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AN UNCONVENTIONAL

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EDITORS NOTEBOOK: STAYING FOCUSED


Dont worry about what has happened in the past. Look to the future in this
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- Cory Dellenbach

20 TECH PERSPECTIVE: GREAT EXPECTATIONS


Technology allows excavation contractors to keep employees safe by keeping
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24 BAKKEN EXTRA: KEEPING WORKERS IN STATE


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25 CANADIAN EXTRA:
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26 EYE ON THE INDUSTRY: BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER


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29 SAFETY FIRST: FEDERAL SAFETY PLAN GETS OVERHAULED


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12 PROFILE: AN UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH
Albertas DR Hydrovac uses sparkling-clean trucks to bring in potential
customers and serve as employee-recruiting tools.
- Ken Wysocky

18 MONEY MACHINES: NO SLACKING ALLOWED


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Dwaine Ruckman, owner


and operator of DR Hydrovac in Strathmore, Alberta,
stands in front of one of his
companys four Tornado F4
AN UNCONVENTIONAL
Slope hydroexcavators at the
company headquarters. The
company, with 10 employees, does hydroexcavation
projects for primarily pipeline companies serving the
Alberta region. (Photography by Mike Ridewood)

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APPROACH
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By Cory Dellenbach

A
Cory Dellenbach

s I write my column for this


issue, an oilfield services company based in Calgary, Alberta,
announced that it had just cut another 500
jobs because of the oil price downturn.
The company, Calfrac Well Services,
says it now has 2,300 fewer workers in

North America than it did at the start of


2015. Its not the first time weve heard this
story and it probably wont be the last until
the prices rebound.
As a matter of fact, the Canadian
Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has estimated that 100,000 industry

You have to sit down and draw out what you want to do.
The worst thing you could do is not develop a plan.
jobs have been lost since the
downturn took hold.
While to those working
in the oilfields and operating services companies it
may feel like this downturn
will never end, the truth is
that it will sooner or later.
You have to be ready for it,
though. Dont look back and
wonder what you could have
done differently; look ahead
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So what is next? The options are endless: expand,
stay the same size, offer more
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down and draw out what you
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you could do is not develop
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develop a plan. The U.S. Small Business
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what your goals and objectives are, your
financing needs and even marketing.
DR Hydrovac in Strathmore, Alberta,
featured this month, has a strong tool in
its marketing plan its trucks. Owner
Dwaine Ruckman requires his hydroexcavators to be sparkling clean after each day
and says it has been a great marketing tool,
bringing in customers and even potential
employees.
Its such a simple thing, but it creates
callbacks from customers, Ruckman says.
Ruckman knew that type of reputation
would give him an advantage over
competitors.
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Cover Story

AN UNCONVENTIONAL

APPROACH

Albertas DR Hydrovac
uses sparkling-clean
trucks to bring in
potential customers
and serve as employee
recruiting tools

By Ken Wysocky | Photography by Mike Ridewood


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From clean trucks to hiring


practices and diversification,
Dwaine Ruckman likes to take
a less conventional approach
to business a strategy
thats working just fine for his
hydroexcavation company,
DR Hydrovac, based in
Strathmore, Alberta.

The DR Hydrovac crew at the


headquarters in Strathmore,
Alberta. From left, Gordie
Jenkins, Corey Hanna, Thomas
Stahl, Cody Helfrich, Dwaine
Ruckman, Lucas Ford, Kyle
Doucette and Shane Maser.

Its just the way we roll, says Ruckman of


the strategies he uses to differentiate his company in the marketplace. Doing things differently
is a niche weve chosen to pursue. Im not sure I
can quantify how its helped us grow our business, but it definitely hasnt hurt.
Running sparkling-clean hydroexcavating
trucks is one of the companys most visible differentiation tactics. We roll down the road pretty
shiny, Ruckman says. Cleanliness is one of our
big things, along with safety, equipment maintenance and proper training. Sure, its a very dirty
Crew members Mark Wurz (left) and Gordie Jenkins clear a water main in Irricana, Alberta,
business, but you have to be professional.
with the long reach of one of the companys Tornado F4 hydroexcavators.
Customers comment about our trucks all
the time, he continues. Its such a simple thing,
to hire operators with a minimum level of hydroexcavating
but it creates callbacks (repeat business) from
experience 10 years, for example Ruckman prefers to
customers. We clean our trucks every day theres a preshire good drivers with four or five years of road experience
sure washer on each truck, so how much does it take to give
that he can train to be good hydroexcavators.
it a quick spray? Absolutely nothing.
I prefer to hire guys without bad truck-operating habits.
People may laugh at us for this, but every one of my
We prefer to mentor our own guys, he says. We dont want
guys is proud of his truck, he adds. I always tell prospective
guys coming in and telling us how to operate our trucks.
employees that were like a fire department: If were not out
New hires spend at least a month in a trucks passenger
working and our truck maintenance is up to date, were out
seat as a swamper (an assistant to the truck operator).
polishing the trucks.
That way, the company is always developing a pool of
Clean vehicles also serve another purpose: Theyre
assistant operators who not only know how to operate a
job recruiting tools. In an industry where good employees
hydroexcavation truck the DR Hydrovac way, but are also
are difficult to find, Ruckman says he often gets calls from
familiar with the companys business practices. The system
operators working at other companies, asking if there are job
has served us well, Ruckman says.
openings at DR Hydrovac. We rarely have to hunt for new
employees, because they come looking for us, he explains.
OIL-PATCH ORIGINS
They want to drive a clean truck, too.
Ruckman does not mind taking risks. In 1996, for
Hiring practices mark another area where the company
example, he quit a job as a dispatcher for a local trucking
zigs while other firms zag. While some contractors prefer
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DR HYDROVAC LTD.,
STRATHMORE, ALBERTA
OWNER:

Dwaine Ruckman

FOUNDED:

1999

EMPLOYEES:

10

SPECIALTIES:

Hydroexcavating, primarily for oilfield pipeline projects

SERVICE AREA:

150-mile radius around Strathmore in southern Alberta

WEBSITE:

www.drhydrovac.com

company and went to work in the Alberta oilfields, with no experience other
than as a truck driver, lured by the promise of better pay. In 1999, after driving
a vacuum truck for three years, his employer offered him a half ownership of
a vacuum truck that Ruckman would operate as a lease operator, a common
arrangement in the trucking industry.
They supply the work and you do it and give the owner a percentage
of what you make, he explains. When a fellow works hard and puts in
time for a guy, at some point he (the employer) cant offer more pay and
perks, so youve got to offer him a piece of the action or hell go to work for
someone else. But in 2001, as business slowed, Ruckman struck off on his
own, bolstered by the experience and reputation hed built.

We never really grew crazy fast. Im a big believer


that slow and steady wins the race
dont try to do too much.
Dwaine Ruckman

Crew member Mark Wurz cleans the vacuum hose after clearing a water main in Irricana,
Alberta. DR Hydrovac owner Dwaine Ruckman requires trucks to be cleaned daily, saying it
helps to draw in business and new employees.
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To avoid competing with his prior employer in the oilfield services


sector, working on service rigs, Ruckman decided to focus instead on
servicing drilling rigs. From there, he slowly diversified into other related
services as market opportunities arose, such as delivering water and hauling
contaminated soil. The diversification was helpful in softening the industrys
cyclical ups and downs, he notes. When one thing slows down, hopefully
other things keep you busy, he says.
But around 2003, Ruckman again bucked conventional wisdom and
decided that it was time to focus on one service instead of trying to be more
diversified. The core reason? I felt we could offer our customers a better
product, he explains. I was worried that by offering many services, wed
end up being good at a bunch of things, rather then being great at one thing.
It also boils down to the fact that all the industries are different, he

Tornado hydrovac trucks put


new spin on dumping debris

Crew members Mark Wurz (right)


and Corey Swift use one of the
companys Tornado F4 Slope
hydroexcavators to expose utility
lines on a job site in Calgary. While
the company primarily serves
pipeline companies, they have also
expanded to utility location as well.

