The Barge is Back

A couple weeks ago we talked about the extreme growth in the U.S. oil and gas industry due to the fracking revolution that unearthed a plethora of natural gas and shale oil across North America and how it gave rise to some little known players in the industry falling under the midstream sector umbrella. The increase gave way to constrained infrastructure problems (how do we transport all this fracked energy??) which has forced refiners to think outside the box…in other words, the barge is back! 

Fuel Additives and LHV Readings

Today let's look at another key player in the midstream sector of the oil and gas industry, manufacturers of fuel additives. They are operating in an era of striking changes and tighter margins, one in which environmental legislation to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy is having a great impact.

Monitoring the Midstream

Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks that can be rich sources of petroleum and natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has allowed access to large volumes of shale gas that were previously uneconomical to produce. The production of natural gas from shale formations has rejuvenated the natural gas industry in the United States.

Graphics are the Key to an Effective HMI Experience

As we discussed last week, there are some key factors to creating an effective HMI experience, including layout, navigation, and design elements, like color and text. But one area that should be closely examined is the graphics, especially when doing a redesign of your operator interface.