2018 Distributed and Single Point Fiber Optic Sensing Systems Forecast

2018 Distributed and Single Point Fiber Optic Sensing Systems Forecast

IGI, Date of Publication: May 2, 2018
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The distributed fiber optic sensor market report has been expanded to cover single point sensors and extended to 2022. The distributed fiber optic sensor market stood at $651 million in 2014 with 49% associated the oil and gas market segment. The overall market contacted through 2016 due to the fall in oil prices. A modest recovery is projected in 2018. By 2022, the forecast shows the oil and gas market segment will increase in value, but due to growth in other segments, it will decrease to 19% of the distributed fiber optic sensor market.

The total distributed fiber optic sensor market that was projected (January 2017) to be $1,008 million in 2021 is now projected to be $910 million in 2021 reaching $1,037 in 2022.

The point sensor market is dominated by the fiber optic gyroscope market segment which very depends upon government spending. From 2013-2015 reductions in government spending impacted the market. As fiber optic sensors become more cost-effective and technology advances, the industrial and medical markets will expand for point fiber optic sensors.The combined distributed and single point fiber optic sensor markets are projected to be over $1.3 billion in 2022 according to an updated and expanded market survey report.

The expanded report provides much greater detail for how the market is forecasted for specific technologies. Data is provided in graphic and tabular formats. The market is broken down for DTS, Bragg grating, DAS, interferometric and Brillouin scattering technologies in relation to the various market segment applications (oil and gas, military, homeland security, smart structures, etc.). In addition, the three dominant technologies (DTS, DAS, and Bragg gratings) show relative market share by the major suppliers.

 Distributed fiber optic sensors technology

Distributed fiber optic sensors are an enabling technology that creates smart systems in a variety of applications. The initial commercialization efforts focused on military applications. However, the need to function in harsh environments and the development of optical fiber technology that can survive in these applications has significantly impacted the oil and gas industry. These smart sensing systems provide benefits throughout the life of a well from exploration to drilling and completion, production and reservoir management. There is no other technology that can provide critical process control information spatially throughout the well in real time over long periods. Without smart well technology, fracking monitoring and analysis and applications like steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) would be very difficult to implement effectively. Fiber optic sensors are proven technology and applications are expanding over multiple markets.

In a manner, similar to the distributed fiber optic sensor forecast, the point fiber optic sensor market is broken down by market segments and by specific technologies.

Why is there such a strong interest in this technology? Fiber optic sensors represent a technology base that can be applied to a multitude of sensing applications. There are several characteristic advantages of fiber optics that make their use especially attractive for sensors:

  • Nonelectrical
  • Explosion-proof
  • Small size and weight
  • Allow access into normally inaccessible areas and harsh environments
  • Immune to radio frequency interference (RFI) and electro-magnetic interference (EMI)
  • Solid-state reliability
  • High accuracy
  • Can facilitate distributed sensing

Most physical properties can be sensed optically with fibers. Light intensity, displacement (position), temperature, pressure, rotation, sound, strain, magnetic field, electric field, radiation, flow, liquid level, chemical analysis, and vibration are just some of the phenomena that can be sensed.

Fiber optic sensors have been used successfully for many years in military gyroscopes and hydrophones. However, their use in smart oil wells has been the key to enabling North America to be on a path to energy independence.

Distributed and Single Point Fiber Optic Sensing Systems

Why is there such a strong interest in this technology? Fiber optic sensors represent a technology base that can be applied to a multitude of sensing applications. There are several characteristic advantages of fiber optics that make their use especially attractive for sensors:

  • Nonelectrical
  • Explosion-proof
  • Small size and weight
  • Allow access into normally inaccessible areas and harsh environments
  • Immune to radio frequency interference (RFI) and electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • Solid-state reliability
  • High accuracy
  • Can facilitate distributed sensing

Most physical properties can be sensed optically with fibers. Light intensity, displacement (position), temperature, pressure, rotation, sound, strain, magnetic field, electric field, radiation, flow, liquid level, chemical analysis, and vibration are just some of the phenomena that can be sensed.

Fiber optic sensors have been used successfully for many years in military gyroscopes and hydrophones. However, their use in smart oil wells has been the key to enabling North America to be on a path to energy independence.

