DirectIndustry e-Magazine - #18 - OIL & GAS AND SAFETY - DirectIndustry e-Magazine


With hazards ranging from vehicle collisions to explosions and fire, oil & gas companies employ a variety of tools to improve safety. Thanks to augmented reality, IoT and remote monitoring, production platforms are more than ever under surveillance.

This 18th issue of DirectIndustry e-magazine also explores the technical wizardry of oil rig construction enabling them to withstand extreme conditions. Board the world’s first ice-resistant oil platform, located in Russia. The Prirazlomnaya Platform can resist ice, corrosion and humidity to extract oil amid the Arctic floes.

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We are seeing more oil & gas technicians using solutions with augmented reality, IoT capabilities and remote monitoring.

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With hazards ranging from vehicle collisions to explosions and fire, oil and gas companies employ different tools to improve safety.   Cooperation on safety issues transcends competition, says Chris Hawkes, safety director of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). As is true of any industrial...

The platform can operate in extreme weather conditions and withhold maximum ice impact.
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Located in Russia, the Prirazlomnaya Platform is the first Arctic-class ice-resistant oil platform in the world, with an extraction capacity of 70 million barrels a year.

The platform can resist extreme conditions—ice, corrosion, humidity—and offers 90 days of autonomous operation in case of bad weather.

This infographic presents some of the major construction advantages that make this gigantic platform—its upper deck is as big as two football fields !—able to extract oil in the ice of the Arctic. Mouse over on the hotspot icons to know more about it.

BMW says it’s the world’s first production model designed with sustainability at every stage.
Courtesy of BMW

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When BMW decided to build a new all-electric production vehicle, they knew there was little point in creating a sustainable car unless they followed the same philosophy at every stage of process. To achieve this, they required the right facility.   A Sustainable Leap in Leipzig Zero-emission cars often hide a dark...

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    At BAUMA 2016 in Munich, Bosch presented the operator’s cab of the future, Genius Cab, a post designed for maximum visibility and protection in difficult surroundings like construction sites. It not only received great attention, but also the Bauma innovation award in the Design category. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Johannes-Jörg Rüger, president of Bosch’s newly established Commercial Vehicle & Off-Road Unit.


    DirectIndustry e-magazine: The Genius Cab is an innovative operator’s cab for construction machinery. What are its unique features?

    Johannes-Jörg Rüger: The cab reflects the trends of electrification, automation, and connectivity with regard to construction sites. Operating data is analyzed in real time on a tablet display. The brain of the cab is a central computer that we call “body computer”, as it controls all sensors. This makes for less complex circuits that reduce error rates. It can also be customized to meet client requirements. The integrated ultrasonic sensor system for 360° vision reliably monitors the environment, even in low-light conditions. Displays replacing the side-view mirrors help the driver monitor the blind spots right behind him. Everything can be operated via the 7-inch display controlled by buttons or touchscreen.DI18-Genius-CAB-Johannes-Jörg Rüger

    DirectIndustry e-magazine: How will life change for users of the new cab?

    Johannes-Jörg Rüger: All the mentioned features improve operating safety, as do the ultrasonic and video sensors that monitor the machinery’s surroundings. Other elements, like the direct wiper drive, an optimized wiping device for snow, hail or rain, as well as the central joystick, improve intuitive handling and safety. This also boosts productivity by reducing failure rate. Safety and usability are further enhanced by the surround sensors and cameras.

    DirectIndustry e-magazine: Who developed the cabin?

    Johannes-Jörg Rüger: A network of suppliers, as well as the Technical University in Dresden and the German Association for Construction, Environmental and Machine Technology were involved in the development. Fritzmeier assembled the prototype.

    DirectIndustry e-magazine: Will the next step be a cabin without an operator?

    Johannes-Jörg Rüger: No, certainly not. There will, however, be more and more systems designed to assist the driver. The driver’s role will become scheduling work, while the vehicle carries out specific tasks automatically.


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    There are no limits for an engineer. This is what Kurt Köhler from IMKO thought when he started working on his latest invention. It led to the SONO-WZ, a handheld cement water analyzer for fresh concrete. SONO-WZ received the innovation award at Bauma 2016 in the Components category. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Kurt Köhler.


    DirectIndustry e-magazine: Why is it so important to determine water content in fresh concrete?

    Kurt Köhler: It is important to guarantee the quality and longevity of concrete. Concrete construction, such as bridge pilings in saltwater, have to withstand all conditions and must be built with utmost accuracy. Fifteen years ago we developed sensors that could measure the moisture in cured concrete. They were used for over ten years on old bridges in the Netherlands that needed restoration. By then, we could already determine moisture content in cured concrete with 0.1 percent accuracy.

    DirectIndustry e-magazine: How did you get the idea to develop an analyzer for fresh concrete?

    Kurt Köhler: While working in a laboratory on the determination of water content in fresh concrete, I realized that it takes half an hour with the usual method, called kiln drying. A sample is heated over an open gas oven with constant stirring for half an hour until all the water is gone. This requires a lot of time, staff and money, especially when every load of concrete needs to be tested.

    DirectIndustry e-magazine: How does the SONO-WZ change that?

    Kurt Köhler: It’s a handheld device based on our sensors that measure the water content of the fresh concrete within a minute. In the past, this was not possible with electronic sensors because the cement in fresh concrete leads to extremely high conductivity values. We didn’t know how to measure water content under these conditions. In 2009, I realized our technology might be able to measure the water content.

    DirectIndustry e-magazine: How does the SONO-WZ work?

    Kurt Köhler: It works based on time domain reflectometry. Sensors measure the propagation speed of an electromagnetic pulse. It was a huge challenge to make it work, and took us five to six years to design this product. It was always two steps forward, one step back. Now, the next step would be to get a DIN certification.


    Camille Rustici

    Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…

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    Hicham Dhouibi

    Hicham Dhouibi is a mechanical and process engineer and writer with years of experience in automotive, plastic processing and telecom industries.

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    Abigail Saltmarsh

    Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for industry publications (Packaging Europe) and national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).

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