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C-FER Presents at the PHMSA Pipeline Risk Modeling Methodologies WorkshopFriday, September 11, 2015 - 00:00Discussing risk modeling methodologies for gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and non-pipeline systems

On September 9-10, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), partnering with the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR), held a public workshop to discuss risk modeling methodologies for gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and non-pipeline systems. As noted by PHMSA, pipelines are the primary energy highways of the nation and they provide efficient means to transport the vast volumes of commodities upon which the nation depends. Understanding the risk profile and underlying risk drivers for each pipeline in the energy highway is a fundamental aspect of safe pipeline operation.

This workshop provided the pipeline industry, Federal and State regulators, interested members of the public, and other stakeholders an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience about risk modeling and practical approaches to improving pipeline risk models. Presentations focused on improving risk modeling approaches and techniques for pipeline and non-pipeline systems to advance pipeline risk models.

C-FER Technologies was invited to make two presentations at this event. Jason Skow, C-FER’s Manager of Integrity and Operations provided an overview of the work scope and objectives of a PHMSA-funded project recently awarded to C-FER to provide ‘A Critical Review of Candidate Pipeline Risk Models’. Mark Stephens, a Senior Engineering Consultant in C-FER’s Pipelines and Structure Division made a presentation on ‘A Framework for Probability Estimation’.

A link to the workshop announcement containing embedded links to presentation slides and presentations videos is provided below
http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=104&nocache=9447

A direct link to the presentation videos is provided here
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4wHDsuQ-uKk9o1mPhxfwghl5A3ERG--F
Jason Skow’s presentation on the recently awarded research project begins at 10:55 into the video titled “New PHMSA Research Projects”.

Mark Stephen’s presentation on a framework for probability estimation begins at 24:27 into the video titled “Opening and Presentations on Risk modeling Methodologies Part 2”.

Presentation Announcement: Examination of Thermal Well Reliability, Failures and Statistics - Heavy Oil Conference 2015Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 00:00Learn more about insights on thermal well design and integrity

C-FER is pleased to be presenting at the upcoming 2015 Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary Alberta.

Senior Engineering Consultant in C-FER’s Exploration & Production Division, Todd Zahacy, will be presenting in Session 10: ‘Thermal Well Integrity’ on the “Examination of Thermal Well Reliability, Failures and Statistics” as an invited presenter on June 11, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  The presentation and the session are be held in room Palomino C of the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary Alberta. 

Some of the topics and questions that will be covered in this presentation include:

  • Motivation to examine and potential uses of thermal well reliability and failure data and statistics in well design, operational well integrity and risk-ranking assessments and technology gap identification;
  • Potential sources of thermal wellbore reliability data for casing, cement and sand control systems;
  • Some of the challenges associated with investigating thermal well completion equipment failure data;
  • Examples of apparent insights gained from examination of thermal well reliability data and potential transfer of learnings between thermal projects and across applications;
  • Go-forward considerations to make better use of thermal well failure and reliability data.

While the concepts are intended to have broad application across recovery methods and regions, the focus of the presentation will be on steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) thermal recovery applications located in the Athabasca and Cold Lake oil sands regions of Western Canada. 

If you are attending the Heavy Oil Conference and are interested in learning more about insights on thermal well design and integrity obtained from examination of failure data and statistics, potential uses, challenges and go-forward considerations, we look forward to seeing you at the presentation. 

While you are attending, visit us at booth #1807 at the 2015 Global Petroleum Show.

 

Presentation Announcement: Reliability-Base Design and Assessment (RBDA) of Cement Sheath in Thermal Wells, Heavy Conference 2015Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 00:00Learn more about thermal well cement research

C-FER is pleased to be presenting at the upcoming 2015 Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary Alberta.

Dr. Jueren Xie will be presenting the paper “Reliability-Base Design and Assessment (RBDA) of Cement Sheath in Thermal Wells” on June 11, 2015, from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM in Palomino C at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary Alberta. 

