HPC: Fueling Innovation in the Oil and Gas Industry

first_imgNote: This is the third and final blog in the Dell EMC HPC vertical blog series. For more information, visit past blogs on HPC in healthcare and manufacturing.As the economic opportunities, demand and stakes continue to rise, the oil and gas industry attracts some of the leading scientific minds in the world. Gone are the days of intuition and trial and error in favor of incredibly advanced, sophisticated seismic exploration techniques that can pinpoint hydrocarbons with unprecedented accuracy. But the recent emphasis on more complex and challenging offshore and on-shore production has brought with it a new set of difficult seismic challenges. As the risks, rewards and global competition have ratcheted up, so too has the pressure on scientists to deliver even greater precision and ensure optimal production.High performance computing (HPC) has played a critical role in oil and gas industry innovation for more than 30 years because the data sizes and physics computations are incredibly compute intensive. It seems that every seven or eight years additional compute, storage and network throughput capacity increases, so an algorithm that’s been laying around for a while can finally be put to use. Over the years, some truly incredible scientific discoveries have revolutionized oil and gas exploration. One of the earliest seismic migration methods, Kirchhoff Time Migration, required what was for that time great amounts of compute, but allowed us to “see” beneath the ground.  Then Kirchhoff depth migration came along providing even finer gradation producing HD-like images, and reverse time migration is allowing oil and gas companies to visualize what’s under salt with incredible accuracy, but these require 10 to 12 times more compute and data than any other techniques.These rapidly evolving research and technical computing workloads are now pushing the limits of many HPC systems, creating severe computing bottlenecks and major performance issues. We are now also seeing data management and storage requirements becoming a concern for customers. With the integration of legacy Dell and legacy EMC portfolios, Dell EMC as a combined company has an even broader set of offerings designed to solve these customer challenges.From workstations to large clusters, Dell EMC is proud to work with some of the world’s top oil and gas providers and some emerging ones to address all aspects of HPC, enabling them to scale by choosing with confidence when, where and how to integrate new HPC capabilities to complement or replace existing capacity. We ensure that all aspects of our oil and gas customers’ HPC systems are interconnected and impact their overall business success, performance and productivity. By looking at the whole system and these interconnections, our future-ready infrastructure of servers, storage and networking solutions ensures that HPC clusters are prepared for the new exploration technologies we all know are coming.Some of these innovations focus on efficiency rather than exploration accuracy. For example, machine learning could have a huge impact on the industry and bring with it massive new compute demands. By learning how to perform certain difficult and expensive tasks such as seismic velocity modeling and automating those processes, computers could save oil and gas companies tremendous amounts of time and money.  Velocity Picking is expensive both in time and money during the flow of a seismic operation.  An auto-picker would shorten the time spent in the hands of geophysical technicians and would become another calculated portion of the job flow. Also, increased processing power can help eliminate redundant work to ensure better computing utilization, which is critical for profitability.For oil and gas companies of all sizes, continued success in a volatile market will depend on innovation that only HPC can support. HPC in the cloud is gaining momentum so smaller companies can compete by handling huge jobs. As the scientists in the industry continue to develop breakthrough technologies at a breakneck pace that get us closer to the elusive goal of perfectly pinpointing oil and gas reserves, flexible and scalable HPC systems will be more critical than ever.For additional information on Dell EMC HPC offerings, visit the following:@DellHPC on TwitterDell HPC Customer Case StudiesDell HPC CommunityDell4Enterprise Blogs:High performance computing drives innovation for manufacturersAdvancing healthcare innovation through high performance computinglast_img read more

Conference to host bishop Robert Barron

first_imgRev. Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, will be the keynote speaker at a March 2018 conference, according to a University press release.The conference, titled “Cultures of Formation: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” is sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life. It will focus on the the themes of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: youth, the Catholic faith and discernment. The Synod will take place in Rome in October 2018.The conference will take place from March 5–7, 2018 and the cost is $125. Those interested in attending can register by visiting icl.nd.edu/synod.Tags: Bishop Robert Barron, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Word on Fire Catholic Ministrieslast_img read more

