Drones taking on important roles in oil and gas operations

Hydrocarbon Engineering | September 06, 2019

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are becoming integral to the oil and gas industry due to their increasing usability across the value chain to drive operational efficiency, reports GlobalData. The company’s latest thematic report, ‘Drones in Oil & Gas – Thematic Research’, states that drone adoption in the oil and gas industry was initially used for strategic deployments such as remote monitoring and surveillance of assets during regular operations, as well as emergency situations. The report highlights that recent advancements in sensing and imaging technologies are enabling drones to be deployed in a wide range of settings to carry out predictive maintenance of critical infrastructure. Drone manufacturers are also collaborating with oil and gas companies to develop custom drone platforms that can be equipped with different types of data collection technologies for obtaining real-time insights.

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Robots are more capable, easier to use, and affordable. While there is still room for improvement, the opportunity to leverage robotics has never been more accessible. Up on a 19,000-square-foot mezzanine in a distribution center in western New York, order selectors at either end of a pick module are directed by voice as they walk through their zones, picking slow-moving SKUs.

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Robots are more capable, easier to use, and affordable. While there is still room for improvement, the opportunity to leverage robotics has never been more accessible. Up on a 19,000-square-foot mezzanine in a distribution center in western New York, order selectors at either end of a pick module are directed by voice as they walk through their zones, picking slow-moving SKUs.

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Brasfield & Gorrie Elevates Construction Site Innovation Nationwide with XR, Drones and Robots by Standardizing on Aruba SD-Branch

Aruba | January 12, 2022

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), announced that Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately-held construction firms based in Birmingham, Alabama, is standardizing on an end-to-end Aruba SD-Branch network. The firm is deploying Aruba to connect its 19 permanent locations and up to 200 temporary construction sites that it maintains at any given time. This provides its employees high-performance connectivity to critical applications while cutting circuit spending 50% by utilizing direct internet access (DIA) versus multiprotocol label switching (MPLS).At modern construction sites – where data, streaming, IoT, and mobility play vital roles –Brasfield & Gorrie is delivering next-generation services that improve building integrity, increase efficiency and improve worker safety, while reducing costs, by deploying Aruba’s wired, wireless, SD-WAN and AI-powered management solutions. “Aruba enables us to continue providing our customers with the latest in construction innovation,Whether it’s virtual reality (VR) for an immersive project experience, drones for automating inspections or layout robots for precisely marking the placement of walls and mechanical systems, our network supplies high-performance connectivity to every site.” -Brad Hamilton, director of IT operations and infrastructure for Brasfield & Gorrie. Our new SD-Branch infrastructure supplies us with reliable, flexible and scalable connectivity at our branch offices and job sites, whether in a rural area, with little communications backbone, or a highly developed urban area with ample circuits, he added. After decades using Cisco routing, wired and wireless infrastructure, Brasfield & Gorrie sought to simplify and streamline its networks to save on costs and reduce the complexity that causes burdensome IT overhead. After piloting Aruba at one of its permanent branch offices, Brasfield & Gorrie decided to conduct a complete network refresh. For its SD-Branch solution, Brasfield & Gorrie has deployed wireless solutions including Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 access points (APs) and high-performance branch gateways. On the wired side, the firm has implemented Aruba’s CX Series switches for the data center core along with access and aggregation switches. For management, Brasfield & Gorrie is leveraging Aruba Central for unified and proactive cloud-based AIOps, managements of APs, gateways and switches as well as User Experience Insight (UXI) for hard-wired or Wi-Fi incident detection using AIOps to pinpoint issues that require immediate attention. Aruba’s solution is more advanced in terms of improved throughputs and policy-based management innovations, which reduces costs for hardware and IT resources, Hamilton said. “Licensing is also significantly streamlined, adding considerable savings. Beyond deployment and licensing, Brasfield & Gorrie’s network has also proven more efficient to manage. “With Central and AIOps, we’re able to troubleshoot faster,” said Alex Gonzalez, network engineer. “In most instances we’ve saved 75% on troubleshooting time. Moving ahead, Brasfield & Gorrie looks forward to applying ongoing networking innovations that will help make construction processes more automated and intelligent. This includes considering Aruba’s NetEdit for streamlining switch management and Location Services for providing real-time analytics that enable data-driven initiatives. We’re excited about our Aruba partnership and the possibilities for the future,” Hamilton said. “From product innovation to technical support, Aruba solutions are just plain better all around. About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN).To learn more, visit Aruba at www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at community.arubanetworks.com.

