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WesternGeco Sets Seismic Record in Kuwait with UniQ

Schlumberger’s WesternGeco business unit announced that its UniQ integrated point-receiver land seismic system has set a new industry record in Kuwait for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in acquiring data from 80,000 live digital point-receiver channels at a two-millisecond sample interval.

            During sustained slip-sweep production in February, UniQ technology acquired and real-time quality checked one terabyte of data per hour – the equivalent of five days of production for a typical 3000-channel conventional crew. All data were concurrently pre-conditioned using the Q-Xpress infield integrated seismic data acquisition and processing workflow for near-real-time seismic data analysis. The UniQ system is being deployed in conjunction with WesternGeco DX-80 Desert Explorer vibrators and MD Sweep low-frequency technology.

            Part of the Q-Technology point-receiver seismic hardware and software portfolio, the UniQ system combines extreme channel count technology with support for advanced simultaneous source techniques. Building upon the fidelity provided by the broad bandwidth geophone accelerometer sensor, the system can support up to 150,000 live channels at a two-millisecond sample interval.

            “UniQ continues to set new standards of performance in the land seismic business, proving that sustained high productivity can be reliably combined with high channel count recording,” said Marwan Moufarrej, VP Land, WesternGeco.



March 9, 2010 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

IT Employment Continues Recovery in February

IT employment continued to grow in February, according to TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT services firms, clients, consultants and suppliers. IT employment  in the US stood at more than 3.8 million jobs last month, reflecting a strong 0.37% increase over the previous month. The February increase follows on the heels of a 0.3% increase in US IT employment in January. However, on a year-over-year basis, IT employment is still about 3% lower than it was in February 2009. After peaking in November 2008, IT employment continued to drop through August 2009. Subsequently, IT employment had remained essentially flat until January’s increase.

            “Following January’s encouraging IT employment report, February’s accelerating growth strongly suggests last month’s positive numbers were not an anomaly,” observed Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “Posting an increase of over 25,000 IT jobs during the first two months of the year is both heartening and a positive harbinger for the future. I believe the data reflects renewed optimism among business leaders as they reverse recession-driven cutbacks and tackle critical IT projects that had been temporarily shelved. We expect to see an improving environment for both IT services and their affiliated professionals as the year unfolds.”

March 9, 2010 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

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