explains. From a management standpoint, it made more sense (to retrench)


because its tougher to manage three different types of work, all with different
employees. Plus the drilling industry requires you to live on the rigs for three
to five weeks at a time, and its harder to find employees that are willing to
live that way. With hydroexcavating, our employees can come home at night
and be with their families.
So Ruckman decided to focus exclusively on providing hydroexcavating
services for oil companies installing new infrastructure, primarily pipelines
that tied together wells and storage facilities. Most of the work involves
exposing existing infrastructure, he says, to pave the way for tying in new
pipelines. By 2006, business was good enough to justify investing in a second
hydroexcavation truck. Today, the company owns four Tornado F4 Slope
trucks, made by Petrofield Industries (a division of Empire Iron Works).
Were not a rags-to-riches story by any means, Ruckman points out.
Weve grown steadily. We never really grew crazy fast. Im a big believer that
slow and steady wins the race dont try to do too much. That way you can
maintain reasonable cash flow and not put yourself too much in debt. And
when you grow too fast, your level of service may not be where it should be
because you have too much happening at once.
CUSTOMER SERVICE COUNTS
Providing service that goes above and beyond customer expectations
has been key to the companys growth. The business has earned a good
reputation for solving problems; in fact, Ruckman says many customers call
the company Doctor Hydrovac (a play on the initials in the company name).
But we believe DR stands for done right, he says.
A can-do attitude that embraces problem-solving also keeps the phone
ringing, he notes. Were always willing to adapt and were not afraid to try
new things, Ruckman says, noting that the company recently completed a
job that required tunneling under a utility vault for 30 feet. We dont want
to be that guy where the minute a job sounds a little out of the norm, he
says, Sorry were busy, he notes. We take those jobs head-on. If youre not
learning something new every day, youre really not moving ahead. Sometimes

When Dwaine Ruckman, the owner of DR Hydrovac in


Strathmore, Alberta, got into the hydroexcavating business in
2003, he wanted a truck that would be as safe as it was durable and
productive. He found just what he was looking for in the Tornado
F4 Slope, built by Petrofield Industries (a division of Empire
Iron Works).
The truck includes an unconventional debris tank design; it
sits at a slight angle atop part of the water tank, which creates
a floor that slopes toward the trucks rear. This enables efficient
debris dumping with a hydraulic sweep. Moreover, overhead
obstructions dont come into play because an operator doesnt
raise the tank to empty it, Ruckman says. Theres less hydraulics
on board and no subframe for a hoist, so the truck is lighter, too,
he points out.
DR Hydrovac owns four Tornados built on chassis made by
Peterbilt Motors (model years 2013 through 2015). Each truck
features a 5,400 cfm blower, made by either Roots Systems
(Howden Roots) or Hibon; a triplex water pump (25 gpm/3,000
psi) made by Cat Pumps; a 10-yard debris tank; a 2,000-gallon
water tank; a 26-foot-long extendable boom with a 342-degree
coverage radius; a 740,000 Btu boiler (to heat water used to
excavate frozen soil); a Fuller transmission; and a 23-foot-deep
digging capacity.
The large debris and water tanks increase productivity by
minimizing trips for water refills and dumping debris. Moreover,
the four trucks also include three drive axles in the rear, rather
than two, which allows the units to legally carry more weight
without violating highway weight regulations. They also give
us more traction on soft ground and less compaction, Ruckman
adds. In our line of work, you can end up working on some pretty
soft ground. We sometimes work on pipelines that cross private
farmland right-of-ways, so theyre looking for less disturbance.
Ruckman says he specs blowers that will generate enough
power to get jobs done; anything more is just overkill. Bigger
blowers equal more weight and engines have to work harder to
operate them, so you use more fuel, he explains. At the end
of the day, is that better? You cant charge customers any more
money just because you have a bigger blower (than whats
generally needed), so wed rather spend less on fuel. However, if
I come across something that requires a bigger blower, were not
afraid to mount one on. If I see a market for something, well build
it and make it go.
The company aims to sell its hydrovac trucks after four to
five years, while they still hold good resale value. Because the
company sometimes sells used trucks to companies in the United
States, the value of the American dollar versus the Canadian dollar
can factor into the timing, too. Sometimes we sell a truck just
because it helps us buy the next one, Ruckman notes.
But no matter when the company decides to sell a truck, it
always gets top dollar. Why? A comprehensive maintenance
program. When were not running the trucks, were checking
them over front to back to make sure theyre running right,
Ruckman says.
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Shale shaker machines help California contractor stay
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By Ken Wysocky

he stakes are high every time contractor Matt Reyes brings his solids
control machinery to a drilling pad. The bottom line: Keep up the pace
or get out of the way for another contractor who can. The solution? Fourpanel shale shakers made by GN Solids America.
If they start pumping at 800 gpm and you have liquids (drilling mud)
coming over instead of just solids, youre going to have issues, says Reyes,
a manager at CGE Services and Solutions in Bakersfield, California. Those
drilling fluids cost money, and our customers want to retain and reuse as much
of them as possible.
Plus you have to remember that these customers also have big pumps
that they use to get fluids from the mud pit into the hole, he adds. So if our
machines dont remove the cuttings, they go through the customers pumps
and eat up their pump liners. Its like a piece of metal getting into a car engine
cylinder imagine what that does to a piston. And if a pump goes down, it
might take eight hours to fix it.
CGE provides solids control and dewatering services for a variety of
industries, including oilfield drilling companies. Reyes says the company
bought its first GN Solids shale shaker more than one year ago. At the time,
the main allure was the competitive price. But Reyes quickly discovered the
machine also lived up to its performance specifications, which explains why
CGE now owns 10 GN units or nearly half its fleet of shale shakers, he notes.
HOW IT WORKS
In a nutshell, shale shakers as their name implies use a vibrating
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CGE Services and Solutions LLC,


Bakersfield, California
MACHINES: Four-panel shale shakers made by GN Solids America
FUNCTION: Removing drill cuttings from drilling fluids
FEATURES: Flow capacity of 616 gpm; 8 G-force; adjustable shaker deck
angle; stainless steel shaker deck bottom; two electric vibration
motors made by Martin Engineering; weighs about 3,500 pounds;
measures roughly 9 feet long by 8 feet wide by 4 1/2 feet high
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screen to sift out, or shake, drilling cuttings so fluids can be reused. The
screen is about 4 feet long by 2 feet wide. The size of the screens mesh holes
can vary from fairly large (20 holes per square inch) to very fine (400 per square
inch), depending on drilling conditions. Sometimes they use drilling programs
from other wells drilled nearby to tell what size mesh to use, Reyes explains.
We adjust the mesh size as needed, depending on how much sand, clay and
other materials they expect to drill through.
Heres how the shale shaker works: Fluids coming back out of a wellhead
are diverted by a pincher nipple into a pipe that carries them over to the shale
shaker, which is transported by flatbed truck and typically set by a crane over
a mud pit (the unit weighs about 3,500 pounds). If the flow in terms of gpm
exceeds what one shaker can handle, more than one shaker is used. We

<< OPPOSITE PAGE: CGE Services and Solutions has 10 of the shale shakers made by GN
Solids America. (Photo courtesy of CGE Services and Solutions)

usually need two shale shakers and one mud cleaner, Reyes says.
The drilling fluids enter the shaker through a weir feed on the front of the
machine, then pass over the screen, which is vibrated by two electric motors
made by Martin Engineering that run on opposite polarities. If both motors
run with the same polarity, the solids will not convey across the screen to the
end of the shaker, Reyes explains.
The fluids pass through the mesh screen and fall into the mud pit. At
the same time, the mesh screen sifts cuttings from the fluids; the cuttings
eventually travel to the end of the screen where they drop into a sump or a
cuttings bin. Later, the cuttings are
collected for appropriate disposal.
You can have a great
If the fluid flow increases during
name, a great work ethic
operations, employees can raise the
end of the machine incrementally to
and perfect safety record,
prevent fluids from running over the
but if your equipment
screen and into the sump or cuttings
bin, he says.
breaks down, theyre not
The key productivity factors
going to use you any
in shale shakers are fluid capacity
more. In this business, your and the G-force generated to vibrate
the screen; the higher the gpm and
reputation is only as good
G-force ratings, the more the unit can
process per hour. The specs for a GN
as your equipment.
Solids four-panel shaker show a flow
Matt Reyes
capacity of up to 616 gpm and G-force
of 8, and the unit delivers on both
counts, which is critical, Reyes says. A lot of units say theyll give you this
much G-force, but when you do a motion analysis, it hardly ever hits spec, he
notes. But this one does.

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Reyes also praises the machine for its reliability, no small thing in an
industry where downtime costs drilling companies significant amounts of
money per hour and can ruin an oilfield services contractors chances for
repeat business. They wont call again if your equipment breaks down, he
says. You can have a great name, a great work ethic and perfect safety record,
but if your equipment breaks down, theyre not going to use you any more. In
this business, your reputation is only as good as your equipment.
Ive run these units for 24 hours a day for three months straight, he
continues. You might shut them off every now and then for a day or so, but
then youre back up and running again. Customers want someone who can
come in and do the job so they dont have to worry about it.
Overall, Reyes says the GN Solids shakers have been a great investment.
You need to get your money back, and you know what? They do the job, Reyes
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Tech Perspective
An amphibious pipe
carrier from Great
Excavations removes
large pipe from a work
site. The amphibious
equipment can be run
remotely from shore,
keeping operators
out of danger.