S&P: Coal plant retirements totaled 11.8GW in 2018

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A total of 16,900 MW of U.S. power generation capacity retired in 2018, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, far more than the 11,569 MW retired in 2017.Coal-fired capacity made up nearly 70% of the capacity retired in 2018, totaling about 11,800 MW, despite efforts by the Trump administration to ease regulations on emissions from coal-fired plants. Gas-fired resources made up another 22.4% of retirements, at 3,789 MW.The amount of coal-fired capacity retired in 2018 more than doubled the amount from the year before, when about 5,000 MW were shut down.By power market region, the largest amount of capacity retired in 2018 was in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., where Vistra Energy Corp. shut down more than 4,000 MW of coal-fired capacity at the beginning of the year. In the PJM Interconnection region, a slightly smaller amount overall was retired, but there about two-thirds of the capacity retired was coal-fired. The largest plant retired in PJM was the 1,731-MW J.M. Stuart plant in Adams County, Ohio, co-owned by Vistra, AES Corp. and American Electric Power Co. Inc.Other notable plant retirements in 2018 included the 1,276-MW St Johns River Power plant in northern Florida, majority-owned by the city of Jacksonville, Fla., utility JEA, and shut at the beginning of the year, and WEC Energy Group Inc.’s 1,188-MW Pleasant Prairie plant in Wisconsin.More ($): Coal plant retirements in 2018 more than double 2017’s total S&P: Coal plant retirements totaled 11.8GW in 2018last_img read more

The rewards of family-first leadership

first_imgEmployees at Aneca Federal Credit Union in Shreveport, La., are heavily invested in their work. They’re expected to be dedicated, innovative self-starters who act like entrepreneurs and owners, not clock-punchers.With that great responsibility comes an enviable flexibility. Many staff members take advantage of the option of working from home, and ducking out of the office to take a child to a doctor appointment or witness a school activity isn’t just approved of, but encouraged.That’s the type of shop president/CEO Stephanie Sievers wants to work in—and that culture attracts the type of people she wants to work with.“You’re making a difference for your family, not at the expense of your family,” Sievers tells the CUNA News Podcast.“I would never ask an employee to value the company over their family because I know that I would lose. I would want to lose,” she says. “I want to employ the type of person who would be able to stand in front of me and say, ‘Forget this. They’re more important.’” 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

For the expansion of the Visitor Center “House of the Witch Mare”, the Municipality of Svetvinčenat awarded support in the amount of 524.000,00 kuna

first_imgThe European Year of Cultural Heritage in Svetvincenat lives through all projects, except the Visitor Center “House of the Witch Mare” and is implementing the “Integrated project of revitalization of Istrian castles – KulTERRA” and the project “Invisible Savicenta – translating tradition into contemporary culture” Every year, funds are invested in the restoration of other cultural heritage in the town and municipality, such as the Parish Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church of St. Vincent, the Church of St. Catherine and the Church of St. Quirinus, which also contribute to tourism. Based on the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Tourism for the period 2018-2020. year, a decision was made on the selection of projects and the award of grants on the basis Public tourism infrastructure development program in 2018. year. The approval of these funds for the expansion of the Visitor Center “Mare’s Witch House” by the Ministry of Tourism is another recognition, in addition to the awards “SoMo Borac” and Simply the best “which” Mare’s Witch House “won this year.  RELATED NEWS: ISTRIAN SVETVINČENAT BECAME THE FIRST PLACE IN THE WORLD WITH THE APPLICATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY IN SIGHTSEEING The Municipality of Svetvinčenat was awarded support from the Tourism Development Fund in the amount of HRK 524.000,00 for the expansion of the Visitor Center “House of the Witch Mare”. The House of the Witch Mare is a visitor center dedicated to the diverse tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Svetvincenat, interpreted by modern technologies: 3D mapping, virtual and augmented reality. This is just another confirmation that the Visitor Center is recognized as unique in the interpretation of intangible cultural heritage through modern technologies, said Dalibor Macan, Mayor of Svetvincenat and added: “This support will upgrade the Center that we officially opened last year, just at this time, the expanded space will be supplemented with additional content that will certainly contribute to even better development of tourism and increase the number of visitors in Svetvincenat. “last_img read more

