The New Technology Showcase sessions occurred on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Room 245 on the second floor. View the full schedule for more information.
For much of its existence, the oil and gas industry has pushed the limits of innovation.
Through hard work, creativity and “out-of-the-box” thinking, extraordinary new technologies have been developed to find and produce oil and natural
gas. For the 5th time in the exposition’s existence, LAGCOE dedicated two technical sessions to recognizing exhibitors’ best forward thinking
solutions by giving them an opportunity to present a brief overview of a recent innovation or technological advancement. This forum allowed
exhibiting companies a chance to showcase new technology to the scores of industry leaders and LAGCOE attendees assembled for this one compact
2019 NEW TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE WINNERS
Corporate Services | Basis proprietary software with mobile access
Basis is a powerful and easy-to-use equipment rental and service software that can help businesses
manage remote operations. From purchasing and maintaining equipment, to dispatching and invoicing customers, Basis makes it easy to track the
revenue, cost, location and utilization of assets throughout the world. Now, with the launch of a mobile app, Basis offers even more flexibility,
providing users with access to the same data and functionality as office-based personnel.
The mobile app allows users to enter sales quotes, field tickets, add/edit repair/service tickets, capture signatures, as well as email signed
documents. And when Wi-Fi or cell access isn’t available, the app can be used in offline mode as well. Businesses using Basis have access to
more real-time data, including KPIs, that enable faster decision making and more efficient operations.
Delmar Systems, Inc. | RAR Plus™ in-line mooring line release component with manual/remote
The RAR Plus™ is a next-generation rig anchor release technology
for the offshore drilling industry. It gives DP/moored MODUs all of the station-keeping advantages of moored rigs while maintaining all of
the mobility advantages of DP rigs. Thanks to drastically shorter t-times (reduced from days to hours), DP/moored rigs can now drill in waters
that were previously inaccessible due to insufficient mooring strength (surviving storm or ice floe activity) or any water depth that provided
DP watch circle limitations. The RAR Plus also makes it possible for DP/moored vessels to operate in areas with emission restrictions and refueling
gaps because it significantly lowers fuel consumption and emissions during normal DP operations.
One of the most important features of the RAR Plus is its mechanical backup release, which ensures moorings can still be released in case of acoustic
transmission failure. In addition, the release load rating has been increased to over 360 tonnes, allowing for disconnection at higher line
tensions. A MODU can rapidly release from its moorings during a well containment emergency or weather related situation, allowing better access
for personnel evacuations or emergency response vessels. By reducing downtime and increasing efficiency, the RAR Plus makes relocating rigs
easier and more cost-effective.
Finkl Steel | HVX® stainless steel forging material used for fracking
Finkl's HVX® is a patented, high quality martensitic stainless steel developed
especially for the demanding hydraulic fracking industry and manufacturers of fluid end pumps. HVX is tougher than 410 stainless at an equivalent
hardness, but is also capable of being processed to higher strength levels through greater cross sections than are possible with 410 stainless
without costly alloying additions. An additional benefit of the composition is that the carbides formed in HVX® improve its wear resistance
when compared to other stainless grades.
Frank’s International | iCAM® Intelligent Connection Analyzed Make-up System
Traditional methods of evaluating casing and tubular connection make-up (CAM) graphs rely solely on training and operator experience. Frank’s
iCAM® Intelligent Connection Analyzed Make-up System harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide automated evaluation
of connection make-up data. Designed to reduce personnel on board and reduce or eliminate the need for connection lay down and rework to
achieve cost savings.
iCAM® removes human subjectivity by giving the operator a suggested connection disposition (i.e., accept/reject) along with diagnosis and prescription
of remedy if an anomaly occurs. iCAM is an automated connection integrity evaluation and prediction system that uses machine learning and big
data analytics to “learn” from historical data and act or make recommendations to assure connection integrity. Based on connection manufacturer
and customer criteria, make-up graph data, and analysis of historical data, the iCAM system monitors make-ups for anomalies, diagnoses observed
deviations, and prescribes a remedy. While a complete list of anomalies the system is capable of detecting would be quite exhaustive, the system,
owing to its machine learning engine, is capable of diagnosing conditions beyond human capability and do so more quickly and accurately.
Glider Products | Automated Glider Pipe Handling System
Glider Products has developed a new patent pending Automated Pipe Handling System that offers new touch-free
and automated solutions for pipe handling in the field. It offers several improvements over existing products, including touch-free pipe handling
from pipe yard to wellhead, automated pipe tally and fully automated pipe movement with the push of a single button.
The Glider Automated Pipe Handling System’s features offer several benefits to rig operators. First, the touch-free handling option can potentially
reduce worker hand injuries, a major source of reportable incidents in the field. Second, the Glider System improves the labor-intensive and
error-prone manual process of pipe tally, with real-time monitoring from anywhere in the world via the internet. Third, by freeing up workers
from manually moving and tallying pipe, the System reduces manpower needs and allows limited workforce resources to be deployed elsewhere.
