Four things to consider before self-hosting your SCADA system

Posted by Doug Watt on Jul 18, 2018 10:56:13 AM

Awhile back a friend decided to replace a leaky faucet himself and save some money. He thought the faucet was screwed on, so he grabbed a wrench and started twisting away.

After a couple of turns the faucet broke off, spewing water everywhere. It was sweated instead of screwed on, so he had to turn off all the water to the house and then call a plumber to fix his mistake. It would’ve been faster and simpler to have farmed out the work in the first place. Read More

Autonomous description for clarity [Infographic]

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jul 13, 2018 11:16:14 AM

Everywhere you read now you see Autonomous references; self driving cars, driver-assist, automatic braking, parallel parking, and more. Autonomous is now mainstream, and the terms people use to discuss it can quickly become unclear.

What some people call ‘Autonomy’ others label ‘Automation’—and vice versa. Even at Zedi we occasionally hear the words interchanged, creating confusion for customers, and our own team. To communicate with clarity (one of our Zedi Values) – we’ve defined our terms. [Infographic]

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Flash liberation samples to match field conditions for accuracy

Posted by Matthew Loveley, PhD. on Jul 5, 2018 2:45:00 PM

Sometimes I’m asked why it’s necessary to perform a flash liberation test in the lab, when it’s so much easier and faster to use a computer model to measure flash gas.

My answer is twofold: First, it only takes 15-45 minutes in the lab, so you can still get results back the same day in most cases.

Second, we’ve seen that flash liberation testing can be much more accurate than computer models. The main issue with computer models is that, while they do an amazing number of calculations, those calculations are fixed and make many assumptions. They assume a “perfect world,” on every well, with few unaccounted-for variations in conditions, down-hole or on the surface.

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Why mobile apps are the future of the oil and gas industry

Posted by Adin Nand on Jun 28, 2018 9:59:19 AM

When you’re standing in a line and you see almost everyone in sight interacting with their mobile phones by viewing, listening, swiping or typing—do you ever wonder how people used to pass the time while they were waiting?

The Pew Research Center says 95 percent of Americans own a mobile phone and 77 percent own a smartphone. These numbers are also similar for Canadians and for those across North America under 30 years old, the percentages are even higher.

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Safe kids - Recognizing hot summer vehicle hazards

Posted by Randy Quesseth on Jun 22, 2018 2:47:20 PM

The summer catches many of us off guard every year - The sun heats up, the icy cold temperatures of winter are quickly replaced with the sweltering hot, humid, sunny days of summer. We welcome most of the change, but there is certainly one change that comes with the warm summer days that none of us welcome.

Unfortunately, the season change doesn’t simply bring us summer vacations, and fishing. It also brings tragedy. It’s just like clockwork, every year. I can’t explain it, nobody can, but it happens every year with amazing regularity when the temperature starts to climb.

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The top 3 production and service tools

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jun 12, 2018 10:44:47 AM

If you like to grow plants, you know that there are three main things they require for growth: water, sunshine and good soil. If you supply all these, your plants will grow healthy and strong, putting out new leaves and colorful blossoms in their season.

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Extra miles are all in a day’s work for Zedi field techs

Posted by Allen McKerchie on Jun 7, 2018 12:45:00 PM

Recently, several of my Riverton, WY staff and I had driven to Farmington, NM to help set up the new Zedi office there. When a new tech for that office needed a fully outfitted calibration truck for his first day on the job—before that office’s trucks had been delivered—there was only one thing to do. Collect the equipment he’d need for the day and put it on the company truck I’d driven down in.

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Of all your SCADA data, how do you know what you need to know?

Posted by Ed Moore on May 29, 2018 8:51:00 AM

When you go to a restaurant, do you order straight off the menu? Or do you substitute mashed potatoes for fries, do you ask for extra tomatoes, or do you ask for rye instead of wheat? Or do you just ask for a number 5, pay your money and go sit down?

When it comes to ordering reports on your field data, you can’t settle for a “Number 5.” There are certain things you need to see first, there are certain ways you want things listed and there are ways you need it broken out.

Want it “your way?” I’m glad you asked. That’s exactly why we put together Zedi Vital.

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How do we measure success? One test at a time!

Posted by Robert Webb on May 24, 2018 4:07:00 PM

Were there little pencil marks on a door frame at the house you grew up in, if you were fortunate enough to stay in one place that long? Did Mom or Dad make you stand straight up and hold still as a board while they made that mark, measured it and dated it?

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Shell-certified LACT meter technicians in Louisiana

Posted by Stephen Majoria on May 14, 2018 2:35:00 PM

In the Gulf Coast, Shell USA is the big producer—and therefore the one that sets the standards for anyone who wants to work with them in any capacity—upstream, midstream, field service, etc. They want to make sure oil flow in or out is measured as accurately as possible—for the good of everyone involved.

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