PIT was approached in 2017 to take part in a field test to determine our capabilities in retrieving an accurate mud level on a noisy, off-shore drilling platform. Within the first few sets of tests, we quickly realized that our existing equipment would not be successful without further development.
We developed an AI-based fluid level detection system capable of learning how to detect fluid levels in noisy and ever-changing environments.
Did you know that PIT offers world leading technology services to keep your oil production in tip-top shape? We get so excited about our gas products that people don’t always know the wide variety of Oil Optimization and Regulatory Services we offer. Since it’s regulation season, we thought we’d bring some attention to the services we offer to help producers with Regulatory Compliance! We make it as painless as possible and can handle your entire Annual Regulatory Project(s) and Manage it for you start to finish. We can even submit the test results for you!
Gas Migration Tests
Using our world leading, 1 part per million (ppm) sensitivity portable gas detectors, PIT is capable of testing right from the wellhead to the lease edge for methane gas and LELs (lower explosive limit). By utilizing our portable gas detectors, there is no need to drill deep holes to test for gas migration. No ground disturbance occurs, saving you money and time. If you prefer/require Test Holes, we can do that too but require the Ground Disturbance and Line Locating to be done prior to our arrival. If you have a need for Gas Migration testing, post drill or pre-abandonment, we can help! Alberta AER categories for reference are ID 2003-01, D-20, D-79, parts of D-83.
Utilizing our real-time monitor equipped with highly proficient monitoring capabilities, PIT is able to monitor the wells surrounding a frac area for any anomalies, allowing you to follow Alberta AER Directive 83. A professional, designated representative within our company will keep you up to speed on your wells and be able to assist you with any questions you may have anywhere in the province. We are experts, here to help make your Frac go smoothly.
Surface Casing Vent Testing
With over 40 years experience, PIT has developed efficient methods to save you time and money while doing Surface Vent Testing. We have over 80 test kits that are capable of measuring leaks on Surface Casing Vents. We measure and analyze your Vent using a 10-minute bubble test. If it is leaking, we immediately collect more data over a few days that can quantify and classify the leak type. We then distribute an official report back to you. Our engineering reports are all done in house so there is no third-party data exchange done. Using our many stations, our staff and kits can be optimally deployed to save you money.
Suspended Well Inspections: aka D-I3 Tests
Following D13 Directives, PIT can conduct low and medium risk inspections to be sure your lease is up to snuff. Suspended Well Inspection Tests can include: pressure tests on wellhead Seals or Downhole Plugs, ensuring that valves are locked and removed, and onsite environmental checks to locate seepage if it exists. Weed control options and more can be customized to find the best solution for your suspended wells while ensuring compliance.
Reservoir Pressure: Build Ups and Statics
Since Reservoir Pressure tests are required annually by the AER for most pools, it’s important for your well to have as little downtime as possible. Why not do this test from surface and eliminate cost, risk, and large trucks? PIT has special proprietary equipment and techniques to reduce shut in time and save you money. We can provide daily updates to you without the need to drive to site, minimizing the amount of time spent checking wells. Acoustic pressure surveys cut down on your well downtime as there is no need to shut your well in for 14 days. We are experts at this service and have been industry leaders and inventors of AWS Reservoir Tests since the 1970’s!
Options include Static Reservoir test that is done on existing pool wells that are shut in using AWS from surface to gather accurate reservoir pressures.
Packer Isolation Tests: aka IPT tests
Injection or Disposal wells all should have a downhole packer to keep the fluids going where they are intended to go. The packer Isolates the tubing from the casing, so we test this downhole packer to ensure it is not leaking. We use our own portable trailers on site to conduct our tests quickly and efficiently. We perform the field work and supply an approved report for the regulatory body (Alberta, BC and Sask).
PIT is firmly dedicated to meeting all your oil regulatory needs for this season and many more to come. When you look at your annual regulatory requirements, think of PIT because we can offer a ONE-STOP solution and handle it all for you, from the planning to the field work and even submission of the results. Full Project Management is available here.
You know what they say; students get Spring Break and roughnecks get Spring Break-Up.
It might feel like winter just won’t leave, but those of us in the oil and gas field know that spring is just around the corner. And that means its nearly Breakup. Those of you that are new to the industry or our harsh, winter climates, might not be familiar with Break-Up. But for the seasoned worker, they can tell you that Break-Up is an inevitability every spring.
What is Break-Up?
