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FMC Deploys Next-Generation RFID Technology

FMC Technologies is developing next-generation RFID technologies for tracking its products from the wellsite to the service center with the help of the Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group (OGR). The RFID tags attached to the physical assets provide a means of automating the identification process and dramatically decreases the time it takes to process equipment into and out of the field. They replace an old identification methodology of engraved serial numbers on metal bands that required reorientation of heavy objects and careful inspection of the band to identify the part ID.

Adam Berg, Engineering Service Manager at FMC Technologies, and his team are focused on addressing specific pain points of the industry with RFID technology, which include redundant inspections, job delays due to out-of-compliance parts, and job cancellations.

“The intent is to increase safety and efficiency, while also realizing cost savings for our customers,” Berg said.

FMC has developed a comprehensive business case behind the technology and its use within the hydraulic fracturing industry. The company estimates $60 million in savings per year for RFID use industry-wide.

“RFID technology provides our customers with substantial improvements in their ability to address and improve some common industry pains around part inspections and identification. The ability of RFID to alleviate or eliminate these issues is key to our business case,” said Berg.

OGR, the international advisory council for RFID in oil and gas, has supported FMC in both tag design and data standards for the industry.

“Information is increasingly valuable, yet progressively more difficult to retrieve in rural and remote areas that many of these well stimulation activities are performed in. Empowering the field operative with data, where wireless communication is limited or non-existent, opens the door to unseen and remarkable operational possibilities,” commented Konrad Konarski, Co-Founder of the Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group.

As part of OGR’s work with FMC and other oilfield service companies, the organization is endorsing specific RFID equipment, such as RFID tags designed for the challenging oilfield environment. The group’s intent is to support the growth of equipment and data standards to accelerate use of the technology.

“We will be making several key announcements around tag designs, data standards, and success stories at our upcoming preconference, in partnership with RFID Journal, in Orlando, Florida, on April 15th, that we feel will have a game-changing impact on the entire industry,” said Konarski.

Other members of the Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group include BP, ExxonMobil, Weir SPM, Dow Chemical and several key consumers and subject-matter experts in the fields of oil, gas and RFID.


April 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

BJ Services Commercializes TeleCoil Logging System

BJ Services has commercialized its TeleCoil™ downhole communication system, successfully gathering accurate depth, temperature and pressure information for several operators in the North Sea. The patent-pending system incorporates an instrumentation package in a customized bottomhole assembly (BHA) that captures and transmits real-time information about critical downhole operating conditions. Information collected during the coiled tubing (CT) operation is used to optimize the job, while verifying depth measurements for crucial applications such as perforating, setting plugs and certain fluid placement applications.

“TeleCoil technology represents the next evolution for coiled tubing-based production enhancement,” said Lance Portman, product development director for coiled tubing research and engineering, BJ Services. “It builds on years of advances in coiled tubing materials, equipment and software to further enhance field performance by quantifying and verifying downhole predictions. By focusing on downhole conditions, this technology allows us to instantly adjust job parameters to optimize our coiled tubing treatments.”

The TeleCoil system conductor is installed inside the CT and is impervious to aggressive fluids such as acids, cement slurries and even sand-laden fluids used for abrasive perforating. A protective jacket provides superior strength to withstand dynamic tension and compression forces encountered during spooling and pumping operations. Additionally, the small-diameter conductor has negligible impact on pumping pressures or the overall weight of the reel.

At the surface, the conductor connects to a data acquisition system that processes and charts downhole conditions. The TeleCoil technology package attaches to the BHA with a standard-end connector and uses electric quick connectors, which require only a few minutes of set-up time. The system supports the use of commonly available logging suites and standard ball-activated tools.

