Pipeline Magazine - Tools and Tech Tools and Tech-RSS Feed Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:42:01 GMT CGG GeoSoftware releases new updates to entire geoscience portfolio https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/cgg-geosoftware-releases-new-updates-to-entire-geoscience-portfolio/ CGG GeoSoftware has released new updates across its entire geoscience portfolio from HampsonRussell, Jason, PowerLog, InsightEarth, VelPro, and EarthModel FT solutions. 2018-02-18 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/cgg-geosoftware-releases-new-updates-to-entire-geoscience-portfolio/

CGG GeoSoftware has released new updates across its entire geoscience portfolio from HampsonRussell, Jason, PowerLog, InsightEarth, VelPro, and EarthModel FT solutions.

Recent developments bring exciting new capabilities within each individual solution while offering increasingly integrated workflows from geology and geophysics to reservoir engineering. As an example, the new ‘Load-Once-Use-it-Everywhere’ capability enables Jason users to operate on HampsonRussell seismic stores and vice versa without the need to duplicate, move or reload seismic volumes. This integration unleashes the power of cross-solution workflows.

Kamal Al-Yahya, Senior Vice President, GeoSoftware, CGG, said: “We are committed to delivering continued innovation across our entire portfolio. Our high-end, cross-product workflows enable clients to better understand reservoir properties and how they evolve through the life of the field. Our newest technology and intuitive interfaces reveal key information from geophysical data that helps E&P companies hit drilling targets and improve production of their assets.”

Jason 9.7.1 extends and enhances reservoir characterization capabilities with the integration of a rock physics template in Jason crossplots and interpretation as well as a new functionality for Bayesian facies classification and inversion analysis in facies and fluids probabilities (FFP). Advanced geostatistical reservoir characterization is also now available to extract the full value from seismic data, whether 4D, multicomponent, depth or wide-azimuth. The Jason Organizer makes it easier to organize standard workflows, as well as develop and share client-specific ones.

For geophysical interpretation and analysis, HampsonRussell 10.3 offers much faster loading and processing of huge data volumes than previous versions, while pre-stack inversion now requires fewer iterations, dramatically reducing turnaround. Other features include new functionality for quick AVO modelling with rock physics inputs, horizontal well correlation, a new process for de-spiking, and new advanced spectral decomposition attributes for pre-inversion analysis and improved resolution.

PowerLog 9.7.1, GeoSoftware’s petrophysical solution for well log analysis, includes an improved well selector and better data management. Windows-linking lets users set up preferred interpretation workflows including multiple viewers and processors to vastly improve analysis of large data sets. Implementation of a Python Extensions plug-in architecture is a game-changer for developing custom interpretation modules.  

InsightEarth accelerates 3D visualization and interpretation. InsightEarth 3.4 allows streaming of large seismic volumes, so that users can work on large data sets. Other enhancements include a redesigned trim-and-seal process, new spectral decomposition algorithms, and better quality and tightness of fault images from Automated Fault Extraction.

VelPro is a flexible and comprehensive post-stack velocity modeling application and VelPro 9.7.1 now offers depth-to-depth calibration, four major modelling workflows in one solution, and post-stack depth migration.

EarthModel FT for rapidly building geological models incorporates all field data and connects to flow simulation for improved drilling and production planning. EarthModel 9.7.1 offers a new grid format and a new export format for 3D properties to ease connection to fracture simulation workflows.

has released new updates across its entire geoscience portfolio from HampsonRussell, Jason, PowerLog, InsightEarth, VelPro, and EarthModel FT solutions.

Recent developments bring exciting new capabilities within each individual solution while offering increasingly integrated workflows from geology and geophysics to reservoir engineering. As an example, the new ‘Load-Once-Use-it-Everywhere’ capability enables Jason users to operate on HampsonRussell seismic stores and vice versa without the need to duplicate, move or reload seismic volumes. This integration unleashes the power of cross-solution workflows.

Kamal Al-Yahya, Senior Vice President, GeoSoftware, CGG, said: “We are committed to delivering continued innovation across our entire portfolio. Our high-end, cross-product workflows enable clients to better understand reservoir properties and how they evolve through the life of the field. Our newest technology and intuitive interfaces reveal key information from geophysical data that helps E&P companies hit drilling targets and improve production of their assets.”

Jason 9.7.1 extends and enhances reservoir characterization capabilities with the integration of a rock physics template in Jason crossplots and interpretation as well as a new functionality for Bayesian facies classification and inversion analysis in facies and fluids probabilities (FFP). Advanced geostatistical reservoir characterization is also now available to extract the full value from seismic data, whether 4D, multicomponent, depth or wide-azimuth. The Jason Organizer makes it easier to organize standard workflows, as well as develop and share client-specific ones.

For geophysical interpretation and analysis, HampsonRussell 10.3 offers much faster loading and processing of huge data volumes than previous versions, while pre-stack inversion now requires fewer iterations, dramatically reducing turnaround. Other features include new functionality for quick AVO modelling with rock physics inputs, horizontal well correlation, a new process for de-spiking, and new advanced spectral decomposition attributes for pre-inversion analysis and improved resolution.

PowerLog 9.7.1, GeoSoftware’s petrophysical solution for well log analysis, includes an improved well selector and better data management. Windows-linking lets users set up preferred interpretation workflows including multiple viewers and processors to vastly improve analysis of large data sets. Implementation of a Python Extensions plug-in architecture is a game-changer for developing custom interpretation modules.  

