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    • 7 Aug 2019

    Using a High-speed Oilfield Simulator to Enhance Oilfield Automation

    Michael Thambynayagam Author: Michael Thambynayagam , Emerson Distinguished Contributor The oilfield is made up of three constituents: the reservoir, overburden, and surface facilities. Data are acquired from these constituents and archived continuously. The information is continuously used to construct the model of the oilfield that evolves in real time. A prerequisite to oilfield automation is the ability to...
    • 24 Jun 2019

    Measuring Sediment Buildup in Process Vessels and Tanks

    Some processes, such as oil & gas production, not only have to measure liquid levels but sometimes must measure sediment levels that can come along in the production stream and settle in vessels and tanks. This quick, 2:38 “How To” YouTube video, How Does the Rosemount Sand Switch Functionality Work? , shows how to change the settings in a Rosemount 2140 vibrating fork level detector from measuring liquids, to measuring...
    • 18 Jun 2019

    Automation Innovations for Arctic Oil and Gas Producers

    Chris Amstutz As we approach the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, it is around-the-clock daylight for oil and gas producers in Alaska’s Arctic region. This situation flips to months of darkness around the winter solstice. These conditions and others pose challenges for these producers. In an Alaska Business magazine article, New Methods of Tackling Old Problems , Emerson’s Chris Amstutz joins other suppliers...
    • 31 May 2019

    Perspectives from the Permian Basin

    A recent West Texas news article highlighted the fact that: …the Permian Basin became the largest producing oil field in the world in April surging past Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar. The Energy Information Administration reports oil production in the Permian Basin at 4.2 million barrels per day in April compared to 3.8 for Ghawar. A great podcast, Permian Perspectives with Krista Escamilla highlights the leaders in this...
    • 17 May 2019

    Continuously Monitoring for Pipeline Corrosion

    The need for pipelines to get oil & gas from producing regions to processing and distribution areas in the global supply chain continues to grow. Monitoring for corrosion is critical to prevent safety and environmental incidents. This 3 ½ minute YouTube video, Roxar FSM Log 48 Area Corrosion Monitor shows how this technology permanently monitors a pre-defined pipeline area—improving pipeline integrity management (PIM...
    • 10 May 2019

    Coriolis Flow Measurement for Wet Gas Production

    Justin Hollingsworth In upstream oil & gas production, flow measurements are critical for determining the health and longevity of the producing and injection wells. Many technologies such as multiphase flow meters and differential pressure (DP) measurements can be used. In a Processing magazine article, Coriolis Flowmeters for Wet Gas Measurement , Emerson’s Justin Hollingsworth describes another alternative, Coriolis...
    • 2 May 2019

    New Pressure Sensor Technology for Offshore Oil and Gas Applications

    Author: Chip Bremer David Andrew At the May 6-9 Offshore Technology Conference , Emerson’s David Andrew will discuss a new pressure sensor technology that could have a significant impact in a variety of offshore and downhole oil and gas applications. The single crystal integrated capacitance sensor is the key technology in Emerson’s Paine 420-22-0010 Series Pressure Transmitter The single crystal integrated...
    • 1 May 2019

    Podcast: Driving Operational Improvements in the Energy Industries

    Emerson’s Sudhir Jain joins us in this FIRSTHAND Operational Certainty in a Pod podcast as a follow up to our earlier 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast with Sudhir. As an Operational Certainty consultant , he shares some of the oil & gas applications for operational improvements and describes how he works with clients to improve overall performance and sustain it over time. We hope you’ll enjoy this episode...
    • 30 Apr 2019

    Integrated Upper and Lower Completions Downhole Solution

    The drilling and reservoir management side of upstream oil & gas exploration and production has relied on downhole sensors to help optimize these downhole operations. As technology has advanced, so has the level of information available to improve real-time decision making. One example is the recent news release, Downhole Reservoir Network First to Connect Wireless Sandface Data to Upper Completion for Optimized Production...
    • 26 Apr 2019

    Award-Winning Rock Type Classification with Machine Learning

    Samhita Shah Author: Samhita Shah The results are in! Emerson’s Rock Type Classification (RTC) with Machine Learning has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Hart Energy Meritorious Awards for Engineering (MEA) Innovation in the category of Exploration/Geoscience. The MEA program recognizes new products and technologies that demonstrate innovation in concept, design and application. “Our magazine and its...
    • 25 Apr 2019

    Protecting the Astronomers’ Dark Skies

    “The 36″ atop Mt. Locke at the McDonald Observatory, Texas.” by Zereshk is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 The history of McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of West Texas dates back to the 1920s. The location was ideal due to : …some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. It also happens to be located not too far from one of the world’s most massive oil & gas producing regions, the Permian...
    • 29 Mar 2019

    Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Digital Transformation

    Let’s end the week with a look back at one of the news items in the flurry of news coming out of CERAWeek . The news, Repsol Selects Emerson for Multi-Year Exploration Technology Contract , describes how Repsol has standardized on Emerson’s Paradigm Exploration & Production software suite for maximum production efficiencies. From the news release: Repsol will leverage Emerson’s E&P software suite, part of the company...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Natural Gas Infrastructure in the Permian Basin

