Pipeline Magazine - Tools and Tech Tools and Tech-RSS Feed Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:45:34 GMT Well-Centric develops new compact milling tool https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/well-centric-develops-new-compact-milling-tool/ Well-Centric has launched a new compact milling tool to provide access to restricted wells by drilling through stuck gate valves or other blockages. Stuck valves can result in a well being out of action for months, if not years, with lost production potentially amounting to millions. 2017-11-09 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/well-centric-develops-new-compact-milling-tool/

Well-Centric has launched a new compact milling tool to provide access to restricted wells by drilling through stuck gate valves or other blockages. Stuck valves can result in a well being out of action for months, if not years, with lost production potentially amounting to millions.

The Gate Valve Milling Tool helps reinstate production safely, quickly and efficiently with minimal operator downtime.

Originally developed as a solution to mill through stuck gate valves, this innovative tool has several further applications. Mill bits can be changed out for magnets, brushes or scrapers, providing additional clean-out capability. Additional drill rods can also be added to reach deeper into the well, past the Xmas tree, to mill obstructions at the tubing hanger.

The Gate Valve Milling Tool can be used both onshore and offshore and boasts a modular design, small footprint and extended stroke to reach deeper into the wellbore. Lubricators are not required to install drill rods, enabling more efficient rig-up and a reduced overall footprint.

Used in conjunction with relevant valves/pump-in subs to maintain well control, the new tool is the latest in a string of technology innovations and well integrity solutions that Well-Centric has brought to the market since its inception. Others include an Annulus Lubrication Filling Valve for more efficient annulus top-up operations and a range of conductor and wellhead stabilising repair clamps.

The Gate Valve Milling Tool is a major success story not only for Well-Centric, but for the industry as a whole. Our team has worked tirelessly from the initial stages of research and development through to testing and bringing the tool to market," Matt Manning, Well-Centric’s Engineering ,manager, said.

“As the sector adjusts to operating in a lower oil price environment, innovation is vital. Solutions must be developed which enable continued or enhanced production at a cost-effective price, whilst maintaining safe and efficient operation," he added.

Well-Centric, alongside Well-SENSE Technology and ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, is part of FrontRow Energy Technology Group – a group of complementary upstream oil and gas technology focused businesses bringing new solutions to market to meet industry challenges.

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Visuray successfully runs VR90s diagnostic tool offshore https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/visuray-successfully-runs-vr90s-diagnostic-tool-offshore/ Visuray has announced that is has successfully run the new VR90s Advanced Diagnostic Tool for the first time. The operation took place in an offshore well in the Netherlands, for a major Dutch oil company. 2017-11-08 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/visuray-successfully-runs-vr90s-diagnostic-tool-offshore/

Visuray has announced that is has successfully run the new VR90s Advanced Diagnostic Tool for the first time. The operation took place in an offshore well in the Netherlands, for a major Dutch oil company.

The new VR90s tool is an improved version of the VR90 Downhole X-ray Diagnostic Tool with a higher temperature rating (125 deg C), slimmer build (3 3/8 in diameter), and a new positioning module to allow more precise imaging. It is also H2S rated; compliant with NACE MR0175 / ISO 15156.

Despite the opaque fluid in the well, Visuray’s VR90s tool acquired images indicating that the top of the fish was sitting below a restriction and could not be fished directly. The VR90s tool diagnosis subsequently enabled the client to proceed with their intervention plan.

“Visuray has completed its first VR90s Advanced Diagnostic job and provided a clear recommendation to the client, proving that the VR90s tool delivers exactly what it claims to do," says Radu Achihai, Operations Manager Europe.

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Speedcast launches SIGMA Gateway Xtreme https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/speedcast-launches-sigma-gateway-xtreme/ Speedcast International Limited has released the SIGMA Gateway Xtreme, a new network device capable of managing Speedcast’s global Ku VSAT network, Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress network and 4G/LTE services. 2017-11-07 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/speedcast-launches-sigma-gateway-xtreme/

Speedcast International Limited has released the SIGMA Gateway Xtreme, a new network device capable of managing Speedcast’s global Ku VSAT network, Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress network and 4G/LTE services.

The company said in a statement that the SIGMA Gateway Xtreme delivers the ultimate in reliability and redundancy, bringing the performance of Fleet Xpress to a new and unmatched level.

“The launch of SIGMA Gateway earlier in the year was a milestone in bringing secure virtualised server environments to the Maritime market,” said Tim Bailey, Executive vice president, Products, Marketing, & Business Development, Speedcast.

SIGMA Gateway Xtreme is designed to withstand harsh Maritime environments, delivering the high availability and performance of Fleet Xpress in a secure and integrated environment. Comprised of fully redundant and duplicated hardware, including solid-state hard drives, multiple fans and remote power management, SIGMA Gateway Xtreme is backed up by multiple automated systems in order to mitigate both hardware and software failures.