Ironclad Performance Wear | Hi-Viz Ironclad Command™ Gloves
With the rise of technology in so many aspects of oil and gas operations, Ironclad Performance Wear saw the need for a new work glove that offered
superior worker hand safety with effective touchscreen control. Developed after extensive research, the IEX-HZI Hi-Viz Ironclad Command Glove is the first glove to combine Ironclad’s proprietary high conductivity Command™ touchscreen technology with high visibility fabrics and
impact protection. Unlike existing touchscreen gloves in the market, Command technology is introduced at the beginning of the process, ensuring
that gloves remain conductive throughout their entire lifecycle, and that the touchscreen does not impact any other aspect of performance.
Providing better conductivity test results than the human hand alone, Command technology ensures that worker’s hands are protected, while not
limiting their ability to get their job done in the digitally connected workplace.
On the back of the hand, High visibility Safety Orange and Yellow features, combined with reflective accents keep users’ hands visible, while ANSI
Impact level 1 protection keeps them protected from accidental bumps and scrapes. On the palm, ANSI Cut level 2 Command™ touchscreen
technology helps workers stay safe, without causing any loss in productivity. This is the first glove on the market to incorporate all of the
aforementioned features into one glove model.
MEYER | SPYDER™ Multi-Station Grease Manifolds
MEYER's patent pending SPYDER™ Multi-Station Grease Manifold System allows a single operator to remotely grease valves individually without repeated rig downs. By eliminating rig ups, it provides a safer, more
ergonomic work environment. Reduced cycle times means significant cost savings in frac crew downtime. Plus, the use of hose reels reduces the
labor required to hook up the stac and makes for a safer and cleaner footprint by eliminating coiled hoses. A Lubrication Flow Meter provides
quick and accurate readings to help ensure valves are properly greased. Modular units can be daisy chained to accommodate multi-well fracs.
First developed in 2015, the SPYDER™ Multi-Station Grease Manifold System has been field tested and refined, culminating in the 2019 debut
of the Gen-3 SPYDER™ Manifold, which offers greater
automation and technology support, including automated grease programs, data logging and operations monitoring. This means lower valve repair
costs, less NPT and a safer work environment.
Probe Technologies Holdings| Modular constant current sensor architecture
Probe’s Multi-Arm Caliper Tools (MAC™) are designed to identify integrity
problems, such as mineral deposition, corrosion, wear or mechanical deformation, inside a completion. Available in 24, 40 and 60-finger configurations
with an extended range of measurement, the tools are feature a small diameter housing that allows them to traverse most completion restrictions.
A precision machined calibration bowl ensures that each tool configuration delivers accurate and reliable data.
Probe has recently developed a modular constant current sensor architecture for these multi-arm calipers that allows seamless scaling between different
tool sizes. It has also been field-proven and validated through extensive engineering testing. As part of this work, Probe has also introduced
a new method for analyzing caliper data at temperature that significantly shortens the heat characterization process to a few hours rather
than days. It does this while delivering a half percent full-scale accuracy, a radial resolution of twenty microns, a fast sampling speed (up
to one hundred samples per second), and a low power consumption around one watt under downhole high temperature environments.
Tenaris | Tenaris Hydril Wedge 623® RW® for mitigation of casing wear in deepwater wells
The rising complexity of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, including water depths of more than 10,000 feet and true well depths of more
than 40,000 feet, has led to a need for improvements to existing materials and structures to withstand more extreme environments. At lower
depths casing strings are subject to greater formation pressure and higher temperatures, increasing the risk of casing wear in excess of allowable
limits. That’s why Tenaris has developed the Hydril Wedge 624 ™, a premium connection technology designed for
improved casing wear performance, even in the most severe deepwater and high pressure applications.
The Tenaris Hydril Wedge 624™ is an improved version of the Wedge 623 connection design with greater resistance to wear. It can accomodate
more Tool Joint ID wear while maintaining connection performance as validated through combined load testing. Thanks to its simultaneous engagement
of opposing flanks of the dovetail thread it offers exceptional torque capability and compression efficiency
Ulterra | SplitBlade™ PDC drill bit technology
SplitBlade™ is an advancement in PDC-bit engineering that increases performance, durability,
and control. By redesigning hydraulics to improve cuttings evacuation and prevent recirculation, the bit boosts cutter performance and ROP.
SplitBlade ensures efficient cutting evacuation to keep cutters clean for faster drilling.
Ulterra’s SplitBlade has a number of innovative features. First, its double barrel hydraulics create separation between the primary blades and
cutting structures to better wash each section. This keeps cutters cleaner, cooler and in better condition. Second, SplitBlade includes a two-in-one
cutter layout, with a cone layout for control and a separate shoulder layout for durability and speed. Third, the bit increases distribution
of lateral points of contact to the formation while drilling, which improves tool face control, reduces torque variances and helps directional
steering and tracking.