Strathclyde and LUX Assure secure grant for oilfield data technology

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Researchers at the University of Strathclyde and chemical monitoring specialists LUX Assure have been awarded a grant from the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) to introduce new data processing tools for the industry.

The project aims to extend the capabilities of LUX Assure’s CoMic™ technology, an on-site chemical monitoring tool.

Mathematical techniques

The Strathclyde researchers, based in the Centre for Signal and Image Processing (CeSIP) at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, are working with the company to improve existing manual analysis methods.

Led by Dr Paul Murray, the CeSIP team will create bespoke algorithms and exploit novel mathematical techniques to automatically analyse data gathered by CoMic during on-site chemical tests. The project marks the next step in the evolution of the technology.

Dr Murray said: “It is very exciting to be working closely with LUX Assure to conduct research and develop novel algorithms to automatically analyse data gathered by their highly innovative CoMic technology.

Recognised as one of the UK’s leading technological universities, our partnership with LUX Assure and OGIC is an excellent example of Strathclyde delivering innovative technological research which will have a significant impact in the oil and gas sector.”

LUX Assure CEO, Emma Perfect, said: “This project will enable LUX Assure to provide information to our clients both on-site and in real-time, informing them of optimal corrosion inhibitor dosage and enabling prompt decision making on chemical injection.

“Chemical use plays an important part in protecting oilfield assets, and technologies such as CoMic enable better chemical management. Off-site data processing and evaluation is currently required which leads to delays in obtaining results and can be a barrier to sales where data cannot leave the oilfield being monitored.”

Ian Phillips, chief executive of OGIC, said: “Asset integrity management is vital to ensure that offshore operations are carried out safely and efficiently.  The technology being developed by LUX Assure is an excellent example of how automated data management can bring major benefits to offshore operations.

“ This technology has the potential to improve chemical monitoring on projects while reducing costs and increasing efficiency, as the real-time relay of data will allow decisions to be made proactively.”