2017 Product of the Year Finalists

Who will win gold in 2017? Oil & Gas Engineering announces the finalists for its 1st annual Product of the Year competition, and readers will have the final word. Cast your votes online using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform.

Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager

Significant innovation and advancement in technologies and best practices introduced within the past year into the oil and gas industry are recognized by means of our 1st annual Product of the Year awards. Companies submitted new and improved products introduced between Jan. 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017, to be judged. Below are the finalists in each of the three categories. It is now up to Oil & Gas Engineering readers to determine which products should receive gold, silver, or bronze recognition.

To vote, visit the New Products for Engineers platform at www.controleng.com/NP4E and click on “Product Voting.” Vote for the products you feel are the best in their categories by Oct. 31, 2017. The results will appear in December 2017 in print and online.

Data & Analytics

Monitoring application family
Plantweb Insight is a collection of operational excellence applications for monitoring the health of plant assets, such as steam traps, pumps, and heat exchangers. Leveraging pervasive-sensing strategies, Plantweb Insight strategically interprets plant data to provide personnel with actionable information. The intuitive, browser-based user interface helps to ensure reliability, improve safety, and reduce energy usage. The pre-built analytics and domain expertise embedded in the applications minimize required configuration, allowing the software to be easily integrated with existing infrastructure. Abnormal situations and predictive diagnostics are presented to personnel in real-time, eliminating the need for manual calculations or periodic data collection.

Emerson Automation Solutions

Real-time fatigue monitoring
The Realtime Fatigue Monitoring System (RFMS) provides field measurements of stress and fatigue on drilling risers, wellheads, and other subsea systems in near real time. The RFMS calculates stress and fatigue at any location in a riser system/wellhead/conductor casing via measurements from 5 to 10 accelerometers and angular rate sensors placed at strategic locations along the riser, along with analytical riser mode shape information. Since the only required online inputs are the dynamic riser response, top tension, and mud weight, fatigue estimates may be calculated without knowledge of the impinging currents or other forcing events.

Stress Engineering Services

IIoT & Process Control

Control system firmware
The Bedrock Open Secure Automation (OSA) system with Cybershield 2.0 extends the benefits of intrinsic cybersecurity to networks, the Industrial Internet of Things, and third-party applications. The system enables authentication and encryption of I/O networks and field devices, and protects compliant networks and user applications such as controller configuration, process logic, and SCADA communications. OSA achieves this with an industrial-control-system certification authority that draws on the power and flexibility of public-key infrastructure and transport-layer security, delivering secure integration of third-party software applications. This open and secure platform is built for hardware, networks, and software.

Bedrock Automation

Power supply tower
The 700-VA to 3-kVA tower-configured SC on-line uninterruptible power supply (UPS) protects information-technology and Internet of Things (IoT) equipment, telecommunications, servers, security systems, programmable logic controllers, and other power-sensitive electronic systems against power distruptions. The SC UPS tower features advanced digital signal processors, surface-mount device technology, multi-mode operation, intelligent self- diagnostics, and innovative battery boost circuits. These technologies enable a more robust and reliable UPS system by using fewer components. The SC UPS tower includes 5-year long-life hot-swap batteries. Optional external batter banks are available for applications requiring longer backup times during a power outage.

Falcon Electric Inc.

Onshore & Offshore

Buoyancy module
The Standardized Buoyancy Module (SBM) is a modular redesign of the Distributed Buoyancy Module (DBM). The SBM allows smaller elements to be stacked together, enabling customized uplift requirements as specified for each project. The modular-buoyancy segments are designed to mechanically lock around the clamp, securely attaching the assembly to the desired location on the riser. The SBM can be adjusted to operate in seawater depths from surface to 2,500 meters by adding or removing elements. The design includes synthetic feet to the bottom of the finished assembly to prevent handling damage and reduce vessel installation time.

Trelleborg Offshore

Gas detector
The Vanguard toxic and combustible gas detector features an open WirelessHART 7.2 communication protocol and can be used to detect the presence of methane or hydrogen sulfide. This detector was developed in collaboration with Chevron to meet the market need for a cost-effective way to add multiple gas measurement points. The Vanguard detector can be easily mounted anywhere and painlessly incorporated into any WirelessHART networks. Some applications for the detector include remote sites, plant infrastructure, and emissions monitoring in tank farms, oil and gas production facilities, refineries, pipelines, abandoned wells, and waste treatment plants. The gas detector boasts a 5-year battery life.

United Electric Controls

Degasifying solution
CoStrip is a solution for the degasification of water containing high loadings of oil and suspended solids. CoStrip effectively removes up to 99% of dissolved gases such as BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene), carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide without the need for pretreatment. Its counter-current gas flow lowers stripping gas requirements as well as off-gas treatment costs. CoStrip’s horizontal design enables it to fit where height restrictions hinder installation of conventional towers. It is designed for easy, reliable, maintenance-free operation. CoStrip is available in standard sizes for a capacity ranging from 15,000 to 200,000 barrels per day.

Veolia Water Technologies