InsightEarth accelerates 3D visualization and interpretation. InsightEarth 3.4 allows streaming of large seismic volumes, so that users can work on large data sets. Other enhancements include a redesigned trim-and-seal process, new spectral decomposition algorithms, and better quality and tightness of fault images from Automated Fault Extraction.

VelPro is a flexible and comprehensive post-stack velocity modeling application and VelPro 9.7.1 now offers depth-to-depth calibration, four major modelling workflows in one solution, and post-stack depth migration.

EarthModel FT for rapidly building geological models incorporates all field data and connects to flow simulation for improved drilling and production planning. EarthModel 9.7.1 offers a new grid format and a new export format for 3D properties to ease connection to fracture simulation workflows.

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Novacavi launches new ROV dynamic cables https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/novacavi-launches-new-rov-dynamic-cables/ Novacavi has released a matt PUR finished version of ROV dynamic cables that the firm says will improve operational efficiency and maneuverability both in water and on deck. 2018-02-18 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/novacavi-launches-new-rov-dynamic-cables/

Novacavi has released a matt PUR finished version of ROV dynamic cables that the firm says will improve operational efficiency and maneuverability both in water and on deck.

In a press statement, Novacavi said the key features of the new version were a sliding and less sticky performance especially when on winches out of the water. This customised extensive range of matt PUR sheathed cables is conceived to improve handling and avoid clinginess in use while guaranteeing same moulding technical compatibility and steady abrasion resistance characteristics of the glossy sheathed cable version.

Engineered and manufactured for reliability all of Novacavi’s ROV custom cables focus on addressing growing needs in ROV technology development.

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Quantico Energy Solutions and Target form technology alliance https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/quantico-energy-solutions-and-target-form-technology-alliance/ Quantico Energy Solutions (Quantico) and Target have formed a strategic alliance to leverage their respective technology offerings in data management, geoscience consulting and artificial intelligence solutions for the global oil and gas industry. 2018-02-11 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/quantico-energy-solutions-and-target-form-technology-alliance/

Quantico Energy Solutions (Quantico) and Target have formed a strategic alliance to leverage their respective technology offerings in data management, geoscience consulting and artificial intelligence solutions for the global oil and gas industry.

The alliance between Quantico and Target will allow Quantico’s customers to streamline the resources involved in large data-‐ driven deployments, and Target’s customers will be able to extract more value from their subsurface data via Quantico’s artificial intelligence capabilities.

For asset managers who want to reduce LWD costs, improve drilling efficiencies and downscale seismic interpretations, the ability to access Quantico’s suite of subsurface solutions through Target’s cloud-based MEERA platform offers a range of benefits: from significant reductions in project set-up times and execution times, simplified workflows with enhanced quality controls for data preparation, to better AI integration with other subsurface projects and faster results.

“Quantico continues to seek best in class solutions and partnerships that fit the needs of our customers worldwide,” said Barry Zhang, CEO of Quantico. “Target’s data management and geoscience consulting expertise will help us deliver an integrated artificial intelligence solution and also provide the in-country presence that major oil companies expect from their leading service providers.”

“Realising the benefits of true digital transformation is a key goal of many of our customers this year,” said Matthias Hartung, president of Digital Transformation at Target. “Quantico’s AI tools are an important addition to our technology partnership program, bringing further innovative capabilities to our customers through the range of tools we offer within our platform.”

Quantico offers a suite of artificial intelligence-based solutions for geophysics, reservoir engineering, formation evaluation, drilling and completions. With commercial work on over 150 wells in US Land, the company recently has been growing its international business with projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Australia and the Middle East. The growth opportunities demonstrate the value that artificial intelligence can deliver to the subsurface segment of the oil and gas industry.

Target provides scalable cloud technologies to oil and gas customers through its MEERA platform, which allows large scale datasets to be managed, curated and analysed online.

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AkzoNobel releases new corrosion coating https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/akzonobel-releases-new-corrosion-coating/ AkzoNobel has launched a new high build epoxy coating containing a high level of lamellar glass flake for enhanced abrasion and corrosion protection. 2018-02-08 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/akzonobel-releases-new-corrosion-coating/

AkzoNobel has launched a new high build epoxy coating containing a high level of lamellar glass flake for enhanced abrasion and corrosion protection.

The Interzone 954GF extends the International range of protective coatings, targeted at areas including the offshore oil & gas and wind industries. Interzone 954GF is fully approved in accordance with offshore corrosion standard NORSOK M501 Ed.6 Systems 1, 4, 7A and 7B.

“Unlike typical high build glass flake epoxy coatings, Interzone 954GF utilizes high aspect ratio lamellar glass flake for extended asset lifetimes and reduced total cost of ownership,” said Ian Fletcher, Europe regional marketing manager.

“Approval to a range of NORSOK Systems means that specifications can be simplified, reducing application costs and allowing painting shops to increase productivity,” he added.

Interzone 954GF meets the performance requirements of both NORSOK M501 Ed.6 and the proposed revision of ISO 12944, which covers performance testing of Cx offshore environments. The performance testing in both these standards is currently based on the cyclic corrosion methods used in ISO 20340:2009.