GREAT

EXPECTATIONS

Technology allows excavation contractors to keep employees safe by keeping them out of the equipment
By MaryBeth Matzek

JOHN SKIERKA KNOWS HIS COMPANYS CUSTOMERS WORK IN


TENUOUS, REMOTE AREAS THAT CAN TAKE AS MUCH WORK TO
REACH AS IT DOES TO GET THE JOB DONE. So Skierka and his team
at Great Excavations of Lethbridge, Alberta, developed technology allowing
workers to remotely control their equipment, easing the burden of preparing a
site and moving several pieces of equipment there.
We use existing equipment and make them work unmanned, says
Skierka, general manager for Great Excavations. By using the unmanned
equipment, we remove a lot of risks.
For example, if a traditional amphibious excavator needed to enter a
toxic environment, such as a sewage lagoon, employees would need to wear
hazmat suits and the company would need to have emergency crews and
equipment standing by. With the unmanned equipment, you dont need
that, Skierka says. It takes all human life out of the picture, reducing overall
risk. Youre keeping people on the shore and out of danger.
Sewage lagoons are just one example where the unmanned equipment
can be used. Other sites include sulfur pits, ponds or other terrain with
H2S, methane gas or other toxic elements present anything that has
the possibility to cause damage to the human body. Great Excavations
machines are used in numerous industries including gas, oil, mining and
municipal services.
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HOW THE MACHINES WORK


The unmanned vehicles and the
operators communicate via transmitters and
receivers placed at each site. Skierka says a
remote module is turned on, which allows
the operators to connect to the machine.
The command units are equipped with a
hand-held joystick or a virtual cockpit that
drivers can use to operate the vehicle.
Another important component is a
video uplink for when the operators cant
see the vehicle in other words they can
see it and what theyre doing when theres
no clear line of sight. These remote control
capabilities allow Great Excavations to offer
unique solutions for operating amphibious
equipment that breaks down barriers for
working on difficult terrain in remote
locations, Skierka says. You can send
these machines in anywhere you would
send in a manned machine.

Great Excavations General


Manager John Skierka.

BELOW: An example of a Great Excavations


remote control workstation where operators
can run their excavators and other heavy
equipment from to stay out of danger.
>>RIGHT: An amphibious excavator from
Great Excavations sits at the site where an
ice road will be located. The amphibious
equipment can be run remotely from shore,
keeping operators out of danger.

By using the unmanned equipment, we remove a lot of risks.


John Skierka

The remote-controlled excavator can reach up to 1,200 feet with zero


latency. Onboard cameras also help operators see the work being done. If
youre down 30 feet and digging up a leaky pipeline, you can easily see whats
going on, Skierka says.
Besides improving safety for all those involved, the unmanned vehicles
also have a smaller carbon footprint than traditional equipment since ice
roads or swamp mats arent needed.
One machine is doing all the work. You dont need the machine and
then all the other equipment to get that machine to where it needs to be,
Skierka says. With an ice road or swamp mat, a lot of money is spent on
logistics. You spend money to do the work and then you spend money to
get there and back. With our method, the time frame is shorter and the
environmental impact is shorter.
There is a learning curve with using unmanned technology, but Skierka
says employees have quickly adjusted.
Were gaining experience all the time, but traditional equipment has
its challenges, too. Our winters arent as long as they used to be so its getting
harder to have enough time to build an ice road and then use it, he says.
The unmanned amphibious equipment does everything a standard piece of
equipment does. It allows you to get the work done.
GOING UNMANNED
Great Excavations became involved with unmanned vehicles when
a customer asked for help cleaning out a sewage lagoon without exposing
employees to any risk. From there, Skierka says the idea for a remotecontrolled device was born.

We took a look at how the industry was working in some of these toxic
environments and how to reduce the cost of hazmat suits, supplied air, extra
staffing and so on, Skierka says. Thats when we realized it would be easier and
better to use a remote-controlled system so we could sit in the nice comfortable
chair on the side and run the
machine. The remote control
aspects of it really allow these
The unmanned amphibious
companies, when theyre doing
equipment does everything
their risk assessments, to reduce
the risk of human life when
a standard piece of
scheduling work in extremely
equipment does. It allows
difficult conditions. Its another
tool for managing risk and
you to get the work done.
building in safety protocols.
John Skierka
Skierka sometimes uses a
fishing analogy in explaining
how remote-controlled vehicles are a better option than traditional equipment.
He says if someone wanted to fish in the middle of the lake, he could either
build a floating dock out to the site or take a boat out to where they want to fish.
Of course, its better to take the boat and thats what our equipment is like,
Skierka says. Youre taking a boat out to where you want to go and you dont
need the other infrastructure to get there.
Unmanned vehicle technology is in its infancy and Skierka expects usage
to increase in the future with unmanned carrier trucks and other vehicles next
on the horizon: Its an exciting industry to be involved with. GOMC
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ENERGY-DRIVEN
TRANSPORT

transportation burden can make a meaningful difference in the bottom line.

Transportation and logistics management strategies


are priorities for the oil and gas industry
By Jeff Lau and Jason Higgins

ransportation and logistics optimization is important in any industry.


But in the oil and gas sector, unique
financial pressures and logistical demands
elevate this priority to a necessity.
In an industry where transporting
massive and highly specialized pieces of
extremely expensive equipment to remote
and sometimes inaccessible extraction sites
is a regular occurrence, and where an idle
operation can incur enormous expenses for
every hour it is not up and running, supply
chain optimization and logistics efficiencies
can literally make a million-dollar difference.
For oil and gas decision-makers,
understanding the critical elements of a
sound supply chain management strategy
including considerations for transporting heavy equipment in a timely manner,
tracking and analyzing logistics data to
make critical deadlines, and appreciating
the value of a trusted logistics provider and
a robust transportation management platform is enormously important.
Those who understand the contours of
the logistics landscape in their industry will
be better able to translate those insights
into real-world takeaways they can apply to
their own operations, and ultimately ensure
a smoother transportation management experience. In other words, not only does a
keen understanding reflect on margins, but
it also provides the opportunity to build
leaner project models to ensure competitive
bidding and secure more business on the
front end.
EFFICIENCIES
In an industry where some operators
are seeing revenue down 60 percent or
more since last year, there is a renewed

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emphasis on cost controls. Historically,


margins have been high enough to mask
a certain level of inefficiency, but today
industry professionals are looking for every
possible competitive advantage. Oil and

OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities for greater efficiency
begin at home. In a project-based industry,
increased communication between project
groups can be the first step to realizing considerable savings.
Successful logistics providers are
able to establish previously nonexistent
intercompany dialogue. Increasing the
flow of information between intercompany
groups allows capacity and monies to be
used more efficiently. Additionally, some
logistics partners can help oil and gas
companies conduct manufacturing and

In an industry where some operators are seeing revenue down


60 percent or more since last year, there is a renewed
emphasis on cost controls.
gas companies have to be both smarter and
more efficient, and one of the best ways to
do so is to identify opportunities to operate
in a more cost-effective manner.
The best third-party logistics experts
provide the kind of guidance and insights
that can help oil and gas operators do just
that. Access to powerful transportation
management systems, capable of full integration with client enterprise resource
planning (ERP), provides detailed information about routing, schedules, load requirements and more. This helps anticipate transport needs and facilitate strategic
transportation planning weeks ahead of
time. Those systems can then engage in
dynamic routing and delivery possibilities,
determining the most efficient routes and
schedules, optimizing loads and potentially consolidating shipments for added
efficiencies.
That level of sophisticated planning
and integration helps to minimize the costs
and inefficiencies associated with empty
trips, bobtails (trucks running without a
trailer) and dead heads (relocating a piece
of equipment without any freight on it). For
oil and gas companies that may be working on tight margins, trimming down the

yard space studies to optimize the location


of equipment and the flow of material.
The best logistics providers manufacturing and automotive best practices
to this historically project-based industry, purchasing heavy equipment instead
of renting (if the ROI makes sense), and
helping oil and gas companies make more
informed strategic decisions about storage
and transportation limiting the wasteful
and costly practice of relying on a carrier
to temporarily store freight and equipment
when space is limited.
CAPABILITIES
Oil and gas decision-makers looking
to identify a transportation logistics expert
with demonstrated oil and gas experience
should pay close attention to credentials
and proven experience, such as:
Insurance
Make sure that your service carriers
have proper insurance. The value of oil and
gas equipment is often underestimated
or underappreciated and can easily run
into the millions. That level of insurance
really thins the herd in terms of qualified
carriers.