The SIGMA Gateway Xtreme cybersecurity protection capabilities are powered by Fortinet and provide the safety of next-generation cybersecurity to the Maritime world via an optional virtualized device onboard. The fully managed service includes content filtering, a Unified Threat Management (UTM) platform and intrusion detection with full reporting capabilities. Customers are able to request unlimited changes to how the device manages their on-board network. By reducing the risk of a cybersecurity incident impacting vessel operations, SIGMA Gateway Xtreme delivers peace of mind to a fleet.

SIGMA Gateway Xtreme provides a secured virtualised environment where a customer or a third party’s virtual machines (VM) can be hosted. SIGMA Gateway Xtreme automatically hosts its VM across both servers, and presents them as a single instance.

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Trelleborg gets certification for Type 3 clamps https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/trelleborg-gets-certification-for-type-3-clamps/ Trelleborg’s offshore operation in England, has been certified for the design of its Type 3 Clamp under the American Petroleum Institute’s specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013). 2017-11-06 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/trelleborg-gets-certification-for-type-3-clamps/

Trelleborg’s offshore operation in England, has been certified for the design of its Type 3 Clamp under the American Petroleum Institute’s specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013).

The Type 3 Clamp is a design primarily comprising of a syntactic foam clamp body split in to a number of segments, an upgraded titanium tensioning system and high tenacity straps. Typically used in high load capacity and lower pipeline compliancy applications, this clamp provides an axial restraint on the client pipeline/flexible riser to locate a Distributed Buoyancy Module (DBM).  The clamp can also be used for other applications, for example in support of Ballast Modules or Ballasted Uraduct, used within a riser configuration or to increase the submerged weight along the riser section for additional stability.

Tom Perry, Product Design manager within Trelleborg’s offshore operation, stated: “Meeting stringent global standards to remain operationally and environmentally compliant is important to our customers and to Trelleborg. Receiving full industry-recognised accreditation from an independent verification agent, demonstrates our dedication to execute projects and designs to the required standard, providing customers with additional confidence and peace of mind.”

The certificate was awarded by Lloyds Register EMEA, acting as an independent verification agent. The design verification was completed by conducting a thorough audit of all design documentation and calculations as well as supporting material qualification and test data.

The API 17L1 specification defines the technical requirements for dimensionally and functionally safe, interchangeable flexible pipe ancillary equipment that is designed and manufactured to uniform standards. These industry standards determine the minimum requirements for the design, material selection, manufacture, documentation, testing, marking and packing of flexible pipe ancillary equipment.

Trelleborg DBMs are typically used between a subsea structure and a surface vessel or platform to reduce top tension loads and to maintain project specific riser configurations. The Type 3 Clamp, as well as the API 17L1 approved Type 4 Clamp, which includes internal rubber segments allowing for larger pipeline tolerances and contractions, were developed with a semi-automatic hydraulic installation tool to allow for quick installation of the clamp on board vessels and platforms.

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Thermon unveils CompuTrace Express https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/thermon-unveils-computrace-express/ Thermon Group Holdings has a new online tool that users can use to design the optimal heat tracing system using Thermon products. 2017-11-05 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/thermon-unveils-computrace-express/

Thermon Group Holdings has a new online tool that users can use to design the optimal heat tracing system using Thermon products.

CompuTrace Express was developed to be mobile-friendly, and leverages the power of Thermon’s CompuTrace Design Suite database. It is the new industry standard in heat trace design and primarily supports smaller projects in the industrial sector for maintenance, repair, and upgrade expansion projects.

Design a System in Four Simple Steps

  • Create Project
  • Edit Circuit - modify system defaults (e.g. change pipe size, circuit length, insulation)
  • Create Design
  • Generate Bill of Materials

 

“We developed this new tool in response to customer requests for an easy-to-use solution that would address smaller heat trace circuit requirements,” said Lance Bielke, manager of Marketing Communications for Thermon. “For example, systems that may be part of a larger primary heat trace system, but require design review for proper operating temperature.”

CompuTrace Express can be operated on a local desktop, tablet or mobile device. The design calculations in Thermon's CompuTrace program are performed in accordance with generally accepted engineering practices. Designs are based on user-specified input so the user is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the data.

Component lists generated by CompuTrace are based on an estimated number of circuits, and do not include an allowance for spares. An engineer who is familiar with heat tracing - or is an experienced heat trace designer - should perform the actual circuit layout and confirm that the recommended quantity and type of components are appropriate for the application. Products must be installed and used in accordance with Thermon instructions and local codes. Additional information relating to the design, installation, and use of Thermon products is available upon request.

