GoPro HERO 3 Meets the Subsea World

GoPro HERO 3 Meets the Subsea World

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's Staff

Reaching Ultra and Nate Melnik have teamed up once more to provide a firsthand experience of the offshore word, while giving an exclusive and intimate view of subsea operations as seen by a diver by way of the GoPro HERO 3 camera. Our previous post which featured the GoPro HERO 3 camera, largely captured topside operations, and it is here that we gave a sneak preview of the camera’s ability to be used in sea water, when it was momentarily deployed from the side of the vessel in to the sea. This post will expand on the aforementioned video, and, in turn, give a general audience a full “offshore experience” of three of the four offshore realms:  topsides, splash zone and subsea......Click on Read More for full post

Read More

You Missed Your Flight from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro?

You Missed Your Flight from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro?

Author: Michelle Juarez | Managing Director

You receive a call in the afternoon informing you that you are to be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 24 hours for an emergency project meeting. Because of this, you quickly pack your belongings and drive to the airport, with 4 hours to spare, prior to the last flight of the day departing. However, your drive is greatly affected by traffic and highway detours. Upon making your way passed these detours, you then park your car, and continue to the airline terminal of interest. However—the long lines at the terminal's baggage check in halt you further. When you finally proceed to check-in your bags—you are informed that you have arrived too late to board the flight with your luggage, due to exceeding the window of opportunity for loading luggage.

        You are advised that you can, however, travel to Brazil, but without luggage. This, in turn, leaves you with the following options: you can board the flight without your personal belongings, or you can opt to travel with whatever items you can fit in a spare bag. The aforementioned raises...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

Industry Interview: Reversing the Great Crew Change in the 6th Grade

Industry Interview: Reversing the Great Crew Change in the 6th Grade

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's staff

In the coming years the era known as the great crew change will be ushered in: an era where a large portion of seasoned oil and gas professionals will begin to retire, resulting in  “A generational gap in the workforce, with fewer keepers and passers of knowledge to transmit the evolution of technology—engineering practices—and technical know-how” (1). This is compounded by the fact that “Few American students pursue…the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and [the lack of] teachers skilled in those subjects” (2). This, in turn, limits the talent pool from where to develop future oil and gas professionals.

        For this reason, we—at Reaching Ultra (RU)—are excited to interview Joshua Beagan, a STEM teacher at Gaudet middle school, out of Middletown, Rhode Island. It is here that Beagan is executing cutting-edge, and high caliber projects with his students: projects that have greatly drawn RU’s interest. For this reason, we are interviewing Beagan, so as to give a frontline view of Gaudet’s hands on curriculum, and the manner...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

GoPro HERO 3 Meets the Offshore World

GoPro HERO 3 Meets the Offshore World

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's staff

One of our primary goals when we founded Reaching Ultra was to provide a firsthand experience of the offshore landscape, as captured and viewed directly by offshore professionals. Furthermore, we strongly believed that this firsthand view was greatly missing, due to the fact that field personnel do not always have a platform to showcase their day to day activities in traditional mediums of communication: magazines, journals, conference proceedings, etc.

        Now that the GoPro HERO 3 has entered the offshore market, it has completely changed how this world is captured in first person by the personnel that keep the world turning at sea. We remember more than 10 years ago—before the GoPro Hero 3— when

Read More

Industry Interview: Preparing the Next Generation of Offshore Workers in Canada

Industry Interview: Preparing the Next Generation of Offshore Workers in Canada

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's Staff

There are growing concerns that future subsea projects may not come to fruition, due to a projected shortage of suitably trained and technically apt personnel. Notwithstanding, America’s University of Houston which offers a subsea engineering degree—will be key in producing a workforce to offset such projected stagnation. This too applies to Canada’s Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (FMI) which offers a bachelor’s degree in technology via its Underwater Vehicles program. FMI, however, differs from U of H, as it offers a...Click on Read More for full article

 

Read More

Subsea Robots versus Themselves and Divers

Subsea Robots versus Themselves and Divers

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's Staff

Executing subsea tasks in in today’s offshore environment, in large part requires a three prong approach, consisting of: divers; Observational Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs); and Work Class ROVs (WROV). Though each of the aforementioned approaches has inherited advantages over the other, they equally have drawbacks when comparatively analyzed. For this reason, we have carefully selected the following videos that...Click on Read More for full post

Read More

Industry Interview: Will a Rig Accept Your FR Clothing?

Industry Interview: Will a Rig Accept Your FR Clothing?

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's staff

You begin to pack your bags in preparation for your next offshore hitch, as you are about to finish packing you receive a call informing you that your Flame Resistant (FR) clothing will need to adhere to the FR policies of the rig you are to board. You proceed to check the tags on your clothing, only to find out that your garments do not meet the rig’s policies.