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Because oil and gas transport often means delivering not to a street address
but more off the beaten path, the delivery timing and freight monitoring can be
tricky. Consequently, using the right track and trace technology is essential.
Make sure your logistics partner has a system that uses geo-coordinates
instead of a more dated GPS map overlay.
Logistics
On the service side of the equation, the best providers will commit to
delivering a swing engine or other large piece of equipment to any drill site
in the world within 24 hours a formidable challenge that may involve
details like permitting, escorts, road closures and additional complications
and considerations due to extreme size or weight. The unique challenges
associated with international transport, from documentation to inspections
and delays, make it essential that your partner has experience in this arena.
Make certain your provider has the infrastructure rigging, cranes and
other specialized equipment to securely and cost-effectively move large
and ungainly equipment, and the personnel qualified drivers who are
highly skilled specialists with additional safety training. GOMC
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Co-authored by Jeff Lau and Jason Higgins of TPS Logistics, a non-asset-based, full service logistics
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Bakken Extra

KEEPING WORKERS IN STATE


Bakken U looks to retain oil workers in region
with new educational opportunities
By MaryBeth Matzek

arren Logan is getting the opportunity to finish his college


degree thanks to a new university program in North Dakota designed to
keep current and former oilfield workers in
the state.
Logan attends Bakken U, a new
collaborative program that brings together
five postsecondary institutions in western
North Dakota. Hes working toward his
bachelors degree in business administration
at Dickinson University while still working
in the oil industry.

Bakken U is great for those


oilfield workers looking to
move up the ladder and need
a degree to do that or for
those looking to start over
in a new career.
Warren Logan

This degree will bring me more financial stability, the 28-year-old Wyoming native says. I started college, but left and then
started working in construction and now in
the oil industry. As Ive gotten older, I realized the importance of having a degree and
it will serve me well whether I stay in the oil
industry or something happens and I end
up in another field.
STAYING IN THE STATE
Bakken Us goal is to help current and
former oilfield workers and their spouses
receive training and education to help fill the
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many open jobs in the state, says Bakken


U Director Jerry Rostad. Even though the
oil industry is feeling the pain from falling
prices, North Dakota continues to have the
lowest unemployment level in the nation,
he says.
Workers are still in demand. There
are nearly 35,000 jobs across North Dakota
waiting to be filled, Rostad says. Employers are looking for well-trained, educated
workers, and our university system is working to help fill that gap.
North Dakota University System
Chancellor Mark Hagerott came up with
the idea for Bakken U after holding listening tours around the state. The programs
name pays tribute to the regions shale formation and the oil within.
One theme that kept coming up was
that we needed to find a way to keep some
of the talent who moved here for the oil
boom, Rostad says. People came here for
one opportunity and while that industry is
still here and providing jobs, there are many
other opportunities available and it would
be great to retain those people.
He adds that many oilfield workers, including Logan, moved to North Dakota and
enjoy living in the state.
They want to stay. We need to just
give them a reason and having a job is one,
Rostad says. Its a win for the workers and
a win for the state since these workers help
power our economy.
WORKING TOGETHER
Bakken U is a collaboration of five
universities in the region Bismarck
State College, Dakota College at Bottineu,
Dickinson State University, Minot State
University and Williston State College.

Rostad says that one of those five campuses


is within an hour of most oilfield sites and
offers a mix of bachelors and associate
degrees and certificates.
By having the schools come together
in this program, weve become a one-stop
shop for workers looking to start, continue
or finish their education, he says.
Bakken U also offers online programs
from other state colleges.
CONTINUING EDUCATION
Logan was looking at different options to earn his degree when he came
upon the Bakken U website. From there,
he found a story in the Dickinson, North
Dakota, newspaper about it and learned of
a $5,000 scholarship funded by the North
Dakota Petroleum Council to help a current
or former oilfield worker pay tuition for the
spring semester.
On a whim, I applied and won. I was
so humbled to be the first winner. Its great
the council partnered with the school on
this, he says. We really enjoy living in
Dickinson and want to keep our home here,
which is why getting a degree is so important. It will provide other opportunities if I
experience an unexpected job loss.
Rostad says Logan fit the demographic
that Bakken U is trying to reach people
that moved from elsewhere for a job in the
oil industry and now that theyre living in
North Dakota, theyre looking for ways to
stay. Education and the jobs that follow
are a great reason to stay, he says.
While there are still jobs in the oil industry, Logan says other sectors looking for
educated workers include health care, energy-related programs, welding, construction
and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Bakken U is great for those oilfield
workers looking to move up the ladder and
need a degree to do that or for those looking
to start over in a new career, he says.
Rostad says Bakken U plans to offer
additional scholarships in the future. GOMC

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FOCUSES ON CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Annual trade show, conference brings together thousands of
attendees with oil and gas manufacturers and more
By Cory Dellenbach

s a way to stay current with the


changing state of the industry,
the Global Petroleum Show is
adding several new features to help those
in attendance.
The people that have helped build
and drive the industry need to embrace
every opportunity to network and expand
their business, says Bruce Carew, event
director for Global Petroleum Show and VP
of Energy for dmg :: events global energy.
Attendees will learn about new technology and cost-savings initiatives that are at
the forefront of everyones business goals.

The changing energy landscape has created


opportunities for us to expand some areas that allow
us to service our exhibitors and attendees better.
Bruce Carew

Carew says the show changes every


year and there is always something new
that can be applied to a personal experience, and this year is no different.
The Global Petroleum Show will be
held June 7-9 at Stampede Park in Calgary,
Alberta. Organizers are expecting 1,500
exhibiting companies this year and about
50,000 attendees.
GPS16 is one of the most diverse yet,
Carew says. We are showcasing the companies by providing a venue and format to
help the industry redefine itself and align
to the energy industrys new norm.
NEW TO THE SHOW
The show, which moved to an annual
event in 2014 after being an every-other-

year show from 1968 to 2012, has added


several new features this year.
We have several new zones and pavilions on the exhibition floor, Carew says.
The changing energy landscape has created opportunities for us to expand some
areas that allow us to service our exhibitors
and attendees better.
Those zone include:
Global Logistics Zone Helping
companies find efficiencies in the
midstream and logistics
Clean Technology Forum Will
bring together companies focused
on solar, wind, rain, waves and
geothermal heat, and what the future holds for clean and renewable
energy
Digital Oilfield Experience Will
help companies combine business
process management with advanced information technology and
engineering expertise to streamline and automate the execution of
tasks performed by cross-functional
teams
Natural Gas Pavilion Will focus
on the entire supply chain of natural gas, from field development and
plants to storage and power generation
Indigenous Conference on Energy
and Mining A forum for indigenous business and government
leaders to connect with oil and gas
operators
Also new this year is a Career Development Zone in the Boyce Theater. The
zone will have a series of information sessions geared to help candidates maximize
opportunities.

Were supporting the people who are


in between jobs or looking to strengthen
their personal brand, Carew says.
FRACKING SITE
One of the biggest additions last year
was a mock drilling site in the outdoor area
where companies came together to provide
all the pieces of the drilling site puzzle, just
like you would see in the field.
This year, that will be a Fracking Innovation Zone.
It will feature fracturing fluid blenders, high-horsepower fracturing pumpers,
chemical additive units, iron truck and
trailers, high-pressure lines, pumping units
and much more, Carew says. This gives
our attendees a practical overview and understanding of the fracking process.
COMING TO THE SHOW
Registration for the Global Petroleum
Show is open throughout the show days.
Early-bird registration until May 31 is free,
while advanced registration ( June 1-6) is
$75 and registration during the show is
$125.
There are several add-on options for
attendees, including opening night reception, GPS rodeo, energy leaders breakfast
and GPS Awards.
The Global Petroleum Show is a trade
show, conference and industry meeting
place for education and networking all in
one venue, Carew says. If you are currently involved or have professional experience with any stream of the energy industry, you need to attend GPS16.
For more information on the show, go
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Eye on the Industry

BRINGING COMMUNITIES
TOGETHER
Group in Permian Basins Cline Shale brings together companies and
communities to make the area better for work and living
By Greg Bates

t the height of the Cline Shale


boom in 2012, it was chaotic in
West Texas.
Those involved in the oil and natural
gas areas were mostly working on their
own as separate entities. When Cline Shale
Alliance was formed that year, its goal was
to bring everyone together.
Wed seen all the difficulties in the
Bakken and western Canada and Eagle
Ford, and all those questions and challenges all those communities had, says
Cline Shale Alliance Executive Director
Greg Wortham, who is also the executive
director of Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse. When we started Wind 15 years
ago, we saw all the challenges communities had, and the thing they werent used to
was working together.

We work for everybody.


It doesnt matter if
youre a member or not.
Greg Wortham
Until that point, regional companies
didnt share resources. With Wind, we
were all going to win. Lets figure this out
and lets all grow together. Lets share the
opportunities and lets share the lessons,
Wortham says. From that, the Cline Shale
Alliance was going to be the same thing,
because weve seen the difficulties.
A VALUABLE FORUM
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Thats a lot of what we do, an intermediary between communities and industry,
Wortham says. Everything from community preparations, zoning, strategies and
where does someone want to put their oil
operations.
Cline Shale Alliance also organizes and
coordinates periodic leadership luncheons
and intensive substantive workshops
throughout the Cline Shale region.
Ken Becker, executive director of
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic
Development, was involved in helping
start the alliance. He knows firsthand the
impact the organization has had in the
eastern shelf of the Permian Basin.
We know that as Sweetwater, Texas,
were not big enough to make a difference
in every little market we get into, Becker
says. But when you partner with other
communities and partner with other
businesses, that really helps you get a
whole lot better coverage.
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic
Development is one of about 50 member
organizations that use Cline Shale Alliances
expertise. We work for everybody. It
doesnt matter if youre a member or not,
Wortham says. Members just help defray
the expenses, but the needs are based on
the geography, in this case the oil.
The number of members can fluctuate
depending on the price of oil. Right now,
membership numbers are stagnant.
When the price of oil is $100,
there are a lot more people who need
information and need to move quickly,
Wortham says. If the price is low, fewer
companies are expanding and companies
have a much calmer time. When all the oil

reservoirs are up in price then theres that


much more intensity. Every minute theyre
not producing the oil is a lot more money
being wasted, so they need as many people
answering questions as possible. Thats
one thing that we do.

