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Course Announcement: PCP System Design and Performance Optimization Course including PC-PUMP® Software Training - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Diseño y Optimización de Sistemas de Bombeo por Cavidades Progresivas (BCPs)

C-FER estará dictando el Curso de “Diseño y Optimización de Sistemas de Bombeo por Cavidades Progresivas (BCPs)” incluyendo entrenamiento en el software PC-PUMP®. Del 19 al 23 de Noviembre de 2018, en Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Para información de costos e inscripción, visite Eventbrite.

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What may be changing in Annex B of CSA Z662-2023?

Friday, March 29, 2019

C-FER is leading work group 7 - Pipeline Risk and Reliability Management - at the 2019 Banff Pipeline Workshop

CSA Z662 is the Canadian standard for oil and gas pipeline systems, with Annex B specifically focusing on how to perform risk assessments for pipelines. Annex B is currently under review by the Risk Management Task Force and will likely be undergoing significant changes in 2023 to include more guidance on performing risk assessments and quantitative risk criteria for both natural gas and liquid pipelines.

Task Force Chair Maher Nessim, and Task Force work group leaders Mark Stephens of C-FER Technologies and Shahani Kariyawasam of TransCanada, will be leading a work group session at the Banff Pipeline Workshop to discuss the development of the guidance and risk criteria, and how these changes will impact pipeline design and integrity management decisions. If you are interested in learning more about the potential upcoming changes to Annex B, the details of the work group session are as follows:

Work Group 7 – Pipeline Risk and Reliability Management
Session F – Update on the Development of Comprehensive Risk Assessment Guidance and Associated Criteria for CSA Z662-2023 Annex B – Guidelines for Risk Assessment of Pipeline Systems
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
https://www.banffpipelineworkshop.com/working-group-sessions/

Maher Nessim, PhD, PEng, FCAE is a C-FER Fellow and C-FER Technologies’ Chief Engineer. He is a member of the CSA Z662 Design Technical Sub Committee, Class Location Task Force, Chair of the CSA Annex C/O Task Force and the Risk Management Task Force, and has been a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers since 2013.

Mark Stephens, MSc, PEng, is a Senior Engineering Consultant at C-FER Technologies with over 30 years of experience in the areas of advanced structural analysis, large-scale testing, and engineering system risk and reliability with an emphasis on pipelines. He has also been actively involved in the development of sections of CSA Z662 pertaining to Risk Assessment and Limit States Design.

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How to manage circumferential cracking in pipelines

Friday, March 29, 2019

C-FER is leading work group 5 - Management of Cracking Pipelines - at the 2019 Banff Pipeline Workshop

Management of circumferential cracks in pipelines has been a secondary concern to axial cracks, and integrity assessment techniques are not as mature as those available for axial cracks or those from other industries. In order to give industry members an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from other’s successes and failures, Mark Stephens of C-FER Technologies, together with Lyndon Lamborn of Enbridge and Elvis SanJuan of Riverol, will be leading a work group session on circumferential crack management at the Banff Pipeline Workshop.

Discussion is anticipated regarding construction weld quality control, integrity assessment limitations, regulatory requirements, and geohazard management. If you have something to share or are interested in learning more about circumferential crack management, the details of the work group session are as follows:

Work Group 5 – Management of Cracking Pipelines
Session G – Management of Circumferential Cracking in Pipelines
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
https://www.banffpipelineworkshop.com/working-group-sessions/

Mark Stephens, MSc, PEng, is a Senior Engineering Consultant at C-FER Technologies with over 30 years of experience in the areas of advanced structural analysis, large-scale testing, and engineering system risk and reliability with an emphasis on pipelines.

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New Version of WellXplore Released

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Learn about the new features added in this latest release

C-FER Technologies is pleased to announce the release of a new version of Well Xplore Software.