Andrew Clark, Technology Leader Power and Mining, and member of the ISO working group for the UK said: “AkzoNobel takes corrosion testing very seriously which is why we have been actively involved in the planned revision of the ISO 12944 standard Paints and varnishes: Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems.”

“Cyclic corrosion testing has been included in the new revision of ISO 12944 as it shows a greater correlation with environmental factors experienced by coating systems in real life service,” added Clark.

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Rotork to provide valve actuators for Iraqi refinery https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/rotork-to-provide-valve-actuators-for-iraqi-refinery/ Rotork has won the contract to provide large quantities of its IQ3 non-intrusive intelligent electric valve actuators for Iraq's State Company of Oil Projects' (SCOP) Karbala refinery. 2018-02-08 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/rotork-to-provide-valve-actuators-for-iraqi-refinery/

Rotork has won the contract to provide large quantities of its IQ3 non-intrusive intelligent electric valve actuators for Iraq's State Company of Oil Projects' (SCOP) Karbala refinery.

The refinery is set to open in 2020 and will have a refining capacity of 140,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd). Production will meet the latest international standards, serving the growing domestic demand for oil in Iraq and reducing the current level of refined product imports.

The valve actuators are designed specifically for automated flow control systems in hazardous environments. With their diagnostic and asset management abilities, the IQ3 actuators will facilitate the reliable, efficient and safe operation of the refinery. Comprehensive operational data including valve torque profiles stored in actuator dataloggers can be downloaded and analysed to enable predictive maintenance and optimise plant performance.

For critical areas, actuator duties will include the provision of a Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL2) Emergency Shutdown (ESD) function. Recognised around the world, the SIL system identifies the requirements for a Safety Instrumented System (SIS).

The actuators are equipped with the Rotork SIL safety module, which monitors the standard IQ3 control board and provides diagnostic coverage and redundant control in order to perform the desired safety function. A safety function status relay provides remote indication of the actuator availability and the redundant safety function operation, with the same status duplicated locally on the actuator display.

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New tank battery membrane technology https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/new-tank-battery-membrane-technology/ Garland Energy Systems, a division of Postle Industries, has introduced a durable new containment membrane specifically designed for tank battery installations. 2018-02-01 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/february/new-tank-battery-membrane-technology/

Garland Energy Systems, a division of Postle Industries, has introduced a durable new containment membrane specifically designed for tank battery installations.

The membrane, named Fusion 50 TB (Tank Battery), provides a consistent and durable 50 mils thickness of  PVC waterproofing which can be installed in any range of temperature and humidity conditions in the oilfields. 

Garland manufactures the membrane in their own production facility in order to control the thickness and quality for every installation. The heavy reinforcement layer bonded to the bottom side offers a barrier to potential penetrations from below the containment surface. The textured surface is slip resistant for safety. 

Garland manufactures Fusion 50 using recycled material. The membrane is made in the U.S.

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Transneft Diascan new generation multichannel geometry tool https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/transneft-diascan-new-generation-multichannel-geometry-tool/ Transneft Diascan has launched a pipeline inspection gadget (PIG), which belongs to a new generation of high resolution multichannel geometry tools, equipped with a navigation system. 2018-01-31 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/transneft-diascan-new-generation-multichannel-geometry-tool/

Transneft Diascan has launched a pipeline inspection gadget (PIG), which belongs to a new generation of high resolution multichannel geometry tools, equipped with a navigation system.

The device has more than twice as many measurement levers as previous generations. In addition, the sensors’ construction has been modified. The levers’ mass has been significantly reduced, and polyurethane cover plates have been replaced with hard-alloy versions. This will enable Transneft Diascan to prolong the measurement system’s service life and reduce the levers’ flywheel effect upon movement of the geometry tool at great speeds which are typical for gas pipelines.

The new device has a system of hard wheel assemblies and supporting back plates, in contrast to the previous versions, which were basically equipped with polyurethane cuffs. It ensures much better centering of the geometry tool in motion and makes the device comparable to a dedicated pipeline position determination defectoscope by the accuracy of measurement of pipe bend radius and coordinates. This technical solution also allows gas pipeline diagnostics to be performed.

In comparison with the previous generations, the new geometry tool’s resolving power is 2.5 times higher, taking the interpretation of diagnostic data to a whole new level. Such construction characteristics as minor diameter air escape valves are now distinctly identifiable among the welded attachments. Due to the fact that measurement error for the width of geometry defects has been reduced more than twice, it makes it easier to classify the defect’s hazard level.

The multichannel geometry tool is meant for measurement of the inner flow area and bend radius of pipes with different diameters. It allows identifying such defects as dents, out-of-roundness, buckles, and specifying radius and direction of bends and turning angles of pipelines. The device is based on the electro-mechanic principle of measurement of deflection angle of levers having direct contact with the pipe’s inner wall. To specify pipelines’ attitude position, the geometry tool is equipped with a high-accuracy strapdown inertial navigation system.

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Emerson acquires GeoFields https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/emerson-acquires-geofields/ Emerson has acquired GeoFields, a global supplier of software and implementation services for pipeline integrity data collection, management and risk analysis for the oil and gas industry. 2018-01-30 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/emerson-acquires-geofields/

Emerson has acquired GeoFields, a global supplier of software and implementation services for pipeline integrity data collection, management and risk analysis for the oil and gas industry.

