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Update on C-FER's COVID-19 Response

Monday, March 23, 2020

Message from Francisco Alhanati, Managing Director

Operational Continuity and Contingency Plans

At C-FER, we are strictly following the recommendations of our local health authorities to manage the situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping the health and well-being of our employees, their families, our clients, and the community at large is our top priority.

Recent travelers and personnel with vulnerable health conditions were identified during the early stages of the alert. A self-isolation policy was promptly implemented. Special safe-work protocols were defined to minimize exposure of people on site and mitigate the likelihood of spreading the virus.

Simultaneously, we are taking the following measures to minimize the impact on our operations and services:

  • We have now successfully implemented remote work arrangements for most of our employees. Hardware, software and communication tools and infrastructure were secured and distributed to employees to enable them to work efficiently from home.
  • We have limited staff working on-site. Their activities are mostly related to testing projects and the necessary supporting functions.
  • The doors to our two locations in Edmonton are locked to the general public. However, shipping and receiving functions continue as warranted.
  • External face-to-face meetings have been suspended until further notice and replaced by virtual meetings and teleconferences. The same approach has been implemented internally in most cases. When physical presence is necessary, social distancing rules are strictly followed.

Our current plan is to continue to operate as indicated above while it is deemed safe to do so, and to the extent feasible.

However, our contingency plan includes the possibility of completely suspending staff working on-site at our facilities. This measure could be triggered by external factors, such as federal or provincial government orders. It also could be triggered by internal circumstances, such as a substantial increase in the staff direct exposure to the virus or the lack of available staff to conduct essential tasks. To our knowledge, no staff have had direct exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Please note that even in the case of a total physical shutdown of our facilities, we still expect that a large portion of our staff will continue to work remotely, providing support and services to our clients.

Thank you for your understanding during these exceptional times.


Learn about C-FER's sour service capability

Friday, March 6, 2020

Overview of our special environments laboratory

Correct qualification and material selection is even more important when equipment is exposed to H2S-contaminated or other sour gas atmospheres.

These environments are both highly toxic and corrosive.
Many materials and products are susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking. The risk of catastrophic failures significantly increases.

C-FER provides clients with a wide range of sour service testing capabilities that help to understand and minimize various failure mechanisms.

Our Special Environments Laboratory, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive containment test facilities.

Testing is accessible via two walk-in Special Environment Chambers. These chambers are designed to contain the testing equipment, and any potential energy released during testing.

They also are designed to contain any potential hazardous environment. The laboratory can be used to test a wide range of materials, specimen sizes, and equipment in various hazardous environments.

Safety is important. All sour service and qualification testing conducted at C-FER comply with recognized industry standards.
These include (but not limited to):

  • ANSI/NACE MR0175/ISO 15156
  • TM0177
  • TM0187
  • TM0192
  • TM0198
  • TM0284
  • TM0296

Our team can complete a review of your needs and customize an effective test program geared towards your specified outcome.

Contact us for more information


How engineering analysis and field run-life data can be coupled to predict the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP reliability

Thursday, February 13, 2020

C-FER’s Craig Radke is presenting at the 2020 SPE Symposium: ESP Journey to the Future.

During the presentation, Craig will discuss how wellbore trajectory, reserve recovery and productivity can be considered in combination to optimize ESP designs and improve the run-life of ESPs in horizontal wells.

The presentation includes a case study on how a combined physics-based and data-driven analysis approach was applied to ESP-lifted fields. Craig will explain how finite element analysis and field reliability data analysis methods were used to correlate the calculated housing stress and curvature of ESP components with the reliability of the ESP system.  

The presentation is titled, “Approach to predict the impact of wellbore trajectory on ESP reliability using coupled engineering models and field run-life data,” and will be presented on February 19, 2020 during Session 2: “Big Data and AI in ESP”.

Craig Radke is a Research Engineer in C-FER’s Software Products & Training department. He has 6 years of experience in ESP reliability analysis and research, including overseeing the ESP Reliability Information and Failure Tracking System (ESP-RIFTS) and ESP Reliability in High Curvature Wells industry consortia.



New release of C-FER’s ESPBend software now available

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Investigate the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP equipment deflection and reliability

C-FER Technologies is pleased to announce that ESPBend version 3.2.0 is now available for download. This new version includes the following additions:

  • Softlock option is now available
  • Improvements in the layout of the main window
  • Improvements in the layout and operation of the equipment system design view

Subscribe to ESPBend and gain ongoing access to the software Maintenance and Support Plan, and receive additional upgrades in the future.

About ESPBend

ESPBend helps companies investigate the effects of wellbore curvature on ESP equipment deflection and reliability. Users can perform detailed engineering stress and curvature analysis of complex wellbore trajectories and ESP assemblies.

Have a comment or suggestion?

If you see any issues with the program or have suggestions for new features that would enhance the software, please contact Craig Radke at