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High Tech, Automation, & Digital Oilfield
With oilsands looking towards automation, Keyano braces for change
When the winter road opens sometime before the end of the year, joining the parade of vital supplies trucked to Fort Chipewyan will be a trailer from Keyano College. Inside, to Fort Chipewyan.Inside will be a simulator
Oil and Gas at the Edge
Downtime is expensive for any manufacturer, but downtime in the oil and gas industry—needless to say—is extremely expensive. According to an MIT Sloan study, a single day of downtime for a liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
North Sea supply vessel steered remotely from California control center
Wärtsilä has undertaken a successful remote control test of a platform supply vessel (PSV) in the Scottish North Sea, in collaboration with owner Gulfmark Offshore. Remote control navigating was performed from.....
Cloud computing, internet of things will be major contributors to success in oil and gas
Cloud computing, internet of things will be major contributors to success in oil and gas, Halliburton and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership, combining a digital empire and a services giant. The partnership will
Could a nanosatellite monitor greenhouse emissions from oil, gas facilities in the DJ?
Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North America with mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for large emitters across all economic sectors (Oil Sands and EHG Emissions Fact Sheet, Public Works.......
Monitoring, Controlling Water Reuse Projects in the Oil and Gas Industry
Some of the most prolific oil and gas basins in the world are stashed away in arid or semi-arid areas such as the Permian Basin of west Texas. Hydraulic fracturing - which involves injecting between 10 and 21 million...
Is oil and gas finally embracing digital?
According to the consultants who whisper in the ears of oil and gas executives, the energy industry is on the brink, finally, of embracing the digital world. “Digital” has been a buzzword in the energy sector for years.
AeroLift eXpress Offers Insight about UAV Applications in O&G
AeroLift eXpress is definitely a company on the move – sharing insight about unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAV’s, with businesses across Texas and around the world. “Although leaders across a spectrum of industries.....
The rise of the robots?
It may not quite be that bad. But a wall won't keep them out, a new work permit scheme won't stop their freedom of movement. The rise of the robots could be next year's big story. Ever since the Luddites smashed their
SCADA’s role in optimising production
For years, SCADA systems have been employed wherever large amounts of information, from various sources and locations, need to be jointly processed – for example in supply network monitoring, water treatment......
BP, GE launch real-time asset management technology
BP and GE have introduced Plant Operations Advisor (POA), a new digital solution designed to improve the efficiency, reliability, and safety of BP’s oil and gas production operations.
What you need to know about SCADA
Let’s begin with the basis of the acronym: Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. Basically, SCADA systems help electric co-ops quickly spot and solve power outages – this means safer, more reliable electricity for..
Invasion of Automation and Robotics in Wastewater Treatment Techniques Globally
Invasion of Automation and Robotics in Wastewater Treatment Techniques Globally : Rising Adoption of Next-Gen Automation Systems and Water-Bots Set to Revolutionize Wastewater Treatment In North America alone, it has...
Sensors can detect anything from oil sands to Zika virus
Thomas Thundat works on sensors that detect things at a molecular level, which has applications as diverse as improved airport security and detecting prostate cancer. With 40 patents already filed, Dr. Thundat has turned
FBI Warns of Cyber Threat to Electric Grid
Three months after a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report downplayed the threat of a cyber attack against the U.S. electrical grid, DHS and the FBI began a nationwide program warning of the dangers faced
Enhanced Oil Recovery and Automation Converge
To combat low oil prices and smaller margins, North American oil and gas producers are moving toward digital oilfield applications to drive efficiencies with their existing wells. As a result, enhanced oil recovery.....
Mini JPL Methane Sensor Makes Successful Flight Test
As part of a project to improve safety in the energy pipeline industry, researchers have successfully flight-tested a miniature methane gas sensor developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California....
Drones To Test The Waters
AMPHIBIOUS drones are being developed to collect and test potentially dangerous water samples from difficult to access watercourses. Dan Squire founded Drones Over Water last year in South Australia and has developed....
Automation & Control Trends in 2016
This article expresses my thoughts on major automation and control trends for 2016 and beyond. These opinions are based on a wide range of inputs from users, suppliers and industry consultants, and from attending over...
Carbon dioxide from the air converted into methanol
The danger posed by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has seen many schemes proposed to remove a proportion it from the air. Rather than simply capture this greenhouse gas and bury it in the ground, though.....