GeoFields software enables pipeline operators to collect critical integrity data, perform risk modeling and high consequence area (HCA) risk analysis and prioritize pipeline integrity-related maintenance and asset management activities. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

In a statement Emerson said that the acquisition of GeoFields helps it further position itself as a comprehensive solutions provider for pipeline operations management. Emerson’s extensive portfolio of pipeline solutions for the oil and gas industry includes pipeline and terminal enterprise commercial management solutions, operations management software, pipeline modeling and leak detection, SCADA systems, corrosion and erosion monitoring, valve and control solutions, flow metering and measurement technologies.

“Expanding our digital portfolio with the GeoFields software and services for pipeline integrity management enables us to bring proactive asset reliability solutions to our customers,” said Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “By combining GeoFields with our existing Plantweb digital ecosystem offerings and maintaining our focus on innovation and consulting, we can help customers maximise the value of their investments, ensure greater regulatory compliance and reduce risk associated with costly releases and safety incidents.”

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Tendeka trials cloud connected wireless intelligent completion system https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/tendeka-trials-cloud-connected-wireless-intelligent-completion-system/ Tendeka has successfully completed field testing of its wireless intelligent completions technology, PulseEight. 2018-01-30 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/tendeka-trials-cloud-connected-wireless-intelligent-completion-system/

Tendeka has successfully completed field testing of its wireless intelligent completions technology, PulseEight.

With funding support from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Tendeka installed a PulseEight downhole device and a newly developed PulseEight surface system with OMV Group in Austria last month. During the installation, various operations were undertaken to test the downhole device and prove the surface decoding system.

John Hunter, Tendeka’s Emergent Technology director, said: “Our initial two-week trial was a complete success and we actually overachieved what we planned to do. We demonstrated accurate two-way wireless communication in a flowing gas well and proved that the data and results could be shared over the cloud to anyone connected.

“The technology will continue to be trialled and tested at the site over the next few months as we explore commercial opportunities. Our team will also be developing the technology for use in other new and emergent products.”

CEO Brad Baker, added: “In the oil and gas industry, early stage installations are hard to come by in live wells. We appreciate the continued support from both OMV Group and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre for recognising the potential of this important technology. This trial has allowed us to demonstrate the full capabilities of PulseEight as the sector’s first cloud connected wireless intelligent completion system.

“The impact on the industry of fully wireless data and control is significant and will allow more optimised well planning and ultimately greater recovery.”

Tendeka’s PulseEight system uses unique pressure pulse telemetry to channel wireless communication between a well’s downhole monitoring and control system and the wellhead. The company has now increased the offering to include an autonomous data decoding system which allows the seamless transmission of well data to any location in the world.

Commissioned as either a standalone surface unit with cloud data management or embedded on existing well control systems, PulseEight Surface allows the user to see real-time the data transmitted from the reservoir. The system autonomously measures surface choke changes and confirms that the surface to device pulse sequence is correct.

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Rockwell Automation introduces scalable computing for industrial IoT https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/rockwell-automation-introduces-scalable-computing-for-industrial-iot/ New scalable compute offerings from Rockwell Automation give decision makers access to real-time data to solve analytical challenges and adapt to changes at every level of an organisation. This helps improve productivity and efficiency in a Connected Enterprise. 2018-01-28 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/rockwell-automation-introduces-scalable-computing-for-industrial-iot/

New scalable compute offerings from Rockwell Automation give decision makers access to real-time data to solve analytical challenges and adapt to changes at every level of an organisation. This helps improve productivity and efficiency in a Connected Enterprise.

Rockwell Automation has announced that it is introducing three compute offerings at the device level to help operators make faster, more informed decisions closer to the source of information. Each offering allows users to run applications in a Windows 10 IoT Enterprise environment to gain better insight into machines and equipment. The variety of platforms also gives users flexibility to meet individual application needs.

First, the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix compute module allows users to add Windows 10 IoT directly into the Logix system in existing applications and provides high-speed access to ControlLogix data across the backplane. As a result, users can combine Windows applications as close to the point of decision-making as possible.

Second, the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller combines Allen-Bradley Logix5000 control and Windows-based computing in one controller. The controller supports Windows applications, such as data collection, analytics and predictive computations. It is ideal for meeting the demands of high-performance production lines and information-driven smart machines.

Third, the Allen-Bradley VersaView 5000 industrial computers provide modern visualisation and data aggregation for smart manufacturing. The computers use an open architecture design, allowing users to install software specific to their applications. They are specifically designed to withstand the conditions of industrial environments. Rockwell Automation and partner applications run directly on the device while allowing users to visualize this data on an integrated or external industrial monitor.

“Time is of the essence in industrial operations, so it’s critical that workers be able to consume data as close as possible to where it’s produced. These new device-level compute offerings provide real-time, close-to-the-source data access to help drive productivity in any industry,” said Greg Gernert, global business manager, Rockwell Automation.

Rockwell Automation is also building IIoT and analytics into these compute offerings. For example, the recently released FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices software from Rockwell Automation delivers real-time asset health and diagnostic information to the VersaView 5000 industrial computers.

At the System Level
Companies can use the system- and plant-level computing capabilities of the VersaView industrial computers. In addition, the Rockwell Automation Industrial Data Center (IDC) tracks productivity and downtime data, and provides predictive maintenance. The scalable, pre-engineered IDC provides all the hardware needed to run multiple operating systems and applications from virtualised servers. Rockwell Automation can install, configure and manage the IDC as part of its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering.

