As I reflect on my tenure at The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) following the merger with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), it gives me a chance to consider the shifting landscape of oil and gas technology development.
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) have agreed to merge.
As we move into 2018, it’s always worth reflecting on the previous 12 months. I was encouraged by the amount of positive activity at the end of last year with a steady increase in the oil price, new contract announcements and further field developments. As an industry, we certainly seem to be moving in the right direction and I hope to see similar activity in the months ahead.
As a new way of supporting and promoting the technology developer community, this year we launched our Innovation Network Tech Talks to increase interaction with oil & gas operators.
Global technology challenges today mostly revolve around technologies that will make us ‘perform’ better – namely reducing costs, adding value, increasing efficiencies and maximising our all-round performance as an industry.
The role of digital technologies in improving production efficiency offshore will be explored at an event organised by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) later this month.
Big changes have been taking place across the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Historically considered overly conservative and tied to old ways, it is now at the forefront of a new collaborative and efficient approach to working, which is gaining recognition across the world.
Technology and innovation is the next logical step in maxmising economic recovery from the UK North Sea, it has been claimed.
A robot 'snake-arm' could reduce offshore workers exposure to North Sea hazards, according to developers.
The head of the Aberdeen-based oil and gas Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) will urge people to look beyond their day jobs at an event next month.
Applying digital technology to improve operational efficiency and performance is set to be a major talking point as the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) launches its call for abstracts for Technology Showcase 2017.
The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) today launches a new website aimed at getting new oil and gas innovations off the shelf and into use more quickly.
ITF has launched an Innovation Network to shine a light on SME oil & gas technology development.
A call has been launched by ITF (Industry Technology Facilitator) for proposals to improve or offer alternative approaches to cement plugs which are currently deployed in plugging and abandonment operations in wells.
Offshore workers have raised more than £250 to help support stranded Indian crew members on board a ship being held in Aberdeen Harbour.
There’s no doubt the oil and gas industry is facing tough times, but for many developers, the downturn has been a catalyst for change with an upsurge of interest in new and enhancing technology. It seems the quest to drive down costs and increase efficiency is pushing a traditionally risk-averse industry out of their comfort zone.
ITF and Oil & Gas UK have organised the Technology Showcase 2016 which takes place in Aberdeen on March 9.
A deadline for the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) showcase has been extended. ITF, in collaboration with Oil and Gas UK, is offering companies and academic the opportunity to present their innovative ideas.
The search is on for proposals that can make a big impact in cutting costs and increasing efficiency in the oil and gas sector.
A drill string camera that can carry out jet blasting during visual inspections could help operators cut rig time in half, according to its inventors.
The majority of daily oil production in today’s market comes from mature or maturing oil fields. New discoveries of reserves are not matching the pace set by the growing global demand for energy. This emphasises the requirement for new technologies that can enhance recovery from both active fields and future discoveries.
Global energy companies have joined forces to fund new research which aims to improve offshore safety in Northern Australia by researching tropical cyclone forecasting. ITF (The Industry Technology Facilitator) has led the collaboration to secure funding for the two-year $3.2million project. It will be carried out by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and includes companies such as Chevron, Shell and Woodside.
Knowledge transfer and innovation is often seen as the way forward and PSL, as a spin out company of the University of St Andrews, exemplifies this route. We at PSL have developed a unique fibre lighting system offering an innovative technical solution to many sectors where safety of life is paramount. LIGHTPATH is a patented side-emitting flexible fibre that projects a continuous and flexible line of light that carries no electrical power. It combines second-generation, high-performance light emitting diodes (LED) with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours/five hours continuous operation. A unique coupling system for the optics to allow more light into the fibre, which is just 5mm in diameter, is used in combination with a new fibre quick release coupling system.
Technology Showcase 2015: Guest editor Dr Patrick O’Brien, of ITF on better imaging to improve oil and gas recovery
Great leaps have been made in the imaging of hydrocarbons over recent years and it should therefore remain a top priority for technology developers after being named as one of the SPE’s five ‘Grand Challenges’. Whilst exploration activity is being hindered by the low oil price and downturn, it would be dangerous to take an eye off the longer term. Investment in E&P programmes is still needed as well as in the technologies that can aid the discovery of new reserves and optimise recovery. Seismic data today is produced in massive volumes, with more and higher quality 3D and 4D data being processed each year. Advanced computing capabilities permit construction of more detailed inversion models from the collection of high-quality datasets.