The working conditions of workers in the oil and gas industry are harsh, particularly in Canada. It’s also a hazardous job due to the risk of injuries and fatalities involved. While safety programs are in place for oil industry workers, more can be done to ensure their safety.
2020 has been an atrocious year for the Canadian oil industry. It has been the worst year in modern times, and 2021 isn’t going to be drastically different. In the annual forecast released by Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC), they expect 2021 to be slightly better. Minor improvements are all that can be […]
A pressure gauge is an instrument used across many industries, like construction, oil drilling, and for other industrial applications. As the name implies, it’s a tool that helps operators calculate the air pressure at various levels of elevation. Pressure gauges are installed on tower cranes to indicate any hazardous lifting situations.
Drilling rigs are mammoth structures built to drill for oil, water, and even natural gas. A combination of hydraulic and electronic equipment are used on these rigs. The instrumentation used on oil rigs tends to be more advanced to ensure safety and efficiency.
In 2016 alone there were 904 workplace related fatalities. An alarming percentage of these fatalities took place on oilfields. In the United States, on the other hand, 1566 workers died due to accidents on oil rigs over a period of 10 years.
Instrumentation used in critical industrial processes need to provide accurate readings on the gauges for optimum results and safety. Gauges are used to measure pressure, temperature, and flow. These gauges show real time values and monitor fluctuations and are crucial for the day-to-day operation of the plant.
To adapt to extreme environments and locations, oil exploration expeditions require advanced drilling instrumentation. Stringent safety measures to protect the environment are an additional challenge that oil drilling companies need to meet. Therefore, rig technology has changed considerably over the years. The transition has been made from mechanically powered drilling rigs to hydraulic rigs.
Drilling a new well in search of oil requires extensive planning and long hours. There’s a lot more to such an endeavour than it seems on the surface. Heavy-duty equipment is involved and plenty of planning goes into such projects. Unearthing black gold is a tough, but very rewarding task.
Sensors are widely used in industrial, commercial, and oil drilling applications. When such projects are being developed, these sensors are specified to measure important variables like flow, pressure, weight, temperature, level, etc. These measurements help automate the process, along with making the process control system adjust other variables based on the sensor reading.
Load cells are used to calculate the force or weight in a variety of applications. They can be used to measure bending compression, tension, and other forces. Load cells are able to convert force into an electrical signal.