At the Enterprise Level
At the enterprise level, companies can use the IDC as an IaaS offering or as a private, on-premises cloud platform. Rockwell Automation also provides the FactoryTalk Cloud, a public, remotely administered cloud platform powered by Windows Azure. The FactoryTalk Cloud platform can help industrial companies monitor remote assets, track historical data and analyse multisite performance. It also can help OEMs better monitor and support machines after they are deployed with customers.

“Azure provides a trusted and global-scale platform to develop and power advanced IoT solutions from the edge to the cloud,” said Sam George, director, Microsoft Azure IoT, Microsoft Corporation. “Rockwell Automation is taking full advantage of Microsoft’s comprehensive IoT platform, from integrating Windows 10 IoT Enterprise at the device level, to managing advanced data workloads at the edge and in the cloud with Azure IoT, to centralising operations monitoring and production performance across time zones. This results in better business outcomes and improved worker safety.”

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Visuray downhole X-ray technology gets industry backing https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/visuray-downhole-x-ray-technology-gets-industry-backing/ ConocoPhillips and Statoil Petroleum AS have signed a joint sponsorship development agreement with Visuray Technology Limited, to fund the development of novel downhole technology that can evaluate the integrity of cement behind multiple casing strings in oil and gas wells. 2018-01-25 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/visuray-downhole-x-ray-technology-gets-industry-backing/

ConocoPhillips and Statoil Petroleum AS have signed a joint sponsorship development agreement with Visuray Technology Limited, to fund the development of novel downhole technology that can evaluate the integrity of cement behind multiple casing strings in oil and gas wells.

The new technology, the VR360* Diagnostic Cement Evaluation Tool, will produce a full 3D cement map and complement traditional ultrasonic measurements, which are very sensitive to the cement bond between the cement and the inner casing wall. The development of the VR360 tool was initially stimulated by regulatory focus on deepwater wells, although a similar focus on the abandonment of wells in old fields has opened a new and important market for the service. In both applications, the VR360 tool has the potential to obtain valuable information. Value creation will be significant in the relevant well applications.

The goal of the joint industry project is to deliver a number of downhole prototype tools with a range of external diameters. The project is effective from 18 December 2017 and is expected to last three years, during which time other oil companies may consider joining the project. The prototypes will be jointly tested in oil and gas wells by the parties in the project.

The VR360 tool will be built upon foundational X-ray technology developed by Visuray, known as the Downhole X-Ray Platform. Visuray’s first tool from the Downhole X-Ray Platform, the VR90* Downhole X-Ray Diagnostic Tool, has proven well inspection applications and has been used commercially in wells all over the world.

“Visuray is excited to be working with ConocoPhillips and Statoil Petroleum AS. This joint sponsorship development project is an important investment in the X-ray method to significantly improve the evaluation of cement integrity in oil and gas wells,” ,” said Kambiz Safinya, Group CEO of Visuray.

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DTN launches new iteration of its terminal management system https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/dtn-launches-new-iteration-of-its-terminal-management-system/ DTN has launched its newest enhancements to its Terminal Inventory Management System, DTN TIMS. The latest version further improves operational forecasting by introducing pipeline schedule data to increase insights, enable data-driven decision making and provide greater control of fuel inventory. 2018-01-25 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/dtn-launches-new-iteration-of-its-terminal-management-system/

DTN has launched its newest enhancements to its Terminal Inventory Management System, DTN TIMS. The latest version further improves operational forecasting by introducing pipeline schedule data to increase insights, enable data-driven decision making and provide greater control of fuel inventory.

The introduction of advanced forecasting options in the latest version of DTN TIMS allows batch quantities from pipeline schedules to be included in the dashboard, improving forecasting intelligence, providing better visibility into future inventory positions.

Batch numbers and, if available, nomination numbers are automatically passed and notated in the forecast. This improves forecast intelligence and allows for easier management of inventory from one data source at an enterprise level rather then assessing data from multiple portals and spreadsheets to perform the same task.

The DTN TIMS enhancements offer everyone in the organisation better visibility of terminals and allocations all together in one place. Along with the configuration of pipeline batch quantities, consistent data is provided across the organisation, providing more valuable data and insights and greater control over inventory levels.

Customers are able to see scheduled pipeline quantities updated automatically in their forecast. Tracking scheduled movements separately using spreadsheets is no longer needed, improving operational efficiencies.

This intelligent forecasting and increased visibility helps schedulers identify critical inventory issues such as inventory runouts or over-supply. Such insight enables schedulers to take appropriate actions resulting in improved customer satisfaction and margin optimisation.

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New scalable graphic terminals help increase productivity https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/new-scalable-graphic-terminals-help-increase-productivity/ Machine and equipment builders are already using tight integration between the HMI and controller to help increase productivity in large applications. With thenew Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals, they can now bring these integration benefits to smaller 2018-01-24 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/new-scalable-graphic-terminals-help-increase-productivity/

Machine and equipment builders are already using tight integration between the HMI and controller to help increase productivity in large applications. With thenew Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals, they can now bring these integration benefits to smaller applications. 

The PanelView 5310 graphic terminals deliver the same usability benefits and enhanced integration with Logix 5000 controllers as the PanelView 5500 terminals. But the new terminals are specifically designed for applications of up to 50 HMI screens. The terminals are available in 7-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch display sizes. A 6-inch display option will be available in 2018.

