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Whitepaper: Invigorating Innovations – Disruptive Digital Technology in Upstream Oil & Gas

According to the VP of Energy Transition at Shell “over 80% of the technologies that are required already exist, but what isn’t there is the scaling up of the technologies. It requires urgent action. I often say that the energy transition story is a data story”. 

Focusing on this, Reuters Events just released the Operator Survey – Upstream Data Outlook 2023 TODAY. Access exclusive insights and leading data strategies of upstream majors like Chevron and Shell to find out how to embrace data digitalization to overcome progress bottlenecks and drastically lower downtime and OPEX.

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What to expect from the report:

  • Unlock hidden value: Explore solutions to break down data silos and leverage incomplete and hard to interpret legacy data to maximize efficiency and ROI
  • Streamline Data Management: Access a case study from an operator who saved $800k in one year and optimized operations by reducing information retrieval times by up to 50%
  • Create A Culture of Change: Learn how data digitization is being implemented across different organizational structures and the key strategies for businesses to become increasingly efficient and future-focused
  • Technology Execution in Action: Gain vital insight into the successes and challenges of industry pioneers such as the VP of Energy Transition USA at Shell, Chief Data Officer at Chevron, EVP of Digital Solutions at Baker Hughes and more

Whitepaper: The Need for Cultural Change In a Legacy Industry

According to the World Economic Forum digitization is a $1 trillion opportunity for the oil and gas supply chain. While contemporary discourse around digitization largely focuses on technological innovation, the issue of cultural change management is often neglected.

Reuters Events’ latest whitepaper, The Need for Cultural Change in a Legacy Industry, addresses the growing demand for new digital talent and the importance of upskilling your existing workforce to unlock innovation and propel your digitally integrated oilfield into the future.

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What to expect from the whitepaper:

Staying Competitive: Discover how converting from legacy technology to the latest innovative solutions will attract young talent into your team and investors to your business
Fostering Trust in Digital: Understand the importance of orienting and driving employees to develop new knowledge, mindset, and behaviors

Future-focused Workflows: Learn how workplace changes post-Covid-19 have impacted the oil and gas community and the cultural and financial benefits of adapting to a new way of working through scalable digital enhancements.

Data Management - the Key to Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas

Digitalization can enable $2 to $12 in savings per barrel in upstream oil and gas production according to Offshore Technology. To take businesses to the next level of the digital transformation, data must be prioritized and leveraged effectively to scale digitization across upstream operations.

Reuters Events’ latest whitepaper, Data Management – the Key to Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas proposes vital solutions to key data management challenges in Oil and Gas to help you reach your full digital potential.

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What to expect from the whitepaper:

  • Unlocking Value: Break down siloes and discover new pathways to increased efficiency
  • Getting Ahead: Understand the critical need to commit to a data-oriented business strategy to scale up your digital oilfield
  • Case Study: Read about a real-life example from an operator who saved $800k in one year and streamlined operations by reducing information retrieval times by up to 50%

Industry-Agnostic Solutions: Read about adaptable data strategies that have transformed the finance industry and what the oil and gas sector can learn from them

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Hoist & Winch elevates success of large construction project

Hoist & Winch Ltd has recently completed a challenging project for one of the UK’s biggest construction companies involved in large-scale new home development projects. Faced with a demanding and highly technical brief, Hoist & Winch rose to the task, providing a turnkey lifting system solution to ensure complete success for its client.

The requirement was to install a concrete ceiling mounted 7.5t swl (safe working load) lifting beam and manual chain hoist into the basement energy room of a large new tower block. This development is part of a large-scale prestigious regeneration project providing 5500 sustainable new homes in North London. 

At the design stage, following formal tender and contract award, Hoist & Winch set about identifying the optimal solution. Due to restricted access into the basement area, the company decided to utilise a two-piece lifting beam design with an overall length of 7m. To join the two lifting beam sections, Hoist & Winch designed a central splice joint of bolted construction with a reinforced bottom beam flange.

In order to spread the lifting loads over a greater area of the concrete ceiling slab it was decided to mount the lifting beam via four intermediate cross members, each having a four-bolt/anchor fix into the concrete ceiling at both ends. Featuring a robust bolted construction design it was possible to deliver the lifting beam to site in fully dismantled form for ease of transportation and access.

M24 resin anchors with an embedment of 255 mm into the 400 mm deep reinforced concrete slab fixed the intermediate cross members directly to the ceiling for maximum security. 