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Emerson signs deal with Statoil to develop its Roxar software https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/emerson-signs-deal-with-statoil-to-develop-its-roxar-software/ Emerson has signed a collaboration agreement with leading Norwegian operator Statoil to further develop its Roxar RMS reservoir characterisation and modelling software. 2017-11-02 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/emerson-signs-deal-with-statoil-to-develop-its-roxar-software/

Emerson has signed a collaboration agreement with leading Norwegian operator Statoil to further develop its Roxar RMS reservoir characterisation and modelling software.

Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Statoil will share with Emerson some of its Intellectual Property (IP) from its internal “‘Fast Model Update”’ (FMU) workflow that operates within Roxar RMS, with the goal being to make both workflows even more efficient. The collaboration will include knowledge- and experience-transfer from a number of existing and future Statoil internal FMUTM projects within Roxar RMS. Areas that will be covered will include improving efficiencies, quality control (QC) of subsurface reservoir models, the handling and analysis of big data, and information management.

In particular, the collaboration will support advances in Emerson’s Big Loop solution that will also be available to other customers. Big Loop is an automated workflow that tightly integrates static and dynamic domains so that they are synchronized throughout the field’s lifetime, thereby providing the most comprehensive uncertainty assessment and the best-quantified risk in the reservoir model.

“This is a perfect match for both companies. Much of Statoil’s R&D can be found in previous Roxar solutions and we share the same philosophy when it comes to an integrated workflow and the generation of robust, accurate information that can have a direct impact on field development planning,” said Kjetil Fagervik, vice president of Roxar Software product development and marketing, Emerson Automation Solutions.

Statoil’s FMUTM is an integrated and automated workflow for reservoir modeling and characterisation. FMUTM connects all steps and disciplines from seismic depth conversion to prediction and reservoir management taking into account relevant reservoir uncertainty.

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BHGE launches fluid analysis and sampling while drilling service https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/bhge-launches-fluid-analysis-and-sampling-while-drilling-service/ Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has launched its FASTrak Prism fluid analysis and sampling while drilling service. 2017-11-01 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/november/bhge-launches-fluid-analysis-and-sampling-while-drilling-service/

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has launched its FASTrak  Prism fluid analysis and sampling while drilling service.

The service uses advanced sensors and proven technology to collect and deliver reliable, industry-leading volumes of high-quality fluid samples and comprehensive, real-time reservoir characterisation. These samples provide valuable insight into the reservoir to help operators improve efficiencies and make more informed decisions around their overall well completion and production strategy. 

 

“We developed the FASTrak Prism service to address the industry’s need for a better, more accurate understanding of the subsurface while drilling in complex environments . The growing need for cost-efficient reservoir fluid characterization solutions for challenging, highly-deviated and extended-reach wells underscores the need to collect accurate, real-time information so operators can evaluate their reserves and make better asset development decisions, as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Herman Nieuwoudt, Logging While Drilling Product Line director. ​

Unlike conventional services that can require additional post-drilling runs to collect samples, the FastTrak Prism service’s industry-leading capacity—16 discrete single-phase samples per run, and up to 13.4 liters of total fluid volume—provides operators with the representative fluids required for their strategic development and appraisal decisions in one drilling run, resulting in significant rig time and cost savings. Further, the FASTrak platform of sampling services has an extensive track record with hundreds of samples collected worldwide.

Continual measurement and analysis of pumped fluid during sampling operations makes it possible to easily and accurately monitor contamination and fluid properties before capturing the fluid sample. The FASTrak Prism service’s fluid chambers feature proprietary sample capture technology enabling it to achieve an enviable record of acquiring high volumes of high-quality samples with minimal contamination.

Multichannel spectrometry extends the accuracy and reliability of the service, allowing customers to clearly distinguish between fluid types and improve their understanding of fluid properties, especially in complex flow conditions.

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AISUS launches new tool for enhanced offshore inspection https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/aisus-launches-new-tool-for-enhanced-offshore-inspection/ AISUS has invested a six-figure sum in upgrading and developing inspection technology as it looks to further broaden its range of services and increase its geographical reach to provide its customers with the most efficient, cost-effective technological solutions. 2017-10-30 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/aisus-launches-new-tool-for-enhanced-offshore-inspection/

AISUS has invested a six-figure sum in upgrading and developing inspection technology as it looks to further broaden its range of services and increase its geographical reach to provide its customers with the most efficient, cost-effective technological solutions.

AISUS has launched an improved internal gravity deployed ultrasonic scanning tool, SIRIUS-X, for completing ultrasonic corrosion mapping within offshore caissons, risers and conductors.

