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GIT To Speak at ISA Automation West Technical Conference

Santa Barbara, CA -- April 24, 2006 -- Gas Imaging Technology, LLC, (GIT) a privately held manufacturer of unique gas imaging and analysis systems that address critical needs for the oil, gas, utility and chemical industries, announces that Michele Hinnrichs, President and CEO of GIT, will speak at the ISA Automation West Technical Conference on Wednesday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. Her topic will be Gas Imaging Technology Monitoring: Sherlock® Optical Imaging and Analysis Camera for Air Emission.

Led by industry experts, the ISA Automation West technical conference provides greater knowledge and understanding of key automation and control issues. This comprehensive conference offers original technical presentations, papers, panel discussions, and tutorials based upon applications, concepts, and techniques used today in the manufacturing, process, and distribution environments. The Conference and Trade Show will be held in Long Beach, California at The Long Beach Convention Center from Tuesday, May 2nd to May 3rd.

Michele Hinnrichs, CEO and Chairman of GIT commented, “We are excited about our gas imaging and analysis products and the capability of Sherlock® not only to image invisible gases but to quantify their concentrations.“

This discussion will address Sherlock®, a new technology developed for defense applications and commercialized into a camera for remote imaging and quantification of gases.  The Sherlock® uses state-of-the-art diffractive optics and image processing algorithms based on Pacific Advanced Technology’s patented technology (US Patent 5,479,258).  Sherlock®'s technology has been applied to remote gas leak imaging and quantification for the oil, gas, chemical and power industry. GIT has been granted the worldwide exclusive license to market the Sherlock® for this purpose.  This presentation describes the Sherlock® camera, theory of operations, and applications for environmental monitoring, production control and safety applications.

The Sherlock® has been field tested at numerous oil, gas, and chemical facilities in the US, Canada and the EU. GIT has demonstrated that Sherlock® can see gaseous hydrocarbon leaks at rates as low as 5 ccm and measure concentrations of fugitive gases as low as a few thousand ppm. Recent tests performed in the Val d’Agri Oil Centre at Viggiano (PZ) Italy compared Sherlock®'s ability to quantify methane gas leaks with a conventional Flame Ionization Device (FID). The Viggiano facility is one of the newest oil and gas plant of the Exploration & Production Division of Eni SpA.

About ISA
Founded in 1945, ISA is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult problems. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere.  (

About Gas Imaging Technology, Inc.
Gas Imaging Technology, (GIT) ( a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pacific Advanced Technology (PAT) (, is a California corporation located in Santa Barbara County. GIT has an exclusive worldwide license for products that uniquely address compliance with new EPA standards and address critical needs of refineries, power and chemical plants, oil and LNG tankers and terminals, as well as many other facilities.  More than $14 million has been invested in development of the PAT technology underlying the Sherlock® gas imaging and analysis systems.  A substantial portion of this funding came from various military, federal and commercial sources including the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, DARPA, Department of Energy, State of California, Gas Research Institute, BP and Shell Global Solutions.

GIT’s Products
The Sherlock® VOC - enables the user to “see” emissions of invisible gases that pose grave environmental hazards and expose refineries, chemical and power plants to the risk of catastrophic fires and explosions. The Sherlock® incorporates a mid-wave infrared camera that includes PAT’s patented IMSS lens and an imbedded computer that can perform the function of data logging, imaging spectroscopy, and digital video recording.

The Sherlock® FE - being used in field trials to monitor and analyze the efficiency of flares and to continuously monitor smokestack emissions. The Sherlock® FE is the only system currently on the market that can analyze flare efficiency.  It remotely monitors and generates a pixel-by-pixel quantitative analysis of flares and smokestacks.  In many circumstances, this remote monitoring can be done from a location that can be miles from the source.

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