Archived News

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

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.


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.



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.