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Offshore Measurement & Control Summit 2012

Offshore Measurement & Control Summit
At the NI Offshore Measurement & Control Summit 2012, industry experts presented on the latest technologies for the oil and gas industry, for upstream, midstream and downstream applications. Topics included condition monitoring, building and controlling ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), as well as implementing monitoring and control systems with off-the-shelf components.

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The Seminar included the following Presentations, Hands-On elements and Presenters.

Presentation Track

09:30

Keynote: Using off-the-shelf Technology to Solve Complex Measurement & Control Challenges

09:30

Whether maximising existing oil and gas reserves or addressing renewable reliability, the offshore energy industries look to technology to solve complex challenges.  Delegates learnt about key  trends and how off-the-shelf technology could accelerate the development of measurement and control applications.

10:30

Break

10:50

Building an Embedded Monitoring System
Data is extremely valuable for monitoring the status of a system and improving performance. This session  investigated techniques for remotely logging data and post acquisition analysis.

11:00

BPP TECH: On-Vessel Riser Management System

Delegates learnt how BPP-TECH designed an on-vessel riser management system, including a stand-alone unit to acquire and host data from a variety of vessel and subsea systems.  Additionally they found out how software was used to analyse the data in order to estimate stresses and recommend optial position for current vesel operation.  Delegates were able to test-drive PC-based data acquisition systems and learnt how to use graphical programming techniques to create modular and flexible applications.  Finally they learnt how to build a complete measurement system in minutes, combining highly accurate measurements from NI data acquisition and signal conditioning products with NI LabVIEW software to give you the power to easily acquire analyse and present your data.

12:10 Implementing a Condition Monitoring System for Predictive Maintenance 

Rotating machinery requires maintenance to prevent failure.  Delegates were given the opportunity to understand how condition monitoring and predictive maintenance work together to offer several benefits including increased revenue, increased reliability, lower downtime and ower repair costs.

12:50

 Lunch

13:50

Strainstall: Deploying Structural Monitoring on Offshore Wind Turbines

The application of Structural Health Monitoring Systems (SHMS) deployed on offshore wind turbines is a particularly challenging task, where ease of installation, ruggedness and reliability of equipment is essential.  Delegates discovered how Strainstall developed these systems to provide key information on the structural integrity of Offshore Win Turbine Towers, to evaluate the structural response, status and remaining operational life of the structure.

14:30

Using off-the-shelf hardware to Design a Custom Control System

From the control of ROV and pipeline inspection guages, to welding systems, the implementation of a control system on custom hardware has significant time and resource costs.  Delegates learnt how to reduce costs and deployment time with tightly integrated off-the-shelf hardware and software.

15:10

 Break

15:30

Pipeline Technique Ltd: Accelerating the Implementation of an Advanced Control System for Pipeline Welding

Understand how complex control problems were solved through the use of off-the-shelf embedded hardware for the process of welding oil pipelines.

16:10

University of Limerick: Controlling ROVs - Smart Technologies for Subsea 

Challenges faced by ROV pilots during deep water operations include low visibility, time varying ocean currents and umbilical drag effects, amongst others.  Delegates understood how OceanRINGS, a set of components, developed in the Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Cente (MMRRC) at the University of Limerick, increased automation, making ROV operations easier, saving expensive ship time by more than 20%.

16:50

 Wrap-Up and Prize Draw

17:00

 Finish

Hands-On Track

09:00

Registration

09:30

Keynote: using Off-the-shelf Technology to solve complext Measurement & Control Challenges          

Whether maximising existing oil and gas reserves or addressing renewable energy reliability, the offshore energy industries are looking to technology to solve complex challenges. Learn about the key trends and how off-the-shelf technology can accelerate the development of measurement and control applications.

10:30

Break

10:50

Hands-On: Building Embedded Control Systems

Create a reliable control system using the power and flexibility of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).

Learn how LabVIEW can abstract the complexity of programming FPGAs and gain hands-on experience using an NI CompactRIO system.

12:50

Lunch

13:50

Hands-On: Embedded Data logging

Learn how to use NI CompactRIO and NI LabVIEW software to design reconfigurable embedded data loggers. Find out how to create stand-alone and rugged data logging solutions for a variety of applications such as environmental monitoring and subsea data acquisition.

15:10

Break

15:30

Hands-On: Condition Monitoring

The LabVIEW Sound and Vibration Toolkit aids the development of applications, including condition monitoring. Get hands-on with LabVIEW and Dynamic Signal Acquisition hardware to understand how to acquire and analyse waveform data in both time and frequency domains.

16:50

Wrap-Up and Prize Draw

17:00

Finish