Offshore Technology News - page 181

 

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…

Products in action - OE October 2010

Oct 26, 2010

Quicker connection Baker Hughes announced the commercialization of its Reconnect technology, which the company says provides an alternative for re-establishing surface hydraulic control to surface-controlled subsurface safety valves (SCSSVs)…

Dropping downtime

Oct 26, 2010

Another drilling contractor, Seadrill, recently put to the test DNV’s new standard for managing integrated software dependent systems. Wendy Laursen assesses the system’s scope for reducing software-related downtime on drilling units.There are…

Red all over

Sep 01, 2010

On the heels of strong 2Q earnings, including a revenue boost of 11% from international markets, Halliburton executive Tim Probert talks to OE about oilfield technology trends, the Deepwater Horizon disaster and how ‘Big Red' is positioning itself as a truly international company…

Operating helicopters to moving helidecks

Sep 01, 2010

For more than 20 years, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has led various initiatives to reduce the risks to helicopters operating to moving platforms in the North Sea. Dr Athena Scaperdas and Dr Paul Gallagher of Atkins describe one such project which looks at helicopter on-deck safety…

Opening the window

Aug 09, 2010

Weather is a major factor when planning offshore drilling campaigns. Asbjørn Stålesen of FMC Technologies says the company's Real Time Operating Limits system has allowed it to increase the time available for carrying out drilling work.The biggest…

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