2018 Distributed and Single Point Fiber Optic Sensing Systems Forecast
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Reason for Update

Photonic Sensor Consortium Background

Survey Overview

The last survey responses were from companies with sales of less than $5 million to companies with sales well more than $30 million
Estimated sales growth in 2018
Projected annual sales growth in 2016 - 2022
Most companies use multiple technologies
Most prominent barrier to growth is the price of oil and uncertainty of oil pricing the near-term future. Efficiencies are driving down the threshold price at which non-conventional wells can produce profitably.
Sensing system cost is the second leading barrier with competing technologies (non-fiber optic) identified as the third leading barrier.
Most companies address multiple market segments, but energy is the dominant market and its drop is having a significant negative impact related to outside investment
Most sensing companies indicated that distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) is having significant market penetration and is compatible with DTS systems using the same fiber optic cables
The internet of things (IoT) will have a positive impact on sensor technology and will impact both distributed and single point market applications

Sensor Forecast Methodology

Review and update existing forecast data base established from 2003 to 2018
Review each market segment and factor in survey and market intelligence for 2018 sales and growth beyond 2018
Survey input
Direct contact with suppliers and end users
Track related market trends
Track government support and funding
Track legislation that may impact the industry
Track venture capital investment
Track industrial investment and acquisitions
Track oil and gas industry pricing and investment
Compare with forecasts for optical instrumentation and associated trends

Sensor Forecast Coverage

The forecast covers distributed fiber optic sensing systems including sensor elements, fiber optic cables, interrogators and software. It does not include installation. The markets covered are defined below:

Worldwide market excluding China
Market segments covered
Oil & gas seismic
Oil & gas in-well
Oil & gas pipelines
Wind energy turbines
Geothermal
Utility power lines
Military – hydrophone
Military – security
Military – shipboard/avionic
Homeland security – intrusion / chemical
Infrastructure
Industrial process control

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market Forecast

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Forecast
Comparison of January 2017 and March 2018 Forecasts for Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors
Distributed Fiber Optic Market Update(Comparing Relative Market Segment Growth)
Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market (Excluding Oil and Gas)

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market by Technologies

DTS Market
DTS Market by Segment
Estimated DTS Market Share 2018
Bragg Grating Market
Bragg Grating Market by Segment
Estimated Bragg Grating Market Share 2018

DAS Market

DAS Market by Segment
Estimated DAS Market Share 2018

Interferometric Sensor Market

Interferometric Market by Segment

Brillouin Scattering Sensor Market

Brillioun Scattering Market Segment

Single Point Fiber Optic Sensor Market Forecast

Fiber Optic Point Sensor Market
Medical Point Sensor Market by Technology
Industrial Point Sensor Market by Technology
Distributed & Point Fiber Optic Sensor Market

What Happened to the Market?

Oil & Gas
Wind Turbines
Smart Grid
Smart infrastructure
Military
Homeland Security
Industrial

Summary and Conclusions

Several factors have impacted the distributed fiber optic sensor market growth.

On the positive side
On the negative side

Profiles of Select Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Companies

AP Sensing
Baker Hughes
CGGVeritas
4DSP
FAZ Technologies
FBGS
Fiber SenSys
Fibersonics
FISO Technologies
Fotech
Halliburton
IFOS
Intelligent Optical Systems
IXBlue
LIOS Technology
Luna
Micron Optics
Moog (Insensys)
Northrop Grumman
NP Photonics
Opsens
Optasense (QinetiQ)
Optiphase
OZ Optics
Petrospec Engineering
PGS
QinetiQ
Schlumberger
Sensornet
Silixa
Smartec (Roctest Group)
Smart Fibre
TGS
Weatherford
Welldog
US Seismic Systems, Inc. (USSI)
Zeibel

Mergers and Acquisitions

Sensa
CiDRA (Fiber optic sensor business)
Luna Energy
Smartec
Optoplan
Insensys Oil & Gas
WavefieldInseis
Insensys (Renewable Energy)
LxData
Stingray
Qorex
Optiphase
Fugro Geoscience Division
Baker Hughes
4DSP
LIOS Technology

Technology

Background
Distributed Fiber Optic Systems

Figure 1 Classification of Optical Fiber Sensors by Transducing Approach

Figure 2 A Simple Intensity-Based Fiber Optic Pressure Sensors

Figure 3 Mach Zehnder Interferometer

Figure 4 Fiber Bragg grating sensor system

Figure 5 Concept of Fiber Optic Distributive Sensors Based on Scattering

Figure 6 Fiber optic transmissive magnetic field sensor using magneto-optic sensing material in the light path

Figure 7 Components common to all fiber optic sensors

Figure 8 Classification of optical fiber sensors according to their topology

Figure 9 Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor

Figure 10 Optical scattering mechanisms used for sensing applications

Figure 11 Fiber optic distributed sensors

References

Date of Publication:
May 2, 2018
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