EU Companies Launch Sustainable Finance Forum

first_imgSixteen European companies have launched a corporate forum with an aim to push forward the development of sustainable finance.The Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance gathers Green Issuers committed to upholding and developing sustainable finance as a critical tool to fight climate change and foster a more sustainable and responsible society.The founding companies include EDF, EDP, ENEL, ENGIE, Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane, Iberdrola, Icade, Ørsted, RATP, SNCF Réseau, Société du Grand Paris, SSE, Tennet, Terna, Tideway and Vasakronan.The companies said they want to expand the commitments sealed under the Paris Green Bond Pledge in 2017, such as integrate sustainability in financial strategies, increase corporate presence in forums shaping the development of sustainable finance markets, as well as leverage on mutual expertise and promote best practices on impact reporting.The parties aim to contribute towards the development of a broader set of financial market instruments under the umbrella of sustainable finance such as green and sustainable bonds and loans, credit facilities, as well as other sustainable financing tools recognizing the sustainability of the issuers’ business model.According to Ørsted, the forum sees sustainable finance instruments as efficient market-based tools that allocate the economic resources where they are most needed, especially to low-carbon and sustainable investments.Sustainable finance is expected to become an increasingly prominent issue with investors adapting to new trends and willing to allocate capital on sustainable initiatives, and thus the forum is an opportunity to put business at the forefront of the low carbon and sustainability transition, the Danish company said.last_img read more