Im not selling my community.


Im making relationships with
people that if it works for them
and it works for us, then its a
good partnership.
Ken Becker
NETWORKING
OPPORTUNITIES
Wortham believes the most beneficial
aspect of being a member of Cline Shale Alliance is the networking. With so many different groups and organizations involved in
the alliance including city managers,
economic development representatives,
chamber of commerce officials, consulting
firms, contractors, suppliers, to name a few
there are so many different views.
If somebody wants to get more involved, and lets say theyre not even from
the region, they have value of being members so they can network, Wortham says.
They can be introduced to elected officials
or hotel developers or landowners or whoever they need.
Becker especially likes the fact that
hes able to build relationships through the
organization.
Im a big relationship person to begin with, Becker says. Im not selling my
community. Im making relationships with
people that if it works for them and it works
for us, then its a good partnership. If not,
its probably a good thing that we dont
come together. I think the opportunity to
meet folks in the industry and then kind of
build from there is beneficial.
During the explosion of opportunities
in the Cline Shale in 2012, Cline Shale Alliance was doing all it could to keep everyone in the region informed. Offering seminars, leadership meetings and luncheons

became a common occurrence.


These days, with the price of oil down, the Cline Shale is less active. The
organization still offers 10 major conferences per year that will key on hot
topics, as well as luncheons.
Its great information and they also bring in speakers for their different
luncheons and different events, Becker says. To be able to bring in a speaker
that talks about a particular subject that wouldnt come to every town just
makes it that much easier to get people there.
Becker has had the privilege of speaking at alliance luncheons in the
past. Hes been able to share the experiences good or bad hes had in
Sweetwater in the hopes of helping other communities.
I think thats one of the things weve enjoyed out in West Texas is that
were not all fighting just for ourselves, but were fighting to make a better
West Texas, Becker says. If we can help another community learn from a
mistake that we made, all the better.
THE NEXT WAVE
As everyone in the Cline Shale region waits for the next wave to hit, theres
plenty to accomplish. During the hot time in 2012, the area couldnt keep up
with demand, whether it was building more hotels or infrastructure needs.
We want to use this slower time to think it through and figure out
what everybodys plan is, Wortham says. Especially the communities, if
they need to upgrade the hospitals, hotels and restaurants, whatever it is and
move forward on those things. GOMC

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Spotlight
WATER & WASTEWATER EQUIPMENT, TREATMENT & TRANSPORT SHOW
FEB. 22-25, 2017 | Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

ABSORBING WAYWARD WASTEWATER


Wood pellets from Bald Eagle Pellet Co. are designed to absorb double their weight in wastewater
By Craig Mandli

pill absorption products come in many different materials.


Cellulose, beeswax, cotton, synthetics and crushed fossilized
shells are just a few of the hundreds of materials proven to
effectively absorb potentially hazardous liquids. Another one of
these materials was on display at the 2016 Water & Wastewater
Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show in the form of Premium
Wood Pellets from Bald Eagle Pellet Co.
The pellets are 6 percent moisture content, and can absorb up
to two times their weight in water. That means that a ton of wood
pellets will absorb as much as 2 tons of liquid, or more than 482
gallons. According to company owner Aaron Reese, the pellets can
be used in many applications across the wastewater and mining and
gas industries.
These pellets will absorb untreated wastewater, slurries, frac
water, hydroexcavation waste and chemicals, essentially turning it
into a solid, he says. They are made of 100 percent natural sawdust,
so they are completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
With hauling and disposal costs continuing to increase, especially for liquid waste, the pellets can be an effective cost-saving tool.
Not only will their high absorption properties mean less freight and
material for absorbent solidification is needed at the well site, less
freight and material will be sent to the landfill from the well site.
That cost savings is calculated by how much it costs to dispose of the
liquid compared to a solid, says Reese. Youd be surprised by the large difference in price in some areas.
The pellets can also be used for stabilization of hazardous and contaminated demolition material and site reclamation. They are compressed to half size
in a high-density pellet, so that 1 ton of pellets fits into an easy-to-move super
sack bag that comes on a standard 42- by 48-inch pallet. The pellets are made
from virgin-use wood fiber, not refuse, waste material, or reclaimed house or
pellet debris, guaranteeing they will be accepted at any landfill. Reese says the
pellets are ideal for water-based spill cleanup in the oil and gas industry, but
the downturn in oil production in North America has caused him to study
other potential applications for the pellets. He was able to speak with several
WWETT Show attendees who provided answers he hadnt even thought of.
I spoke with a landfill operator from the Bahamas who sees these pellets
as a potential solution to their leaching issues, says Reese. I talked with others
that said the pellets would be a fit for absorbing liquids laced with phosphorus
and nitrogen before it hits lakes and rivers. Theres also obvious uses in hauling
wastewater from grease traps and car wash traps. Theres just fewer gas rigs to
sell to right now, so we have to diversify.
Reese pointed out that the pellets are not a byproduct, as they are manufactured daily from an abundant wood fiber product provided by Pennsylvanias large timber industry. The company also produces a fine sawdust wood

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ABOVE: Aaron Reese, right, owner of Bald


Eagle Pellet Co., talks with a WWETT Show
attendee about the spill absorption qualities
of the premium wood pellets he produces.
(Photo by Craig Mandli)
>>RIGHT: The high-density pellets are 6
percent moisture content, and can absorb
over two times their weight in water. That
means that a ton of wood pellets will
absorb as much as 2 tons of liquid, or more
than 482 gallons. (Photo by Jennifer West)

flour that can be used to effectively clean oil-based spills.


They are made of genuine Pennsylvania virgin timber sawdust, he says.
There is nothing in the pellets that can harm the environment in any way.
Thats one of the cornerstones we really pride ourselves on.
Reese says his goal coming into the WWETT Show was to first introduce
himself and his product to the wastewater treatment market, and second to
gauge where his pellets could potentially fit in the industry. Hes excited to
expand on the possibilities his pellets have in wastewater.
This has been a very good show, and has given me a lot of ideas on
what markets we can target going forward, he says. There is a lot of enthusiasm from the attendees here, and they enjoy talking about what they do and
what they need to do it better. Ive loved being a part of it. 814/329-2482;
www.baldeaglepellet.com. GOMC

Safety First

FEDERAL SAFETY PLAN


GETS OVERHAULED
Criminal prosecution for safety violations more likely under new federal
plan, could mean the difference between 6 months and 20 years in prison
By Doug Day

While most employers try to do


the right thing, we know that
strong sanctions are the best
tool to ensure that low-road
employers comply with the law
and protect workers lives.
Dr. David Michaels

eterrence is one goal of a new


effort to charge more safety and
environmental violations as federal
felonies. Under an agreement announced
in December, federal officials are being
encouraged to charge more safety and
environmental violations as felonies rather
than as misdemeanors.
According to a memorandum of
understanding between federal agencies,
more of the prosecutions would be
handled by the Department of Justices
Environmental and Natural Resources

On an average day in America, 13 workers


die on the job, thousands are injured and
150 succumb to diseases they obtained from
exposure to carcinogens and other toxic and
hazardous substances while they worked.
Sally Quillian Yates
Environmental Crimes Section and the
U.S. Attorneys offices. Those two will be
working more closely with the Department
of Labors OSHA, Mine Safety and Health
Administration (MSHA), and Wage and
Hour Division. Violations of the Seasonal
Agricultural Worker Protection Act are

also included in the agreement between


the agencies. The Department of Labor
has added a position to coordinate agency
cooperation, and agency staffs are being
trained to be more familiar with applicable
federal statutes.
On an average day in America, 13
workers die on the job, thousands are
injured and 150 succumb to diseases they
obtained from exposure to carcinogens
and other toxic and hazardous substances
while they worked, says Deputy Attorney
General Sally Quillian Yates. Given the
troubling statistics on workplace deaths
and injuries, the Department of Justice is
redoubling its efforts to hold accountable
those who unlawfully jeopardize workers
health and safety.
In a memo to all 93 U.S. Attorneys,
Yates provided examples of how the
increased prosecution could impact
penalties. Misdemeanors under the
Occupational Safety and Health Act are
punishable by fines up to $10,000 and
six months imprisonment for acts such
as willful safety violations that result in a
workers death or falsifying documents.
Those penalties have not increased since
the law was passed in 1970.
On the other hand, charging the
same violations as felonies for false
statements, obstruction of justice, witness