“Engineers can use the PanelView 5310 family to scale a tightly integrated automation system down to smaller applications,” said Mike Moriarty, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “This can help make design, operations and maintenance tasks more efficient. For example, engineers can now reuse controller alarms without creating HMI tags, which can help them reduce configuration time.”

Companies can also use the enhanced integration to create high-speed jog buttons in place of cumbersome hardwired buttons. These auto-diagnosing buttons can interact with the controller at I/O speeds to help reduce downtime and improve productivity.

Other productivity benefits of the PanelView 5310 graphic terminals include the following:

  • The Rockwell Software Studio 5000 design environment allows users to create reusable faceplates, screens and custom graphics to help reduce development time. These objects seamlessly integrate with Logix add-on instructions and different user-defined data types.
  • Emulation capabilities allow engineers to test run projects in the development environment. This can help them make changes without using the PanelView 5000 hardware or disrupting production.
  • VNC connectivity allows operators to remotely monitor operations via a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Historical-trending and data-logging features also allow operators to easily troubleshoot issues directly on the panel.
  • Engineers can load projects onto the PanelView 5310 graphic terminals directly from removable media to more quickly recover information and make project updates without needing to use the Studio 5000 View Designer application.
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TGT makes Middle East well diagnostics breakthrough https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/tgt-makes-middle-east-well-diagnostics-breakthrough/ TGT Oilfield Services has announced the successful validation of its electromagnetic EmPulse well inspection system in high chromium tubulars. 2018-01-23 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/tgt-makes-middle-east-well-diagnostics-breakthrough/

TGT Oilfield Services has announced the successful validation of its electromagnetic EmPulse well inspection system in high chromium tubulars. 

In three Middle East deployments – one an operator witnessed ‘yard test’ and the other in two live wells – TGT engineers demonstrated that the EmPulse system can quantitatively determine the individual tubular thickness of up to four concentric barriers, even when there are high amounts of chrome in the tubulars.

Ken Feather, TGT’s chief marketing officer commented: “This achievement marks an important industry breakthrough as operators endeavour to protect well integrity in ever more challenging production environments. Increasing chromium content helps to protect well completions from highly-corrosive fluids, such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and chloride—but high-chrome can cause serious problems for ordinary electromagnetic pipe inspection systems.”

He added: “It’s essential that operators can access integrity inspection systems that work reliably and accurately throughout the well system in all environments and materials, especially where corrosive and toxic fluids are involved. This is why we created the EmPulse diagnostic platform.”

The increase in chrome and the resulting decrease in ferrous content causes electromagnetic [EM] signals to decay too quickly for ordinary EM inspection systems. Designed and manufactured completely in-house by TGT scientists and engineers, the EmPulse system combines ultra-fast sensor technology with ‘time-domain’ measurement techniques to capture EM signals rapidly and accurately in a wide range of pipe materials, including those with high-chrome content. This enables operators to evaluate pipe thickness and metal loss in multiple casing strings simultaneously, ensuring long-term well performance even in the most challenging production environments.

“The ability of EmPulse technology to make measurements when facing specialised materials in certain well tubulars marks a significant breakthrough for TGT and the industry as a whole,” said Simon Sparke, TGT integrity expert and coordinator of the high-chrome testing programme.

“That’s why today’s test results are so important, demonstrating how the EmPulse system of sensors, measuring techniques, processing and answer products can deliver fast response corrosion information, address a crucial information gap, and help protect well integrity in challenging production environments. We anticipate that EmPulse will be particularly applicable for the Middle East operators, and also some fields in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea and offshore Brazil.”

TGT’s EmPulse technology adds considerably to the integrity security of a well by providing barrier-by-barrier visualisation of the well operating envelope at the time of logging. The time-based measurements, enabling the system to quantify metal loss in up to four barriers independently and deliver highly sensitive and fast response measurements, brings with it significant advantages over frequency-based measurements offered by other systems.

The Middle East operator witnessed ‘yard test’ consisted of a 28 per cent chrome pipe with built-in mechanical defects where the high-speed EM sensor technology of EmPulse confirmed and correctly identified the man-made problems in a controlled environment. 

The second operation took place in two live Middle East wells in a very high hydrogen sulphide gas production scenario with 28 per cent chrome tubulars. In this case, the EmPulse system again functioned as planned, and recorded the status of three well barriers. Additionally, a multi-finger caliper recording confirmed the electromagnetic results for the condition of the inner pipe.

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CGG launches Smart Data Solutions https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/cgg-launches-smart-data-solutions/ CGG has repositioned its Data Management Services business as Smart Data Solutions after extending its E&P data optimisation portfolio to deliver global digitalisation solutions. 2018-01-21 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/cgg-launches-smart-data-solutions/

CGG has repositioned its Data Management Services business as Smart Data Solutions after extending its E&P data optimisation portfolio to deliver global digitalisation solutions.

Smart Data Solutions has rapidly expanded its offerings and investments, and is now actively engaged in projects that address the digital transformation programs of its global oil and gas industry customers, complementing its widely used data management technology and services.

CGG Smart Data Solutions is well placed to assist the industry in transitioning data management from a support function to a value generator, providing new business insights and enabling effective data-driven strategies.

Smart Data Solutions can provide both better access to, and increased value extraction from, E&P data, answering the challenges of data availability and integration into an analytics-ready format.

