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Digital service delivers real-time operational data and insights

Schlumberger has released its Performance Live digitally connected service that optimizes remote wellsite operations control while improving safety, efficiency and footprint. The service includes technology and domain expertise within a digital ecosystem, leveraging cloud-based applications and automated data workflows through a secure and robust data network. The Performance Live service provides customers with instant access to data and collaboration with domain experts, enabling faster, more informed decision-making for directional drilling, well logging, formation testing and other oil and gas operations. Automated end-to-end workflows simplify tasks that eliminate redundancy and deliver consistent service.

Software monitors workers’ safety in real time

Honeywell has released Safety Suite Real Time, new software to help industrial facility operators and safety managers monitor workers’ exposure to gas, weather and certain physiological conditions in real time to help prevent incidents and quickly respond to emergencies. The software, which integrates into plant operations, connects wirelessly to gas detection devices to enable centralized monitoring of assets and workers. The software is designed to help eliminate manual processes, assist with regulatory compliance, maximize accuracy and efficiency, and minimize safety costs. Safety managers can use the platform to monitor workers on the job site and view gas readings, alarms, compliance statuses and more on a map-based display viewable from the command center or any internet-connected device. Safety managers can track live situations as they occur, determine personnel locations and detect issues early to help avoid bigger problems and instantly notify workers via SMS messaging to clear the area.

New system increases efficiency, improves safety of AUVs

Kongsberg Maritime has released the Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for its HUGIN range of AUVs. After evaluating techniques and procedures in depth, Kongsberg Maritime developed an optimal solution to have the LARS operating from midships, with the release and capture of HUGIN marine robots occurring beneath the sea surface. Launching and recovering AUVs under water, away from the splash zone, lessens the possibility of damage, while midships deployment averts any likelihood of AUVs being run over by the launch vessel. An added benefit of the LARS’ subsea capabilities is that the launch and recovery processes can be carried out in much higher sea states, reducing the risk of weather damage to marine robots, while also boosting productivity to deliver significant cost savings. The design allows AUVs to be deployed from a hangar or container, and multiple robots may be managed from a single LARS.

Kongsberg Maritime’s LARS model
Kongsberg Maritime’s LARS can be installed into an AUV hangar on a platform supply vessel, facilitating a broad range of subsea tasks. (Source: Kongsberg Maritime)
Online program offers on-demand well control training

Well Control School has launched the SMART knowledge retention program, a new online well control training aid designed to give learners access to exclusive curriculum through a web-based subscription service. SMART delivers more than 400 individual training videos with customizable programs that cover every learning objective required by industry standards. The SMART library allows subscribers to easily review missed objectives at their own pace by using a keyword system linked to specific training goals. The program also gives training administrators complete control of assembling multiple micro-courses while coaching and evaluating individual learners in real time to ensure an optimal outcome whether they are in the oil field or the classroom. The SMART program is designed for individual companies, university petroleum engineering programs, government agencies and insurance companies focused on oilfield coverage.

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Subscribers of Well Control School’s SMART training program can access more than 400 training videos. (Source: Well Control School)
Educational web series focuses on proppants
Hexion Oilfield Technology Group has launched Proppant Talk, an educational web series posted weekly on their LinkedIn showcase page. The short videos are focused on proppant-related issues in hydraulic fracturing. Topics covered include proppant flowback, fines generation and migration, effects of cyclic stress and more. Hexion has been releasing these videos to keep members of the industry informed and entertained during the COVID-19 crisis and downturn in oilfield activity.
Contact tracing tool to ensure worker safety

Blackline Safety Corp. has released a new contact-tracing tool for industrial businesses, which makes it easy to proactively monitor a business’ social distancing effectiveness and trace person-to-person contacts if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Such active measures help to improve employee confidence and morale, knowing that the business has further control over the health and wellbeing of every worker. Blackline has launched its new Close Contact report, which is immediately available to all current and future customers in its cloud-hosted Blackline Analytics software. This new report supports users of G7 safety wearables during work hours, to map the close interactions between employees. After hours and off the worksite, Blackline’s Loner Mobile smartphone app is available to provide complete tracing coverage for businesses and their personnel. Blackline’s Close Contact report and other contact tracing tools comply with the strictest privacy regulations and allow businesses to respect the privacy of the employee while keeping them safe.

Updated versions of reservoir characterization software enhance the user experience

CGG GeoSoftware has released new versions of its cloud-ready reservoir characterization and petrophysical interpretation software. All applications across the entire GeoSoftware portfolio now run on both Azure and AWS platforms. The newest releases, Jason 10.1, HampsonRussell 10.5 and PowerLog 10.1, also offer advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) as well as streamlined connections to Python ecosystem notebooks.

Jason 10.1 enhancements include further expansion of the drag-and-drop functionality of files and viewers. The Jason Workbench offers a consolidated Progress Overview, an all-in-one window without distracting popups. Time-to-depth conversion in Jason DepthMod is faster and requires fewer steps. Velocity refinement can occur over all geologic layers simultaneously.

HampsonRussell 10.5 offers multinode processing (MNP) on Windows in addition to Linux, powerfully speeding up processing projects. Initial tests of MNP Windows indicate 3.5 times faster project speeds when using four MNP nodes rather than a single node.

PowerLog 10.1 offers Automatic Depth shifting, an AI capability that calculates depth shifts for a variety of well log datasets to a measurement that is known to be on depth, important for generating log correlations and valid petrophysical computations. Many of PowerLog’s usability enhancements are client-driven and enable users to easily generate interpretations and optimize well completions.

In-bit sensors deliver performance measurements to maximize drilling efficiency

Halliburton Co. has released its Cerebro Force in-bit sensors that capture weight, torque and bending measurements directly from the bit to improve understanding of downhole environments, optimize bit design and increase drilling efficiency. Built on Halliburton’s in-bit vibration sensing platform, Cerebro Force utilizes downhole data to reduce or eliminate surface measurement uncertainty and inefficiencies caused by bit design, bottomhole assembly and drilling parameter selection. Through the Design at the Customer Interface (DatCI) process, Halliburton’s local network of drill bit experts collaborate with operators to customize bits for basin-specific applications and will use data from Cerebro Force to inform new designs and optimize parameters for efficient and precise drilling.

Remote piloting capability for ROVs

Forum Energy Technologies has developed and demonstrated the ability to remotely operate workclass and observation class (Perry and Sub-Atlantic) ROV systems between an offshore vessel and a remote location. This new capability brings major opportunities to adapt operational practices in response to the latest industry drives as cost savings and reductions in HSE risks can be realized through reducing offshore crew sizes. Continued development in software efficiencies, which reduce the effect of network latency coupled with increased availability and reliability of the global 4G network, has now allowed Forum to offer remote operations on its full range of ROV systems. Forum’s ICE and subCAN remote operations suites provide a robust means of piloting vessel or platform-based systems from an onshore control facility via a wired, 4G or satellite connection.

Forum’s U.K. facility in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire
The system upgrade components are manufactured and delivered from Forum’s U.K. facility in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire. (Source: Forum Energy Technologies)
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