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For approval by engineers at the main contractor, Hoist & Winch submitted design drawings and calculations for the structural design of the lifting beam and loading of the resin-type ceiling anchors. 

With the design approved, Hoist & Winch could progress to manufacturing, followed by delivery to site. Using building column positions as datum points, the installation line of the lifting beam was marked out while working from scissor lifts and an aluminium scaffold tower located on the upper mezzanine floor. A surveyor’s laser line initially identified the correct lifting beam position, prior to overlaying with red chalk to ensure accuracy for the duration of the installation work.

Raising the two lifting beam sections into position required the installation of eight 1t swl hand chain blocks, with each one suspended from M16 swivel eye bolts supported from flush-mounted anchored resin inserts drilled into the concrete ceiling slab. 

Following sample pull load testing, Hoist & Winch raised each lifting beam section into position using four 1t swl hand chain blocks. To raise the lifting beams to the full height and clamp them hard against the concrete ceiling slab ready for drilling, the company used two special lifting rigs per beam section.

The first lifting beam section manoeuvred into position also included the 7.5t swl hand chain block, which was rolled on to the lifting beam at low level using a 1t swl hand chain block temporarily suspended from local steelwork. Once both lifting beams were in position, Hoist & Winch joined the two lifting beam sections using the aforementioned bolted splice plate.

Next, the company undertook ceiling slab drilling operations and resin anchor installation for all 32 ceiling anchorpoints after very carefully cleaning each hole with a special heavy-duty internal brush and suction pump. Following the specified resin curing time, Hoist & Winch could tighten each anchor bolt to the required torque levels.

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The final installation and test operation was LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) inspection of the lifting beam and manual chain hoist unit. This activity included dynamic load testing of the entire runway beam length with a 7.5t skid-mounted test load followed by 125% static proof load test in accordance with BS 2853 2011. 

“Working as a subcontractor for the company supplying and installing the plant and services in the basement energy room, we delivered an entire turnkey lifting system solution,” states Andy Allen, Director of Hoist & Winch Ltd. “At completion we provided the client with an overall project records and documentation package, before clearing all site equipment and undertaking customer handover. This project is just one of many exemplifying the meticulous, competent and professional approach that Hoist & Winch customers can expect from our highly knowledgeable team.”

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Case study: Making safety culture visible at T5 with Scafftag


How to ensure shared information on the status of the scaffold is instantly available to all employees from all parties involved in a challenging T5 project? Read the full story!

No question, the scale of the T5 project is impressive and challenging. 16 major projects and 147 sub-projects make it one of the most talked about developments in the industry. But it is not only the size of the project that has attracted so much attention. The innovative approaches to safety employed have hit the headlines too.


BAA, which owns six other major UK airports as well as Heathrow, has focused on creating a proactive safety culture across all operations. This culture is intently participative rather than prescriptive. In 2000, BAA launched its renowned “One in a Million campaign to set a challenging target for the reduction of reportable injuries. As the name suggests, the campaign involves an ongoing benchmark target of only one reportable accident per million hours worked.

As an addition at T5, it has introduced its “Incident and Injury Free (IIF) programme. The idea of IIF is to make everyone on site responsible for safety - not only their own, but their colleagues. safety too.

The ultimate objective is to create an incident free site. Achieving this culture requires a strong degree of partnership amongst suppliers working on the project.

Specified Scafftag Systems

BAA already uses a custom designed Towertag system for managing its mobile towers on all other Heathrow terminals and its other airports. However, due to the scale of the project and number of contractors involved, an even wider range of Scafftag systems is in operation on T5.

Scafftag used by all contractors

The Scafftag scaffold tagging system has been specified by the T5 project team to be used by all contractors operating the vast structures which are in place. This helps to ensure shared information on the status of the scaffold is instantly available to all employees from all parties. It means that individuals are empowered to make informed decisions about the safety of the structure. This reinforces the culture of everybody taking ownership for safety. 056BB423-C03A-4600-B9D3-82C3012C9FFB.jpeg

Safetrak improves efficiency

The Safetrak system has also been adopted at T5 to move all scaffold inspection processes into a paperless, automated format. Inspection information is electronically transferred between the equipment tagging systems and handheld computers using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. The information is then synchronised and centralised by the Safetrak software.

