September 2013, Vol. 240 No. 9

What's New

September 2013 New Products And Services

New products and services from Newpark, i-cubed, Sawyer Mfg. Co., Kinyon Construction, Synodon, Rockwell Automation, Save The World Air (STWA), Master Bond, Crystal Engineering, John Deere, Pyramid Transportation and more.

Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, a unit of Newpark Resources, has announced the launch of the DURA-BASE T-REX Mat Cleaning System. The system was developed to reduce the time needed to clean rig matting and speed the site-to-site redeployment of equipment and completion operations. It is fully contained, which reduces the amount of water required by recycling it. Transported via tractor trailer, the system can be deployed anywhere throughout the Marcellus region, and the company plans to expand the offering to other markets. 877-628-7623,

DataDoors 3.15 has been released by i-cubed, LLC, featuring cloud-based LiDAR data management and processing.The software now provides the ability to extract, combine, reproject, tile and derive interpreted content surfaces from one or multiple LiDAR LAS files. Along with these new capabilities, derivative products such as DSM, DTM, contours and intensity images can be delivered as a finished product or as a hosted data stream with a range of endpoints optimized for GIS and CAD applications. This allows end-users the advantage of automatically processing LiDAR to standard derivative products without having to store, host or manage the product locally.

Sawyer Mfg. Co.
Sawyer Manufacturing Company has introduced the Grasshopper, a method of securing a ground for welding to prevent arc burn with a grounding clamp that grips a dedicated bolt. Shielding added throughout the device offers reinforcement against arcing outside of the main pin. The pin also makes brother-in-law welding on large-diameter pipe possible by allowing multiple welders to ground to the same device. Nylon-insulated magnets further prevent the risk of arcing where they connect vertically or horizontally to the pipe. The magnets also prevent stretching or slacking that may occur with other grounding attachment methods. 877-730-9149,

Kinyon Construction, Inc.
Kinyon Construction, Inc. recently introduced the Pipe Inspection Cart, a motorized scaffold inspection device designed to target otherwise inaccessible areas of overland stanchioned pipe systems. It is designed to replace the need for several types of equipment such as cherry pickers, spider-baskets, and cranes to reach different elevations of pipe for coatings, inspection, and maintenance work. Instead, a small crew can assemble the PIC on location and use it to traverse elevated sections of pipe at any height. The scaffold is engineered to safely carry a two-man crew and all necessary equipment for coating and other repairs on a 34-inch diameter natural gas pipeline. It operates under the power of a 120 volt energy source, and moves back and forth over a pipeline using a dead-man button operating system for optimal safety.

Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation has announced an initiative to help manufacturers reduce security risks to control systems in response to growing cyber-security threats. The initiative will help automation and IT professionals secure their industrial processes with a combination of control system design and best practices, contemporary technologies and professional services from Rockwell Automation and its strategic partnerships, including Cisco. It will incorporate defense-in-depth methodology, forming multiple layers of defense against internal and external threats by establishing processes and policies that identify and contain evolving threats in industrial systems; secure automation architecture via an evolving set of products and services such as managed switches, secure communications, user authentication and access control; and industrial security solutions leveraging open-standard technology and advocating a common network architecture approach that helps decrease inconsistencies in network protocols, security practices and training.,

Save The World Air, Inc. (STWA)
STWA, Inc.’s AOT Viscosity Reduction Systems are a suite of commercial crude oil pipeline flow assurance products designed to be installed at pipeline pump stations in the upstream, gathering and midstream sectors. The technology reduces the viscosity of crude oil without the need for heat, chemical or polymer additives, alleviating pipeline bottlenecks, increasing flow capacity and reducing operational energy-intensity. The company says the system’s effectiveness has been verified and tested by the United States Department of Energy.