    The prolific Permian Basin has been a part of many conversations this week at CERAWeek 2019. In a panel session, North American Gas Infrastructure: Keeping pace with gas production, Emerson’s David Tredinnick shared his perspectives on the current pipeline constraints and role of technology in moving natural gas through the supply chain. One of the panelists noted that the infrastructure for natural gas is far behind...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Natural Gas Infrastructure in the Permian Basin

    The prolific Permian Basin has been a part of many conversations this week at CERAWeek 2019. In a panel session, North American Gas Infrastructure: Keeping pace with gas production, Emerson’s David Tredinnick shared his perspectives on the current pipeline constraints and role of technology in moving natural gas through the supply chain. One of the panelists noted that the infrastructure for natural gas is far behind...
    • 12 Mar 2019

    Digital Twin Technology in Upstream Oil and Gas

    Digital Twin technology is used in production processes to provide comparisons between actual and ideal as well as provide a safe environment for upskilling and innovating. It can be used by energy producers even in subsurface oil & gas exploration and production. In a CERAWeek 2019 panel session, Emerson’s Indy Chakrabarti joined a panel session, Transforming the Upstream Business through Digital Twins. The panelists...
    • 12 Mar 2019

    Digital Twin Technology in Upstream Oil and Gas

    Digital Twin technology is used in production processes to provide comparisons between actual and ideal as well as provide a safe environment for upskilling and innovating. It can be used by energy producers even in subsurface oil & gas exploration and production. In a CERAWeek 2019 panel session, Emerson’s Indy Chakrabarti joined a panel session, Transforming the Upstream Business through Digital Twins. The panelists...
    • 7 Mar 2019

    Path to Top Quartile Performance for Energy Producers

    The premier event in the energy industries—upstream, midstream, downstream and power—will occur in Houston, Texas next week at CERAWeek 2019 . It : …provides comprehensive insight into the global and regional energy future by addressing key issues—from markets and geopolitics to technology, project costs, energy and the environment, finance, operational excellence and cyber risks. Chris Amstutz Given the extraordinary...
    • 7 Mar 2019

    Path to Top Quartile Performance for Energy Producers

    The premier event in the energy industries—upstream, midstream, downstream and power—will occur in Houston, Texas next week at CERAWeek 2019 . It : …provides comprehensive insight into the global and regional energy future by addressing key issues—from markets and geopolitics to technology, project costs, energy and the environment, finance, operational excellence and cyber risks. Chris Amstutz Given the extraordinary...
    • 4 Mar 2019

    Supplying Technology and Expertise in the Permian Basin

    Sunrise in the bustling Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas Last Friday, the Emerson Permian Basin Service Center had its grand opening . It’s a: …new $4 million Permian Basin Service Center to bring enhanced oil and gas technologies and services to the fast-growing region. The technology center is the latest investment in Emerson’s efforts to guide customers on their path to digital transformation and train the workforce...
    • 4 Mar 2019

    Supplying Technology and Expertise in the Permian Basin

    Sunrise in the bustling Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas Last Friday, the Emerson Permian Basin Service Center had its grand opening . It’s a: …new $4 million Permian Basin Service Center to bring enhanced oil and gas technologies and services to the fast-growing region. The technology center is the latest investment in Emerson’s efforts to guide customers on their path to digital transformation and train the workforce...
    • 26 Feb 2019

    Increasing Permian Basin Local Support

    If you follow the upstream oil & gas industry, you’ll frequently see headlines like this Forbes article, The Permian Basin Continues To Drive Record U.S. Energy Growth . I mention this because I’ll be heading out to Odessa in West Texas for the grand opening of Emerson’s Permian Basin Service Center . The center is staffed with Emerson and Emerson Impact Partner experts to facilitate collaboration with oil & gas producers...
    • 26 Feb 2019

    Increasing Permian Basin Local Support

    If you follow the upstream oil & gas industry, you’ll frequently see headlines like this Forbes article, The Permian Basin Continues To Drive Record U.S. Energy Growth . I mention this because I’ll be heading out to Odessa in West Texas for the grand opening of Emerson’s Permian Basin Service Center . The center is staffed with Emerson and Emerson Impact Partner experts to facilitate collaboration with oil & gas producers...
    • 12 Feb 2019

    Accurate Oil Storage Tank Custody Transfer

    Tom Wienke For oil & gas well pads not connected to pipelines, custody transfer of the produced oil and produced water occurs via truck transport. The trucks load oil from holding tanks and require accurate measurements for the custody transfer from producer. Similarly, this is true for the produced water in their holding tanks sent off for disposal. In a Flow Control article, API 18.2: Ensure Safety While Providing...
    • 31 Jan 2019

    How Coriolis Meter Drive Gain Indication Works

    I really like to share questions I receive via email, so that others with similar questions can benefit through an online search. We’ve been encouraging our global subject matter experts to also do this in places such as our Emerson Exchange 365 community and LinkedIn groups and posts. In our era of digital transformation, this is “working out loud”. In this spirit, here’s a question I recently received: I am looking...
    • 12 Nov 2018

    Proxy Digital Twin for Oil and Gas Subsurface and Surface Operations

    The Society of Exploration Geophysicists recently held their annual meeting. Emerson’s Hassane Kassouf shared his thoughts on how digital twin technology can transform operational efficiency in oil & gas production in a daily news article at this meeting, Connecting Subsurface Intelligence with Surface Operations . Hassane opens the article citing this statistic on the digitalization trend: By 2020 well over...