Strainstall, BHGE develop wireless wellsite monitoring

Strainstall is collaborating with Baker Hughes, a GE company to develop a wireless monitoring solution for all upstream wellsite operations.

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COWES, UK – Strainstall is collaborating with Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) to develop a wireless monitoring solution for all upstream wellsite operations.

Originally BHGE had approached Strainstall for a wireless line tension monitoring: however, the response was a newly engineered system that required no changes to existing sheave arrangements.

The company integrated its tension load cells with its hazardous area certified wireless technology, to provide real-time and built-in data logging capabilities for line tension monitoring.

The result was a modular, fully hazardous area-certified wireless system claimed to integrate with any type of third-party sensor for any application where safety is a key concern, without the need for IECEx recertification.

Homero Castillo, product line manager, deployment and acquisition systems at BHGE, said: “We challenged Strainstall to develop a next generation wireline tension wireless monitoring system to improve safety, reduce rig up time and ultimately remove the cables required by the existing method.”

Strainstall has now introduced a suite of Wellsite Monitoring Solutions (WMS) to address wellsite safety and efficiency issues, initially focused on wireline, slickline and measurement-while-drilling (MWD).

The wireless technology is said to support wellsite operations by eliminating the use of cabled sensors and removing trip hazards. This is said to lead to reduced rig up time, associated cable costs, and non-productive time.

WMS replaces existing cabled sensors with accurate, zone 1/class 1 division 2 wireless sensors that communicate directly with wellsite control, monitoring and data handling systems to provide real-time operational information, also storing the data for analysis for potential learning, improvement opportunities and incident investigations.

According to Strainstall, WMS can be easily retrofitted and is compatible with existing wellsite equipment. It comprises a transponder, logging system interface and handset, which can be integrated with any existing or future sensor without needing recertification, the company claimed.

08/20/2018

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