Two first ONS Innovation Awards 2018 finalists announced

Source: press release, 1 August 2018

The ONS Innovation Awards reflect a long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting innovative ideas to the international oil, gas and energy industry (photo: ONS)
The ONS Innovation Awards reflect a long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting innovative ideas to the international oil, gas and energy industry (photo: ONS)

The ONS organisers have announced the two first finalists to be nominated for the ONS 2018 Innovation Awards: Baker Hughes, a GE company and ISPAS.

Baker Hughes has been nominated for the technology TerrAdapt Adaptive Drill Bit – the first and only smart bit that can adjust depth-of-cut control (DOCC) downhole, in real time, to optimise efficiency.

The TerrAdapt adaptive drill bit is the first and only smart bit that can adjust depth-of-cut control (DOCC) downhole, in real time, to optimise efficiency. Each TerrAdapt adaptive drill bit has proprietary, replaceable, self- adjusting DOCC elements installed inside the bit blades. The elements have a tuned hydro-mechanical response to loading conditions. When the elements sense loading, they automatically extend until the loading is absorbed, protecting the cutters, bit, BHA, and downhole electronics.

ISPAS has been nominated in the “small and medium enterprises” (SME) category, for their advanced oil-spill radar New Generation OSD Radar.

ISPAS has developed an advanced Oil Spill Detection (OSD) radar with dual polarisation, electronically scanned antennas that can map the sea surface and detect oil-spill on both quiet and coarse sea using high resolution polarimetry. The ISPAS OSD radar uses high frequencies to optimise radar reflections from the sea. Dual polarisation is used to detect the presence of oil on the surface by using the one polarisation that is transparent to oil as a reference and the other polarisation that is affected by the oil as a detector. By looking at the relationship between the two polarisations oil-spill can both be detected, and relative thickness estimated. This enables ISPAS OSD radar to detect oil-spills in all weather conditions, so oil-spill clean-up can be initiated early, thus minimising damage to the environment.

ONS organisers plan to announce additional nominees in the coming days.

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