Following successful field trials, it recently completed its first caisson inspection programme for a major UK oil and gas operator. The projects were completed in 14 days and included internal inspection of the largest diameter caisson AISUS has delivered to date. 

The SIRIUS-X is controlled from the topside, allowing inspection data to be captured above, within and below a variety of obstacles and diameter variations commonly encountered within caissons, without removing the tool.

It has been developed to maximise data accuracy and minimise the duration of inspections to meet the increasing demands of the offshore industry. Featuring a high torque rotary drive and a scanning speed of up to five metres per hour, its small cross-sectional footprint with minimal hydro-dynamic drag also allows it to perform during elevated sea states.

The SIRIUS-X’s simplified and lightweight design means it can be easily configured and adapted in-field where required, further limiting the duration of offshore inspections and reducing costs. It can be deployed to depths of up to 200 metres and adjusted for a range of caisson sizes, from 14” to 60”, at the touch of a button.

Stuart Lawson, managing director of AISUS, commented: “SIRIUS-X, and other inspection application tools which we are currently developing, will bring real benefits to operators with a range of challenging requirements. Our technology is capable of transmitting data in real-time and can be deployed and recovered easily by smaller, highly-skilled teams, offering increased efficiency over traditional inspection approaches. This allows us to provide our clients with the data they need, when they need it.”

Establishing itself as leaders in the inspection of caissons, conductors, J-Tubes and risers, the firm has made significant progress in solidifying its reputation in its initial markets and is now growing its international footprint by exporting its custom engineered technology and expertise to exploit global opportunities. The firm’s long-term commitment to research and development activities will see AISUS launch new technology offerings to the market every year in a bid to address both the current and future challenges facing the energy sector.

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Avitas Systems with Kraken Robotics to advance subsea robotic inspection https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/avitas-systems-partners-with-kraken-robotics-to-advance-subsea-robotic-inspection/ Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, announced a strategic partnership with Kraken Robotics to integrate autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), acoustic and laser sensor technology, and artificial intelligence-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection solutions for the oil and gas industries. 2017-10-26 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/avitas-systems-partners-with-kraken-robotics-to-advance-subsea-robotic-inspection/

Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, announced a strategic partnership with Kraken Robotics to integrate autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), acoustic and laser sensor technology, and artificial intelligence-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection solutions for the oil and gas industries. 

Routine subsea inspections can be slow and costly and often include manual visual inspection with large margin of error. Utilising enhanced imaging technology and inspection solutions will improve the jobs of inspectors and increase safety, accuracy, speed, cost efficiency, and asset longevity. Avitas Systems will be able to complete subsea inspection with reduced cost and time, and operational footprint.

Kraken Robotics Inc. brings a broad range of cost efficient AUV technologies, such as sensors, pressure tolerant batteries, thrusters, and control electronics. Avitas Systems will integrate these technologies into an autonomous subsea inspection system. The data from this inspection will be uploaded into a state-of-the-art platform that includes robust data ingestion, automatic defect recognition, predictive analytics, and a cloud-based visualization portal for oil and gas and offshore energy customers.

The partnership expands capabilities for inspections of ship and FPSO hulls, underwater production fields, subsea pipelines and cables, and offshore wind farm assets. Kraken’s SeaVision sensor, which can flexibly attach to AUVs and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), combines laser scanning and camera imaging to provide more detailed data for inspectors and operators. The sensor’s colorised laser imagery better detects and characterizes corrosion, cracks, marine growth and other defects. SeaVision’s color laser scanning process can be repeated thousands of times per second to generate coordinate values for millions of points on a surface. These points then become highly accurate and intricate 3D models of subsea infrastructure.

“Bridging Kraken’s cost-effective technologies with our autonomy, state-of-the-art platform, and domain knowledge allows us to commercialize efficient solutions tailored to the oil and gas industry’s specific needs. We look forward to developing complex solutions that offshore assets in challenging ocean conditions require," said Brad Tomer, Vice President of Operations at Avitas Systems.

Avitas Systems will also use sonar technology and navigational software from Kraken Robotics to optimize robots’ abilities to follow supervisory commands, track pipeline or subsea field positioning with AI-powered swim paths, and identify priority areas for inspection.  Kraken’s AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) technology will specifically enable 3D volumetric imaging, particularly useful for buried pipeline inspection and broader seafloor viewing.

The high-resolution images of assets’ surface contours can be inputted into the Avitas Systems cloud-based platform, where advanced algorithms fuse multiple sensor data, perform image analytics, and predict actionable outcomes in real-time. The Avitas Systems platform can centralize and prioritise the inspection data by areas of interest to inspectors, which will increase efficiency.