Master Bond
Master Bond has released a new white paper, “How to Evaluate Chemically Resistant Adhesives,” offering a guide to selecting adhesive products exposed to harsh chemical environments. The paper examines the importance of exposure variables, chemical interactions and testing, and includes suggestions for procedures to avoid generalities in the selection process. Additionally, the paper supplies data results from the company’s database of ten-year chemical immersion. Get a head start in choosing the right adhesive for these most critical applications. 201-343-8983,

Crystal Engineering

Crystal Engineering has introduced the new GaugeCalHP pressure comparator for test and calibration applications up to 15,000 psi. The device is suitable for use with water or oil, either in the field or the laboratory, and is compatible with most-large size pressure gauges. It is designed with Crystal pressure fittings (CPF), a reservoir relief valve, an O-ring sealing system that permits leak-free connections without tools and a self-venting weep hole that alerts users before they disconnect from a pressurized system. CPF fittings and hoses come with a 4:1 safety factor. 800-444-1850,

FuelFX offers specialized mobile, multimedia and interactive representations for complex energy training, communications, sales and marketing materials. Advanced 3D visualizations enable an audience to experience and digest difficult-to-communicate concepts. Applications include training manual illustrations, virtual guides and instructors who walk around a facility pointing out safety concerns, facility models displaying real-time readings, a view inside a tool to show how the internal components of the equipment work and digital facility models to better plan and mobilize crisis response. 855-472-7316,

Tensar North American Green
Tensar North American Green has launched the VMax W3000 high-performance turf reinforcement mat, which provides increased strength and protection for effective erosion control and maximum vegetation establishment. The three-dimensional mat consists of a woven corrugated middle layer interlaced into the woven top and bottom layers, which produces separate strata zones for both root and stem reinforcement. The corrugated structure forms protective troughs perpendicular to water flow that function as check dams to capture and retain in-filled seed and soil.

Synodon’s Pipeline Threat Assessment service assists operators by taking a snapshot in time and identifying potential hazards to a pipeline’s integrity, such as construction activity in the area, equipment over the line, new buildings near the right-of-way and erosion putting the pipeline at risk of exposure. High-resolution visual images of the entire surveyed area are captured and analyzed and provide a record of threats. Specific concerns can be pinpointed with precise GPS coordinates and snapshots can be overlaid sequentially to show changes over time. Images are provided in formats that integrate with common GIS systems, allowing operators to share visual images of their entire network throughout the organization. This can assist with future planning of construction projects, clarity on challenging terrain, and proper assessment of the tools and transportation required for maintenance jobs. 780-468-9568,

Clarion’s summer book sale is on until Sept. 21, featuring a 10% discount as well as additional discounts for multiple purchases. Available titles include Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Technology, 4th Edition by John Tiratsoo and Encyclopedic Dictionary of Pipeline Integrity by Guy Desjardins and Reena Sahney. 713-449-3222, bookTitles.php.

Introduced this year, Honeywell’s UOP Separex Flux+ membrane elements increase natural gas processing capacity by removing contaminants such as acid gas and water from natural gas. These contaminants must be removed before natural gas can be transported by pipeline for commercial use. In addition to increasing the amount of gas that can be processed in the system, the membrane element removes more carbon dioxide per unit membrane area than other technology. Designed with a compact footprint, the units can be installed onshore or offshore. The company says they require little by way of utilities and provide for short start-up times and high turndown capabilities.,

Clock Spring
When using directional drilling and microtunnelling techniques for road, rail and other underground pipeline right-of-way crossing applications, the Clock Spring fully bonded composite system may be used for casing spacer applications to prevent damage and wear to the main pipeline and coating when installed (pushed/pulled) into the casing and to centralize the pipe once in the casing. Derived from the transmission pipeline corrosion repair system, the casing spacer features the same full cured 8-layer high-strength composite laminate coil as that system. The coil is wound onto the pipe and bonded in place using a high-lap shear strength adhesive. Once installed, the coil typically provides one half-inch stand-off spacing distance from the pipe circumference. Additional layers can be applied if a greater stand-off distance is required. The coil surface is smooth and provides a low coefficient of friction between the composite surface and carrier pipe. The system is available to suit pipe diameters from 4” to 56” with coil widths available up to 12”.,