New features of Well Xplore v1.4 include:

  • Import wells, logs, and pads into new and existing Well Xplore files;
  • Nominal ID and OD are now overlain on the cross-section view;
  • Quickly delete a log – no more simultaneous loading while deleting; and
  • Improved SQL database compatibility
    • Solved crash issues when sharing files between systems with different versions of SQL Server
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New version of PC-PUMP features rod string additions, AMPCP Wear Prediction and more.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

C-FER is pleased to announce the release of an update to PC-PUMP.

PC-PUMP v3.7.3 has the following additions over PC-PUMP v3.7.2:

  • Minor Bug Fixes: some minor PC-PUMP software bugs have been fixed in v3.7.3. These fixes improve the integrity and usability of PC-PUMP by removing bugs that could potentially cause unexpected behaviour in the software.
  • Windows 10 Improvements: we have been working to improve the appearance of PC-PUMP in Windows 10 over the last few versions.  In v3.7.3, all of the main input and output windows have now been updated to the new format.  We will continue to work on some of the lesser-used windows.
  • Production Data Analysis: PC-PUMP can now link directly to external databases or spreadsheets to perform batch analyses over a range of actual operating conditions over a period of time.  Also, the user may import any type of data for comparison to PC-PUMP results, and not just values which can be PC-PUMP inputs.  The output window for these analyses has also been updated and improved.
  • Rod String Additions: users may now select certain spin-through rod guides for use with continuous rod.  Also, certain specialty rods which use non-API connections are now properly handled in the software, so that only the correct connections may be specified.
  • AMPCP Wear Prediction: C-FER’s All-Metal PCP (AMPCP) wear prediction model has been added to PC-PUMP as an optional module, available to users for an additional cost.  This model is briefly described in SPE 190945 by O. Becerra and J. Sheldon.  Please contact C-FER for more information on this module or to inquire about gain access to it.

For more information or to download the latest version, visit our PC-PUMP website.

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How to assess corrosion with reliability-based criteria

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Examples of burst and leak event in pipelines.

Reliability-based Limit State Design and assessment corrosion criteria have been developed as part of a joint industry project to optimize corrosion mitigation for vintage pipelines. The criteria is calibrated to meet specific reliability targets within a certain tolerance but does not require probabilistic calculations for application. Comparison of the criteria to the CSA Z662 and TransCanada’s in-house reliability-based criteria was undertaken to evaluate the performance of the criteria.  

Dr. Dongliang Lu is presenting the results of this project at the upcoming Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference in Houston, Texas on February 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. You will learn about using reliability-based criteria to assess corrosion features affecting onshore pipelines.  

The entire paper – Reliability-based Criteria for Corrosion Assessment - is available through the the conference.

Dr. Dongliang Lu is a Research Engineer in the Pipeline Integrity & Management department at C-FER. His focus is on pipeline integrity assessment, and risk and reliability management.

 

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How to evaluate and verify external leak detection systems

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Schematic Representations of Operating Areas 1 and 2

A leak detection evaluation framework for onshore transmission pipelines has been developed in conjunction with PHMSA. The framework is to be used by pipeline operators to evaluate and verify leak detection systems that operate external to the pipeline, specifically those with the ability to detect small leaks.

In addition to developing the framework, we have shown how the developed framework can be used through a demonstration exercise, which involved assessing the ability of candidate technologies to meet specific performance requirements.

Mr. Mathew Bussière is presenting the results of this project at the upcoming Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference in Houston, Texas on February 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. You will learn about how to apply the leak detection evaluation framework to identify and evaluate external leak detection systems for deployment on onshore transmission pipelines.

The entire paper – Development of a Framework for Evaluating and Verifying External Leak Detection Systems for Pipelines - is available through the 2019 Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference. The complete framework is also available for download through the PHMSA website.

Mr. Mathew Bussière is a Senior Research Engineer in the Pipeline Design & Construction department at C-FER. His focus is on the application of external leak detection technologies.

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