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Cybersecurity June 3, 2020

Oil and gas industry facing spearphishing attacks

Cyber criminals are aiming their attacks at the oil and gas sector by impersonating specific engineer contractors and shipping companies. Know what to look for and how to avoid a cyber attack.

By Gregory Hale
Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed, and oftentimes public, digital ledger used to record transactions across many computers so that any involved record cannot be altered retroactively, without the alteration of all subsequent blocks. Courtesy: Data Gumbo
Asset Management June 2, 2020

Blockchain establishes truth

Why blockchain should be a part of any new well build

By Andrew Bruce
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Analytics June 1, 2020

Remote monitoring of blowout preventers improves operations

BOP system tester uses analytics software to help its oil & gas clients avoid downtime and incident

By Michael Fry
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Oil and Gas May 1, 2020

Students performing drilling simulations during COVID-19 outbreak

LSU Petroleum Engineering instructors are working with simulator company Drilling Systems to ensure their students could perform their drilling simulation lab from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

By Libby Haydel
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Cybersecurity May 1, 2020

Tech giants unite in COVID-19 smartphone effort

Google and Apple unveiled a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 while protecting user privacy.

By Gregory Hale
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Oil and Gas March 30, 2020

Intelligent edge computing at the wellhead improves performance

The digital wellhead promises efficiency and productivity increases for hundreds of thousands of wells across the U.S.

By Jane Ren
Figure 2: Ultrasonic corrosion sensors are permanently installed on this crude tower overhead line. Insulation is subsequently replaced around the sensor legs. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Maintenance February 4, 2020

Insidious corrosion of fixed equipment detected via predictive maintenance

Pipes and vessels monitored to detect and mitigate corrosion using wireless instrumentation.

By Jake Davies, Ph.D.
The Global System Integrator Database has 522 system integrators list HMI, human machine interface among engineering specialties; 274 system integrators list PC-based control among engineering specialties. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
HMI, OI January 20, 2020

Industrial HMI migrations: Help with Microsoft Windows 7 expiration

Microsoft Windows 7 expired on Jan. 14, and manufacturers’ human-machine interface (HMI) software may still need help migrating to a supported operating system. System integrators can provide migration assistance to lower cybersecurity risk.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 3: The new control center was created quickly. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
System Integrators December 17, 2019

Short timeline for automation infrastructure

System integrator assembled a diverse collection of technologies to meet an aggressive schedule.

By Jim Meyers
Figure 1: A layered and decentralized cybersecurity enforcement approach is universally applicable across different assets installed at the edge. Courtesy: Xage Security
Oil and Gas December 2, 2019

An immutable ledger enables multi-party operations

Put settlement disputes to bed and ensure multiparty accountability.

By Norman Thorlakson