During the presentation, topics covered include:

  • Advanced non-linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modeling for cement sheath in thermal wells
  • The newly proposed post-cracking design basis, as compared to the traditional stress-based design concept
  • Cement cracking width design limit proposed to control the cement permeability to a low level
  • Reliability-Base Design and Assessment (RBDA) which is achieved using FEA, Radial-Based Function (RBF) and Monte-Carlo Simulation
  • Example for analyzing Probability of Failure (POF) of cement sheath during heating
  • RDBA user-friendly platform
  • Recommendation for further cement study

If you are attending the Heavy Oil Conference and are interested in learning more about thermal well cement research, we look forward to seeing you at the presentation. 

While you are attending, visit us at booth #1807 at the 2015 Global Petroleum Show.

 

Presentation Announcement: Use of Flow Control Devices (FCDs) to Enforce Conformance in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Completions, Heavy Oil Conference 2015Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 00:00Co-presenting with ConocoPhillips at the upcoming 2015 Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary Alberta.

C-FER is pleased to be co-presenting with ConocoPhillips at the upcoming 2015 Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary Alberta.
 
Presentation of the paper “Use of Flow Control Devices (FCDs) to Enforce Conformance in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Completions” is scheduled to be held on June 9, 2015, from 15:30 PM – 16:00 PM in Palomino C at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary Alberta. 

During the presentation, topics covered include:

  • Potential for improving recovery in SAGD production wells by using flow control devices (FCD)
  • Use of steam flashing to regulate flow, better enforcing performance
  • Characterization of FCD’s under various multiphase flow conditions
  • Creation of test protocols for a new high temperature multiphase flow loop for simulating SAGD operations
  • Design and specification of the flow loop including lessons learned during commissioning and operation
  • New proposed hypothesis of a steam blocking effect when using FCD’s in SAGD operations

If you are attending the Heavy Oil Conference and are interested in learning more about FCD’s in SAGD applications, we look forward to seeing you at the presentation. 

While you are attending, visit us at booth #1807 at the 2015 Global Petroleum Show.

 

C-FER presents at the 2015 Simula Community ConferenceFriday, May 22, 2015 - 00:002015 SIMULIA Community Conference was held in Berlin Germany, on May 19-21

The 2015 SIMULIA Community Conference was held in Berlin Germany, on May 19-21. The conference attracted more than 430 attendees and 95 technical papers from various industries, such as Energy, Aerospace & Defense, Transportation & Mobility, Engineering & Construction, and Life Science.

Dr. Jueren Xie presented two papers at the conference: “Use of FEA and Radial Basis Functions for Reliability-based Design and Assessment of Tubular Connection Sealability” and “Finite Element Analysis for Post Cracking Design of Thermal Well Cements”.

Aerial Leak Detection Project AnnouncedMonday, May 4, 2015 - 00:00Summary of news stories announcing C-FER's new aerial leak detection project
JIP to evaluate aerial-based pipeline safety technologiesWednesday, April 29, 2015 - 00:00JIP to evaluate aerial-based pipeline safety technologies

C-FER is proud to partner with industry in the research and evaluation of aerial technolgies for pipeline leak detection.

The Joint Industry Project was launched in December 2014 to evaluate the effectiveness of pipeline leak detection technologies conveyed on airborne platforms to detect subsurface releases of liquid hydrocarbons. This project will include a variety of activities including modelling, lab and field testing. Vendors participating in these tests obtain key information to develop products more successful at detecting liquid hydrocarbon releases.

The results of this project will assist pipeline operating companies to identify the best technologies for detecting liquid hydrocarbon releases from airborne platforms and will provide key information to the equipment vendors to assist them in enhancing the sensitivity and reliability of their equipment.

Read more about this partnership and this important research in the April 2015 edition of Pipelines International.

C-FER's Darren Machula wins ASET Technologist of the YearMonday, April 13, 2015 - 13:49The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta awards C-FER employee

Every year the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) gives out a number of awards to deserving Technologists and Technicians at its annual AGM.

C-FER’s own Darren Machula CET, was the recipient of the 2015 Technologist of the Year Award. This award is presented to individuals that conducts themselves with professionalism, contribute at a high level of technical capacity, have a level of influence within their organization and demonstrate leadership.