Negros town mounts eco-friendly Christmas tree

first_imgAs a teacher, he also wants to helpraise consciousness that there could be money from waste and something usefulcan come out of it, he said. “The Christmas tree is made ofrecyclable garbage materials. We want to show the Pontevedrahanon and otherpeople that we can make a beautiful masterpiece out of trash,” Biangco said. “This is also a step to ‘Save MotherEarth,” he added. This giant Christmas tree in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental is adorned with decorations made from recycled materials. PHOTO COURTESY OF RMN BACOLOD BACOLOD City – Mindful of the need to reduce wastes amid the call to stopplastic pollution and protect the environment, the municipality of Pontevedrain southern Negros Occidental is celebrating Christmas in an eco-friendly way. Antonio Biangco, a Filipino teacher andBoys Scouts outfit advisor at Pontevedra National High School, conceptualizedthe design, which he executed with assistant Jep-jep Lizada in cooperation withthe Office of Vice Mayor Jimmy Gavan. “The tree also symbolizes the ingenuityand creativity of the people of Pontevedra,” Biangco said.center_img Biangco said about 100 kilos of trashmaterials were used to create the tree. These included empty plastic bottles,discarded household and personal items, old tires, and plastics chairs. The Christmas display has beenspray-painted with yellow on the upper side and red on the lower part to makeit more eye-catching. Red shows the state of being ripe whileyellow depicts “being ready for harvest, abundance, and prosperity.” On Monday night, the eco-friendlyChristmas tree was lit up along with the other holiday attractions in themunicipality, which also coincided with the staging of the 3rd Parade of LightsFestival and the 1st Pasundayag sa Paskwa at the Municipal Park and ReclamationArea. (With areport from PNA/PN) Standing at the town’s reclamation area isan almost 35-foot colorful tree made of trash and scraps from the localmaterials recovery facility and various junk shops.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgA nine-day slate of a potentially 52 games — depending on the results of the eight best-of-five series — will begin with the Carolina Hurricanes facing the New York Rangers at noon Eastern time in Toronto. The top four teams in each conference, meanwhile, will play a round-robin series to determine seeding for the first round to begin Aug. 11. The games will be played in empty arenas.If all goes as planned, the Stanley Cup winner will be crowned about two months from now.MLB-NEWSAP source: No new positive tests for Marlins; 2B Isan Diaz opts outUNDATED (AP) — The Miami Marlins received no new positive results in their latest round of coronavirus testing, according to a person familiar with the situation. But second baseman Isan Diaz has decided to opt out of the season, becoming the first Miami player to do so. He clocked a time of 1 minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone, England, circuit where he was won a record six times. He was .313 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and about 1 second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Hamilton needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 GP wins. The defending champion is also odds-on to equal the F1 great’s record of seven world titles.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MADRID OPENMadrid Open advised not to hold tournament amid virus uptickMADRID (AP) — The organizers of the Madrid Open tennis tournament have been advised by local health authorities in the Spanish capital to not hold the rescheduled event in September due to the resurgence of the coronavirus in Spain. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFS BEGINNHL resumes with 24-team playoffsUNDATED (AP) — The NHL takes the first step toward closing its season Saturday with the start of the expanded 24-team playoffs in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Diaz consistently tested negative while the season was on hold. He played in two of the Marlins’ three games before their season was halted. At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.The infected Marlins players and staff left Philadelphia in sleeper buses Friday for Miami, where they will stay together in quarantine. The rest of the team remained in isolation at a hotel in Philadelphia.In other MLB news:— The Cardinals will see if they can begin their series at Milwaukee after St. Louis became the latest team to get shut down by the coronavirus. The Brewers’ home opener was postponed Friday because two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. Six clubs were off yesterday because of the virus and its effects — Miami and Philadelphia had positive tests in their organizations, leaving Washington and Toronto with no games this weekend. — With the Nationals on a four-day break, new reliever Will Harris will get a chance to heal without missing too much action. Harris was put on the 10-day injured list Friday with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto. If Harris is ready to go when he’s eligible to be activated next Saturday, he will have missed only three games. The World Series champs won’t play again until hosting the New York Mets on Tuesday. Their weekend series at Miami was postponed, and they have days off Monday and Thursday.— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named. Miami has been seeking to shore up its roster after more than dozen players tested positive for COVID-19. The team has had its season suspended since Sunday. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. This year, he’s pitched three scoreless innings in two appearances.F1-BRITISH GPHamilton takes pole position for British GPSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position on Saturday. August 1, 2020 The tournament organizers said on Saturday that they had requested an evaluation of the health situation in the city and that regional health officials “advised not to stage the tournament due to the current trend of COVID-19 cases.”The organizers said they are “analyzing and closely evaluating all the possible options, while always focusing on guaranteeing the safety of all those involved in the tournament.”The tournament is scheduled to be played from Sept. 12-20.Spain’s biggest tennis event was postponed from the spring due to the severe virus outbreak that only a three-month lockdown of the country managed to get under control. With the economy back in motion, there has been a worrying uptick in cases in recent weeks.Spain’s health ministry reported more than 1,500 new confirmed cases nationwide on Friday, with more than 300 detected in Madrid.last_img read more

