New products and services
Smart tracers reduce spending through stimulation optimization
Tracerco’s smart-tracer technology measures stimulation effectiveness in unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. To reduce lift costs and yield maximum production, the company’s tracers tag native oil, gas and frac water in each of the stages in unconventional wells. Samples are taken at regular intervals and analyzed. The analysis allows accurate stage flow data comparison and determines the most effective stimulation conditions. This includes identifying where stimulation is not effective and, therefore, in future wells with similar geophysical expectations, stimulation can be deleted in those stages, ensuring resource optimization.
Software suite enables advanced geophysical analysis
CGG Geosoftware has released HRS 10.1, a HampsonRussell software suite that enables advanced geophysical interpretation and analysis, to reduce the risk and cost associated with E&P. The software introduces new methodologies to calculate the uncertainty of azimuthal analysis and displays the results. Automated inversion parameter tests allow users to quickly select the best values, optimize the number of runs needed for a reliable result, and potentially reduce overall inversion time. AVO quick modeling is another new feature, in which a table of P-wave, S-wave or density values can be entered for up to six layers. Users can then drag and drop the curves, interactively update a synthetic AVO offset or angle seismic gather display in real time, then show results as a graph.
New ECA software performs accurate fatigue assessments
2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has designed a new engineering critical assessment (ECA) software, FlawIQ. As a comprehensive tool that automates both BS7910 and API 579 procedures, the software makes performing accurate fatigue assessments for offshore components faster and simpler. It saves operators time and money by eliminating the need for multiple software tools. Key benefits include the ability to automate flaw ranges, and run multiple cases without manual intervention. The web-based program is highly customizable and features an easy-to-use online help facility, as well as access to 2H Offshore’s team of ECA engineers for technical support and training.
Mapping software produces fully processed imagery mosaics
CARIS has released HIPS and SIPS 9.1, which now include an alternative method of processing backscatter data that produce quality mosaics, and are based on industry-recognized algorithms and techniques. The SIPS backscatter engine is a single additional step to a traditional multi-beam bathymetry workflow. It considers both the geometric and radiometric aspects, to get a fully processed imagery mosaic. Additionally, it factors in environmental conditions, as well as seafloor topography. Users can choose to apply an Angle Varying Gain correction for angular sediment response.
Welding alternative uses proven metal graphite composite sealing
Hydratight has launched another viable alternative to welding. The Compact Connector is part of the MORGRIP Mechanical Connectors range. The new topside product will connect and seal pipes measuring 1 in. to 4 in. in diameter, using proven metal graphite composite sealing. The material tightens around the outside diameter of the pipe to ensure a chemically resistant, HPHT seal that does not degrade in extreme environments. It has a pressure rating of up to 53 bar, and has 3.1 certification as standard and DNV Type Approval.
New cutter design breaks rock more efficiently
Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company, has introduced the AxeBlade ridged diamond element bit. It incorporates new-geometry, Axe ridged diamond elements across the bit face, improving ROP in a wide range of formations, as well as steering response in directional applications. The design includes a distinctive ridge shape that combines the shearing action of a conventional PDC bit with the crushing action of a roller cone bit. The geometry breaks rock more efficiently, requiring 30% less force. The bit has been field-tested in a variety of applications.
Support system software is entirely touch-driven
AVEVA has announced the commercial availability of its decision support system, AVEVA Engage. Entirely touch-driven and capable of running on the latest UHD/4K touchscreens, the system is configured to instantly pinpoint information in complex digital assets. The support system software aids in the creation of commissioning plans, collaborative design reviews, constructability reviews, modification project planning, preventative maintenance scheduling, and onshore and offshore troubleshooting.
Adapter offers wireless and USB connectivity
Cummins Inc. has released INLINE 7, a wired and wireless datalink adapter. It is the only adapter that offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, while also providing traditional wired functionality via USB. The adapter supports several protocols, such as J1708, J1587, ISO 15765 and ISO 9141 (K and L lines), as well as three simultaneous CAN connections and 250K, 500K and 1M baud rates. It has a faster processor, more robust algorithms, larger memory buffers and more sophisticated filtering. Additionally, it is designed for compatibility with all mobile and PC applications.