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Expro completes first electromagnetic wireless transmission https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/expro-completes-first-electromagnetic-wireless-transmission/ Expro, has successfully accomplished the world’s first proven wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface, from a recently abandoned subsea appraisal well which incorporated a rock-to-rock cement plug. 2017-10-25 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/expro-completes-first-electromagnetic-wireless-transmission/

Expro, has successfully accomplished the world’s first proven wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface, from a recently abandoned subsea appraisal well which incorporated a rock-to-rock cement plug.

The system was installed in the North Sea and will be used to improve understanding of the reservoir and to optimise future development planning of the field, while ensuring full compliance with local well abandonment regulations.

This achievement provides operators with a more cost effective option for well abandonment design and consideration of wider well barrier techniques, while maintaining the ability to monitor the reservoir or plug integrity.

Expro’s cableless telemetry system (CaTSTM) wireless gauges, using electromagnetic (EM) technology, were installed in the reservoir of the main bore and casings were cut below the side-track kickoff point to install the cap rock cement plug.

CaTS repeaters placed in the side-track enabled data transmission across the open-hole section and to the seabed transceiver for storage and transmission to an overhead vessel.
The system provided continuous reservoir data, which began immediately after the drill stem test (DST), allowing extended pressure build-up analysis without rig support.


Expro’s executive vice president, Alistair Geddes, commented: “This latest achievement demonstrates our leading position in understanding the physics behind downhole EM telemetry. It allows us to instrument more wells with casing breaks or longer open-hole sections, partnering with customers to develop the most effective plug and abandonment strategies.


“For nearly two decades, Expro has pioneered the use of EM for long-term reservoir monitoring, delivering advancements in 3D analysis models for open-hole communication - without the need for a continuous metallic path for data transmission.

“We recognise the value that technology brings to our industry, which is why we continue to expand our capability and deliver maximum value through innovative new applications.”
CaTS gauges can deliver substantial cost savings in side-tracked wells with appropriate well barriers, as this permits long term interference testing to be completed from the main bore to side-track, without the need to drill a separate appraisal well.

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Schlumberger releases integrated seat technology ball valve https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/schlumberger-releases-integrated-seat-technology-ball-valve/ Schlumberger has released its GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. New ball valve technology features a patented seat-on-ball design that significantly improves performance over conventional metal-seated ball valves in addition to offering considerable size and weight benefits. 2017-10-25 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/schlumberger-releases-integrated-seat-technology-ball-valve/

Schlumberger has released its GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. New ball valve technology features a patented seat-on-ball design that significantly improves performance over conventional metal-seated ball valves in addition to offering considerable size and weight benefits.

“As the industry deals with more demanding reservoir conditions, conventional trunnion-mounted ball valves have only been slightly modified in design to adapt to these challenging environments,” said Brent Baumann, president, Valves & Measurement, Schlumberger. “The GROVE IST ball valve introduces a disruptive technology uniquely designed to mitigate the risk of leakage at higher pressures and temperatures and to save operating cost.”

Conventional ball valves tend to become larger in size and weight as oil and gas companies explore harsher environments. The GROVE IST ball valve overcomes these conditions with its game changing seat design that provides advanced sealing performance and increased valve life span while minimizing size and weight, enabling customers to reduce total cost of ownership.

The GROVE IST ball valve has undergone an extensive qualification test program that qualifies the full product range to API 6A PR2 for performance, API 6AV1 for slurry testing and API 607/6FA for fire testing. In addition, in-line flow testing validation was performed at an independent, accredited testing facility to further simulate real operating conditions.

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Mokveld receives functional safety management certificate https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/mokveld-receives-functional-safety-management-certificate/ Mokveld Valves BV is the first valve manufacturer in the world to have implemented a Functional Safety Management System for providing critical safety systems up to safety level SIL3, and to have it third party certified. 2017-10-24 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/mokveld-receives-functional-safety-management-certificate/

Mokveld Valves BV is the first valve manufacturer in the world to have implemented a Functional Safety Management System for providing critical safety systems up to safety level SIL3, and to have it third party certified.

In order to obtain the Functional Safety Management certificate Mokveld followed the IEC 61508 chapter 6 and IEC 61511 chapter 5. Mokveld will be audited periodically to maintain this high safety leve

During the last couple of years Mokveld already invested heavily in formal training of its staff, today employing more than 30 Certified Functional Safety Engineers. On top of this proof of the knowledge level and capabilities of its staff the Functional Safety Management certificate confirms that Mokveld also has the organisation structure and procedures in place to design, manufacture, integrate, test, inspect and service mission critical safety systems in a controlled manner.

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Speedcast provide a near-shore 4G/LTE service for energy users https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/speedcast-provide-a-near-shore-4glte-service-for-energy-users/ Speedcast International Limited has introduced GO4SPEED, a new global near-shore, data-only4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) solution for Maritime and Energy. 2017-10-24 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/speedcast-provide-a-near-shore-4glte-service-for-energy-users/

Speedcast International Limited has introduced GO4SPEED, a new global near-shore, data-only4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) solution for Maritime and Energy.