Microtag adds protection

Beyond scaffolding, the Microtag system has also been specified to all T5 contractors to help control HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome). A Microtag® is attached to portable tools subject to HAVS in order to indicate the maximum daily usage time and provide clear, up to date details of inspections.

The Microtag system is waterproof and ensures maximum durability in outdoor industrial environments. D22E73DF-DB73-4F93-A915-472C9D93DCA1.jpeg

Results that speak for themselves

BAA has invested major resources into safety on the T5 project. This has clearly paid off in noticeable results. T5s safety record is four times better than the industry average. Over 70% of the workforce believe that T5 is the safest place theyve ever worked. The statistics go on as Russell Hyam, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for BAA, points out: Through IIF BAA has focused on shaping a positive force at T5 a safe working culture. The visibility of Scafftags systems plays a vital role in supporting this culture.

This probably goes some way to explaining why Scafftag systems have been adopted on some of the other major airports across the globe. These include Dubai International, George Bush Intercontinental (Houston, Texas), Toronto International, Melbourne International and Adelaide.

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Raising the bar in challenging, large-capacity hoist installations

Supplying, installing, load testing and LOLER certifying a wide range of manual and powered hoist units, Hoist & Winch Ltd has extensive experience and expertise in all kinds of industrial lifting operations. However, certain projects require special know-how, such as the installation of large-capacity, electric-powered wire-rope hoists in challenging and restricted access applications. And yet even in these situations, Hoist & Winch has a proven methodology to ensure a high-performance, efficient, safety-certified outcome for customers.

Every hoist installation is different, and most generally present some level of challenge to overcome, typically relating to the dimensional clearances of the hoist unit or the logistics of general access conditions.

When the hoist unit’s dimensional clearances are particularly critical, Hoist & Winch Ltd carries out a detailed survey prior to manufacture, ensuring that the complete installation can perform the required tasks with sufficient operating clearance.

On some occasions, a pre-installation survey is required to check site/work area access conditions. Hoist & Winch Ltd will subsequently submit its Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) for approval by the customer prior to starting work. These documents detail the installation procedure, the equipment intended for use, and the hazards and risks associated with the various tasks. In addition, the documents will set out how it is possible to minimise or negate these risks.

A recent cement plant project involving challenging installation access conditions highlights how the capability and knowledge of Hoist & Winch Ltd proves extremely useful in delivering a successful outcome for customers.

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This complex project involved replacing an obsolete, 10-tonne SWL (safe working load), electric-powered wire-rope hoist unit with 60m lifting height. The task was required ahead of the cement production facility carrying out extensive modification work to its pre-heater tower. The pre-heater tower is 100m high and the existing hoist unit was located at the 60m level on a monorail beam that cantilevers out of the building for approximately 8m. Both the obsolete hoist unit and monorail beam had been dormant for many years, which meant that Hoist & Winch Ltd’s scope of supply included the load testing and thorough examination of not just the new wire-rope hoist unit, but also the monorail beam.

Among the first tasks was to remove the existing wire-rope hoist unit, which weighed 3 tonnes. Hoist & Winch Ltd decided to cut this down in sections using gas-burning equipment as many of the hoist parts were badly seized and not easy to dismantle in the conventional way. Initially, the company removed these sections to a specially constructed scaffold work platform located below the hoist installation area. Each piece of the obsolete hoist was then lowered further to the nearest adjacent floor level 16m below using manual chain blocks for movement to the goods lift access located at that level.

Next, Hoist & Winch Ltd had to install the new hoist (weighing 2.2 tonnes) in part dismantled form. The company eased the difficulty of this task by installing a temporary 3-tonne SWL motor trolley mounted, air-powered chain-hoist unit on the monorail beam and raising the new hoist unit the required 60 m from the outdoor ground-floor work area. Hoist & Winch Ltd took great care with the preparation of the chain-hoist unit to ensure reliability during operation as any breakdown during the critical 60m lifting operation would require special access equipment to help resolve any issues. Hoist & Winch Ltd also carried out meticulous checks on the quality, volume and pressure of the air supply.

The next task was to raise the complete new hoist unit to the 60m installation level. From there, Hoist & Winch Ltd used the 3-tonne SWL motor trolley mounted, air-powered chain-hoist unit to transport the new hoist unit into the building and over the temporary scaffold work platform.

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From this position - after first opening up the hoist unit trolley wheels wider than the monorail beam width – the company lifted the wire-rope hoist unit into position. To facilitate this task, Hoist & Winch Ltd deployed four 1-tonne SWL manual chain blocks suspended from each end of two specially fabricated lifting frames clipped into position on the top flange of the monorail beam.

