LSUS Work in Wireless Monitoring and Control
Oilfield Monitoring and Control Systems
LSUS has a history of working to develop innovations for the oil and gas service industry. A number of years ago, I was asked if I would develop a system to monitor oil and salt water levels for the shallow well oil production as seen in the Oil City, and Vivian, Louisiana regions. There are literally thousands of small pumper-driven wells in that area. Most have low oil production due to a very low ratio of oil to saltwater being pumped. The saltwater must be reinjected into separate wells for disposal. Many accidents have occurred when tanks of saltwater have overflowed and the pumping systems have not been shut down as planned.
I developed a licensable technology at LSUS to monitor the liquid levels and to shut down production at some remote location if overflow occurs. A great deal of redundancy was built into these systems requiring a coded radio signal to be present for the pumping to continue. Removal of this signal, for any reason, results in the shutting down of the wells pumping this fluid to the overflowing storage tanks.
The prototyping was successful and proven in field use. I believe our system takes more precautions than any other in protecting against failure to shut down wells in case of fluid overflow.
LSUS Metering and Telemetry Systems
Working through LSUS, I have developed varied approaches to long range monitoring of oil and gas well locations. Using Digi International’s modular modem transceivers, we have demonstrated robust systems for remote control and monitoring. Working through local industry, I have also developed satellite-based data systems that are cost-effective and allow for extremely remote monitoring of system failures. The reporting electronic hardware is extremely cost-effective and can easily be customized for use in a variety of industries.
The programs and equipment shown on the left is a cell-based technology using a standard modem. With the GUI that I developed, the user can easily see problems with their remote equipment, and instantly adjust the system to solve many abnormalities. This equipment is a simulator designed to represent a working oil or gas well. The small gray module in the upper left of the simulator is the telemetry device with modem inside.
LSUS also partnered with an outside company to develop a satellite-based monitoring system for gas pumping stations. The main desire of the company was to sense shutdown of gas compressors. A small vibration sensor on the printed circuit board sensed the vibrations of the compressor and automatically reported loss of vibration. In this way there were no electronic links with existing equipment.
Partner with LSUS
We at LSUS are more than willing to listen to your special needs and work with you to develop a customized electronic solution to your problems. One approach is outside consulting. The LSU System allows their faculty latitude to work independently with private firms. I have done consultation work numerous times with local companies and also individuals. Another approach for companies to benefit from our expertise is to contract with LSUS to solve your technical problems using our facilities. The advantage this has is to allow the full use of our laboratory and equipment.