Archive for September 16, 2009

PetroSkills Hosts Open House at New Conference Center

I attended the open house event at PetroSkills’ new conference center near Katy Mills mall, upon invitation of my friend Patty Davis. In addition to tours of the facility and a nice box lunch, PetroSkills VP Gerry Ross revealed the results of a Zoomerang survey of about 60 Gulf Coast area training executives at energy companies (2% response rate).

The top five areas requiring training, according to respondents, were: Drilling and Completions,  Shale Gas, Geology and Geophysics, Deepwater, and Gas Production.

The survey also showed that practicality and customizability of course content were more important that price, according Gerry Ross, who promised not to use that as an excuse to raise course tuition.

Ross said PetroSkills updates its Competency Analysis Tool every year and updates each course every three years, garnering input from major oil companies on its board. Instructors are also vetted by that Board.

PetroSkills is looking for oil and gas equipment, models and simulators to showcase at its large, new conference center to help students learn and understand the latest technology better.


September 16, 2009 at 3:28 am 1 comment

Invensys Announces ‘Powered by Wonderware’ Program

Invensys Operations Management, provider of technology and software to the process and manufacturing industries, announced a newPowered By Wonderware® program that delivers its Wonderware InTouch® human-machine interface (HMI) software in a Compact Edition form factor for Windows CE devices. The program was created in partnership with Advantech Corp., Arista Corp., Axiomtek, B&R Industrial Automation, Beckhoff Automation, Beijer Electronics, Kontron and VIPA. Powered By Wonderware certified devices are now available from these vendors, with pre-installed images ready for use out of the box.

            “The Powered by Wonderware program, in conjunction with our partners, means that our customers can now order their HMI hardware with runtime software pre-installed, directly from their vendor of choice,” said Keith Jones, marketing program manager, Wonderware HMI/SCADA products. “This offers a certified combination of InTouch Compact Edition software and vendor hardware, tested by Wonderware and ready to use out of the box. Customers will appreciate the time they will save with the pre-installed software, as well as have confidence that their industrial computer panel is ready to run. In addition, InTouch Compact Edition software has never been more affordable, with users able to select the license size they need and take advantage of exciting new bundled pricing.”

            By partnering with many of the world’s top HMI hardware brands, Invensys now offers clients the most cost-efficient version of Wonderware InTouch HMI software on a vast amount of hardware styles and ratings. 

            “Wonderware customers are assured that InTouch Compact Edition software is certified to function properly on all certified hardware and that, together with our partners, we will support the complete solution in every corner of the globe,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, global embedded program manager, Invensys Operations Management.

            Powered By Wonderware is an ongoing open program, with Invensys planning to announce additional members in the coming months.

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