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IoT and the Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20 percent annually while at the same time the amount of data coming from the oil field can exceed 1.5 terabytes a day and threatens to overwhelm IT departments. However, through more efficient use of device data, advanced cloud-based data analytics, and automated application of corrective measures, the normal production decline of approximately 10-15 percent annually could be slowed to as little as 5 percent. Additionally, facility capital costs can be reduced […]

Companies Release Aerial Pipeline Inspection Solution for Utilities

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs have released an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is integrated by Black & Veatch into a utility’s existing enterprise asset management (EAM) systems. This streamlined solution lowers inspection times, reduces inspection costs and accelerates the integration of data into EAM systems. Over the past year, Black & Veatch and Aeryon worked with utilities across North America to develop an efficient, comprehensive drone inspection solution […]

International Plastic Pipe Conference Extends Deadline for Papers

The organizers of the International Plastic Pipe Conference and Exhibition today announced a two-week extension of the deadline for the submission of abstracts to Nov. 15, 2017. “We have already received some major proposals for presentations and are particularly interested to receive case reference experience from major water, gas, sewer and telecom utility companies,” Zoran Davidovski, Conference Co-Chair/Chair of the Technical Program, said. “Plastic pipe technology is constantly evolving to meet an ever wider range of new applications. New applications particularly in the industrial sector are therefore of similar key interest.” According to Davidovski, speakers and participants are […]

Midstream Company Solves Flow Measurement Issues

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

When Mike Heckl was a director of operations for Crestwood Midstream, the company established itself in the West Virginia Appalachian Basin by purchasing an area of development from a major upstream firm with a large acreage in the Ohio and West Virginia Marcellus/Utica Shale fields. They had already installed about 45 miles of pipe at this location with several dozen well pads flowing natural gas. They were not a midstream company, so Crestwood purchased the right to transport the gas for that particular area. Limited Measurement Available The upstream company had built this pipeline knowing...

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Asset Tracking and Traceability: Field-to-GIS Solution

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The industry has implemented a new materials traceability standard, ASTM F2897, that asset manufacturers are using to mark assets with standardized barcodes. In response to this standard, Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) has been working with vendor LocusView on a solution that leverages newly developed hardware and software to automatically create maps and material traceability records of assets during construction using GPS and barcode scanning. The Distribution Material Traceability project has been a priority for PG&E as it strives for traceable, verifiable and complete records. ASTM F2897 defines requirements for the data – including...

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Drones – A Necessary Tool in Pipeline Development & Maintenance

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Jennifer Urban is an associate in the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, an international firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations. As a member of the Transportation and Trade Group in Washington D.C.,  her practice concentrates on aviation, drone, and maritime matters. Urban passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) initial aeronautical knowledge test and earned a Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certificate to conduct drone operations for commercial purposes. She earned her LL.M. in Air and Space Law, J.D., M.B.A., and B.A. in Public Policy Leadership...

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Real-Time Imaging of Methane Gas Leaks Using a Single-Pixel Camera

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The ability to image invisible gases has applications in industrial and environmental monitoring settings, but is technologically challenging to embed in a low-cost device. For example, imaging methane gas has applications among gas utility companies for routine pipeline monitoring and storage facility inspection. Video rate gas imaging conveys the direction of dispersal and hence the location of a leak source, helping users to improve their efficiency of response to hazardous events. Conventional approaches to detecting methane gas leaks have mainly been based upon flame ionization detectors (FIDs), but such technology measures concentration at only a...

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Does Residual Stress Really Matter in Pipelines?

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The presence of residual stress in components should not be overlooked, even though it may not be as apparent and quantifiable as primary loads. While residual stress is often responsible for over-conservatism of a design, it can also be considered a major “unknown” contributing factor during a failure investigation. The origin of residual stress in engineering components is complex and results from manufacturing, processing, fabrication or assembly. Residual stresses exist within a structure and can be either tensile or compressive. Classification is often made based on origin, type or scale, while the fields can be...

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Enhancing Infrastructure Maintenance with IoT

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Across pipeline operations worldwide, the term “unplanned downtime” is akin to a dirty word. Between heavy repair expenses and hundreds of thousands in lost revenue, the logistics of correcting an unforeseen supply chain interruption carry major implications – both financially and in terms of operational efficiency. No matter the cause, the clock starts running immediately when production stalls – and the price tag swells every minute. Fortunately, companies can mitigate these risks with the right tools and insights. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way countless industrial businesses operate. And as production environments...

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GDM Pipelines and Explore Integrity Launch Complete Pipeline Integrity Solution

GDM Pipelines and Explore Integrity have joined forces to launch gX Insight, the oil and gas industry’s first and only complete pipeline integrity solution to incorporate the planning, execution and data collection for in-field integrity programs with comprehensive information management and data analytics software. gX Insight combines Explore Integrity’s professional risk management, compliance, and pipeline integrity expertise with GDM’s Converge™ asset intelligence software and 20+ years of experience managing, conditioning and maintaining pipeline and facility data. This fully integrated solution lets users plan, execute, store, maintain and analyze pipeline integrity programs through a single point […]

Gulf Publishing Company, Quest Offshore Align for Joint Operation of Offshore Conferences

Gulf Publishing Company and Quest Offshore Resources have announced the formation of Gulf Quest LLC for the joint operation of offshore conferences, including the leading global deepwater technology event,  Marine Construction Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD). MCEDD, in its 15th year in 2018, will benefit from the combined resources of Quest Offshore Resources and Gulf Publishing Company’s World Oil, according to Quest’s CEO, John Chadderdon.  “With World Oil and the resources offered by Gulf, MCEDD will grow in the level of importance to the global deepwater industry,” said Chadderdon.  “The challenges facing operators and suppliers alike […]

Drone Companies Team up to Service North Dakota Oil Patch

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Norway-based manufacturer and a Scandinavian technology company have been teaming up with a North Dakota drone operation to service the region’s utility and oil and gas customers. Robot Aviation, a manufacturing company based in Poland, and eSmart, a software company founded in Norway, are partnering with SkySkopes, a Grand Forks drone-piloting company that recently opened an office in Minot. The three businesses are aiming to provide customers with the hardware, software and operators to deliver unmanned aerial technology, the Minot Daily News reported. ESmart has developed software to analyze data […]

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