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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...


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...


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...

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...


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...


Unconventional Well Applications

Friday, November 23, 2018

Seminar Announcement: Colorado School of Mines

Unconventional well applications present several challenges for artificial lift. The rapid production decline usually makes it necessary for operators to change the lift system after certain time, and minimizing the costs associated with these changes is paramount.

The deep, long horizontal well configuration also creates additional difficulties. Landing a downhole pump deep in the well, to achieve higher drawdowns, may be associated with higher failure rates, due to the additional loads on the pumping system equipment through the deviated sections.

The well often produces in slugs, which is...


Course Announcement: PCP System Design and Performance Optimization Course including PC-PUMP® Software Training - Bogota, Colombia

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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 Bogotá, Colombia.

Para información de costos e inscripción, visite Eventbrite:

C-FER is holding course on "PCP System Design and Performance Optimization including PC-PUMP® Software Training" on November 19-23, 2018 in Bogota,...


Workshop Announcement: Geothermal Well Design & Integrity for Geothermal Applications

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

An overview of the considerations, key factors, industry guidelines and practices, examples, and field experience related to the design and integrity of geothermal wells

C-FER Technologies is holding a workshop on “Thermal Well Design & Integrity for Geothermal Applications” at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 8 am – 5 pm.

The workshop is immediately after the 42nd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. If you are attending the meeting, visit us at booth 320 & 322.

Pricing: register by September 30, 2018 for $685 CAD; after September 30, 2018 for $815 CAD.

Register now through Eventbrite


How to perform quantitative risk analysis for transmission pipelines

Friday, September 21, 2018

Framework for the Quantitative Risk Analysis Process

Quantitative risk analyses are used in the pipeline industry to identify high-risk locations and main contributing threats; to evaluate risk against an acceptance criterion; to evaluate changes in risk over time; to guide integrity management decisions; and to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

We developed for the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) guidelines for the development and application of pipeline quantitative risk analysis models for natural gas and hazardous liquids transmission pipelines. The purpose of these guidelines...


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