The final tasks included electrical commissioning, assembling the hoist on to the monorail beam and the removal of all temporary lifting equipment. Hoist & Winch Ltd could then perform dynamic load testing of the new wire-rope hoist unit and monorail beam using a skid-mounted, certified 10-tonne test load prior to issue with a LOLER Thorough Examination report. As part of the dynamic load testing procedure, the outdoor cantilever section of the monorail beam was deflection-tested in accordance with BS2853 using a special long-range, outdoor-operation Leica laser mounted to a stable yet precisely adjustable tripod.

“Manufacturing and process plants tend to evolve over time, often compromising general access to existing hoist installations,” explains Andy Allen, Director of Hoist & Winch Ltd. “In other instances, legacy hoists fall into disuse and become obsolete. We’ve seen this on many occasions over the years, but with our in-house design, engineering and manufacturing skills, there is nothing we cannot overcome. If you are in this situation and could benefit from the input of an expert partner, please call for a no-obligation discussion about the potential solutions.”

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AO launch funded gas apprenticeships for the first time

For Gas Safety Week, online electricals retailer AO announces that it has introduced fully funded gas apprenticeships for the first time to both grow its fleet of qualified engineers and invest in training. 

For the first time, the retailer has launched a fully funded apprenticeship aimed at upskilling both current employees and contracted drivers, which provides an accessible pathway to the Level 3 gas qualification. This runs alongside a new apprenticeship funded by the government levy, which is open to anyone with a full driving license.

Edward Knight first crossed paths with AO in 2018 when he was contracted for driver services alongside an electrical engineer. When this colleague announced he was leaving the business, Ed saw this as an opportunity to progress his own career in the industry. He said: “I moved onto being an electrical engineer for three years and then I was asked if I’d be interested in taking part in the gas apprenticeship.”

Before his career as a driver, Ed had pursued several different paths, including working as a chef in a hotel, working in a bakery and owning his own towbar fitting business. He’d always set his sights on an apprenticeship, however, the financial cost meant that this wasn’t an option until AO launched its funded apprenticeships. He said: “I’m really chuffed that I’ve had the chance to do it. I’ve been interested in training in gas for the last two years so this will open up new avenues for me.”

After a career at Gatwick Airport spanning 20 years, Jamie Taylor spent a year delivering for DPD before he crossed paths with AO. He had been contracted for driver services for around six months when the opportunity came up to do the gas apprenticeship via the retailer.

Jamie said: “I’d never been out with a gas engineer before, so I didn’t know what to expect! It’s been a lot to learn but I’ve really enjoyed the course so far - I particularly enjoy the flexibility of the shift pattern at AO since we get four days off for every four days on shift.”

Since being offered a place in the first cohort of funded apprenticeships, Ed has loved the opportunity to add another skill to his repertoire: “Gas training is a string to my bow at the end of the day and it’s another career for me. I’m 50 years old now and the opportunity has come at the perfect time as I’ve just moved into a new house. My advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship is to just go for it – you’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose.”

During their course, apprentices take on all aspects of gas installation. Ed said: “The gas course is a lot more involved than I thought it would be and there’s a lot to learn – I get such a sense of achievement out of doing a good job.”

Running for up to 16 weeks, the fast-track programme consists of both online and classroom teaching, as well as on-the-road experience to quickly upskill participants. The AO funded scheme runs alongside an apprenticeship funded by the government apprentice levy that offers comprehensive training in driving a 3.5 tonne van, gas qualifications and functional skills across 16 months.

Atex Fans Third Party Certified ATEX Fans ensuring safety in potential explosive atmosphere

An ATEX certified fan from Woodcock & Wilson Ltd will give you confidence that the fan supplied has been assessed by an approved notification body to be safe, manufactured to the strictest European standards, and designed to meet the specific type of explosive or hazardous environment that it is intended to operate in, whilst also reducing the need and cost of additional testing.

How Korea handles Certification of Explosion Proof Products

South Korea, with its super high-speed internet and giant technology corporations is considered a world leader in many innovation-driven industries. The growth development of the South Korean market is impressive and unique.

As the eighth largest importer in the world, South Korea is a very attractive market for many international companies looking to sell technology and other sophisticated products. In 2021 the country announced investments totalling $432 billion USD in the semiconductor industry alone. This industry was in the news recently as it became major problem affecting manufacturing and international trade during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protection against electrostatic hazards for tank trucks during the loading process

How are the electrostatic hazards generated and how to prevent the danger effectively?