Downhole Conditions Monitored at 18,000 ft Subsea

In one of the first applications of the TeleCoil system, BJ Services carried out a perforating operation on behalf of Talisman Energy in the North Sea. The operation involved depths up to 18,000 ft (5486 m). The operation wasn’t without its challenges, with temperature and mechanical issues; however, BJ Services addressed these by carrying out a series of system refinements and upgrades to prevent them from re-occurring. As a result, the TeleCoil system provided real-time depth, pressure and temperature data, making it possible for BJ to achieve accurate depth correlation throughout the operation. BJ supported the operation from its bases in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of our TeleCoil system in the harsh North Sea environment,” said John Anderson, Region VP for Europe and West Africa, BJ Services. “The conditions, including bottomhole temperatures of more than 300°F (149°C), provided valuable experience. TeleCoil technology delivers benefits to those seeking real-time bottomhole data during virtually any type of operation that employs CT. Whether it’s used while performing perforating, stimulation or cleanout operations, the system offers a powerful tool for maximizing efficiency.”

April 1, 2010 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

IDS, Samit Unveil Centralizing Data System in India

IDS has signed a collaborative arrangement with Samit Enterprises to take DataNet2 to the Indian market. Samit has great experience in introducing reporting and analysis services to the upstream industry in India, having previously worked with Landmark’s flagship product, Open Wells. The company has decided, however, that the IDS business model provides the best opportunities both for Samit and for those clients across India who are ready to move away from the traditional license-per-seat arrangement and experience the advantages of the unlimited-usage, Web-delivery model offered by IDS.

DataNet2 from IDS is a suite of powerful reporting tools, based on the concept of centralizing data from drilling, geology and completions reports to be acquired, shared, viewed and delivered across the Web or via the client’s network. The system is WITSML-compliant and will become a key enabler for India’s intelligent oilfield.

Douwe Franssens, General Manager of the IDS Group, said: “We believe that DataNet2 will act as a real advance to the Indian market. For over a decade, IDS has used its expertise to make upstream reporting and analysis simple and cost-effective. We are delighted that DataNet2 will now be available across India, with the level of support that our customers expect.”

Sanjeev Mittal, Managing Director at Samit, said: “The depth of functionality of IDS’s DataNet2, combined with its delivery via the Internet, provides tremendous value to its clients in the upstream hydrocarbon industry. We are pleased to be partnering with IDS to bring this service to our clients in India.”

March 31, 2010 at 5:16 am Leave a comment

Baker Hughes Unveils WellLink Desktop System

Baker Hughes has introduced WellLink™ Desktop, a dynamic, secure system for automatic delivery of well data from the wellsite to the desktop.

As well and project complexities increase, advanced wellsite monitoring and analysis of well data allow for better asset management business decisions. WellLink Desktop quickly and accurately delivers the well data operators need to optimize production. The system eliminates the need to search through large amounts of data and manually download files of interest. The application also provides security through an encrypted data transfer scheme and by locking the application to a specific client and computer.

WellLink Desktop creates a data-transfer routine that is installed on a client’s computer to automate the data-transfer process via regular checks of the host Web service for new data files and to run a continuous audit of files already transferred. The program also enables clients to monitor progress of the automatic download, to pause and resume the download, and to manage the download traffic.

“The WellLink Desktop system is an important part of our remote operations infrastructure that streamlines well data delivery and maximizes its security,” noted Derek Mathieson, Baker Hughes president of products and technology. “WellLink Desktop works automatically and securely behind the scenes to simplify data gathering and synthesis so that clients can focus on core business issues.”

March 31, 2010 at 5:03 am Leave a comment

CapRock Connects Atwood’s Global Rig Fleet

CapRock Communications announced a multi-year agreement with drilling contractor Atwood Oceanics to provide VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity to its global offshore fleet. Atwood requires reliable communications to deliver premium drilling services to its exploration and production clients. With CapRock’s turnkey VSAT solution – including equipment, installation, satellite service and 24×7 network monitoring and support – onboard Atwood’s entire fleet, crews have access to the same dependable service regardless of which rig they occupy.

“By consolidating our fleet under one communications provider, our remote personnel will experience a consistent, reliable solution whether they are on assignment in the Gulf of Mexico or off the coast of Australia,” said Atwood Oceanics IT Director Tim Osburn. “We are confident that CapRock has designed the best communication solution to support our worldwide operations.”

