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Technology & Innovation

CleanSubSea allows large vessels to be cleaned in the water

WESTERN Australian company CleanSubSea is preparing to launch a revolutionary new hull cleaning technology, called Envirocart. A fully enclosed capture and containment hull cleaning technology, Envirocart cleans the hulls of large vessels while in the water. According to the product’s developers, Envirocart has the potential to generate scores of new jobs and attract hundreds of millions of dollars to the WA economy. The Envirocart technology is the first proven system

Bentley fast-tracks digitalisation of design integration

Bentley Systems’ founder Keith Bentley used the company’s Year In Infrastructure event to announce what he believes is a major breakthrough in digitalisation of design integration. Mr Bentley told a record crowd at the Singapore event that the company’s “iModel 2.0” cloud platform and its first new service, iModelHub, qil accelerate “going digital” for users of its ProjectWise Design Integration services. He told attendees that without requiring changes to existing

The Oil and Gas Roadmap – unlocking future growth opportunities for Australia

NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) and CSIRO have presented Australia’s oil and gas industry with pathways to capitalise on advances in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence to shore up its position as a global powerhouse for the decades ahead. “Oil and Gas – A Roadmap for unlocking future growth opportunities in Australia” outlines science and technology-based high impact pathways to address some of the major challenges and uncertainties currently facing

Siverhorse’s Completions Connect chosen for FPSO contracts

SILVERHORSE Technologies has secured two new contracts with Upstream Production Solutions (UPS) and PTTEP Australasia (PTTEP AA) for its hazardous area inspection technology. The Perth-based company will provide UPS with its Completions Connect technology platform to support the management and execution of hazardous area inspections for the Northern Endeavour FPSO. Silverhorse has also implemented Completions Connect to manage hazardous area inspections for the PTTEP AA’s operated Montara FPSO. The Completions

Critical Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies in the era of low oil prices

By Vinodkumar Raghothamarao, Director Consulting, Energy Wide Perspectives & Strategy, IHS Markit EMEA OIL and Gas companies operate in dynamic and complex environments, where they face constant supply and demand challenges. Now with the oil prices hovering at 50$ range, the need of the hour is to evaluate the supply chain and procurement techniques and costs. Oil and gas companies need to focus not only on their product supply chains,

NERA Project Fund Now Open

MORE than $15 million is now available to collaborative projects that will assist Australia’s energy resources sector become a more innovative and globally competitive industry sector. Announcing a new round of its Project Fund, NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) has encouraged resource sector partners to submit collaborative, industry-led, innovative energy resources projects for project funds consideration. NERA was established in 2016 as an Industry Growth Centre to promote diversity, collaboration

Australian seismic specialist builds one of the world’s largest supercomputers

To be at the top of your game in any sport, you need plenty of skill and lots of muscle. In the seismic data processing industry, muscle comes in the form of compute power, and at DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) building muscle is high priority – as is honing the team’s skills to use it. DUG is rolling out a series of muscle-building upgrades to its global seismic processing centres, including

Complete Cased Hole Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Monitoring from a Single Tool

Schlumberger has introduced the Pulsar multifunction spectroscopy service at the SPWLA 58th Annual Symposium. The new service provides the industry’s first complete cased hole formation evaluation and reservoir saturation monitoring with openhole logging quality. This next generation in pulsed neutron logging features multiple detectors and a high-output pulsed neutron generator to significantly improve acquisition accuracy and increase both logging speed and measurement precision. The Pulsar service measurements are complemented by

Unlocking tight gas a “significant prize” for businesses

More than 100 ideas to crack barriers to unlock hard-to-recover gas in the Southern North Sea (SNS) emerged from ‘disruptive thinking’ at an event in the East of England. Diverse solutions from the 85 industry delegates included a data-sharing ‘Frackapedia’, offshore ‘enterprise zones’ to incentivise testing new offshore drilling technology and inventing clay-eating creatures to eliminate illites, the crystalline mineral which blocks permeability. Other ideas included changing rock properties to

World’s first commercial onshore remote WROV operations underway

The world’s first commercial onshore controlled ROV operations have commenced at IKM Subsea’s headquarters in Bryne, Norway. In the near future up to three Work class ROVs and 1 Observation ROV on Statoil’s Snorre B and Visund installations will be controlled from IKM Subsea’s onshore control centre. One of the Work Class ROVs (RROV) has been designed and engineered to be permanently based on the seabed and will only be