International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
OGP, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, has published new guidance to help companies aid one another in case of a major offshore incident. The 20-page document, Mutual Aid In Large-Scale Offshore Incidents – A Framework For The Oil And Gas Industry, includes guiding principles, suggestions on initiating a mutual aid arrangement and addressing complexities associated with health, safety, security and the environment; legal and regulatory requirements; terms of contracts or licenses; and logistical and technical challenges. A section devoted to practical measures features suggestions on communications, equipment inventories, assurance processes, stakeholder dialogues and continual improvement. Based on a close examination of the typical elements of responses to large-scale incidents, the framework is built on the premise that mutual aid arrangements are best addressed at the local, regional or basin level, where resources are more likely to be quickly accessible and where operators are likely to share common technical, logistical, legal and regulatory environments. It provides a process for scoping and developing mutual aid arrangements and identifies some of the issues and challenges involved. These include the involvement of third parties to whom essential resources might be under contract.

Technical Toolboxes

The Technical Toolboxes Pipeline Toolbox is designed to provide an integrated suite of technical tools to solve day-to-day pipeline design, analysis, integrity, maintenance, safety, compliance and related engineering problems. The new version contains an added set of software applications for estimation, assessment and modeling of accidental releases from pressurized gas and liquid hydrocarbon pipelines. The mathematical models implemented in the software are based on extensive industry research and current technology. They include modules to calculate product lost during accident, as required by 49 CFR 195 and 49 CFR 191/192, analyze risk consequences and estimate environmental impact for existing or new pipelines. The new applications will provide the user with the capability to run different scenarios depending on the accident leak location, pipeline section details, product flowing data, and other information. 713-630-0505,,

Vidisco NDT
Vidisco’s new BoltX Pro portable imager is compliant with Class B ISO 17636-2 Non Destructive Testing of Welds, Radiographic Testing Part 2 standard without any geometrical magnification. The tool has spatial resolution of 75 micron, allowing the imager to take images of thin materials such as small-bore pipes with thin wall thickness. The standard guarantees a minimum image quality by testing minimum requirements for the testing procedure. In the ISO standard, radiographic techniques are divided into two classes: Class A and Class B. Class A refers to a basic technique while Class B refers to improved technique (used when Class A may be insufficiently sensitive). Class B is stricter and requires higher image sensitivity, thus allowing detection of smaller defects compared to Class A requirements. Class B is used in inspections where there is no room for error.

Arecon Data
Arecon Data LLC has announced the availability of Oil Country OS, an oil and gas tubular inventory and asset management software. Arecon Data’s product Tally Wizard, a Tubular Logistic Solution, offers current customers the ability to upgrade to the enterprise release. The new software manages tubulars and equipment as well as tracking purchases, quotes, sales orders and cost of goods sold in multiple locations and including the cost of a product from purchase to sale.

Blackstone Technology Group
Blackstone Technology Group’s Trellis software platform is a hosted software-as-a-service and web-based natural gas transaction management solution that allows pipeline companies to manage their commercial and operational activities. The software helps pipeline companies perform a number of critical business activities, including contracts, nominations, scheduling, measurement, allocation, trading, billing, reporting, and credit risk management. The company says the solution is flexible and configurable, as well as fully scalable.

John Deere
John Deere Power Systems has announced that the company’s engine lineup of 130 kW (174 hp) and above has received U.S. EPA Final Tier 4, European Union Stage IV and California Air Resources Board emissions certification. The PowerTechTM PVS 6.8L, PowerTech PSS 6.8L, PowerTech PSS 9.0L and PowerTech PSS 13.5L models are the first of the company’s off-highway engines to receive the emissions certifications in that power category. Final Tier 4/Stage IV emissions regulations begin January 1, 2014, for engines 130 kW (174 hp) and above, and require an 80 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) from previous Interim Tier 4/Stage III B requirements. Particulate matter (PM) levels remain the same as those mandated by Interim Tier 4/Stage III B regulations. The engines in question feature an integrated emissions control system configured with cooled exhaust gas recirculation, a diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction system.

Pyramid Transportation
Pyramid Transportation is a flatbed and specialized transport company with the ability to distribute shipments throughout the US and Canada, with logistics partners specializing in freight forwarding as well as port involvement. The company handles transports ranging from small flatbeds to the large oversized loads, shipment permitted and escorted loads. Offerings include flatbed, step-deck and lowboy services and management of legal and oversized shipments. 507-378-5000,


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