As offshore oil and gas operations strive to boost productivity and increase revenue while ensuring the safety and security of workers, the industry, like many others, is turning to data capture and analytics to increase visibility and drive efficiency.
Software & IT
In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially in industry with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That's the same for Caterpillar customers and the industries they serve. Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create solutions that help customers improve their business operations and better manage risk.
A Texas-based company achieved back-to-back 30 percent reductions in operating costs by utilizing Cat Connect technology and services to gather and analyze the data generated by its equipment.
Honeywell Process Solutions has announced the introduction of its Experion Local Control Network (LCN) solution. This new offering enables the incremental upgrade of the company's legacy TotalPlant Solution (TPS) control system to allow for a secure, seamless integration with Experion PKS. With Experion LCN, Honeywell is providing a path for continuous innovation to customers around the world.
Schneider Electric Software recently hosted its midstream industry user conference, Innovation Summit: Digital Pipelines 2017. The event focused on innovation and excellence in pipeline operations in the areas of safety, efficiency and connectivity. At this event, Schneider Electric Software made a number of significant product release announcements that deliver enhanced functionality and usability to users of Schneider Electric's pipeline management software.
The control room is the brain of pipeline operations; it serves as the command center for decisions both inside and out in the field. The brain thinks clearly and strategically when it is used to its full potential; when overwhelmed with information, it causes stress and lack of direction. The same is true for pipeline control rooms and operators.
Energy companies will struggle to derive the maximum value from the Internet of Things (IoT) without access to radically improved, reliable, high-speed connectivity. This is according to independent research commissioned by Inmarsat, which found that while the overwhelming majority of energy companies are in the process of deploying or developing IoT solutions, low rates of connectivity are preventing them from realizing the full benefits that IoT can deliver.
Schlumberger has introduced DrillPlan digital well construction planning solution at the SIS Global Forum — the first step in the DELFI cognitive E&P environment. The DrillPlan solution is part of a fully integrated well construction offering, which transforms planning and execution performance, and enhances the efficiency and quality of every well drilled.
Using its digital backbone, ABB Ability, ABB is launching an enterprise-wide deep dive into facilities data, presenting a common view of analytics available to CEO-level executives through to maintenance teams on production sites.
Siemens is utilizing its digitalization knowledge and experience and applying it to the oil and gas production industry with its Topsides 4.0 solution. Underpinned by secure communications and centered around the key modules of compression, power generation, power distribution, and automation, Siemens Topsides 4.0 offers a digital lifecycle solution to offshore production facilities.
Microsoft and Halliburton have announced plans to enter into a strategic alliance to drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry. The relationship will combine the expertise of a global leader in cloud and digital transformation with a global leader in exploration and production (E&P) science, software and services.
Seeq Corporation announces the release of its latest version, Seeq R18. This is the 7th release of Seeq software in just the past 18 months, driven by input from customers expanding their use of Seeq. Seeq is a visual analytics application for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Target markets include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.
In collaboration with Siemens, DNV GL is combining deep technical domain knowledge from oil and gas projects and operations with Teamcenter product lifecycle management (PLM) technology into a powerful digital asset model.
Subsea engineering analysis consultancy AgileTek has completed the first use of its revolutionary AELCloud system on a project for geo-intelligence and asset integrity provider, Fugro.
IoT has become the leading technology for digital transformation and is the number one priority for 92 percent of organizations, according to global research findings published by Inmarsat. The Inmarsat Research Programme study, focusing on the enterprise application of the Internet of Things (IoT), revealed that machine learning (38 percent), robotics (35 percent), and 3D printing (31 percent) were also key requirements for effectively delivering digital transformation for business.
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced the launch of Experion Elevate, a real-time process supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution delivered as a secure and scalable service. Experion Elevate allows for predictable costs, easy upgrades, and continual support. It is a member of Honeywell's suite of cloud-enabled solutions for operations technology and information technology (OT/IT). HPS made the announcement at its annual Honeywell Users Group symposium.
Schlumberger introduced the Pulsar multifunction spectroscopy service at the SPWLA 58th Annual Symposium. The new service provides the industry's first complete cased hole formation evaluation and reservoir saturation monitoring with openhole logging quality.
R17 is the sixth release of Seeq software in just the past 15 months, driven by input and use cases from customers expanding their use of Seeq. A key innovation in the new release is support for visual analytics on data in any time reference to provide improved correlation analysis of historical data sets, monitoring support of incoming data, and predictive analytics to anticipate future events and issues.
HARTING's Mini-Industrial-Computer MICA, winner of the prestigious 2016 HERMES Award for industrial innovation, now is available with an EtherCAT board, allowing data to be collected directly from industrial production networks, pre-processed and forwarded to IT systems via standard protocols such as OPC UA or MQTT.
