Thursday, December 28, 2017

News from a job we are involved in.

" Italian oil producer Eni this week began drilling a new well in U.S. waters off the north coast of Alaska, becoming the first company to do so since 2015, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The oil and gas firm is working from an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea about three miles off Oliktok Point in the Arctic Ocean. The well is expected to run more than 6 miles (10 km) long."

The Arctic is an important component of the Administration’s national energy strategy, and today’s news is great for America as the United States advances toward energy dominance,” said Interior's Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash. “Interior is actively working with a number of Alaska Native partners, who rely on the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas for their subsistence way of life, to ensure a healthy environment for today and future generations.

Read the full article here and here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Supreme Court Appears Reluctant in "Oil States vs. Greene Energy"

This is an interesting case. It most likely will not prevail, but could possibly lead to changes in lots of matters handled via non-judicial review in government agencies.

Read the whole article on ArsTechnica:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Aker BP Enters Drilling, Well Alliances with Halliburton, Maersk, Odfjell  | Rigzone

Aker BP Enters Drilling, Well Alliances with Halliburton, Maersk, Odfjell  | Rigzone: "Aker BP ASA has entered into separate drilling and well alliance agreements, which both aim to drive ‘continuous improvement’ and create ‘greater value’, according to a company statement. One of the agreements is with Maersk Drilling and Halliburton for jack-ups, and the other is with Odfjell Drilling and Halliburton for semi-submersibles. The agreements are scheduled to last for five years, and there is an option to extend for a further five years."

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Another Patent Awarded...

Today, I was doing research for an upcoming project that involved compiling a list of patents, either issued or filed for, that I am listed as an inventor on.

Through this process, I was able to determine that another patent has been issued here in the US. This brings the total up to 3 issued in the US. I think as of right now, at least one of those has also been issued in the EU and Canada.

That leaves about 6 still pending. At least for what has been filed so far.

The patent I m referring to today is:

Sweep Efficiency for Hole Cleaning | US Patent No. 9759645

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Babelfish are Here!!!!!

Google has finally brought us the Babelfish! For $159 US?

We are the next step closer to a universal translator. I want this! I want to be nosy around people speaking foreign languages...I want to be able to communicate with most people I encounter on travels. I would have loved to have this back when I was traveling the world for work!

But the most intriguing feature of the Pixel Buds is the integrated Google Translate feature. Demoed on stage at Google's event today, this feature lets two Pixel Bud wearers chat in their native languages by translating conversations in real-time. In the demo, a native English speaker and a native Swedish speaker had a conversation with each other, both using their native languages. Google Translate in the Buds' translated the English phrases into Swedish, and the Swedish phrases into English, for each user. There was barely any lag time in between the speaker saying a phrase and the Buds' hearing those words and translating them into the appropriate language.

Read the full article, "Google Pixel Buds are wireless earbuds that translate conversations in real time" at  Ars Technica.

Weatherford - Intel IoT Collaboration

Here's a shout-out to a former colleague, Colin Tait, Currently director of IT at Weatherford. Colin is a sharp individual with a knack for developing solutions.

"Colin Tait, Director of Information Technology at Weatherford, stood alongside Jonathan Ballon, vice president in the Internet of Things Markets and Channels at Intel Corporation, during Ballon’s keynote on day one of the conference. The executives discussed how IoT-enabled oilfield devices can improve the efficiency and profitability of production operations, from surface equipment to the back office."

Read the whole press release on Weatherford's website.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

TECH SHOWCASE: Digital Process Improvement Mentor  |  Rigzone

TECH SHOWCASE: Digital Process Improvement Mentor  |  Rigzone: "A Midland, Texas-based company has unveiled a wellsite data management system for operators and service companies that reportedly can help to shorten the learning curve for younger generations of field personnel as experienced veterans move on. “The entire concept of capturing the field knowledge of experienced workers is central to our system,” Travis Laman, president and founder of Delta Perform/DEC Global, said of his company’s trademarked “PERFORM” system. “We also believe the discipline our system brings to the process will significantly reduce non-productive time and improve safety.”"

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