Break-Up is an industry term. It’s the time of year, typically in early spring, when the snow begins to melt and the frost begins to come out of the ground and causes mud and soft spots. The municipal and provincial governments ban heavy loads from traversing roads to prevent any damage. Hyrdovacs, Water trucks, and Rig Movers are stationary until the ground begins to harden back up.
This causes a slow period for many in the industry. So what can you do to pass the time during Break-Up?
Things To Do During Break-Up
1. Use this time for maintenance.
Bring your things into the shop, replace old and outdated tools and equipment, do that oil change you have been putting off. It’s a slow time for many in the industry, so why not make use of it to accomplish some of the things you’re too busy to deal with during the year?
2. Look for seasonal work.
If you find yourself in a very slow patch or out of work until Break-Up ends, it might be time to look into other seasonal work. Servicing companies may have more opportunities than pipeline work. You don’t even have to stick within the industry. Many seasonal roughnecks spend their springs and summers doing landscaping, farming, or working with construction and road crews.
3. Renew your certificates!
You need First Aid, H2S, and eGSO certificates to do work in the oil industry so make use of this time to get them done. This way you’re not scrambling to get them done the day before they expire and potentially missing out on work. Book them early! Our slow season is the course givers busy season.
4. Take that vacation.
You’ve earned it! It’s easy to lose sight of things when you’re constantly busy in the on season. But during Break-Up it’s time to set some time aside for yourself. Spend some time with the kids, go for a drink with friends, just get on a plane and go somewhere. You can’t work all the time. You need some time to enjoy your life.
Break-Up can be a tough time in the industry. But there’s plenty of things you can do to make the time go by quickly. June will be here soon and then it’s back to the grindstone.
Thanks for taking some time to talk with me Ainslie.
Oh, it’s no problem.
So, how long have you been doing safety with us?
Have you enjoyed doing safety with us?
Yeah, I do enjoy it. You’re actually one of my favourites to work with.
I feel I have family relationships here. You know, lots of close relationships. It’s more like “Oh we’re having the Christmas party” and I love going to them.
We consider you family too.
Good! It’s great working with you guys.
Greatness aside, what’s one of the biggest challenges of the job?
I’d say one of the biggest challenges, or one of my most focused areas is making safety practical and realistic. Because if you’re just throwing forms at people, always making a new form or a policy, that’s not the solution all the time. We have to comply with legislation, but it has to be right sized for what we’re doing.
I know talking to other people I know in fields like oil patch and construction, they say things about how their safety meetings are terrible and so long and boring.
Well, often it’s just a preach. The safety person does the meeting. And I like to facilitate and provide an agenda but it’s our safety meeting. It’s not my safety meeting.
We talk a lot and it’s actually enjoyable.
What about the industry itself? What do you personally feel like some of the biggest safety issues that are encountered?
I know. There’s a lot. It’s probably going to be hard to pick one or two.
Well, driving of course I think would be number one because we do that the most frequently and that’s one of the most dangerous things we do. There’s always driving. Then there’s always H2S, and hydrates and chemicals on site. High pressure is another big one for us. Working alone is a big one.
Many of the hazards our employees encounter, like driving, can’t be avoided. Any sort of general advice on how to reduce risks and potential injury?
That’s why we have our Safe Operating Procedures for people to follow specifically for each individual task. Within those procedures are listed “task steps” as well as hazards and hazard controls. If we are doing a new task, a changed/altered task, or as conditions (including the environment) changes, we need to be doing field level hazard assessments.
Hazard assessments are something that should be done regularly. I don’t mean always filling out a form but taking the time to stop and think. Even at home, before I do something, I’ve neglected to stop and think, and then hurt myself, and thought “You’re an idiot. You’re the safety person. Why didn’t you stop and think?” You don’t always have to write it down but you should always take the time to stop and look at the situation.
It’s a good point. Sometimes we just rush in.
We’re all guilty of that once in a while.
We mentioned the work alone thing. Can you explain our policy for that? What sort of measures we take to keep people safe.
Well, our work alone system has just greatly improved with the new four-head monitors/BlackLine Safety GPS system. That is our new big system.
We’ve always had tracking on the trucks but not on the people. Now we have tracking on the trucks and the people. So that’s a huge improvement. It’s nothing extra our field workers have to wear because it’s their four-head monitor too.
If they have a fall, if they’re knocked down, if they’re exposed to something, it goes off. There are so many benefits to those monitors. We’re way ahead of the game on those. They work as our four head monitor, as our work alone protection, as our call and response, and our emergency device.