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Audubon Engineering Company Awarded LNG Interconnect Contract in Louisiana

Audubon Engineering Company LP | February 24, 2022

Audubon Engineering Company LP has been awarded a contract to provide engineering and construction management services for a major greenfield liquefied natural gas (LNG) interconnect on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), this pipeline project will move between 1.5 and 2.0 Bcf/d of gas to serve as the main supply of an LNG export facility.udubon, a global leader in the design, construction, and delivery of LNG production solutions, successfully completed the front-end engineering in 2021. Under this new contract, Audubon will provide detailed engineering and design of a transmission pipeline and associated infrastructure to provide gas for a major LNG facility. Backed by our integrated offshore and pipeline teams, Audubon is leading the project from our Louisiana and Texas offices in collaboration with FERC, a major LNG export company, and a major interstate gas transmission company. “We look forward to bringing our project execution capabilities and extensive LNG track record to this project. LNG is an important component of our energy transition strategy, and we are proud to leverage our expertise to support the operation.” -Dave Beck, managing partner at Audubon Engineering Company LLC Increasing demand for LNG According to American Press, LNG demand is expected to rise by up to 50% by 2030, and Southwest Louisiana is positioned to be a major supplier of this resource.* As the world accelerates low- and zero-carbon energy resources, Louisiana is seeing increased investment in LNG infrastructure to capitalize on its abundant natural gas supply. For more than two decades, Audubon has worked alongside our customers to make LNG production even more efficient and reliable. The Louisiana LNG project adds to our growing experience list for clients who are interested in maximizing ROI of this high-demand, low-carbon energy resource. Continuing our legacy in Louisiana This project builds on our deep roots in Louisiana. Our operational bases in Metairie, Mandeville, and Lafayette have provided customers with local support and global LNG expertise for years. Some of our past LNG projects in the state include engineering services for an LNG facility, a transmission compressor station project in South Louisiana, and a greenfield LNG production facility in Port Allen. We’re also is pleased to have made Louisiana State University’s ROARING 10 list in 2021 and for ranking #11 in the ENR Texas & Louisiana Top Design Firms list in 2020, which demonstrate our integral work in the Louisiana community. Looking to the future With the increase in infrastructure capabilities this project provides, in addition to the state’s strategic location on the Gulf Coast, Louisiana can expand its potential for additional investment. This project highlights the strength of LNG as a global resource for clean, efficient energy and will help increase Louisiana’s presence on the world stage. Audubon is honored to support this initiative, the state of Louisiana, and its role in helping to meet society’s long-term energy demands. * Source: American Press, “LNG export heavyweights: Cameron Parish has become a major world player,” 2021. About Audubon Engineering Company LLC Founded in 1997, Audubon Engineering Company LLC is a global provider of engineering, consulting, construction, fabrication, and technical services delivering sustainable solutions to the energy, power, infrastructure, and industrial markets. Together with our family of companies (Audubon Engineering Company LP, Audubon Field Solutions LLC, Audubon Industrial Solutions LLC, Audubon Inspection Solutions, Audubon Carbon, Audubon Construction, Opero Energy, Affinity Management Group LLC, and Armexa LLC), we deliver repeatable project success—safely, on schedule, and within budget. For more information, please visit auduboncompanies.com.

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PT&C Launches New Cloud-Based Software Solutions, Including a Collaborative Construction Cost Book and Estimation SaaS

Project Time & Cost, LLC | June 30, 2021

Project Time & Cost, LLC (PT&C), a Top 50 Program Management company according to Engineering News-Record, today announced the launch of PT&C CostCenter. This cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) provides an integrated set of tools for agencies and commercial enterprises that require up-to-date construction cost data and efficient collaborative cost estimating solutions - one of the most secure and advanced costs estimating toolboxes available on the market. PT&C CostCenter serves as an information center for its cost engineering solutions, providing a complete overview of important performance metrics. In addition, users will discover an E2E facilities cost lifecycle ecosystem at their fingertips when integrating more PT&C applications into their company workspace. Among these cutting-edge solutions are PT&C CostBook, PT&C CostBase, and PT&C CostPro. The basis for offering this capacity in a cloud-based platform with deep insight into more than 35,000 cost elements, including historical trends and regional adjustments, is PT&C's 40 years of expertise in providing specialist program management services. In addition, to meet every customer requirement, the tools are supported by a staff of seasoned cost professionals. The goal of PT&C is to offer smart estimate solutions to the construction sector. The construction software is specially intended to assist owners, contractors, engineers, and architects in resolving coordination issues. As a result, construction teams may trust the integrity of their cost data, simpler processes, and improved communication regardless of the size or complexity of a project. In addition, with these tools, project managers and developers will have more accurate cost estimates based on current market trends and labor costs. Transparent construction cost data is provided by PT&C CostBook, which integrates with any estimating system. This out-of-the-box solution, maintained by professional cost engineers, includes over 35,000 searchable constructive jobs and an extensive catalog of modern building materials. PT&C CostBase is intended to provide basic estimates fast. PT&C CostPro is a complete cost estimate platform based on decades of experience in generating accurate assessments of complicated building expenses to assist clients in working more effectively. PT&C has provided project management, cost engineering, and bespoke digital solutions to federal agencies and major commercial clients for over 40 years. PT&C, comprised of a team of dedicated professionals, has been recognized to ENR's list of the Top 50 Program Management companies and Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee firms on many occasions. About Project Time & Cost, LLC PT&C is a leading provider of professional services and solutions to federal government agencies and commercial clients in the United States. Consulting, project management, and technological development are all services offered by the company.

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