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KP Technology moves into final frontier with Nasa deal

A technology company in Wick is aiming for the stars after it received a ai???significantai??? order from the US government space agency Nasa.

The award-winning KP Technology said it now hopes for ai???double digitai??? sales growth following the deal which will see the space agency deploying the firmai??i??s atomic measurement system called the Kelvin Probe.

The measurement device is named after Scottish mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin and is used to analyse properties of materials by detecting electrical changes in the top-most atomic layers.
April 10, 2014

Three universities showcase their winning research

At last month’s highly successful Unconventional Gas Aberdeen – 2014 conference, a new innovation was a competition designed to showcase unconventionals research being conducted at UK universities.

It generated a healthy set of entries from across the UK – both technical and non-technical – with each project presented in the form of a poster.

A team of judges had the invidious task of assessing each presentation before selecting three winners – Ai??overall, best technical and best non-technical.
April 7, 2014

3sun lands North Sea control deal

Energy industry services group 3sun has landed a deal to design and manufacture replacement control panels for a North Sea firm after completing a A?1million obsolescence project.

The Great Yarmouth-based firm, which has a base in Aberdeenshire, recently completed a full life-cycle programme for an unnamed North Sea producer.

Now it has secured a contract to design and provide the replacement panels identified under the study as obsolete – a situation hampered by the lack of replacement parts for the aging system.
April 3, 2014

SPE Intelligent Energy kicks off with digitalisation debate

The progress and future potential of oilfield digitalisation have been the key focus on the first day of the Society of Petroleum Engineersai??i?? (SPE) Intelligent Energy event in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The three-day conference was opened by Gerald Schotman, chief technology officer and executive vice president of innovation and R&D at Shell, who claimed technology developments were necessary if the industry was to address the estimated 80% increase in energy demand by 2050.

Delegates also heard from Brian Muirhead, chief engineer of NASAai??i??s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on overcoming the vast challenges of landing space craft on Mars and pushing the boundaries of space exploration in a zero fault tolerant environment.
April 2, 2014
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Joint project improves North Sea drilling efficiency, report claims

A North Sea project claims it has improved drilling efficiency by 60% after developing a new system to improve team operations.

Norwegian drilling management firm Ross Offshore and Aberdeen software firm Absoft partnered to develop a new portal for use on North Sea projects,

The firms, which presented their findings at a conference in Denmark today, believe the project could cut the amount of time engineers need to spend on planning and support for North Sea projects.
April 2, 2014
April 2, 2014

Ewing set to launch new Aberdeen discussion series

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing is to deliver the keynote speech at the first of a series of events aimed at opening up the energy industry to the next generation of talent.

ai???Attract, Train, Retain ai??i?? Pipeline to Successai??? is the first in a series of events planned by the Aberdeen Young Professionals (AYP) Group designed to bridge the energy sectorai??i??s skills gap by engaging young talent with top decision makers from different industries.

Members of the 4000-strong AYP group will get the chance to pose questions to a panel of oil and gas industry members, along with representatives of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen University and Oil & Gas UK.
March 31, 2014
March 28, 2014

Swift moves to drive Adept’s Axis system

Energy industry IT firm Adept Solutions has strengthened its team after appointing Brian Swift as its new technical manager.

The Aberdeen-based firm, which specialises in hydrocarbon accounting, will oversee technical delivery for the company’s clients and developing its Axis system.

ai???Brian is highly respected within the hydrocarbon accounting and software development communities and Iai??i??m delighted to be able to welcome him to Adept,” said client director Steve Penman.
March 28, 2014

Doctors get first taste of offshore life

The offshore environment is widely recognised as a dangerous workplace, and the exact number and types of related health hazards can be hard to comprehend ai??i?? but not for the industry’s medical specialists.

As part of Oil & Gas UK’s medical curriculum, all registered medics have to undertake a one-day workshop – launched by the industry body four years ago – to ensure a unified approach to treating offshore workers.

ai???There is something like 60,000 Oil & Gas UK medicals done each year all around the world,” Dr Graham Furnace, Oil & Gas UK medical advisor and facilitator of the Doctors Training Workshop, told Energy Voice.
March 20, 2014
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Sand control expert to give keynote at Aberdeen conference

A leading sand control expert is to give the keynote speech at a conference in Aberdeen later this month.

Dan Ryan, sand control manager with BP’s global wells arm, will discuss the company’s portfolio of sand prone wells, and the challenges operators face.

He will deliver the address at the sixth European Sand Management Forum, being held by the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre on March 26 and 27.
March 20, 2014
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