services have been commissioned by over 40 countries around the world and ASA supports more than 200 customized OILMAP model system licenses. ASA’s oil spill modeling services have been applied to hundreds of spills varying in size and location globally.
By providing a customized version of the OILMAP application or a completely customized solution, ASA’s oil spill modeling services and capabilities include:
- Oil spill response decision support
- Oil spill response training
- Spill drill exercises
- Contingency planning studies
- Litigation support
- Management of spill related data
- Communicate spill scenarios