Sunday, March 25, 2018

Simulation News

Emerson Upgrades Reservoir Simulation Software

Photo: Roxar

Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the latest version of its reservoir management software suite - Roxar Tempest 8.1, designed to provide robust and efficient numerical solutions to support reservoir engineers in maximizing field recovery. The release complements and enhances the advanced uncertainty analysis delivered by Ensemble Smoother Based History Matching, previously introduced in the Tempest 8.0 release, and provides new means of representing flow behavior in the vicinity of fractures.

Two DNV GL Approvals for GTT Training Software

GTT Training, a GTT subsidiary dedicated to training liquefied natural gas (LNG) professionals and to the development of associated simulation tools, has obtained two approvals for G-Sim training software from DNVGL in accordance with their standard for Maritime Simulator Systems. This standard specifies the requirements of simulators that are to be used to deliver training to the shipping industry in accordance with the STCW[1] convention requirements.

Scientists Uncover Explanation for Hidden Ocean Swell Interactions

Ocean engineers from MIT, the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have accurately simulated the motion of internal tides along a shelf break called the Middle Atlantic Bight — a region off the coast of the eastern U.S. that stretches from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. (Image: Google Earth)

Better simulations of internal tides may benefit sonar communications, protect offshore structures, and more. In certain parts of the ocean, towering, slow-motion rollercoasters called internal tides trundle along for miles, rising and falling for hundreds of feet in the ocean’s interior while making barely a ripple at the surface. These giant, hidden swells are responsible for alternately drawing warm surface waters down to the deep ocean and pulling marine nutrients up from the abyss.

Emerson Acquires Yggdrasil

Emerson Process Management has acquired Norwegian company Yggdrasil, a provider of flow assurance and production optimization software. Emerson will incorporate Yggdrasil’s METTE production optimization solution into the Roxar reservoir management software portfolio, providing operators with an integrated workflow from seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling to reservoir simulation and production optimisation. The combination of data from predictive reservoir models…

CFD Simulation of a Fully Featured Offshore Platform Model

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CFD simulations of offshore oil and gas platforms are used to predict the maximum wind loads acting on the structure of the platform topsides (the upper half of the platform, above sea level and outside the splash zone, including the oil production plant, the accommodation block and any drilling equipment). The wind loads are used as waves and current loads to design the mooring of the structure, and can be significant in specific ocean areas.

Emerson Expands Reservoir Management Software Capabilities

Roxar Tempest offers a single, consistent platform, designed to accommodate models for robust, economic decisions while maximizing the value of the seismic-to-production workflow.  (Photo: Emerson)

Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the latest version of its reservoir management software suite - Roxar Tempest 8.0 - bringing reservoir engineers more tools to maximize the potential of their fields. The latest version features additional history-matching capabilities; enhanced field productivity thanks to greater simulation performance; and an integrated workflow from geosciences to production. “Our reservoir management software…

Software Models Full Supply Chain for Process Industry

Sensitivity Manager - screenshot (Image: DNV GL)

In the oil and gas process industries, accurate simulation and assessment of logistics operations are essential to improve efficiency. With the latest release of DNV GL’s Maros software for reliability, availability and maintainability, a new and more powerful simulation engine can model the full supply chain in a RAM study. With the new release of Maros software, users can incorporate product transport and tank modeling into a RAM study, previously available in Taro software.

DNV GL’s Multiphase Module in Synergi Gas Software

Gas gathering and transmission companies have until now taken on the cost of external consultants or specialized in-house expertise for multiphase network analyses. With DNV GL’s new Multiphase Module in Synergi Gas software, users can take full control of their analyses. Multiphase flow is common in gas gathering systems, where changes in temperature and pressure cause liquid components of the gas to drop out, resulting in a mixed flow of natural gas, hydrocarbon liquid, and water.

Seatools Introduces Active Heave Compensation Module

Control panel HeaveMate (Image: Seatools)

Dutch subsea engineering company Seatools has introduced an intelligent active heave compensation module: HeaveMate, a system for new and existing offshore and subsea equipment such as winches, cranes and LARS systems. HeaveMate can be delivered either as an OEM package with the essentials for heave compensation (black box controller with sensors and software) or as part of a complete turnkey system, including mechanical and hydraulic hardware.