Weir Oil & Gas has developed a mobile application for iPhone or Android devices that furthers its goal of digitizing the oilfield to the benefit of service companies of all sizes. This new app is designed to bring many of the benefits of the previously launched SPM Asset Management Program (AMP) directly to the field.
DevCom2000-Lite Software is now available to enable field calibration and adjustment of Viatran Model 511, 521 & 522 Hammer Union Pressure Transmitters. Viatran has partnered with ProComsol, Ltd. (Process Communications Solutions) to develop this “easy to use” method for trimming and adjusting Viatran hammer union pressure transmitters in the field.
SeaRoc Group has launched an innovative, industry-first monitoring and voice and data communication solution that links land-based operations to distant offshore petroleum platforms and wind farms via satellite, fiber and other data services. An engineered fire detection and suppression system from Sea-Fire Europe was chosen to protect the sensitive and valuable electronics inside these unmanned SeaHubs.
ABB and IBM have announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB's industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure.
Paradigm announces the availability of its full range of software on Microsoft Azure for the worldwide oil and gas exploration and production industry. The announcement was made at the 2017 AAPG 100th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, TX, at the Paradigm booth #1715.
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced a new connected-learning solution based on its industry-leading UniSim Competency Suite platform. Part of the Honeywell Connected Plant intiative, UniSim eLearn is hosted in the cloud and revolutionizes access to operator training simulation (OTS). It’s a key tool in delivering effective operator competency management.
Heavy-duty electric motor applications grow more demanding all the time, and many such applications can be found in locations that can be challenging, requiring specialized designs to ensure they can operate as efficiently as possible.
Venture Global LNG, Inc. has selected GE Oil & Gas as a strategic partner to provide a plant-wide technology solution for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities under development in Louisiana. Under the agreement, GE Oil & Gas will leverage advanced technologies from across the broader GE portfolio to deliver a comprehensive power, pretreatment and LNG liquefaction system. The agreement provides for the delivery of a complete LNG process system with defined schedule, price and performance standards.
ExxonMobil, working with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), has achieved a major breakthrough with proprietary software using more than four times the previous number of processors used on complex oil and gas reservoir simulation models to improve exploration and production results.
The oil and gas industry is increasingly recognizing the need to overcome data quality issues and manage the ownership, control, sharing and use of data. As a trusted third party, DNV GL is now launching an industry data platform - Veracity - to facilitate frictionless connections between different industry players, domain experts and data scientists.
KBR, a leading global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company, has selected and implemented Intergraph Smart 3D from Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) to improve the execution of key projects for the design and construction of offshore platforms and large LNG liquefaction plants around the globe.
Quorum, which develops software for hydrocarbon and energy business management, has announced the release of its new land management software for the Canadian market. Based on Quorum's flagship land system for the U.S. market, Quorum Land Canada builds on a proven foundation with new functionality that addresses the specific needs of Canadian oil and gas companies. Quorum Land Canada is the result of a joint development effort between Quorum and an upstream oil and gas company with operations in Western Canada.
Reservoir simulation is a continually growing part of oil and gas production planning. Having a strong geological model of a reservoir has become key in understanding the best, most efficient way to extract hydrocarbons.
Schneider Electric has announced significant updates to Wonderware Online, its cloud platform capable of collecting, visualizing, and managing operational data across industrial operations. End users, solution builders, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) can benefit from new real-time data and analytics capabilities when using Wonderware Online as a complete information management and decision support solution.
Endress+Hauser has introduced the Tank Gauging Platform, a complete monitoring and inventory control system for tank farms and terminals in the chemical, oil & gas, refining and similar industries where large amounts of liquid or solid materials are acquired, stored and transferred.
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced the launch of UniSim Design Suite Release 450 – the newest version of its proven process modelling software that helps industrial manufacturers increase their engineering effectiveness and optimize their process designs. Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite is trusted by over 250 companies worldwide in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical, and power industries.
Juniper Systems, Inc. recently announced the availability of its nonincendive Class I, II, and III, Division 2-certified version of the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet. Called “Mesa 2 Hazloc,” the tablet is certified to perform safely in hazardous locations where explosive gases, liquids, vapors, dusts, or fibers and flyings may be present.
SignalFire Wireless Telemetry gains Class 1, Division 2 certification for Wireless I/O Module and Modbus DIN Mount Gateways
SignalFire Wireless Telemetry announced that its Modbus DIN Mount Gateways and Wireless I/O Modules are now certified to Class 1, Division 2 standards, allowing their use as part of remote monitoring and control systems in harsh environments with the occurrence of explosive gases.