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Invensys Announces ROMeo 5.2 for Industrial Utilities Optimization

Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced the availability of its ROMeo® 5.2 solution for industrial utilities optimization, built on its proven SimSci-EsscorTM optimization software. This solution targets the unique needs of large enterprises, such as refineries, that have several options to produce, buy or sell energy to meet the demands of their processing facilities.

            At most of these operating sites, the cost of power and utilities is often the largest controllable operating expense, after the purchase of raw materials. Rising energy costs and stringent environmental regulations drive an increased focus on energy efficiency. Most companies are responding with demand-side energy management strategies that target process improvements or modifications to reduce energy usage. However, supply-side energy (utilities) management provides additional opportunity to reduce consumption through improved sourcing.

            The Invensys solution introduces several new capabilities and functions that simulate steam turbines, gas turbines, heat recovery system generators, boilers, headers and several others plant utility systems. Completely and efficiently modeling demand in a single environment enables user to target significant improvements in supply-side energy management.

            “With its utilities optimization functionality, our solution can help our customers not only meet federal and local emission control regulations, but also optimize the amount and type of energy that is consumed by their processing facilities,” said Harpreet Gulati, product director, Invensys Operations Management. “Invensys solutions built on ROMeo were already the market-leading choice for process-side optimization and energy management, but version 5.2 of SimSci-Esscor ROMeo optimization software now provides a unique platform that can be used for both demand-side and supply-side energy optimization.”




November 5, 2009 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

IceWEB Enters GIS Agreement with ExxonMobil

IceWEB Inc., provider of purpose built appliances and building blocks for cloud storage networks, has entered into a Standard Procurement Agreement (SPA) with ExxonMobil Global Services Co., an operating division of ExxonMobil. The agreement for upstream services from IceWEB is for both the design of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and to provide GIS technical staff including Consultants, Project Managers, Senior GIS System/Software Architects, GIS Software Developers, Engineers, Database Analysts and Senior Storage Engineering staff.

            John Signorello, CEO of IceWEB, said: “Land exploration in the oil and gas sector requires the ability to put detailed imagery in the hands of those who need it regardless of where they may be. With this agreement ExxonMobil will leverage IceWEB expertise to work on building new infrastructure to accomplish that task. We are very pleased to be able to make our resources available to ExxonMobil for this important project.”



November 5, 2009 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Fluor Expands Intergraph Global Alliance Agreement

Fluor Corp., an engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance (EPCM) company, has renewed its Global Alliance Agreement (GAA) with Intergraph for the next five years. This agreement covers the Intergraph SmartPlant® and SmartMarine® Enterprise software suites, including SmartPlant 3D, PDS®, SmartPlant P&ID, and SmartPlant Instrumentation and numerous other solutions.

            As an Intergraph customer for 35 years, Fluor uses Intergraph enterprise engineering solutions on a significant number of its mid- and large-tier contracts across multiple industry sectors, including oil and gas, power, mining and chemical.

            SmartPlant Enterprise is an integrated solutions suite that provides full design, construction, materials and engineering data management capabilities needed for the creation, safe operation and maintenance, and capital project lifecycle management of process, power, marine and offshore projects. The software’s lifecycle data management capability facilitates the handover for EPCs to owner operators and allows owner operators to more easily manage, maintain, refurbish or modify their plants.

            “We are pleased to continue our Global Alliance Agreement with Intergraph,” said Peter Moore, VP Project Execution Services at Fluor. “This agreement fosters a continued partnership that we expect to be mutually beneficial to both companies.”

            Gerhard Sallinger, President of Intergraph Process, Power and Marine, said: “Fluor has always been an early adopter of new technologies and a well-trusted partner. We look forward to many more years of providing superior solutions to meet Fluor’s business needs.”



November 5, 2009 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

GE O&G Enhances Pipeline GIS Data Management

GE Oil & Gas’ PII Pipeline Solutions business, in conjunction Colonial Pipeline Co. of Alpharetta, GA, has launched its new PipeView™ BandGen software tool that extends the capabilities of Environmental Systems Research Institute’s (ESRI) popular ArcGIS 9.3 geographical information system, which pipeline operators use for their data management programs.

            BandGen, which was unveiled at the Geospatial Information and Technology Association’s (GITA) 2009 Global Information System (GIS) for Oil & Gas Conference in Houston in September, is a powerful software extension of ArcGIS 9.3 that gives pipeline operators practical tools for managing bands, validating sheet content and generating alignment sheets directly from their database.

            Alignment sheet appearance is easily configured with out-of-the-box tools directly from ArcGIS. The module reads from all types of ESRI data base formats, it is data model independent, and it provides direct editing from bands. It can also plot unlimited line sheets, and features ad-hoc plotting capabilities.

            Colonial Pipeline Company was instrumental in assisting with the co-design and development of the BandGen tool, ensuring that the product meets the needs of the pipeline industry.

            Philippe Brejon, General Manager of Integrity Services at GE Oil & Gas’ PII Pipeline Solutions, said: “We are pleased to have partnered with Colonial Pipeline to develop PipeView BandGen as we strive to develop the most user-friendly pipeline GIS data management products available in the marketplace.”


November 5, 2009 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

Oil and Gas People Launching Jobs Website

A new website is set to change the way oil companies and agencies recruit employees. Launched at Offshore Europe and due to go live to recruiters soon, raises the bar to new levels with their bold and very unconventional recruitment model that is the cause of much concern to existing oil and gas job sites.

            Designed to offer a better solution for recruiters and candidates, will minimize a recruiter’s work load while speeding up the process of finding suitable candidates. No longer will recruiters need to advertise positions online, wait for candidates to respond and then have to spend days sorting through masses of CV’s often received. will instantly match suitable candidates to positions uploaded by recruiters.

            Candidate matches will be instant and very accurate, due to the vast amount of information held on each candidate. Candidates are matched based on their experience, qualifications, training, location, personal requirements, visas held, salary expectations, previous companies worked for, job title, availability, project experience, industry experience and more. Recruiters can even prioritise each requirement to get more accurate matches.

            Candidates no longer have to continuously search job sites; if a suitable position is posted that meets their requirements, they will be automatically put forward. Candidates will maintain complete control over their contact details by having to confirm their interest in each position before the recruiter receives their contact details. This process means candidates no longer receive cold calls about irrelevant positions and recruiters can instantly find suitable candidates.

            What makes really different is that the above process is completely free! Recruiters no longer have to pay thousands per year to access a database of candidates, nor do they have to pay each time they advertise a position. will only charge a fee when a candidate is placed in a position or accepted for an interview.

            Recruiters can confirm a candidate’s interest and carry out pre-screening through the site at no charge. If the candidate is accepted for the position, then recruiters pay a small fee for that person’s contact details at the final stage. For convenience candidates can also upload all their certification, qualifications and employment documents to their profile, and these will automatically be sent to the recruiter once a match is confirmed.

            To show its commitment to the industry, the same organization has launched, a social networking site aimed at improving networking and communication among oil and gas people worldwide. The site will allow the sharing and free exchange of lessons learned, incident alerts, lateral learning and safety bulletins. A safety document library will soon be offered along with lots of information pages for new starts to the industry.

November 5, 2009 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

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