GO4SPEED provides flexible usage packages, cost control and overage protection, is easy to install andcan be configured to compliment other communications services such as VSAT and MSS.

“GO4SPEED enables cost-effective mobile data for the Maritime industry, enhancing our global VSAT and MSS services,” said Dan Rooney, productdirector for Commercial Maritime, Speedcast. “The maritime and energy sectors demand affordable, yet manageable, high-speed near-shorecommunications, and GO4SPEED delivers this. GO4SPEED provideshigh-speed access to internet and corporate VPN connections, creating a hybrid network with Speedcast’s VSAT and MSS services.”

GO4SPEED is ideal for any vessel or offshore rig and can enhance the on board internet with download speeds up to 100Mbps (4G/LTE carrier dependent). GO4SPEED can receive a signal up to 15km offshore depending upon the vessel’s position, antenna and cellular tower location. If a 4G/LTE signal is not available,GO4SPEED automatically switches to 3G/HSPDA.

Global 4G/LTE data plans can provide up to 2TB per month and can also be pooled amongst a fleet to maximise efficiency and cost savings. Flexible controls and overage protection is provided to ensure that a vessel or rig never exceeds its monthly allowance.

GO4SPEED is supplied as a turnkey solution including antennas, and can be easily installed by crew members providing a simple yet reliable option for enhanced connectivity.

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DuPont introduces alkylation conversion and expansion technology https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/dupont-introduces-alkylation-conversion-and-expansion-technology/ DuPont Clean Technologies (DuPont) has launched the DuPont ConvEx HF alkylation conversion technology, the first cost-effective solution that enables refiners to convert volatile and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unitto the safer sulfuric acid alkylation technology. This new technology also offers refiners the opportunity for significant capacity increases at minimal additional cost. 2017-10-24 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/dupont-introduces-alkylation-conversion-and-expansion-technology/

DuPont Clean Technologies (DuPont) has launched the DuPont ConvEx HF alkylation conversion technology, the first cost-effective solution that enables refiners to convert volatile and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unitto the safer sulfuric acid alkylation technology. This new technology also offers refiners the opportunity for significant capacity increases at minimal additional cost.

Historically, the expense of converting from HF to sulfuric acid alkylation was estimated by the industry at 80 percent of the cost of a grassroots sulfuric acid alkylation unit of a similar size. This perceived high conversion cost and the lack of any other economic benefi ts deterred refiners from committing to this change. By reusing much of the existing equipment, conversion with DuPont ConvEx technology is estimated to be significantly lower. At approximately 40-60 per cent of the cost of a grassroots sulfuric acidalkylation unit, this new technology from DuPont represents a step-change reduction in cost. In situations where plot space is available near the existing facility, downtime can be reduced by installing new equipment during normal operations.

The suite of HF conversion technologies offered by DuPont was developed with flexibility in mind to adapt to the strategic objectives of refiners currently operating HF alkylation units. “We are excited to bring this game-changing technology to market,” said Eli Ben-Shoshan, global business director, DuPont Clean Technologies.

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ABB launches new analytics tool https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/abb-launches-new-analytics-tool/ ABB is launching an enterprise-wide deep dive into a facilities data, presenting a common view of analytics available to CEO-level executives through to maintenance teams on production sites. The new tool is called ABB Ability. 2017-10-03 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/abb-launches-new-analytics-tool/

ABB is launching an enterprise-wide deep dive into a facilities data, presenting a common view of analytics available to CEO-level executives through to maintenance teams on production sites. The new tool is called ABB Ability.

ABB said that for the first time, companies in the oil, gas and chemicals sector can deep dive into their data, regardless of which vendor’s control system is used, with business intelligence and data analytics across areas presented within a single window. This allows more joined-up, and thus more effective, decision-making through improved, shared insights into company data, than previously possible. And, using this common window, each user – whether maintenance manager or headquarters executive – is able to configure the view and have performance indicators and measures presented using the latest visual analysis tools.

“With ABB Ability Enterprise Analytics, insights are combined into a single dashboard that, for the first time, transforms data into easily actionable information for executives, plant, process and maintenance managers across the entire oil, gas and chemicals (OGC) sector,” explained ABB’s Håvard Devold . “The financial upside of this to operators is significant as up to 30 per cent savings in capital and operating expenditures are achievable.

The ability to search, find, view and analyse this information and present it in different contexts and timeframes is the key to turning ‘dumb data’ into actionable insight for improved decision-making in a digital world. Presenting such diverse information to the right job function in the right manner, is due to ABB’s intellectual knowledge of numerous oil, gas and chemical processes together.