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tampering, conspiracy and environmental


endangerment crimes carry penalties from
five to 20 years in prison along with the
potential for larger fines.
Besides filing criminal charges under
Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code, the
Environment and Natural Resources
Division has increased civil prosecutions
for worker safety violations under other
laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean
Water Act, Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act, and the Toxic Substances
Control Act because such violations have a
direct relationship with workers handling
dangerous chemicals, cleaning up spills
and responding to hazardous materials
releases.
While most employers try to do the
right thing, we know that strong sanctions
are the best tool to ensure that low-road
employers comply with the law and protect
workers lives, says Assistant Secretary for
Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David
Michaels. More frequent and effective
prosecution of these crimes will send a
strong message to those employers who
fail to provide a safe workplace for their
employees.
Companies that violate safety
regulations often do the same with
environmental
laws,
according
to
Assistant Attorney General John C.
Cruden of the Environment and Natural
Resources Division. We will remove the
profit from these crimes by vigorously
prosecuting employers who break safety
and environmental laws at the expense of
American workers. GOMC

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Building the Business

MISSED CONNECTIONS:
TO TWEET OR NOT TO TWEET?
Even in todays nontraditional business world, online communication
is no substitute for traditional methods of follow-up
and it could cost you new clients
By Russell Trahan

ryan walked into his office and


flipped on the lights. It had been
one month since he had submitted
his proposal to an industry-leading executive team, and today was the date of their
decision on whether or not to retain his
company. Securing this contract would be
a pivotal moment in his career and in the
future of his small business.
As the minutes turned to hours, Bryan became increasingly worried, but he
had covered his bases and kept in touch.
Just last week he engaged in some brief
social media banter with the teams CFO,
maintaining an air of informality while
ensuring that the lines of communication
remained open.

There is a distinct difference


between being attentive
and being annoying
learn it, because your
potential client is
already well aware.
His inbox dinged it was the companys CFO: Bryan, we appreciate your
proposal submission, but we have decided
to go in another direction. We require more
consistent interaction from our business
partners, and while we scheduled today
to finalize our decision, we had yet to hear
from you in the interim. We wish you the
best of luck.
The email hit him like a freight
train. Bryan had avoided a formal followup process in fear of seeming overeager
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or pressuring his prospect, but he had


maintained casual connections through
his LinkedIn and Facebook accounts
just to keep his name top of mind. While
Bryan assumed the companys executive
team would appreciate his distance
while they were making their decision, it
actually became the nail in his corporate
coffin. They were awaiting his traditional
methods of follow-up, and his lack of
correspondence instead conveyed that he
was not the right man for the job.
PROFESSIONAL COURTESY
In an ever-expanding digital business
landscape, Bryans story is all too
familiar. Many working professionals are
exchanging established means of followup, such as phone calls and face-to-face
meetings, for quick messages over social
media or email, and it is impacting their
business relationships and bottom lines.
They sacrifice professional courtesy in an
attempt to appear casual, and regardless of
the many ways we can now communicate,
when it comes to follow-up, the best
practices are the traditional ones.
Consider the following:
Social media can be bad form
Do you have a friend or relative
who limits all contact with you to digital
convenience? That person never fails to
comment on your timeline or feed, but you
cannot recall the last time you actually
spoke.
These individuals also exist in the
business realm, and theyve attempted
to streamline their communication by
relying on their social media accounts.
Its not just a bad business practice its

bad overall form. Social media can prove


invaluable when creating connections,
but maintaining them, which is the
objective when conducting a follow-up on
a potential deal, should always be reserved
for traditional modes of correspondence.
Anything less borders on lazy and
unprofessional.
Attention or annoying?
Once youve curbed your inclination
to follow up online, there are parameters
that should be adhered to when following
up with leads. The first and most
important is to establish an agenda
when touching base with your prospects
and ensure that each subsequent call or
meeting provides new information. There
should be a concrete reason for picking up
that phone and a distinct benefit to the
individual on the other end.
Any parent can describe road-trip
trials and tribulations, including the
constant, maddening cries of Are we
there yet? from the backseat. That same
irritated feeling occurs with continuous
follow-up business calls. There is a distinct
difference between being attentive and
being annoying learn it, because your
potential client is already well aware.
Two to tango
To avoid flooding your prospects
with phone calls, give them the freedom
to lead the interactions a bit. Allow them
to dictate the follow-up flow by inquiring
about their timeline and preference for
the next call or meeting, and set a date.
Whether your next meeting is in two
weeks or two months, your prospect has
provided an appropriate date and time
for it to occur. The onus is now on you to
follow the plan and pick up the phone.
Stick to your calendar
Today there is a palpable aversion
to following up with established leads in
favor of keeping things casual. This only
leads to one thing: missed opportunities.
Let your calendar hold you accountable.
Before the end of a meeting or call, be sure
to pencil in an appropriate time to follow
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Product Focus

Fracking Equipment,
Compressors, Power Generation
and Welding Equipment

By Craig Mandli

3
1
5

Air Drilling Compressors


1. Sullivan-Palatek D1150PXHDCU3
The D1150PXHDCU3 portable air compressor
from Sullivan-Palatek is a dual pressure/capacity
compressor, delivering 900 cfm at 500 psi or 1,150
cfm at 350 psi. Powered by a Tier 3 Cummins
engine, it has a two-stage 20/12 air end. It includes
an 8-inch closed-start inlet valve, 3-inch service
connection, four-point lifting bail, dual-axle
running gear, automatic 0 to 100 percent capacity
control, containment base, automatic shutdown,
large service doors for ease of maintenance,
and the Sullivan-Palatek Electronic Controller
(SPEC). The controllers readouts include
compressor temperature, discharge temperature,
engine oil pressure, engine coolant temperature,
voltmeter, tachometer, fuel level, engine
diagnostics, unit converter, air filter service,
and after-cooler filter warning. 219/874-2497;
www.sullivan-palatek.com.

Fluid Tanks
2. Environmental Tank & Container
Legal Load Upright Tank
Legal Load Upright Tanks from
Environmental Tank & Container were designed
to minimize transportation costs. The egg-shaped
design allows the tank to fit on a trailer without any
overhang, eliminating the need for escort vehicles
when transporting the tanks to the well site. In
addition to decreased transportation costs, the
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tanks have a smaller footprint than the companys


standard API 12F Storage Tanks. Five legal load
tanks have the same footprint as three standard
API 12F Storage Tanks. Options include ladder fall
protection, multiple valve options, interior coating,
and mechanical and electronic load level gauges.
855/382-8265; www.etctank.com.

3. Tankformator ISO ECLIPSE 1


Modular ISO ECLIPSE 1 vacuum tanks
from Tankformator can operate under full
vacuum and have a highly corrosion-resistant
shell material of 317L stainless steel, with an
external pressure rating of 11.6 to 15 psi. Tanks
are designed according to ISO 1496/3 and offer a
hermetically sealed tank vessel, ensuring complete
containment of both liquid and odor. For loading,
vacuum is drawn on the tank shell via a 4-inch
nozzle at the top front end where it connects to a
vacuum pump. Discharge is through two 4-inch
valves, including an internal clean-flow valve
and a full-bore ball valve. The two valves enable
a smooth and unobstructed flow of most viscous
fluids. www.tankformator.com.sg.

Fracking Systems/
Devices and Components

5. Bucks Fabricating Mini-Frac Tank


Completely sealed and watertight, the MiniFrac Tank from Bucks Fabricating can be used
to store and transport both hazardous and
nonhazardous liquids. The heavy-duty construction
allows the container to withstand the stress of
the load, while the tubing skids help distribute
the weight more evenly. Filling/draining ports,
manways and other fittings can be customized by
type, size and location to meet specific needs and
applications. Internal weir walls prevent sloshing
of contents and assist in separation of materials.
Tanks can be lined with protective epoxy coatings
to extend the life of the unit. A watertight tailgate
can be added for easy access to the tank. 800/2330867; www.bucksfab.com.

4. Bright Dyes

6. Dragon Products liquid-tight


roll-off container

The use of Bright Dyes can help oil and gas


companies more easily identify water used, as
communities have suggested that fluids transported
with tanker trucks from fracking sites should be

The lightweight, liquid-tight roll-off container


from Dragon Products is compatible with the
companys line of roll-off trailers. It is ideal for liquid
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dyed to identify what they are. Tanker trucks are


labeled with the type of fluid they transport. As
a result, if there is a spill, law enforcement would
easily be able to identify the fluids. Implementation
of these plans typically takes place at the county
level and ultimately involves the Department of
Environmental Protection and state legislators
before final implementation. 800/394-0678;
www.brightdyes.com.