        This is a scenario we—at Reaching Ultra (RU)—have experienced. Furthermore, we have equally seen that what applies to one company’s HSE policy—in regards to FR clothing—may not apply to separate company’s policy. Because of this, we began to implore on how to ensure that the FR clothing we sourced was not only fit for purpose, but equally retained an element of universality. However, the more we implored, the more perplexing the answers became, due to inconsistent explanations.  And in order to bring clarity to the questions asked, we realized that interviewing a company whose products are in tune with the safety sensitivities of the oil and gas industry would be...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

Offshore: Is It Dusk or Is It Dawn

Offshore: Is It Dusk or Is It Dawn

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's staff

This is the second installment of our series dedicated to depicting the offshore landscape as seen through the view of offshore personnel while at sea. The previous post Offshore: The Coming Storm (Click Here) illustrated the ever changing offshore landscape in the presence of anomalous weather. 

            This installment titled Offshore: Is It Dusk or Is It Dawn captures the offshore landscape as the sun begins to hover over the horizon. Furthermore, this post aims to evoke a response from the reader, as the reader will have to decide if the images were taken as the sun began to set or rise (The below images do not have captions to explain or detail when they were taken). For this reason, we encourage all reader's to ask themselves "Is it dusk or is it dawn" as they...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

Installing Subsea Leads in Rough Seas

Installing Subsea Leads in Rough Seas

Author: Fernando Hernandez-Subsea Technical Advisor

The previous article Flying Leads-The How, published in Ocean News detailed the “deployment, handling, and mating via specific tools and method” of single and bundled conduits (1). The intent of this follow up article is to: place emphasis on the manner by which weather conditions affect the management of single and bundled conduits; illustrate the role that topside cranes play in regards to the handling of said conduits; and above all, to have this article serve as a...Click on Read More for full article 

Read More

You Did What with an ROV?

You Did What with an ROV?

Author: Fernando Hernandez-Subsea Technical Advisor

The improper use of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) can be highly detrimental, especially during critical phases of projects, as it can lead to down time: a scenario that is to be avoided due to the high day rate of offshore projects. For this reason, working on an ROV, or integrating external equipment on to it, is reserved for well trained and seasoned personnel. However, there are times when an ROV will be on stand-by while a 3rd party service company awaits for spare parts to be shipped offshore to...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

Oil Rigs on the Moon

Oil Rigs on the Moon

Author: Everett Chase-Lead Research Analyst

To many observers the synergy between NASA and the offshore industry—which presently provides offshore training at NASA’s National Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL)—may seem as an undertaking with minimal overlap, due to the inherited features of each discipline. However, it has been more than 23 years since the following observation was made on the aforementioned disciplines (1): “There are more similarities between subsea oil drilling and aerospace projects than...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

Conference and Market Presence

Conference and Market Presence

Author: Michelle Juarez-Managing Director

Reaching Ultra is excited to announce to have been part of this year's Offshore Technology Conference,  via the article titled "Agnostic Valve Packs can Assure ROV Availability for Subsea Intervention"— displayed at PennWell's booth (Click here). This article was published in April, 2014 in Offshore Magazine  

        We are equally excited to have been involved in this year's Underwater Intervention (UI) conference, as we were contacted to provide images—from our private library— for the presentation titled "Meeting the Connectorization needs of HD Cameras and other High Bandwidth Systems" (Click here): Ref. slides 9-10...click on Read More for full post

Read More

Field Work and Personal Transportation

Field Work and Personal Transportation

Author: Fernando Hernandez-Subsea Technical Advisor

The successful execution of subsea projects is highly driven by field personnel travelling to external work sites to conduct System Integration Tests (SIT), Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), and by successfully troubleshooting equipment at a client’s site prior to it being deployed offshore. This equally extends to travelling to the port of call from where the equipment will mobilize from.

        The result of the aforementioned: having to travel extensively to multiple sites. This, in turn, raises the following questions...Click on Read More for full article

Read More

Marine Risers in Action

Marine Risers in Action

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's staff

Offshore drilling is inseparably linked with the use of marine risers, which create a conduit from the sea floor, through the splash zone and up to a topside facility. This, in turn, allows for circulating/introducing fluids from surface, while equally ensuring that the wells contents are contained. The end goal of any drilling program: to produce from the well of interest.

        At Reaching Ultra we have strategically selected three videos, to intimately depict marine risers operating...click on Read More for full post

Read More

Crew Boats and Offshore Operations

Crew Boats and Offshore Operations

Author: Fernando Hernandez-Subsea Technical Advisor

There are various methods by which to expedite transporting offshore personnel to location, of these methods, the use of a helicopter is the forerunner in accomplishing this. Coming in at a close second—after helicopters—is the less covered, but equally important use of crew boats. However, crew boats have an advantage over helicopters: they can equally haul subsea and topside equipment...click on Read More for full article

Read More

Offshore: The Coming Storm

Offshore: The Coming Storm

Author(s): Reaching Ultra's Staff

As part of our commitment to providing a firsthand experience of the offshore world—we will be launching a series dedicated to depicting the offshore landscape as seen through the view of offshore personnel at sea.

        This particular series titled Offshore: The Coming Storm illustrates the dramatic changes that occur when a storm comes to life on the horizon, and the invisible line that is draws. A line that...click on Read More for full post

Read More