The nomination submitted on behalf of Darren included three references, containing the following highlights:

  • contributions to the building and operations of numerous flow loops
  • testing and operation of numerous pieces of down hole equipment in C-FER lab
  • the management of testing projects, such as top drive design load tests and the settling pond
  • the coordination and scheduling of over 30 testing projects in C-FER’s Master Schedule
  • integration and set-up of new equipment in the C-FER’s lab
  • management of C-FER’s SolidWorks vault
  • review of Calibration Certificates and procedures
  • member of C-FER’s ER Team
  • C-FER’s Canadian Blood Services Partner’s for Life Champion

More information about the award can be found on ASET's website.

C-FER hosts PCP Thermal WorkshopMonday, March 30, 2015 - 00:00A forum where experience and knowledge related to the installation and operation of all-metal PCP systems in thermal applications could be openly exchanged

On March 30th, C-FER Technologies hosted a PCP Thermal Workshop in Calgary, Alberta on behalf of the PCP Run-Life Improvement Joint Industry Project. The objective of the PCP Thermal Workshop was to provide a forum where experience and knowledge related to the installation and operation of all-metal PCP systems in thermal applications could be openly exchanged among attendees.

Highlights of the PCP Thermal Workshop include:

  • Presentation of the general history of all-metal PCPs from early trials to recent field deployments in Canada and around the world;
  • Development of a preliminary installation database of all-metal pumps operating in thermal applications for use in benchmarking and analyses activities;
  • Discussion of challenges associated with installing and operating all-metal pumps and current industry best practices for increasing system run-life;
  • Update from all-metal PCP manufacturers on progress in developing all-metal PCPs and other technologies for use in thermal applications.

The next PCP Thermal Workshop is tentatively planned for winter 2016. If you are interested in attending, please contact John Sheldon at j.sheldon@cfertech.com for more information.

PCP Run-Life Improvement Joint Industry Project

C-FER Technologies is currently running a Progressing Cavity Pump Run-Life Improvement Joint Industry Project to help operators leverage shared PCP failure information and operational experience. The goal is to gain insight into key factors that impact PCP system run-life. Benefits to the project include:

  • Making informed decisions through analyses on a dataset of quality PCP failure information and identify opportunities to improve PCP run-life;
  • Leveraging participant experience through bi-annual steering committee meetings and technical discussions to solve operating problems and evaluate new equipment;
  • Benchmarking field performance based on over 17,000 records of PCP systems operating in similar conditions;
  • Creating economic success through increased production efficiencies and lower operating costs.
C-FER and Automation - Who knew? Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 00:00Learning more about how C-FER is utilizing, improving and developing automation in the energy industry

The members of the Edmonton Section of the International Society of Automation recently visited C-FER's facilities to learn more about how C-FER is utilizing, improving and developing automation in the energy industry.

Learn more about the tour on the ISA blog.

Alberta's Environment and Sustainable Resrouce Development (ESRD) Announces Two New Environmental Frameworks at C-FER's FacilitiesFriday, March 13, 2015 - 00:00Minister Fawcett tours the C-FER Technologies research laboratory

EDMONTON (March 13, 2015) – Kyle Fawcett (Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development) and Don Scott (Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education) were at C-FER on Friday to announce the Alberta’s plan for reducing the amount of tailings that accumulate during oil sands mine operation. The announcement also included a water management framework that aims to reduce the amount of water withdrawn from the Athabasca River for oil sands operations.

More information can be found on the ESRD website

C-FER Presents at the NEB Pipeline Safety ForumMonday, January 26, 2015 - 09:50C-FER Technologies pipeline and technology development expertise recognized.

C-FER Technologies, a recognized leader in pipeline research and technology development, was invited to present at the NEB Pipeline Safety Forum held in Calgary in June of 2015. This two-day event, organized by the National Energy Board of Canada as part of their national engagement initiative, provided an opportunity to engage stakeholders in discussions on how to improve pipeline safety and environmental protection.

Mark Stephens, Senior Engineering Consultant in C-FER’s Pipelines and Structures Division participated as a panelist and made two presentations, one on the topic of pipeline outflow control and another on designing for safety.

A link to information about the event, including further links to the forum program, speaker biographies and presentation material is provided below.
https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/sftnvrnmnt/sft/2015frm/index-eng.html

A direct link to the presentations made by Mr. Stephens, which were intended to stimulate panelist and audience discussion on selected topics is provided below.
https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/sftnvrnmnt/sft/2015frm/prsnttn-fq-eng.html




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