Fiber Optics Applications Expansion in the Oil and Gas Industry!!


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Happy Fiber Optic Friday everyone!!

Fiber Optics have been used in the oil and gas industry since the 1990’s to help with digital temperature sensing. Now another type of fiber optic sensor, the distributed accounting sensor (DAS), has been gaining popularity and is going to add value to the fiber optic sensors currently used to monitor wells, oil and gas pipelines, and reservoirs. These sensors will help with pipeline leak detection.

They have been working to fully develop this since 2007 and it is now starting to take off!! The sensing technology includes pressure and temperature gauges, distributed temperature sensing, array temperature sensing, flow measurement and seismic sensors. Since fiber optics are immune to electromagnetic interference, these monitors are a lot more accurate. The fiber optics are able to act as the sensing method and the transmission medium!! Another advantage to fiber optics is that they are able to be used at high temperatures and in high pressure environments.

Though the declining gas prices may cause a problem for funding, researchers believe that they will not affect their research of fiber optics and the technology of the DAS will continue on. Want to continue the fiber optic Friday fun?! Read more on Rigzone!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!


It’s Cinco De Mayo and everyone here at Fast Trak is excited to celebrate! In honor of Cinco de Mayo we composed a list of fun facts about Mexico to kick off you celebration!

1. Mexico’s official name is the “United Mexican States”

2. Mexico has 68 official languages

3. Artists in Mexico can pay their taxes with artwork

4. The world’s largest pyramid is in Mexico, not Egypt!

5. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year (250,000 people).

6. Mexican’s 34th president quit in less than one hour

7.  Yucatan, Mexico was named on accident. The Spaniard’s asked the locals what is was called and they said “Yucatan” which meant “I don’t understand you” in their native language.

Fiber Optics is at it again!!

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Fiber optics is helping with yet another technological advance. Anyone who has ever seen a 3D printer knows that it could take hours to print something as simple as a phone case, but a new advance using fiber optics is looking to change that. Cole Nielsen, founder of Orbital Composites, came up with new 3D printing technology that he thinks will revolutionize the industry! Nielsen says his new printing process will print 100X faster!! There are three different designs to help expedite the process and increase the quality of the items being printed. Seriously, is there anything fiber optics can’t do?! We doubt it.

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