Fiber Optics in the Oil and Gas industry training course (Houston)

22 September, 2016

The recently revamped 101 Fiber Optic Training series is taking place on 22ndSeptember 2016. Hosted by OTM Consulting in association with the SEAFOM Industry Network, the course aims to highlight the transfer and development of innovative sensing technology and deliver a comprehensive introduction to various fiber optics component, systems and solutions deployed within the oil and gas industry.

The course is aimed at newcomers to the oil and gas industry, engineers, technical employees, sales employees, administrative staff, as well as anyone interested in gaining an understanding of the fiber optics technology and its applications. The course will leave delegates with a good understanding of the basic principles of fiber optics, an introduction to applications within both the onshore and offshore environments and an appreciation of the challenges and obstacles that fiber optics face in the future.

An outline of the course structure and the program for the day is provided below:

Introduction to fiber optics

How do fiber optics work?

  • History
  • Fiber Optic Theory – Electromagnetic Spectrum/Optical Window
  • Light Transmission in Fiber – Bandwidth / Dispersion / Fiber Parameters / Graded

Characteristics of the fiber

How are fiber optics made and how does this affect how they are used

  • Fiber Types and Optical Design – Fiber Manufacture/Primary coated Fibers / Multi core Fibers / External Fibers
  • Techniques and Effects: Raman effect / Bragg grating / polarisation / stokes
  • Fiber Optic Sensors: Intensity based sensors / phase based sensors / wavelength based sensors / polarisation sensors/distributed sensing

Fiber optics in the oil and gas industry

This section will focus on applications across the oil and gas industry and historically plot its implementation:

  • Telecommunication
  • Subsea activity
  • Onshore and offshore dry tree deployments
  • Pipeline integrity

Subsea application

This section will focus on the current R&D as well as the status of implementation. It will also examine the potential application in the subsea environment

  • Downhole Sensors
  • Umbilicals
  • Connectors
  • Installation issues
  • Frontier operations

As we are relaunching the course, we would like to offer SEAFOM members a one-off opportunity to attend at a reduced registration fee of $500 (normally $750). Please contact Sally Marriage for further details.

 

Course programme:

08.30

 

Registration and Refreshments

 

09.00

 

Welcome and Safety Brief

 

09.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundamentals of Fiber Optic Sensing

Introduction to Fiber Optics – how do fiber optics work?

  • History
  • Fiber Optic Theory – Electromagnetic Spectrum/Optical Window
  • Light Transmission in Fiber – Bandwidth / Dispersion / Fiber Parameters / Graded Index / Single mode and multi-mode

Pinnacle-Halliburton (John Maida)

 

10.15

 

 

 

 

Characteristics of the Fiber #1
How are fiber optics made and how does this affect how they are used?

  • Fiber Types and Optical Design – Fiber Manufacture / Primary coated Fibers
  • Techniques and Effects: Raman effect / Bragg grating / stokes

Corning (Bruce Chow)

 

11.00

 

Refreshments

 

11.15

 

 

 

 

Characteristics of the Fiber #2

How are fiber optics made and how does this affect how they are used?

  • Fiber Optic Sensors: Intensity based sensors / phase based sensors / wavelength based sensors / polarisation sensors / distributed sensing

Schlumberger (Dmitry Kortukov)

 

12.00

 

 Lunch

 

13.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems and Applications

This section will focus on the on current R&D as well as the status of implementation:

 

Fiber Optics in the oil and gas Industry

Focussing on applications across the oil and gas industry and historically plot its implementation:

  • Telecommunication
  • Pipeline integrity
  • Subsea

Weatherford (Chris Baldwin)

 

13.45

 

 

 

 

 

 Downhole Sensors

  • Technology types – demonstration /explanation of how it works within its oil and gas application
  • Installation history
  • Challenges facing future subsea installations

Weatherford (Chris Baldwin)

 

14.30

 

 Refreshments

 

15.15

 

 

 

 

 

Connectors

  • Technology types – demonstration /explanation of how it works within its oil and gas application
  • Installation history
  • Challenges facing future subsea installations

TE Deutsch (Jérémy Calac)

 

15.45

 

 

 

 

 

Distributed Acoustic Sensing

  • Fundamental of distributed acoustic sensing
  • Development and deployment
  • Applications (security, VSP, integrity, etc.)

Fotech (George Palmer)

 

16.00

 

 

 

Future of Fiber Optics in the oil and gas Industry

  • Open discussion – Q and A session with experts

Shell (Steve Hirshblond)

 

16.30

 

Closing discussion & feedback

 

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