Technology/R&D

Over-Pressure Protection for Natural Gas Distribution Systems

Over-pressure protection equipment, or systems, are critically employed to ensure a single point of failure cannot result in exceeding the system MAOP.

NACE International Roundtable: Corrosion Management for Pipeline Integrity

To explain the value of corrosion management systems (CMS), how they work, and what programs and platforms are available to help organizations improve corrosion control programs, three experts in oil and gas pipeline corrosion management share their knowledge and experience with CMS. They are Michael Ames, Chapman Engineering; Gerry Koch, DNV GL; and David Kroon, Aegion Corporation.

Staying Secure While Migrating to the Digital Oil Field

Digitization allows for more accurate measurement and deeper visibility, but internet connectivity also means devices can be accessed remotely, and maliciously. This is cause for huge concern since attacks targeting the oil and gas industry or power grids are more than just about stealing data as they take on an actual physical manifestation.

SCADA Operations Controlled Remotely

Houston-based Remote Operations Center (ROC) connects operators to their data and provides an offsite monitoring workforce that can improve efficiency while reducing risk. It is the only third-party provider solely focused on executing control center services for liquid and gas pipeline operators.

How the IIoT and Edge Computing are Transforming Pipeline Management

Forward-looking pipeline operators are turning to industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies, including distributed sensors and edge computing systems that push intelligence right to the pumping or compressor stations or other field locations.

Ensuring LNG Liquefaction Facilities’ System Tightness

By Nirmal Surendran Menon, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), New Zealand  System “tightness testing” is the last stage before inerting (the introduction of a non-combustible gas into a closed system) and the introduction of hydrocarbon and is a vital safety step in the start-up sequence..

Miller Electric

Miller Electric offers a technology designed to provide a more reactive arc and greater control in stick welding on transmission pipelines.

Dynatol

The Dynatrol CL-10-HY density cell and Series 2000 density digital converter has an onboard microcontroller and is ready to use with no programming.

Krohne

Krohne's Optimass 6400 twin-bent tube Coriolis mass flowmeter works for standard liquid and gas applications and features advanced entrained gas management (EGM), with no loss of measurement with gas entrainment up to 100% of volume.

Exact Tools

Exact Tools launched its portable Pro Series 360 pipe-cutting tools with a 2200-watt, 120-volt motor that can cut half-inch thicknesses in steel and up to 2 inches in plastics.

TT Technologies

TT Technologies offers Grundoram pneumatic pipe-ramming tools for 4-inch through 120-inch trenchless casing installation in a variety of soil conditions..

John Deere

John Deere redesigned its K-Series compact wheel-loader models with the company's Articulation Plus system for greater stability and more lifting power while turning tighter.

Weldcote

Weldcote Metals introduced a comprehensive line of metal-working abrasives, making up more than 900 new units. The flap discs are formulated for a wide variety of metals, including ceramic, zirconia, aluminum oxide and aluminum.

Antaira

Antaira Technologies expanded its harsh environment applications with the introduction of the LNP-0800G-M12-67-24. The IP67-rated switch was designed specifically for industrial applications that are subject to high vibration and shock.

In Complex Regulatory Environment, NIMA provides Integrity Decision Support

ROSEN designed its integrity management platform NIMA around the idea of process modelling and the ability to build integrity-relevant processes, while allowing for secure information and workload sharing.

Advanced Analytics Can Help Boost Pipeline Performance

Leveraging existing operational data as well as new data sources available as part of a digital transformation can provide great opportunities to significantly improve performance through better asset reliability, efficiency and safety performance.

Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

Recently research on artificial intelligence underscores the fact that AI has no inherent ethical bias. The same technology that could, in principle, allow AI to identify and treat an injured person, could equally be trained to identify and harm members of specific groups.

Mazak

Mazak Optonics introduced direct diode laser-cutting technology with two laser-cutting machines and one automation system. It uses a flying-optics, two-pallet changer design with a Mazatrol Preview G control and high-performance digital drive package.

Remote, Real-Time Monitoring Prevents Potential Problems

With utilities adding more and more residential and commercial endpoints to their distribution systems, the need to prevent and detect leaks has never been more challenging – or more critical. Thankfully, advanced technologies have emerged that allow utilities to harness new capabilities such as data analytics and remote monitoring to stay on top of leaks and address them before they create significant safety issues.

Growing Role of Digitalization in Pipeline Integrity Management

Digitalization is playing a bigger role in pipeline integrity management – in particular, relating to the threat of internal corrosion.

Expanding Pipe Lining Capabilities

Danish pipe lining system Bluelight uses LED curing of the liners for installation. Manufactured by one of the largest lining contractors in Europe, Per Aarsleff Denmark, the system has been in development for about eight years.

Pipeline Software Keeps Alberta Project Efficient Despite Mud, Cold

McElhanney Geomatics Engineering faced cold weather, thigh-deep mud and an unforgiving timeline during a 74-mile pipeline project in northwest Alberta, Canada. Pipeline surveying software played a critical role in its success.

Today’s Oil Patch Success: 'It’s Technology, Stupid!'

Upstream and midstream executives have been quick to tell investors how technology and innovation are adding efficiency and cost savings to their operations, even coming out of a three-year global price depression for oil.

Polyguard

Polyguard introduced a heavy-duty extension of its impact resistant outer wrap (IRO) product, known as Polyguard IRO HD. This new product is designed to provide additional protection for field joint and mainline coatings. Both the IRO and IRO HD are fiber-..

Belden

Belden released a new version of its Hirschmann brand Layer 3 backbone switches – the Dragon Mach4000 Series. These devices allow engineers to transfer larger quantities of data faster without compromising network availability or performance. The devices f..

Gearing Solutions

Gearing Solutions offers roller gear technology featuring Nu Lobe gears for more torque and power in less space.  The compact designs allow the use of aluminum housings that yield weight savings of up to 50% over traditional cast-iron housings. Standard GH..

Picote Brush Coating Systems Gains WRc-Approved Status

Picote Solutions’ brush coating system for the rehabilitation of deteriorated pipelines has been approved for WRc status. The WRc Group is an independent public limited company providing research and consultancy in water, waste and the environment in the United Kingdom.

John Deere

John Deere improved the G-Series large-frame skid steers and compact track loaders and added an EH boom performance package. This productivity-boosting feature is available as a factory-installed option on the 330G and 332G skid steers, and the 331G and 333G compact track loaders. ..

Antaira

Antaira Technologies expanded its industrial networking infrastructure family with the introduction of the STM-60XC series of Serial to Modbus Gateways, providing a range of applications including 1, 2 and 4 serial port options.

Huntingdon Fusion

Huntingdon Fusion’s Weld Purge Film Kits minimize gas use by reducing purge time and eliminating the need to clean a weld. They can be used on pipe diameters up to 36 inches and temperatures up to 572º F.