ABB said it is able to present and integrate data from any third party system, while ensuring that the intellectual property of that data remains in the ownership of the customer. “We believe that customers own their data, and they should know what ABB will be doing with it. Customers also need to provide consent before we share any of their data. We respect the intellectual property of our customers. We don’t ask customers of ABB Ability solutions to cede their IP rights to us when they use our digital solutions,” explained Devold.

“Our domain expertise and extensive portfolio of products and systems puts us in a position that no other supplier can offer the oil, gas and chemicals sector. Our experience across all operational dimensions has enabled us to create a ‘single pane of glass’ that gives quick and easy visibility at a device, process, plant and enterprise level, depending on who needs the specific information.”

Supporting the single dashboard view are ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers, which digitally connect the company’s customers with ABB’s experts worldwide. These centers let ABB see all customer sites, along with a case management system that identifies critical assets in need of urgent attention. Meanwhile, at a customer’s own operations center, they have the same digitally connected information that covers every level from: level 4 – enterprise overview targeting executives, level 3 – plant managers, level 2 – process managers and level 1 – device-level asset issue review.

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T.D. Williamson introduces ProSeries fittings https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/td-williamson-introduces-proseries-fittings/ Hot tapping and plugging (HT&P) is a common method for accessing an in-service pipeline for tie-ins, repair, and maintenance. But as with most operations in the pipeline industry, “common” hardly equates to “simple.” Entering and isolating a pipeline is complex by nature. 2017-10-03 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/october/td-williamson-introduces-proseries-fittings/

Hot tapping and plugging (HT&P) is a common method for accessing an in-service pipeline for tie-ins, repair, and maintenance. But as with most operations in the pipeline industry, “common” hardly equates to “simple.” Entering and isolating a pipeline is complex by nature.

Fortunately, technological advances are helping keep HT&P projects safe and on schedule. A recent innovation is the ProSeries range of HT&P fittings introduced by pipeline solutions provider T.D. Williamson (TDW).

ProSeries fittings expand the capabilities of the company’s STOPPLE and STOPPLE Plus fittings. Available for 4-inch through 36-inch, ProSeries fittings are engineered and manufactured using best-in-class processes. The result is a broader range of code-compliant fittings to address multiple applications and operating conditions – plus shorter lead times and substantially faster deliveries.

The fitting is a crucial element of the HT&P operation. Manufacturing or delivery delays can send a project off track, Paola Corrales, product manager – HT&P, said. By reducing ProSeries manufacturing time, TDW allows operators to optimise project schedules, so they can become more efficient and complete projects sooner.

“The ProSeries offering ensures operators will have the right fitting for their application, even in the most challenging isolation operation – on time, exactly when they need it,” she said. “Based on our innovative approach to design and production, TDW is also able to shorten delivery time of custom fittings for use in extremely unique applications.”

Consistent product quality is assured through model-based manufacturing, Corrales said. Compliance with ASME B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, B31.8; CSA Z662 CAT I and CAT II; CFR 192 and 195a; and a variety of ANSI and other codes has been proven and validated.

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BHGE releases new coiled tubing simulation software https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/bhge-releases-new-coiled-tubing-simulation-software/ Baker Hughes, a GE company has introduced a new CIRCA coiled tubing simulation software, which enables coiled tubing service providers to maximise equipment performance and improve operational efficiency in well interventions. 2017-09-13 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/bhge-releases-new-coiled-tubing-simulation-software/

Baker Hughes, a GE company has introduced a new CIRCA coiled tubing simulation software, which enables coiled tubing service providers to maximise equipment performance and improve operational efficiency in well interventions.

In a statement BHGE, said that based on learnings from the field and built and refi ned over three decades, the software allows coiled tubing providers and operators to build better job models for more predictable results.

Operational guidelines for coiled tubing applications are typically based on experience rather than on hard data. Applying these methods in today’s more complex wells— particularly in unconventional wells with longer laterals and numerous stages—can compromise job performance and even damage downhole equipment. Historically, coiled tubing simulation software has lacked real-world feedback and adequate support, producing inferior models that fail to adequately identify risks, especially in complex environments.

The CIRCA software suite validates theoretical models with empirical data from the fi eld to help coiled tubing providers move from experience-dependent operations to data-driven execution. The software delivers valuable insights into the subsurface, such as downhole conditions, fl ow rates and safe operating envelopes, enabling operators to calculate outcomes with more certainty to improve job planning and execution.

