How to minimise maintenance costs with exchanger leak testing: case study

Posted by Callum Grieves

Mar 15, 2016 10:30:36 AM

Detecting and identifying small leaks in heat exchangers can be an extremely difficult and time consuming task for many operators and plant personnel. Product quality, process efficiency and the time and cost associated with maintenance and potential shutdowns caused by a leaking vessel can have a significant and detrimental impact on production and process operating margins.   

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Topics: optimising plant processing, chemical tracers, Process Diagnostics, exchanger, Gamma Scanning, Tru-Scan, leak testing, plant performance, heat exchangers, leaking exchangers, small leaks

How to ensure radiation safety and source security with fixed area monitoring

Posted by Callum Grieves

Feb 29, 2016 8:58:47 AM

Radiation safety and source security is becoming an increasing concern across all market sectors, with the illegal possession and illicit movement of radioactive sources having potentially severe consequences to site workers and both national and global communities. A necessary precaution taken by numerous facilities to ensure source security is the use of fixed area radiation monitors which provide the dose rate levels of source storage bunkers and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) radiography bays.

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Topics: radiation, radiation monitor, radiation detection, radioactive source security, observa, fixed monitoring, source theft, area monitoring, source security, radiation safety

Five steps to cutting reservoir stimulation costs by 20%

Posted by Helena Barras

Feb 24, 2016 2:58:30 PM

In the challenging market conditions that we face today, reducing lift costs is paramount. One area where this can be achieved is through stimulation optimisation, ensuring reduce spend on stimulation activities and maximum  oil or gas flow for a particular field. 

In this post we examine five steps to achieving savings of as much as 20% in reservoir stimulation costs by using accurate flow data to optimise stage stimulation in individual wells and development of unconventional fields.

This is based on our vast experience across numerous fields and the insights and figures are taken from real projects conducted over the last few years.


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Topics: unconventional wells, reservoir, reservoir analysis, reservoir characterisation, drilling, technology enabling cost savings, reservoir stimulation

3 steps to ensure safe working practices when dealing with radiation in a medical environment

Posted by Callum Grieves

Feb 23, 2016 11:57:09 AM

The use of radioactive sources in hospitals requires many safety measures to be implemented to ensure that workers and the general public are protected. Although there are a number of measures such as shielding, dose rate and contamination monitoring and personal dosimetry that can be used to record radiation exposure, a key method of ensuring the safety of nurses, doctors and patients, is the use of fixed area radiation monitors. Fixed area monitors use multiple detectors to provide the dose rate levels of iodine therapy centres, patient treatment rooms and nuclear medicine departments. Critical and potentially life saving information is provided as fixed area monitors incorporate 24/7 monitoring with an early warning alarm that inform patients and staff when dose rates exceed set alarm thresholds. This ensures that all radiation risks are managed safely which is key to safer working practices for all personnel working within a medical environment. 

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Topics: radiation, radiation monitor, medical, observa, fixed monitoring, area monitoring, radiation safety

The Value Of Product & Brand Authentication Programmes

Posted by Nicola Porter

Feb 19, 2016 10:37:00 AM

Counterfeiting, duty evasion and other forms of illicit trade are a substantial and growing problem across all market sectors, leading to increased calls for businesses to make use of highly secure product and brand authentication programmes.

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Topics: authentication, brand protection tehnology, consumer protection, product quality, revenue protection, fiscal tax recovery, safeguard brand equity, adulteration, adulterated fuel, brand security, counterfeit detection, product protection, product assurance, authentication solutions, product authentication, brand authentication, brand protection, counterfeiting, marker systems

Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Australia: Taking reservoir analysis to you

Posted by Helena Barras

Feb 17, 2016 1:20:40 PM

Tracerco is tailoring our offering to meet the needs and challenges of our customers with five brand new tracer labs to analyse reservoir samples.

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Topics: Tracerco innovations, chemical tracers, unconventional wells, reservoir, fracking, controlled release, flow profiling, reservoir analysis, tracer analysis, interwell

The top five questions we are asked about our Discovery™ and Explorer™ Subsea Technologies

Posted by Lucy Hutchinson

Jan 22, 2016 4:11:00 PM

In this blog post we will dicuss the top five questions we are asked with regard to our subsea pipeline technologies, Discovery™ and Explorer™.

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Topics: Discovery, pipeline inspection, pipeline integrity, Flow assurance, Explorer, Flowlines, Asset Integrity, Subsea Technologies, Subsea flexibles, subsea pipelines

How to optimise the performance of your trayed columns: case study

Posted by Callum Grieves

Dec 9, 2015 10:12:34 AM

There are a number of problems that can cause a loss of efficiency and lead to loss of production in a distillation column, including tray damage, flooding, weeping, and foaming. Gamma scan technology available from Tracerco can be utilised to locate the origin and/or severity of these problems. A Tru-Scan™ across the active area of a fractionation tray can provide hydraulic conditions and/or mechanical status of the active area, such as weeping and tray froth heights. FrothView™, a new methodology developed by Tracerco, provides a quantitative analysis of tray capacity as the total froth height on a tray that is measured using Tracerco's new detector technology and software interpretation.

In this latest blog post we will discuss how a Tru-Scan™ and FrothView™ technology was used to provide the % tray space to show the amount or percentage of available tray spacing that is occupied by froth or aerated liquid. Knowledge of the actual process conditions inside a vessel, provides engineers with the ability to make process adjustments accordingly. 

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Topics: Process Diagnostics, Gamma Scanning, Tray Capacity, Tru-Scan, Column Performance, FrothView

The top five questions we are asked about our controlled release reservoir tracers

Posted by Helena Barras

Oct 1, 2015 7:03:43 AM

In this blog post we will highlight and discuss the top five questions we are asked with regard to our controlled release tracer technology.  

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Topics: reservoir, controlled release, reservoir analysis, reservoir characterisation, fluid inflow

How to reduce operating costs and shutdown time of a distillation tower: case study

Posted by Nicola Porter

Sep 15, 2015 11:41:38 AM

Improving process operating margins can be achieved by maximising production of higher value products and/or minimising production costs. It is important for plant engineers to know how much capacity is available in the trays in a distillation tower.  Gamma scanning is an established method used by many in the process industries as a qualitative tool to help troubleshoot distillation towers. Gamma scanning can be used to diagnose virtually any operating malfunction that can be identified by an observable change in density. This includes most mechanical, process or rate related problems such as tray damage, foaming, weeping and entrainment. By deploying new measurement detector technology and incorporating innovative analysis of gamma scanning data, plant engineers can now acc ss the all-important quantitative data about the capacity of distillation towers.

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Topics: Process Diagnostics, Gamma Scanning, Tray Capacity, Distillation Column Performance, Carryover, Weeping, Entrainment, Tru-Scan, Column Flooding, Tray Damage, FrothView

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