Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

GE develops new industrial internet services for oil and gas players

Iain Morris
September 23, 2014

GE has flagged its development of several new “industrial internet” solutions for organizations in the oil and gas sector, saying these will help customers to increase productivity and reduce their operating costs.

The company says the oil and gas sector is a priority for its range of Predictivity-branded services and claims these will help customers drive profitability gains from reduced unplanned downtime, fuel efficiencies and workforce optimization.

New services GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) is marketing are specifically aimed at allowing oil and gas players to cut down on interruptions to production by providing early warnings about potential problems.

By continuously monitoring the status of wells, GE’s technology can also lead to improvements in well production, the company argues.

Meanwhile, the use of data sensors and analytics – triggering alerts when there is any sign of danger – can bring about a safer pipeline environment, it says.

GE makes specific reference to its SeaLytics BOP Advisor, which collects data about blowout preventer (BOP) systems and allows this to be viewed by drilling contractors in a web-based format.

Another solution called Field Vantage gives operators a real-time view of electrical submersible pump (ESP) wells and can help to extend the lifetime of ESPs by monitoring the condition of equipment on a running basis.

LNG Max Reliability is also being used in the liquefied natural gas and upstream industry segments – relying on advanced sensors and big data analytics to increase asset performance.

GE says that sophisticated sensors are able to detect a variety of conditions regarding gas path debris, bearing element damage, blade arrival time and clearance and suchlike – alerting operators to “pending component issues” before the components actually fail.

Noting that drilling operations are increasingly moving to the subsea level, GE has also developed a sensor that will provide wide-area directional coverage of up to 500 meters.

Using acoustic technology, the sensor can detect both liquid and gas leaks at the subsea level before they become potentially costly environmental issues.

Leakages are monitored in real time around the clock and when an abnormal vibration is detected a warning is sent automatically to the operator.
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