PIT is adding yet another incredible product to their lineup. Our engineers drew their inspiration from a wireline broach to bring you the latest in our line of Wax Cutters, the WaxBroach. With its unique honeycomb pattern, the WaxBroach cuts through your well contaminants with ease.
Sand, wax, and asphaltenes can make their way into your well over time, drastically reducing the performance and efficiency. In these cases, a wax cutting plunger must be used in order to keep the well in tip-top shape and to prevent blockages from forming. For the new WaxBroach, cutting through these obstructions is a breeze.
The Honeycomb Pattern
Our previous models of Wax Cutters contained a spiral pattern while the new WaxBroach has a honeycomb type pattern. If you think of the plunger like a knife, then the spiral pattern is equivalent to a flat edge knife used for slicing. The WaxBroach is closer to a serrated knife. The new pattern increases the surface area of the “blade” and gouges as well as slices, increasing the amount of contaminant it dislodges on every pass.
This honeycomb pattern can be found both on the top and the bottom of the plunger, allowing it to slice and gouge while moving up as well as down and doubling its effectiveness!
These new plungers are also made of solid 4140 steel. The solid steel helps to prevent breaks, cracks, and warps that may occur while traveling through the well. This means that on top of the increased efficiency, you also gain increased durability!
Normally, a wellhead is only a close distance to its separator shack and controller, or Scada RTU. The two locations aren’t far apart and using an armoured cable between them is quick and painless. For these cases, a normal Arrival Sensor may be used. However, sometimes the distance between wellhead and shack is too great or the trip between can be too difficult to traverse, causing great expense. In these cases, the best method is to install a Wireless Arrival Sensor. PIT is a proud provider of Wireless Arrival Sensors to assist with these situations.
OKC’s LinkMate Wireless Switch Router is PIT’s choice for Wireless Arrival Sensors. Safe, compact and durable, the LinkMate is a cost-effective and easy to use plunger arrival detection system for your wellhead to shack connection. Featuring four switch inputs and four switch outputs, a switch event occurs when any switch changes from an On to an Off state, or vice versa. The signal from the switch event is transmitted via omnidirectional weather resistant antennas and is connected to its paired device from up to 1000 feet away!
The system consists of two small boxes. One box is located in the shack and consists of the omnidirectional antenna. The second box contains the Arrival Sensor and the transmitter. Couple these with a solar panel for each box and you have a fully functional, easy to install, Wireless Sensor. The system is Intrinsically safe, Class 1, Div 1 too!
Why Use A Wireless Arrival Sensor?
Occasionally, wellheads and shacks will be a significant distance apart. Running large amounts of cable between the two locations can be extremely expensive and labour intensive. While a Wireless Arrival Sensor is more expensive than a few feet of cable, there reaches a point where the cost of the cable, plus the time and labour, no longer makes a wired connection feasible. This is where a wireless feature can save you a whole lot of time and money.
It’s been a busy couple weeks at PIT. Everyone is back from holidays now and it’s been a nose to the grindstone kind of month. We’ve got some new hires coming in, have been working on training some others, and rewarded a more seasoned employee.
So, what’s new at PIT?
FlowFit Modular Lubricator Release
A week ago we released our new FlowFit, Flow-T Replacement Lubricator. It’s a design we’ve been working on for quite some time, and we’re very happy with how it came out!
Traditionally, Flow-T’s can be a pain to remove and replace on a wellhead. The FlowFit drastically reduces the amount of time and money wasted during these installations. It’s an all machine forged, no weld design that bolts directly to the Master Valve and the Wing Valve. This means that the only thing that needs to be replaced is the Flow-T itself, allowing the valves to remain in place. The added convenience of the FlowFit lubricator can save up to $27,000 in costs for the producer.
Curling the Night Away
PIT has been a proud part of the Annual Red Deer Oilmen’s Bonspiel for many years. We are both a regular sponsor of the event and a regular competitor in the tournament.
This year the PIT Crew was represented by Mark Sutherland, Brett and Kevin Kroetsch, and Dan Boutin. This team has been a top contender in the past, often kicking butt and placing in the tournament. Unfortunately, this year the ice was against us.
The PIT team won their first match, placing them in the A level of the competition. They went on to play in the Saturday portion of the bonspiel and were eliminated Saturday evening. The team that beat them went on to win the entire tournament and we congratulate them on their victory.
