From Quakes To Fracs

Vancouver company leverages earthquake detection expertise to monitor fracturing and pipelines

When you think of it, there’s a strong logic in the fact that a Vancouver-based company with an expertise in earthquake detection has developed a suite of other technologies that are also used to monitor what a company official calls “microseismic events” that occur deep in the earth as a result of fracking, as well as disturbances that could lead to pipeline ruptures.

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Hacker and Cyber-Spy Alert

Fast-evolving sector is building new defences to fight off attacks

Thanks to widely circulated stories—on TV, newspapers and the Internet—awareness of cyber-security risks and threats has shot up recently. Has anyone not heard of the Stuxnet worm that may have delayed Iran’s disputed nuclear program by as much as a year, or the Shamoon virus that was deployed against Saudi Arabian Oil Company last summer and wiped out the data from 30,000 company PCs?


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The Power Of Visualization

Software's visual presentation of data makes the complex easy to understand

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the data you have to deal with in the highly technical oil and gas industry world of today, you’re not alone.

It’s been called the digital explosion—and com­panies like TIBCO Spotfire Inc. think they have at least a partial answer to dealing with that explosion.

London, England–based Steve Farr was so impressed with the Massachusetts-based company’s technology, that he left the consulting business he had founded two years prior to rejoin the corporate world, where he became Spotfire’s product marketing manager for the energy sector. That was earlier this year.

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Solution in Hand

Hand-held technologies cut costs, improve safety and enhance oilfield equipment reliability

Steve Jobs, the late chief executive officer and co-founder of computer, tablet and smartphone technology giant Apple Inc., used to talk about the need for his company’s products to be elegant—a word that might not come to mind if he had learned that North America’s largest hazardous waste disposal firm would end up using his company’s iPads and smartphones in its operations.

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Bringing It Together

Software helps track capital costs, complete the "financial face" for oil and gas producers

 The oil and gas industry is a highly capital-intensive business, with companies spending millions of dollars drilling wells each year. In a volatile world where producers are beholden to wild swings in commodity prices, it’s critical that companies are able to track their spending. This allows them to react quickly to changing market conditions.

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