OTC Announces 2008 Spotlight on New Technology Award Recipients
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Offshore Technology Spotlight winners
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) has announced the 14 technologies that were selected for 2008 Spotlight on New Technology Awards, which recognize innovative technologies significantly impacting offshore E&P. The awards will be presented at 4 p.m. on 5 May at the conference, which takes place 5–8 May at Reliant Park in Houston.
This marks the fifth year for the Spotlight on New Technology program, which is designed to give exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their latest groundbreaking technologies. Winning technologies are selected on four criteria:
- New and innovative—The technology must be less than 2 years old.
- Proven—It must be proven, either through full-scale application or prototype testing.
- Broad interest—It must appeal to a broad segment of the industry.
- Significant impact—It must provide significant benefits beyond existing technologies.
The 2008 award recipients have met these criteria successfully and represent a diverse range of technology solutions.
Wireless Vibration Sensor
The Wireless Vibration Sensor allows for wireless transmission of process data to a central computer system, which performs data analysis and makes the data available to potential users. The unit comprises a vibration sensor (accelerometer), a temperature sensor, and the means for wireless communication to a central computer.
The cylindrical shape and 1.5-in. by 4-in. dimensions of the unit are similar to traditional wired accelerometers used in the industry. The sensor has a threaded hole on the bottom side, allowing for mounting on a motor close to a bearing. The unit is described as excellent for early detection of bearing failures, as its frequency response remains flat up to 10 kHz.
Wireless communication is achieved through the recently approved Wireless HART standard, which secures interoperability with other products and systems. Data sent between the sensors and the central computer are authenticated and encrypted, which safeguards system integrity.
Baker Oil Tools
RAM Rotatable Self-Aligning Multilateral System
Developed for those extended-reach multilateral wells that require continuous rotation in order to place liners at the bottom, the RAM Multilateral System allows continuous rotation of the lateral liner while simultaneously landing a completion system that can mechanically support the lateral junction.
Based on the field-proven HOOK Hanger platform and developed in conjunction with an international oil company, the RAM system delivers reliable multilateral junctions for Level-3 and Level-5 completions. The system also provides mechanical support for, selective control of, and access to all lateral junctions that join cased-and-cemented main bores with screened or lined openhole laterals in wells with commingled production.
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