The CIRCA software suite includes the following applications:

  • CIRCA Complete provides tubing force analysis and wellbore hydraulics monitoring for common applications.
  • CIRCA Pro uses complex calculations to accurately model solids transport to surface without compromising downhole equipment in more challenging operations like abrasive perforating, cleanouts and multistage plug milling.
  • CIRCA Real-Time optimises jobs in real time using live operational data inside the  coiled tubing control cab, accommodating changing well conditions.
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SpotSee launches SpotBot https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/spotsee-launches-spotbot/ SpotSee, a provider of shock and vibration monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data, has launched SpotBot, a stand-alone device that delivers global, real-time, tri-axial impact monitoring and tracking through cellular connectivity. The product is designed with superior battery life for long journeys, reducing the need for battery changes. 2017-09-13 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/spotsee-launches-spotbot/

SpotSee, a provider of shock and vibration monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data, has launched SpotBot, a stand-alone device that delivers global, real-time, tri-axial impact monitoring and tracking through cellular connectivity. The product is designed with superior battery life for long journeys, reducing the need for battery changes.

“SpotBot has impact, temperature, a long battery life and global tracking all in one device,” said Paula Simoes, vice president internet of things (IoT) portfolio & technology, SpotSee. “SpotBot is SpotSee’s fi rst product to have built-in connectivity that leverages the company’s global IoT network, platform and proprietary ShockWatch hardware that enables its customers to spot damage in their operation and see it in real time.”

SpotBot customers gain real-time visualisation through the SpotSee web based platform, which also allows access to data from any web-based device. The SpotBot transmits information using cellular technology, eliminating the need for line of sight to a satellite for position or communication.

SpotBot combines ShockWatch and ShockLog technology to generate accurate data on impacts up to 65G, providing more than four times the spectrum of the best competitive alternative (which typically only captures impacts up to 16G). This range of impact monitoring is best suited for shipping weights from 100 to 60,000 lbs.

The user easily defines impact settings specifi c to the product being monitored. SpotBot delivers a location and time stamp of alerts from impacts over the threshold in real time from all over the world. Users can visualise the asset’s impacts over time or review a histogram of those events. After a trip is complete, the user can easily download a report of impacts from the SpotBot.

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Emerson upgrades handheld communicator https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/emerson-upgrades-handheld-communicator/ Emerson’s AMS Trex DeviceCommunicator adds new enhancements that improve response time to operational changes through best-in class visibility of field changes. Auto Sync technology makes AMS Trex the first handheld communicator to automatically synchronise field data with a facility’s AMS Device Manager database. By connecting field data with decision makers, maintenance and operations personnel will now have even faster access to field changes and an accurate audit trail for compliance and analysis requirements. 2017-09-13 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/emerson-upgrades-handheld-communicator/

Emerson’s AMS Trex DeviceCommunicator adds new enhancements that improve response time to operational changes through best-in class visibility of field changes. Auto Sync technology makes AMS Trex the first handheld communicator to automatically synchronise field data with a facility’s AMS Device Manager database. By connecting field data with decision makers, maintenance and operations personnel will now have even faster access to field changes and an accurate audit trail for compliance and analysis requirements.

The communicator eliminates this risk of inaccurate data, by logging and timestamping all changes as they occur. With the resulting audit trail, organisations know not only what was changed, but when and by what device, simplifying change-related troubleshooting and providing easily accessible data for compliance audits.

The AMS Trex communicator, part of Emerson’s Always Mobile portfolio, harnesses the power of the Industrial IoT(IIoT) to deliver the data personnel need to improve maintenance efficiency and plant reliability, from wherever they work. Instead, the communicators can stay with the technicians, improving their efficiency. In addition, new field devices are captured on the device communicator and will automatically populate in the asset database.

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Transneft Diascan expands range of diagnostic devices https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/transneft-diascan-expands-range-of-diagnostic-devices/ Diascan extended the line of diagnostic devices of its own production with a new flaw detector for determining the position of 16-DST pipelines. The device successfully passed tests and was accepted into operation by the commission of Transneft. 2017-09-13 https://www.pipelineme.com/tools-and-techpeople/tools-and-tech/2017/september/transneft-diascan-expands-range-of-diagnostic-devices/

Diascan extended the line of diagnostic devices of its own production with a new flaw detector for determining the position of 16-DST pipelines. The device successfully passed tests and was accepted into operation by the commission of Transneft.

This diagnostic complex is a new standard type of the range of DSflaw detectors used by specialists of Transneft Diascan for in-line diagnostics since 2012 and is designed to determine the spatial position of the main pipelines with an external diameter of 16/20”.

The flaw detector measures the coordinates of the axis of the pipeline, determines the radii of its bends and the angles of rotation.

The device also provides information on the location and dimensions of transverse welds, geometry defects, connecting and structural details of the pipeline, as well as measuring the movement of the pipeline during its operation.

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