Remote Analysis of Equipment Performance

Challenge

Gas is injected into wells to increase production. Due to the geographical distribution of wells there are a large number of compressors (over 140 units) which need routine monitoring by a small number of staff.

Solution

Analyze compressor performance and search for extreme operating conditions, including cylinder temperature. Replicate monitoring solution across all assets using to create comprehensive monitoring reports in near-real time.

Benefits

Well Productivity Index

Challenge:

It is critical for oil and gas companies to understand how productive their wells are, and when it is time for decommissioning. The Well Productivity Index is a valuable measure of individual well health, but it is difficult to scale to the number of wells owned, which typically number in the thousands for each operator.

Lockout Pressure Optimization

Challenge:

Pipeline operators face a constant balancing act of running their pipelines while protecting the environment from oil spills caused by a rupture. A sudden low-pressure event might indicate a pipeline rupture that threatens the environment. To minimize environmental impact, operators set parameters for low-pressure conditions that would cause a hard shutdown, or lockout. Lockouts can last for hours or days, greatly impacting the pipeline’s revenue.

Truck Fleet Monitoring

Challenge:

In the mining industry, it is critical to monitor and maintain the health of the large, rugged trucks that bring material from the bottom of a mine to the surface. With an average value of more than $3 million per truck, these assets are essential to the mining operation. Working under extreme conditions, it is common for the trucks to develop engine trouble. The cost of unplanned truck downtime is high.

Pump Health Monitoring

Challenge:

In process industries such as oil and gas, pharmaceutical and chemical, it is essential to maintain and prolong the lifetime of critical assets including pumps, valves, heat exchangers and compressors. Process companies need better insight into the condition of pumps and other assets. The goal is to gain a clearer understanding of when pumps are not operating efficiently–and the root cause of the degraded performance–instead of waiting until there is a catastrophic failure. Optimizing asset maintenance saves time and money.

Power Loading Reduction

Challenge 

In the power utility industry, independent system operators (ISOs) are quasi-governmental organizations that serve as neutral market-makers between power generation companies and consumers to help ensure the power grid performs at maximum efficiency and reliability. While they don’t own generation, transmission, or distribution assets, nine ISOs play an important role to balance the supply and demand for power in North America. 

Wind Turbine Ramp-up

Challenge

A reality of life in the renewable energy business: Providers of alternative energy (such as wind turbine generators) are subject to being “curtailed” or temporarily shut down by the power grid operators. In these cases, the wind power is available but it is not dispatched to the power grid. These curtailments happen for a number of reasons, including a reduction in the demand for power, transmission congestion or lack of transmission access.