Combining existing services with increasingly automated conversion, classification, extraction and unification technologies, Smart Data Solutions enables E&P companies to convert inactive data and information into valuable machine-accessible formats. Legacy collections of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data can be converted and delivered faster than ever before. Using advanced extract, transform and load technology and expert services, these data are made available alongside current volumes in next-generation platforms that meet the industry’s data management requirements well into the future.

Sophie Zurquiyah, COO, Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir, CGG, said: “As a leading provider of geoscience data, technology and integrated solutions, CGG is uniquely qualified to work with its clients on their digitalisation agendas. Our Smart Data Solutions are helping them meet the challenges of digitally transforming, effectively managing, and extracting the full value from their geoscience data so that they gain new insights and better meet their E&P goals.”

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Speedcast gets global communications contract from Noble Drilling https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/speedcast-gets-global-communications-contract-from-noble-drilling/ Speedcast International has been selected by Noble Corporation (Noble) to provide new IT communications equipment and fully managed connectivity services to their global drilling fleet. 2018-01-21 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/speedcast-gets-global-communications-contract-from-noble-drilling/

Speedcast International has been selected by Noble Corporation (Noble) to provide new IT communications equipment and fully managed connectivity services to their global drilling fleet.

Through a combination of satellite Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) and 4G/LTE in key regions, Speedcast will deliver end-to-end managed communication services to Noble’s fleet of vessels and rigs. The solution includes a technology change-out of the fleet’s entire hardware infrastructure, with installations of dual-band antennas and the latest modem technologies to maximize throughput, security and redundancy.

Noble will also benefit from segmented operational and crew networks to optimize efficiency and network availability. The end-to-end service will be supported by Speedcast’s 24x7x365 global customer service centers, with local field engineers in each operating region to provide fast, reliable support, unmatched in the industry.

“This award is a milestone endorsement of the investment we have made to establish Speedcast as the global leader in the Energy sector. We are delighted to add Noble’s global fleet to the premier Energy customers that already place their trust in Speedcast,” said Keith Johnson, COO and EVP of Energy, Speedcast.

“This award allows us to demonstrate our truly global scale for reliable service in the most remote, harsh environments where critical and high priority connectivity solutions are required. We strive to instill the highest level of trust with our detailed, agile and flexible approach to meeting our customers’ unique requirements and solving their most significant communications and technology challenges.”

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New service approach from Ardyne https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/new-service-approach-from-ardyne/ Ardyne has said that with the help of its Casing Recovery Toolbox it has saved more than a day of rig time on a planned three-and-a-half day operation and improved efficiencies by thirty-five per cent for UK-based operator Fairfield. 2018-01-09 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/new-service-approach-from-ardyne/

Ardyne has said that with the help of its Casing Recovery Toolbox it has saved more than a day of rig time on a planned three-and-a-half day operation and improved efficiencies by thirty-five per cent for UK-based operator Fairfield.

Currently working on the decommissioning of the North Sea’s Greater Dunlin Area, Fairfield’s fully funded, multi-phase decommissioning project includes complex challenges, with opportunities to apply advanced technological solutions and innovation to end-of-life work.

Ardyne’s newly developed Casing Recovery Toolbox incorporates a full suite of services and bottom hole assembly (BHA) systems. The toolbox, combined with Ardyne’s decades of operational expertise, has resulted in the creation of industry leading downhole BHA systems for well abandonments, slot recoveries and workovers.

Ed Pritchard of Fairfield Energy said: “We are absolutely delighted to work with Ardyne on this new service approach. With decommissioning projects picking up increasing speed and industry interest, Ardyne understood that a new, more appropriate strategy for the well abandonment phase was required.

“Ardyne was able to deliver an innovative and highly efficient way to support our casing recovery work, without compromising quality, safety or the environment. With the Casing Recovery Toolbox, we saved more than a day of rig time on a conventional three-and-a-half day operation and improved efficiency by thirty-five per cent.”

Ardyne’s toolbox offers clients a one-stop-shop for their casing recovery requirements and is backed up by support from the company’s team of trusted and leading industry experts.

Alan Fairweather, CEO, Ardyne, commented: “Fairfield’s expert and forward thinking team separated out a conventional service, that is typically embedded in a broader service provision, and trusted Ardyne to provide efficiencies in this niche area of casing recovery.

“Fairfield is the industry’s first operator to move ahead with this innovative approach, and we are proud to have been part of establishing this new industry standard. We look forward to continued collaboration with Fairfield in order to deliver further efficiencies in their activities. Ardyne are committed to continued investment into technology which unlocks value for our industry.”

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SUITS improves tank inspection technology https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/suits-improves-tank-inspection-technology/ SUITS (Shipboard Unmanned Inspection of Tanks Solution), developed by Martek Marine, improves the safety of surveyors and crew members when inspecting tanks, eliminating the need to enter hazardous, confined spaces on board. 2018-01-07 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2018/january/suits-improves-tank-inspection-technology/

SUITS (Shipboard Unmanned Inspection of Tanks Solution), developed by Martek Marine, improves the safety of surveyors and crew members when inspecting tanks, eliminating the need to enter hazardous, confined spaces on board.

SUITS combines the latest in enclosed space drone technology and VR software allowing the operator to deliver a collision tolerant drone through the hatch / confined space entry and then remotely control it via a control console and video screen – the full inspection can be carried out from a safe location.