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hazardous waste transporters and oil and gas


service companies. In addition to being liquid
tight, the container has a high payload and long
life span. It has continuous welded construction,
a 7-gauge floor, 10-gauge sides, interior plastic
liner hooks, front and rear grounded rollers,
and a side-to-side EPDM E-Seal lid. Options
include heavy-duty long sills, an interior ladder
and top or side hinge tailgate. 877/231-8198;
www.dragonproductsltd.com.

7. Jetstream HydroForce 4200


The HydroForce 4200 hydrostatic testing
unit from Jetstream of Houston provides accurate
blowout preventer (BOP), pipeline and wellhead
testing. It is mounted on a heavy-duty skid or
trailer unit with integrated fluid containment
and a hydrostatic test valve (HTV), high-capacity
water tank, 50-gallon fuel tank, a choice of 80 to
325 hp John Deere or Cummins Tier 3 or Tier 4
diesel engine, and pressures from 6,000 to 20,000
with flows from 6 to 60 gpm. The HTV allows an
operator to easily control the test pressure without
feathering the clutch, boosting productivity and
extending clutch life. Multiple auxiliary outlet
ports allow the use of a chart recorder for data
collection purposes. Operators can depressurize
with only a quarter turn on the bypass valve.
The versatile UNx system allows contractors to
perform work at a variety of operating pressures
to meet the needs of the oil and gas market.
800/231-8192; www.waterblast.com.

8. SEI Industries HIPPO


To stand up to frequent relocations and
punishing outdoor conditions, the HIPPO frac
tank from SEI Industries is constructed from a
high-strength, abrasion-resistant material that
is also chemical-resistant and colored in highvisibility safety orange. It can be used in winter
temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees F, and
can be folded and unfolded in extreme cold. It can
be used constantly with heated fluids up to 161
degrees F (with limited exposure to 179 degree F
liquids). The low-profile design helps to maintain
fluid temperatures. It has a 73,000-cycle abrasion
resistance to handle the wear and tear of continual
movements. 604/946-3131; www.sei-ind.com.

Generator Sets
9. Atlas Copco QAC 1200
Atlas Copco QAC 1200 generators produce
1 mW of predictable power. They can be used
in prime power or critical standby applications.
Operators can also parallel as many as 16 units
for greater dependability, versatility and reduced
fuel consumption. They have plug-and-play
technology that allows users to connect the
units with a single cable. They can then connect
the power cables to a common bus, set the
parameters, and the generators automatically
synchronize. They will then automatically power
down or up, according to the load requirement,
which helps save fuel. They come in custom, 20foot enclosures with the same footprint and form

factor as ISO containers, ensuring the units are


structurally sound and can accommodate features
that would otherwise weaken the integrity of
standard shipping containers, such as larger
openings for maintenance access. 800/732-6762;
www.atlascopco.us.

10. Cummins Power Products


C275D2RE
The C275D2RE generator from Cummins
Power Products is rated at 275 kW, and meets
Tier 4 Final requirements through a combination
of in-cylinder engine improvements, exhaust gas
recirculation, diesel oxidation catalyst and selective
catalytic reduction exhaust aftertreatment. It
meets the requirements without requiring a diesel
particulate filter and reduces fuel consumption by
4 to 5 percent without compromising on power
and performance. It has switchable 60/50 Hz
operation with multiple voltage configurations.
Power-Command Control 3.3 with paralleling and
advanced Masterless Load Demand capabilities
is included. Masterless Load Demand manages
power from paralleled generators to match
varying load patterns, providing additional
flexibility and fuel savings. 248/573-1600;
www.cumminspowerproducts.com.

11. Doosan Portable Power NG225


The NG225 natural gas generator from
Doosan Portable Power offers paralleling
capabilities, making it ideal where remote locations,
emissions regulations and 24-hour production

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schedules pose challenges for operators.


Paralleling multiple natural gas units together
avoids downtime while still achieving acceptable
emissions levels by consuming wellhead natural
gas as a fuel source. Paralleling generators share the
load, and should one machine shut down or need
to be taken offline for scheduled maintenance,
the other unit seamlessly takes on the full load,
preventing any lost production time. It includes
a control panel and electronically controlled
circuit breaker that ensures the machines
effectively communicate, bringing units into
synchronization without risk of system failure or
machine damage that can occur when paralleling
conditions are not precisely met. 800/633-5206;
www.doosanportablepower.com.

12. Generac Mobile Products MGG450


The MGG450 mobile gaseous generator
from Generac Mobile Products has a true
360 kW prime power rating delivering 16.4
kW per liter. This makes it ideal for powering
large equipment in remote field locations while
design integrations ensure continuous operation
in extreme conditions. Its continuous-duty
21.9-liter engine has an advanced fuel control
system that minimizes fuel deration, a 1,500-hour
service interval that reduces cost of operation,
and knock sensors on each cylinder for long
engine life with maximum power output. It has
a 40,000-hour major service interval and an
optional variable pitch fan that auto-adjusts for
cooling and heating needs. It comes parallel/
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load-share ready with safety features that include


greater than 125 percent fluid containment,
fuel leak sensors and lockouts. 800/926-9768;
www.generacmobileproducts.com.

13. Honda Power Equipment


EB10000 Industrial Series
The compact EB10000 Industrial Series
generator from Honda Power Equipment provides
a maximum output of 10,000 watts. It has a
narrow design, a centralized exhaust mechanism
and a newly developed alternator. It is suited for
industrial and commercial applications, including
construction-related job site work, and is an ideal
fit for the rental market. It has a control panel
positioned on the narrow side of the generator,
a full frame, and a full 8.2-gallon tank with fuel
gauge design for added protection and longer
runtimes. Power comes via its GX630 V-Twin
engine. Its positive-lock, folding handle design,
lifting eye and wheel kit allow it to be operated
over rough surfaces. Its 120/240 voltage selection
switch allows for total generator output through
any of the 120-volt outlets (up to circuit protection
maximum). It has an easy-to-remove air cleaner,
and oil gauge located near the oil filler cap for
ease of maintenance. It offers full GFCI protection
across all outlets, and is OSHA, LA-ETL, CARB,
EPA Phase III and USDA compliant. 678/3392600; www.powerequipment.honda.com.

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14. Multiquip NGA150


The NGA150 natural gas generator from
Multiquip is powered by a PSI/Doosan natural gas
engine and MQ Power Denyo alternator. It operates
on either LP gas or pipeline gas, and includes an
onboard filtration system to allow for easy use of
wellhead gas at drilling sites. The optional fuel
scrubber protects against contaminated fuel, and
with its interior location, it inhibits freezing. The
digital microprocessor has integrated genset-togenset paralleling. It is engineered and built to be
rugged and to hold up under the extreme conditions
often found in oil and gas fields. 800/421-1244;
www.multiquip.com.

High- and Low-Pressure Gas


Compressors/Components
15. Gefran RK5
The RK5 Series linear magnetostrictive
transducer from Gefran is available with a flanged
head for the installation totally inside the cylinder
and provides high-end performance in terms of
accuracy and robustness. Its use makes it possible
to automate and compensate cylinder limit
switches adjustment directly in the master PLC,
without any manual intervention. It can provide
accurate tank level measurement for hydraulic
circuit and liquid cooling for safety reasons.
781/729-5249; www.gefran.com/en/us.

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16. Sullair PD and PC


gas compressors
PD and PC gas compressors from Sullair
are used in various applications such as vapor
recovery, gas gathering, landfill gas recovery,
coal bed methane, wellhead compression, sweet
and sour process gas, fuel gas boosting and gas
optimization. They offer several built-in volume
ratios to match pressure requirements, as well
as internal gear ratio options for flexibility and
economy. The PD Series offers a range of geared
and direct-drive options to deliver flows up to
3,292 cfm and pressures up to 600 psi, as well as
spiral and slide valve options. The PC Series are
direct-drive units capable of flows up to 3,527 cfm
and pressures up to 400 psi, with an economizer
port and slide valves for capacity control. 800/7855247; www.sullair.com/americas.

Mixers
17. WesTech Engineering
ExtremeDuty Sludge Mixer
ExtremeDuty Sludge Mixers from
WesTech Engineering provide vigorous mixing
of digester contents to prevent stratification and
improve the anaerobic process. They reliably
speed gas production while reducing foaming
and scum accumulation. This design was
originally developed to reduce the high service
costs of egg-shaped digester mixers. It has
proven to be so reliable that the unit is now used
for maximum efficiency and durability in all

WesTech digester mixing applications. 801/2651000; www.westech-inc.com.

