Offshore Technology News - page 201

Chevron's four steps to business success

Apr 01, 2011

Chevron chairman and CEO John Watson told the Energy Institute's International Petroleum Week dinner in London last month that fossil fuel is no dinosaur. Meg Chesshyre was there.Far from having reached any peak, the world's estimated base of recoverable oil…

Macondo casts a giant shadow

Mar 02, 2011

The Macondo well disaster and its ramifications were never far from the surface during the recent GE Oil & Gas annual meeting in Florence, where business leaders gathered in large numbers to discuss the technological and regulatory challenges…

Conflicting views from the seabed

Mar 02, 2011

Andrew McBarnet tries to fathom the future of permanent seismic reservoir monitoring projects.A big pow-wow of industry specialists at the end of last month in Trondheim, Norway, was hoping to get to the bottom of the future prospects for…

Security and sustainability to the fore

Mar 01, 2011

‘Securing Safe, Smart, Sustainable Supply' is the highly alliterative theme for this year's Offshore Europe conference, to be held in Aberdeen 6-8 September. It will be chaired by Amec chief executive Samir Brikho.--It is not just about having energy…

ROVs ahead of the game

Feb 02, 2011

Exploration and production at greater depths and a heightened emphasis on safety could mean even bigger roles for ROVs in offshore operations. Experts say the machines are not just up for the challenge, but ahead of the game. Russell McCulley reports…

Cloud nine for the oil & gas IT crowd

Feb 02, 2011

Even in an industry that thinks in decades, seconds count. As such, employees are seeking ways to speed up certain processes, such as collaboration. Once reserved for in-person visits and meetings, employees can now consult with one another through myriad means…

Making better sense of downhole data

Feb 02, 2011

Distributed temperature sensing data is now often the first port of call when identifying production issues, not the last resort as it had been prior to the adoption of the latest user-friendly data management packages. Tendeka's Garth Naldrett explains why…

Taking responsibility for research

Feb 02, 2011

Andrew McBarnet weighs up the value of research in the E&P marine geoscience sector and draws some surprising conclusions.We hear a great deal about the hard to find oil which needs to be discovered if the world's supply needs are to be met in the coming decades before…

How gaming has aided GPU rendering for volume visualization

Feb 02, 2011

The latest top end 3D graphics cards can now support GPU rendering for volume visualization and instantaneous processing of volume data. Paradigm's Huw James, Evgeny Ragoza and Tatyana Kostrova explain what this generation of cards makes possible…

Harris puts it all together

Jan 02, 2011

Russell McCulley reviews recent developments and talking points in the offshore communications arena.Florida-based Harris Corporation followed its summer 2010, $525 million acquisition of CapRock Communications with the purchase of Schlumberger's Global Connectivity Services (GCS) in November…

A 'hot market' getting hotter

Jan 02, 2011

No crystal ball is needed to determine one area of offshore activity where spending will rise inexorably in coming years: inspection, repair and maintenance. With one leading commentator predicting this sector’s annual spend will reach $7 billion by 2014…

Forties field: an updatable full field model

Dec 31, 2010

The overhaul of the reservoir model of the giant Forties oilfield – from data management to full field simulation – is described here by operator Apache North Sea’s Jeffery Pyle and Schlumberger’s Gordy Shanor.Production from the Forties field began in 1975…

Tidying up on Trym

Nov 01, 2010

Aker Solutions has started a six-month integrated operations pilot with Danish operator Dong on the Trym field, an industry briefing in London heard recently. Meg Chesshyre reviews the status of this and other developments on the Aker technology horizon…

How to improve plate mudmat design efficiency and quality

Oct 26, 2010

Prompted by practical engineering needs, Foster Wheeler Upstream developed a design tool to facilitate the design of subsea plate mudmats. Dr Jinming Xu, Paul Schank and Ray Young discuss how Mudmatician, through automation and built-in intelligence…

Educating the executives

Oct 26, 2010

Not so long ago, in more favorable economic times, companies sought business school advice on leadership. Today, with their budgets shredded, companies are more likely to be seeking counsel on agility, says Southern Methodist University's Frank Lloyd…

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