Inspecting a confined space can present the danger of an oxygen-depleted atmosphere or the ingress of another toxic gas allied to the risks of working at height.

SUITS has been developed by Martek as the latest product to improve ship safety at a time when there is more focus than ever on ship managers fulfilling their ALARP obligations (risks being "as low as reasonably practicable"). Even when procedures are fully followed there still remains a significant risk from gas pockets, sudden ingress from damaged pipework, falls, trip and the dangers of working from height when traditional rope or scaffolding is used for inspection.

“SUITS will revolutionise confined space inspection to make operations safer, faster and ultimately cheaper.” commented Paul Luen CEO.

 

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EnerMech buys MInteg integrity and inspection specialist https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/december/enermech-buys-minteg-integrity-and-inspection-specialist/ Engineering services group EnerMech has taken a majority stake in Aberdeen-based maintenance, inspection and integrity specialist MInteg. 2017-12-21 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/december/enermech-buys-minteg-integrity-and-inspection-specialist/

Engineering services group EnerMech has taken a majority stake in Aberdeen-based maintenance, inspection and integrity specialist MInteg.

MInteg provides a range of specialist maintenance, integrity and inspection services to the oil and gas, renewables and other major process industries, and offers full IRATA certified rope access capability.

MInteg founder Colin Smith and John Bruce and Patrick Gallagher – who recently joined MInteg from operator Apache North Sea – have relocated to EnerMech’s Aberdeen headquarters and the business will continue to trade under the MInteg brand. MInteg currently have 45 staff and it is expected the workforce will double by the end of 2018.

The MInteg team brings with them a strong track-record in non-destructive testing, rope access services, integrity management, inspection services and rotating equipment maintenance, including gas turbines and compressors.

EnerMech said the investment, for an undisclosed sum, was part of an ongoing strategy to broaden its range of engineering services and to optimise support for late-life hydrocarbon assets by safely reducing costs and improving asset integrity.

Clients had indicated a requirement for integrity and inspection services and a broader maintenance capability and EnerMech had responded to that need.

EnerMech chief executive officer, Doug Duguid, said: “MInteg is a highly complementary business to our existing service lines and their skillset broadens out the capability of the integrated services we can offer to the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors.

“Customers have indicated they would welcome an inspection and integrity offering as well as a wider maintenance offering which encompasses rotating machinery and the MInteg management team are one of the most experienced in the industry in this regard. With a focus on minimising costs for our clients while creating more cohesive and co-operative business models, this acquisition is consistent with our ambition to be recognised as the prominent provider of integrated services.”

Duguid said MInteg was a “highly scaleable business” and whilst the initial focus would be on the UK market, EnerMech would support its global ambitions by rolling out its services to existing clients in Africa, Australia and the US.

 

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Ampelmann offers innovative solution to meet new lifeboat safety regulations https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/december/ampelmann-offers-innovative-solution-to-meet-new-lifeboat-safety-regulations/ Ampelmann is offering its Atlas motion-compensated lifeboat exchange system to the oil and gas industry to provide a faster, safer and more cost-effective alternative to traditional procedures which can be performed within a wider operational window. 2017-12-20 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/december/ampelmann-offers-innovative-solution-to-meet-new-lifeboat-safety-regulations/

The oil and gas industry has just 18 months to upgrade critical release hook systems on offshore lifeboats to meet new regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to improve safety at sea.

According to the organisation, the number of failures during drills and inspections which resulted in casualties or injured crew members has been unacceptably high. Launched in 2011, the IMO regulations state that lifeboat release and retrieval systems must be evaluated and replaced no later than 1 July 2019. This will involve the complex and costly removal, retrofit and replacement of lifeboat systems globally.

Ampelmann is offering its Atlas motion-compensated lifeboat exchange system to the oil and gas industry to provide a faster, safer and more cost-effective alternative to traditional procedures which can be performed within a wider operational window. The Atlas system can also be used to transfer large pieces of equipment and delicate or complex cargo as well as replacing lifeboats to meet personnel on board (POB) requirements.

Currently, many lifeboats on fixed oil and gas installations and floating platforms are inaccessible by in-situ cranes, meaning that lifeboats are lowered in the sea, navigated to a vessel and lifted by crane onto the ship’s deck. This traditional ‘wet’ transfer can only be carried out in near-perfect weather and sea conditions and can lead to significant vessel downtime and risk to personnel performing the transfer operation. In addition to this, it puts the allowable POB limit at risk.

The Atlas system involves the lifeboat being lowered directly onto the cradle of an active heave compensated installation system located on the deck of the supply vessel. The hexapod absorbs any vessel movement in significant wave heights up to 3.5 metres, while the davit retrieves the lifeboat from a fixed horizontal position. It can also be used for multiple change outs across several assets within the same operation, both on conventional and free-fall lifeboats.

The company recently supported the removal and replacement of two lifeboats from a North Sea platform. The duty holder recommended the procedure for a ‘best in class’ safety award demonstrating a positive impact of eliminating risk to marine personnel.

Lorenz Nehring, Ampelmann’s Business Development manager UK, said: “The IMO deadline is a call to action to ensure that lifeboats are re-hooked, fit for purpose and of the highest safety specifications. The industry would be prudent to prepare and plan now to carry out the potentially risky operation of removing, upgrading and replacing lifeboat release and retrieval systems without affecting downtime and safety to personnel.”

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