Under the terms of agreement, CapRock will deploy stabilized antenna platforms across Atwood’s global fleet, consisting of five semisubmersibles, three jackups and one submersible located throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Europe, Africa and Asia. CapRock will provide the offshore rigs – plus two newbuild semisubmersibles under construction in Singapore and a regional office in Equatorial Guinea – with voice and data service and access to Atwood’s corporate network so that remote personnel can utilize business applications, as well as other data and document management systems required to do their work. A portion of the bandwidth will be provisioned on every drilling rig to support Atwood’s crew amenities program, which includes wireless access points, Internet access and SafePass, CapRock’s Web content-filtering solution.

Additionally, a fixed VSAT terminal will be installed at Atwood’s Houston headquarters, which will allow for beta testing of new Atwood software and applications in a controlled environment before deploying to all of the drilling rigs.

March 31, 2010 at 5:01 am Leave a comment

RigNet Opens Office in Marcellus Shale Region

RigNet recently opened a service center in Williamsport, PA, under the management of RigNet’s onshore area manager, Ricky Begnaud. The Williamsport center brings RigNet’s high-quality remote communication solutions to the Marcellus Shale region, and enables RigNet to provide a higher service level to its clients in the Pennsylvania area.

“At RigNet, we’re constantly evaluating opportunities to increase our service footprint and deliver communications solutions and customer services within the North American land drilling market. We are proud to announce the opening of the Williamsport service center and RigNet’s entry into the Marcellus Shale region, a fast-growing, unconventional natural gas play,” said Begnaud.

March 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

DrillingInfo Acquires HPDI

Austin-based Drilling Info Inc. has acquired HPDI, an energy software and information services company that provides production data and Web-enabled analytical software tools for financial and investment analysis and hydrocarbon marketing sectors. HPDI’s primary focus is historical oil and gas production data along with transportation data, gas plant and refinery data, and well-head pricing data. HPDI offers Web-enabled applications that are used to access their data to create reports, GIS maps, charts and exports to secondary applications.

            Allen Gilmer, Chairman and CEO of DrillingInfo, said: “This acquisition achieves a number of strategic objectives for DrillingInfo and our base of more than 10,000 oil and gas professionals. Among the key benefits of acquiring HPDI is the immediate expansion of our coverage to every oil and gas producing state in the US as well as offshore Gulf of Mexico and certain Canadian provinces.

            “HPDI’s focus on gathering oil and gas production data has allowed them to develop an extremely high-quality database of current and historical production data that complements DrillingInfo’s historical production database, making the combined product the premier US monthly production database. The combination of this with our deep well detail information and mineral leasing and land database is extremely powerful and will enhance our members’ ability to make much better decisions in a fraction of the time.”

            Gilmer continued: “HPDI customers will have the opportunity to enhance their access to decision-critical information and tools through a combined DI Plus Membership. HPDI and DI provide two very different platform options that in combination can be optimized to meet virtually any oil- and gas-related decision support process and workflow.”

            Effective immediately, Drillinginfo All States Members will have access to production data for all oil producing states in the US as well as for offshore Gulf of Mexico and Pacific wells. In addition, Drillinginfo is releasing permit activity data for the corresponding state expansion.

            “The addition of HPDI allows us to fulfill our corporate vision of becoming the single most comprehensive and valuable decision support and workflow platform for the US oil and gas industry, as well as for companies and industries with peripheral and parallel interests,” said Gilmer. “Our commitment to the oil and gas industry and the resident domain expertise of the two companies will allow us to achieve our goals much faster. To say we are excited about this would be a dramatic understatement.”

            HPDI will continue to operate under its current business model and its customer base will not be impacted by this acquisition. All of HPDI’s employees have been retained and operations will not be affected. HPDI customer support will continue to be available through the same channels.


December 2, 2009 at 12:09 am Leave a comment

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