Former USC law firm can defend Varsity Blues parent

first_imgLas Vegas casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz, who is accused of paying for his daughter to be admitted to USC as a false athletic recruit through the admissions scandal, submitted a request to the federal court in June to use Nixon Peabody as his defense, despite a potential conflict of interest due to the firm’s prior work for USC and for a Stanford University coach named in the admissions case.  “There is no ‘direct adversity’ because there is no conflict between the legal rights and duties of USC and the legal rights and duties of Mr. Abdelaziz,” the order read. “Nor is there any material limitation on Nixon Peabody’s ability to represent Mr. Abdelaziz stemming from, for instance, USC sharing confidences with Nixon about the subject matter of this case (which it has not done).” Nixon Peabody’s prior relationship with USC and Vandemoer had previously raised questions about whether defending Abdelaziz would present a conflict of interest. However, Brian Kelly, a Nixon Peabody attorney representing Abdelaziz, stated that Vandemoer was not a cooperating witness in the admissions case and that the government likely will not call Vandemoer to testify against Abdelaziz. Abdelaziz faces charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is one of 15 parents in the college admissions case, including 11 USC parents, who have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial beginning in October. Abdelaziz allegedly paid $300,000 to designate his daughter as a USC women’s basketball recruit in March 2018. He enlisted the help of scheme organizer William “Rick” Singer, who coordinated with senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and former assistant women’s soccer coach Laura Janke to create a falsified recruitment profile for Abdelaziz’s daughter that listed several fabricated international basketball awards. Heinel then presented the profile to an admissions subcommittee, which extended Abdelaziz’s daughter an offer of conditional acceptance contingent on maintaining a 3.3 GPA during her final semester of high school, according to court documents.center_img In an order filed in June, Abdelaziz’s defense contended that no conflict existed between Nixon Peabody representing Abdelaziz and USC because of the differences in the subject matter of each case and stated the University had not shared information about the admissions case with the law firm.  Firm Nixon Peabody represented USC in a case involving health care and intellectual property and currently represents John Vandemoer, a Stanford sailing coach who accepted $610,000 in bribes to facilitate the admission of two Stanford applicants as sailing recruits in the Operation Varsity Blues case. Gamal Abdelaziz allegedly paid $300,000 to falsely designate his daughter as a basketball recruit to secure admission to USC. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Akinsanya, Babalakin, Others Emerge Winners at Southern Sun Ikoyi Golf Tourney

first_imgAkindele Akinsanya at the weekend emerged the winner of this year’s Southern Sun Ikoyi Golf Tournament that held at the Lakowe Lakes and Golf Resorts in Lagos.Udom Udoh and Remi Olukoya were the first and second runner-upin the men’s category of the tournament which attracted over 100 golfers to the beautiful course with breathtaking scenes. In the ladies category, Idowu Babalakin, Buday Chantal and Rita Okafor were the top three finishers to smile away with exciting gift items.The 18-hole event, which employed four-some format of play with the best three scores per hole counting, was the seventh edition of the annual tournament and was graced by business associates and friends of the hotel.It presented the participants the opportunity to network with pleasure as they enjoyed the tournament with a gamut of other activities.Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, the General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi, Mark Loxley, commended athletes, sponsors, guests and the media for taking out time to participate at the tournament despite the long drive and their busy schedules. He said it showed their commitment and consistent support to the hotel during the course of the year.“We have had tremendous support from our tournament sponsors again this year as more partners came on board to identify with our laudable cause. Southern Sun Ikoyi’s business partners are second to none and are always very generous in supporting this event.” Mr. Loxley notedHe further stated, “This event is in line with our annual Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy of giving back generously to the society that has supported our business and helped us grow.“It aims at bringing our corporate clients and guest together to end the year in grandeur through the game of golf which is renowned for its style, class and social wellbeing.”Also speaking at the prize giving ceremony, the Deputy General Manager of Southern Sun Ikoyi and athlete, Cliff Shiridzinodya, commended the level of sportsmanship showcased at this year’s edition of the annual golf tournament.“I have notice great improvement in the quality of participation and level of play, it is a great honour to compete with colleagues and friends within the industry through the gentleman’s game of golf as it is also my hope to join the podium in future tournaments” he concluded.Participants were gifted with various items including cable TVs, business and economy class tickets to various international travel destinations courtesy of the various tournament’s corporate sponsors.Sponsors for this year’s tournament include, EKEDC, DHL, Zenith Bank, Legacy Automobiles, Soulcomms, SO&U Ltd, GTBank, RwandAir, Air Namibia, KLM, Kenya Airways, Diamond Bank, Distell, South African Airways, DISTELL and Diageo.Others include; PZ Cussons, Heineken, Kwese’ TV, Aviators travel and Tours, IBEDC, The Wine Rack, GDN, African Sports tourism Week, The Lansdown Ibru Heights and Far East Mercantile Co Ltd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more