Background information

Over time, various accidents caused by ignition, were recorded during the loading of tank trucks. For example, over 250 accidents were recorded between 1960 and 1981 in the USA and Germany. The accident rate is reducing. These accidents are all related to static Electricity, or more precisely, uncontrolled electrostatic discharge. In many accidents, although measures against electrostatics were established, uncontrolled discharge was still found to be the ignition source, after investigation.

Generation of electrostatic charge

Two surfaces in close contact (liquid/liquid or liquid/solid) will generate an electrical double layer (EDL) when they are moving relative to each other. As a result of the physical separation of the surfaces, the electrical charge separation will lead to electrostatic charging. The static electric charging rate will be increased as the speed of interface separation increases.

If the recombination of the electric charges is not possible, or when the charges cannot be dissipated, or the charges dissipate too slowly, the charges generated during the process will remain and accumulate on the surface.

Typical situations in loading operations include flowing, mixing, pouring, pumping, filtering or agitating materials, where there is forceful charge separation.

The following mechanisms lead to the accumulation of electrostatics during truck loading:

  • product flow through filters and screens
  • product flow through pipes or hoses
  • splash during loading
  • multiphase flow

The real danger arises through uncontrolled electrostatic discharge. After the potential difference between the two surfaces reaches 3 kV/mm, discharge in the form of a spark with enormous energy can easily ignite hydrocarbon products.

What can we do to protect the loading process from the hazards of static electricity?

Prevention of electrostatic hazards during truck loading

The answer is simple: prevent the accumulation of electrostatic charges on the loading equipment and tank trucks during the process and dissipate the static charges in time before they reach the limit.

According to the German Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances, practical and effective methods to prevent the accumulation of static electricity are:

  • limit the filling speed (decreasing the speed of separation)
  • avoid splashing of liquid
  • prevent gas bubbles
  • avoid a second, immiscible phase (e.g. water in the bottom of the container)

Increasing the dissipation of static charges can also be achieved by: 

  • increase the conductivity of the liquids (with additives)
  • leave sufficient time for the relaxation of the electrostatic charge during the process
  • dissipation of static electricity by grounding all conductive components

Some of the methods can be applied forcibly in an organizational way, e.g. by limiting the filling speed or not including different products in the same tank. There are still some more methods which are regarded as uneconomical or inefficient, like leaving enough time for the relaxation of static.

Theoretically, spark discharge can be easily avoided by simply grounding all conductive parts. However, experience shows that the safe grounding of all conductive parts in practice is not always that easy to ensure. This applies in particular to mobile objects that have to be grounded again and again by the staff, such as tank trucks. How to ensure a reliable and effective grounding of the tank truck?

Reliable grounding monitoring system

According to the IEC TS 60079-32-1: a grounding cable should be connected to the truck before any operation is carried out. To ensure the grounding of tank trucks, TRGS recommends a ground monitoring system (with interlock equipment) that blocks the loading or unloading process when the grounding cable is not connected or not working appropriately.

It is further recommended by IEC TS 60079-32-1 that the system should be capable of differentiating between the truck and other metal objects. This type of system can prevent operators from connecting the grounding system to objects that may be electrically isolated from the truck’s container.

The main difference between the tank trucks and the

metallic objects are their electrical properties. Tank trucks are not purely resistive. A typical tank truck nowadays has an electrical capacity and resistance. To fulfil the recommendation from the IEC TS 60079-32-1, the grounding device should be able to measure the impedance of the object. It should be capable of distinguishing between proper truck grounding and metallic parts on the gantry. It should also be able to identify the grounding connection, if the operator inadvertently connects the system to an insulated part on the truck.

The quality of the connection should be also evaluated continuously during the loading / unloading process, to ensure that the generated static charge is dissipated. Signals should be sent by the system to the control system to terminate the process, if the grounding connection is not sufficient. Meanwhile, it should also be able to indicate an unsafe situation to the operator with a light signal.

Additional safety thanks to object recognition

A modern grounding system such as  TIMM‘s Grounding Control Device EKX-4 provides an object recognition function to detect the tank truck. This function prevents manipulation by connecting the clamp to other metallic parts. To realize this recognition function, the impedance (resistance and capacitance) of the connected object is measured.