GTT Training Bags G-Sim Order from L-3 DPA, Chevron

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GTT Training, a specialist LNG training and simulation provider, announces the award of a first contract to supply its G-Sim LNG simulator software to L-3 DPA and Chevron. The contract involves the development of a new LNG Carrier model based specifically of the new LNG vessels owned and operated by Chevron. The G-Sim software will also interface with the Engine Room simulation equipment being provided to Chevron by L-3 DPA. Used to provide hands-on…

Emerson Donates Reservoir Management Software To UTP

Eirik Gudmundsen (left) & UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim (right). (Photo: Emerson)

Emerson Process Management has donated unlimited licenses of its reservoir management software to Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). As a sign of its appreciation of this donation, UTP held an official ceremony for the handover of the donation at its campus, attended by representatives from both Emerson Process Management and UTP. The partnership is part of Emerson’s commitment to supporting the next generation of geoscientists and will enable UTP students to utilize Emerson’s reservoir modeling software Roxar RMS…

Experimental Data Released to Enhance CO2 Pipeline Design

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First-of-its-kind data relating to the depressurisation of CO2 pipelines is being made freely available today through industry cooperation. This will help fill knowledge gaps associated with the safe and reliable pipeline transport of CO2 and result in cost efficiencies through a significantly improved design basis for CO2 pipelines. With energy security and climate change high on the international agenda, Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is again gaining momentum.

Assystem UK Driving Value for the Offshore Industry

David Lister, Senior Stress Engineer and Dr. Adam Towse, Assystem’s UK Head of Discipline for Stress at Assystem in the UK.

Assystem presented a paper at the NAFEMS seminar which took place in Aberdeen demonstrating how Assystem can drive value for the oil & gas industry in the current financial climate. Against a challenging backdrop, the oil & gas industry is currently facing a host of challenges. The integrity management of structures, pipelines and risers in a hostile marine environment, as well as increasing pressure to minimize costs, safety risks, downtime, and emissions all present key challenges for the simulation community.

Global Study into use of Wind, Solar Power on Ships

EnergySail Test Station Photo Eco Marine Power

In co-operation with several shipping companies and technology partners, Eco Marine Power (EMP)has begun a detailed study focused on the practical applications of its patented EnergySail and Aquarius MRE technologies. The study will cover the engineering aspects of installing an EnergySail or Aquarius MRE based solution on a variety of ships and the expected Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and CO2 savings that can be achieved in an operational environment. Energy storage options will also be studied including the possible use of fuel cells.

Honeywell to Automate Canadian Oil Sands Project

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Honeywell Process Solutions says it was selected by Suncor Energy to provide automation systems for a new multi-billion dollar Fort Hills Oil Sands project in Alberta, Canada. Honeywell will supply technology to integrate the site’s control and safety systems, manage alarms, and provide advanced simulation software that enables critical operations planning and operator training. As the Main Automation Contractor (MAC), Honeywell will play a key role in helping the facility achieve its future productivity and operational efficiency goals.

Floating Wind Power: A Semisubmersible Floating Turbine Foundation

Floating foundations for wind turbines present some technical advantages, which is encouraging more and more industry players to develop new floaters. Firstly, they can be deployed in deep seas, independent of the soil conditions. Secondly, the installation and heavy maintenance can be done in sheltered areas, so that the whole OFWT can be towed directly to the wind farm’s location by conventional tugs. However, floating foundations also bring new constraints on the wind turbine due to their motions in waves and wind.

SPE Aberdeen: Tackling the Offshore Design Challenge

Dr. John White

An engineering expert is set to talk at a Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Aberdeen Section presentation this month, discussing the challenges associated with the analysis and design of offshore engineering equipment. Offshore marine equipment can be physically complex, expensive, safety critical and required to operate in harsh environments. This means that regulations for design and manufacturing processes can differ based on a number of factors, including project complexity and environment. Dr.

Bibby's Collaborative Approach for Subsea Productivity

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Bibby Offshore has developed a vessel share option for clients, which has the potential to provide the subsea industry with significant savings through encouraging collaboration, cost-efficiencies, as well as providing increased productivity. Unlocking Subsea Productivity (USP) re-evaluates the traditional subsea campaign model, proposing a new alternative structure for how Bibby Offshore delivers services to clients. The concept focuses on a vessel share agreement…

New Release of DNV GL’s Bladed Modelling Software

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The enhanced Bladed tool integrates cloud computing resources from Amazon Web Services, saving costly IT infrastructure upgrades and lessening design time. It observes turbine structural behaviour in simulated scenarios from 360 degree angles. Optimising the design of a wind turbine is key during every phase of its design. Failure to correctly model loads, harsh environments, and structural integrity or to perform accurate testing can greatly jeopardise the long-term safety, functionality and profitability of an asset.

Transas Simulation User Seminars Held in France

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Transas has held a series of Simulation User Seminars in France. The events gathered more than 60 participants from maritime schools, pilot associations, navy and coast guard of the region. To make the seminars more efficient and closer to the users, Transas said it decided to split them across two locations. The first two days took place in St-Nazaire at the SAR association SNSM (Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) training center.