We’d like to thank the community and the Red Deer Oilmen for allowing us to be a part of this fun and exciting event for another year.
A New Truck for an Experienced Employee
Those of you that have worked with PIT before will undoubtedly have met Laura-Gene Haga; or LG, as we often call her. LG has been a member of the PIT Crew for over five years. Located in the Red Deer office, LG works as our Oil Engineering Technologist. Always hustling and bustling, Laura-Gene can be found in the field just as much as in her upstairs office, showing us again and again just how hard of a worker she can be.
As a thank you for all the hard work she’s given us over the years, we wanted to do something special to show LG how appreciated she is. And nothing seemed better suited than a brand new Dodge for her to do all her business in.
We hope you like the new truck, LG.
Christmas is over. New Year’s Eve is only a few sleeps away. With all the party planning, present shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, and general merry-making, December is one hectic month. In the brief lull between holidays, we’ve managed to rouse ourselves from our turkey coma. Now it’s time to take a few moments to reflect on 2017.
So, how was our 2017? Well, for starters, we survived it. This year sometimes felt like a never-ending storm of global scandal, geopolitical conflict, natural disasters, and weekly crisis’. But hey, we survived! And if you’re reading this, you did too! That in itself is something worth celebrating.
On the PIT front, we’ve had a busy year. In the last half of the year, we saw our team expand more and more. Our staff numbers climbed ever higher in order to help service more wells, help assist more clients, and help the PIT ship sail more smoothly.
Our Cloud Controller (PitBoss Cloud) brought the Internet of Things and Big Data to many new locations and clients. It’s a revolutionary new technology that more and more people are discovering it all the time. It has near infinite uses and applications. It can move and process so much data that we are only restricted by how quickly we can add new uses and ideas to it! It’s our highest value product.
We rolled out our new FL3 fluid level automated unit. What started as an idea is now a fully functional unit capable of automatically taking fluid levels in almost any type of well. It can even send the data remotely if that’s what you need! Included in the unit is our new generation of Pump Off Controllers, Total Well Management when integrated to our Cloud Controller, plunger tracking, and more!
PIT invented the HybridLift! This revolutionary approach to well life cycle design utilizes a combination of some of our bestselling services to create something never seen! Keep your eyes peeled in 2018 as the HybridLift rolls out into our products and services sometime in 2018.
The Methane Leak and Gas Migration measurement is here! We’re ready for the new Federal Legislation and can help you and all our clients be compliant with rules and regulations throughout 2018.
We had a jam-packed and fun-filled year at PIT. We were always busy but we love what we do so we can’t really complain! Most of all we’re excited to see what next year will hold. Are you ready for 2018 like we are?
PIT is well known for our plungers. We’ve supplied thousands of plungers to hundreds of companies and are always looking for ways to improve our designs. One of the issues that come up often when dealing with our clients, is how we should handle a well with an SSSV in extreme sour wells. Our 3 ½” Dual Pad Skirted Plunger* is a solution to this issue.
When a Sub Surface Safety Valve (SSSV) is triggered it isolates the well bore. This can happen when there is a system failure or damage to surface production, control, or safety facilities. When an SSSV has finished its life on the well, it can be removed. However, the landing nipple is still in place and is either very expensive or impossible to remove.
How did PIT address these issues? Simple. We created a Dual Pad Skirted Plunger capable of compressing far more than a non-skirted plunger. When compressed, the plunger is able to slip through the nipple. That way there is no need to pull tubing to remove the nipple and no need to spend thousands of dollars in the process.
The flexibility of the Dual Pad Skirted Plunger allows it to significantly increase the efficiency of your well. Not only is it able to collapse to fit through a nipple, it also expands further than a non-skirted plunger. This allows it to create a tighter seal to reduce gas and liquid leaks while traveling through the tubing.
The plunger has to travel regularly through the nipple. This means the plunger is built with durability in mind so that it may withstand the wear and tear that comes from passing through the SSSV nipple.
3 1/2″ Dual Pad Skirted Plunger Case Study
This 3 ½” Dual Pad Skirted Plunger (pictured right) was recently replaced in one of our customer’s wells. It ran on a 13% sour gas well outside of Olds, AB. During that time it removed hundreds of liters of contaminants from the well.
PIT builds our plungers hardy so that they can withstand extremely punishing conditions. This particular plunger made 12 cycles a day through the nipple and the rest of the tubing, expanding and collapsing whenever it was needed.