Monitoring Equipment
18. FCI - Fluid Components
International ST100
The ST100 thermal mass air/gas flowmeter
from FCI - Fluid Components International
provides an EPA compliant, rugged solution to
measure flare gas flows at the wellhead. It includes
a digital readout with totalizer, analog or digital
bus communications outputs and an onboard data
logger. It can measure flow rates as low as 0.25
and as high as 1.000 SFPS with up to 1,000-to1 turndown. It is calibration-matched to specific
mixed-gas compositions and to the installations
temperature and pressure conditions, can store
up to five unique calibrations, and their accuracy
meets the EPAs regulations. It is IP67 rated for
water and dust protection and carries global
agency approvals on the entire instrument for
Ex locations. With an optional VeriCal In-Situ
Calibration System, it can provide operator inservice calibration verification and eliminate
unnecessary de-installation/recalibration costs.
760/744-6950; www.fluidcomponents.com.

19. In-Situ smarTROLL


Multiparameter Handheld

reduce field equipment requirements for baseline


groundwater sampling and routine spot checking.
Instantly collect data on 14 water-quality
parameters, all from a mobile device. The mobile
app guides the user through sampling setup, spot
checks, calibrations and data management, with
no training required. It stores well, pumping and
site information for future events; consolidates all
site information on a smartphone; and tags site
data with GPS coordinates and photos. It can log
data to a smartphone and download results in a
standard file format, helping improve operational
efficiencies and regulatory compliance. 800/4467488; www.in-situ.com.

20. Park USA FracMAG


The FracMAG from Park USA is a selfsustaining electromagnetic water meter assembly
that enables hydraulic fracturing operations
to measure and regulate water usage. It doesnt
require the contractor to supply it with AC power
because it can be powered with a solar package
or with a lithium battery pack, providing three
to six years of power. It is supplied assembled
in a precast concrete vault, with an aluminum
hatchway to allow maintenance on the assembly,
if needed. The vault is designed to be buried
belowground to provide insulation and reduce the
risk of damage on the drill site. 713/937-7602;
www.park-usa.com.

The smarTROLL Multiparameter Handheld


from In-Situ combines water-quality sensors
with smartphone mobility. It can be used to
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Portable Power Stations


21. Go Power Inverter Charger 2000
The Inverter Charger 2000 from Go Power
is a three-in-one system that combines inverter,
battery charger and an automatic transfer switch
into one powerful and lightweight unit. Two 50amp legs set its performance apart from common
30-amp inverters. The configuration allows users
to make full use of a 50-amp shore power service
(240 volt) by drawing up to 12,000 watts of power.
It is compatible with all 30-amp services. It has a
2,000-watt pure sine wave inverter, with 3,400watt surge (five seconds); a high inverter efficiency
of 90 percent; a 100-amp battery converter/charger;
100-amp automatic transfer switch (50 amps per
leg at 240 volts AC); built-in handles that offer
easier handling during installation; a corrected
power factor; and industry-standard protection
features. It meets UL 458 with marine supplement.
It can be combined with the IC Series digital
remote panel for complete control and monitoring.
866/247-6527; www.gpelectric.com.

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aluminum angle pieces, the berm liner itself is light


to handle and easy to use with minimal setup.
The angle brackets come in their own storage
bag, as well as the berm liner, making transport
easy. Material options include PVCs from 22 to
30 ounces, all XR materials, and urethanes, with
wall sizes up to 24 inches. Aluminum angles are
heavy-duty 6061-T6 aircraft-quality aluminum.
800/260-9950; www.huskyportable.com.

23. Imperial Industries


dry bulk storage

Proppant Storage Tanks/


Delivery Systems

Welded, one-piece dry bulk storage silos


from Imperial Industries can be customized.
Bulk silos and tanks need minimal maintenance
and save material-handling costs over many
years of use. Tanks are available in carbon steel,
stainless steel and aluminum, in silo diameters
to 16 feet, and in capacities to 12,000 cubic
feet. Paint finishes per the Imperial standard
or customer paint specifications are available
on carbon steel silos. Standard guardrail and
ladder assemblies in aluminum, carbon steel
and galvanized steel ensure easy assembly
and maintenance-free durability. 800/558-2945;
www.imperialind.com.

22. Husky Portable Containment


Patriots Berms

Triplex and
Quintuplex Pumps

Patriots Berms from Husky Portable


Containment can be used for storing fuel tankers
or chemical tankers, transformers, waste drums,
de-con and equipment hose down. With separate

24. Cat Pumps Model 660


The Model 660 from Cat Pumps delivers 10
gpm up to 3,000 psi in a compact, lightweight
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package, making it ideal for trailer hydroexcavation


units and other applications requiring lower flow
but industrial-grade quality. Its nickel aluminum
bronze manifold offers a long service life. Highdensity, polished, concentric plungers provide a
true wear surface that extends seal life. Higher
mass plungers offer superior heat dissipation,
virtually eliminating plunger rod cracks. Durable
V-packings are lubricated and cooled by the liquid
being pumped. It is also offered in a stainless steel
duplex model for aggressive fluids. It has 3/4-inch
inlet ports and 1/2-inch discharge ports, and may
be pulley-mounted on either side of the shaft.
763/780-5440; www.catpumps.com.

25. Moro USA KF Series


KF Series plunger pumps from Moro
USA are high-pressure triplex water pumps that
produce a smooth liquid flow up to a standard
maximum water temperature of 140 degrees (with
higher temperature ratings available). The double
projection drive shaft can be operated by pulley,
flexible joint or Cardan shaft. The pump includes
ceramic plungers, double pressure packings,
vertical-fitted valves, water spill venting and oilbath mechanical parts with splash lubrication.
They are available with a maximum flow rate of
128 gpm and maximum pressure of 22,000 psi.
Versions include stainless steel or aluminumbronze fluid ends designed for pumping corrosive
liquids. 800/383-6304; www.morousa.com.
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High- and Low-Pressure Gas Compressors/Components


15. Gefran RK5
16. Sullair PD and PC gas compressors

Air Drilling Compressors


1. Sullivan-Palatek D1150PXHDCU3

Mixers
17. WesTech Engineering ExtremeDuty Sludge Mixer

Fluid Tanks
2. Environmental Tank & Container Legal Load Upright Tank
3. Tankformator ISO ECLIPSE 1

Monitoring Equipment
18. FCI - Fluid Components International ST100
19. In-Situ smarTROLL Multiparameter Handheld
20. Park USA FracMAG

Fracking Systems/Devices and Components


4. Bright Dyes
5. Bucks Fabricating Mini-Frac Tank
6. Dragon Products liquid-tight roll-off container
7. Jetstream HydroForce 4200
8. SEI Industries HIPPO

Portable Power Stations


21. Go Power Inverter Charger 2000
Proppant Storage Tanks/Delivery Systems
22. Husky Portable Containment Patriots Berms
23. Imperial Industries dry bulk storage

Generator Sets
9. Atlas Copco QAC 1200
10. Cummins Power Products C275D2RE
11. Doosan Portable Power NG225
12. Generac Mobile Products MGG450
13. Honda Power Equipment EB10000 Industrial Series
14. Multiquip NGA150

Triplex and Quintuplex Pumps


24. Cat Pumps Model 660
25. Moro USA KF Series

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Case Studies

Fracking Equipment, Compressors,


Power Generation and Welding Equipment
By Craig Mandli

SMART POWER REDUCES OPERATING COSTS IN PERMIAN BASIN


Problem

One of the largest exploration and production companies operating in the Permian Basin had five vertical wells
with 40 hp rod pumps that ran intermittently, but strived to obtain a more cost-effective and environmentally
friendly solution by which the pumps ran only when needed, instead of by generators that run continuously.

Solution

The operator consulted with mobile, modular power provider Aggreko to develop a scalable and easily
deployable power automation solution. For each of the five wells, Aggreko provided a 16-foot trailer that held an 800-gallon fuel tank and 60 kW diesel generator
with an automated power control system. Technicians worked with the customer to link the solution to the pumps programmable logic controls, enabling the
ability to turn on/off the generator when the pump was not in operation.

Result

The power automation solution cut the operators fuel costs in half, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in cost over the course of six months. Emissions were
also reduced by more than 50 percent. 877/798-5579; www.us.aggreko.com.

EXHAUST PACKAGE HELPS GENERATE


ELECTRICITY ON REMOTE WELL SITE
Problem

A South Texas-based Eagle Ford oil and gas operator with dozens of multi-well batteries and compression stations
and thousands of miles of gas gathering lines continuously wrestled with driving down site operating costs and
reducing fugitive emissions. Getting a reliable grid connection was too expensive and generating electricity increased
man-hours on site and left a good deal of uncertainty. With unreliable electricity, they used gas pneumatics where
possible, but skipped the lighting, security systems and air compressors.

Solution

The customer deployed Alphabet Energys E1 exhaust package on a CAT 3516 natural gas engine at a gathering line compressor station. The E1 converts
exhaust heat from the compressor station into electricity and provides a reliable source of new electrical power to the remote site with no up-front CAPEX.

Result

After a successful deployment, the customer asked, What about our flare stacks? As a result, Alphabet Energy built a power generating combustor (PGC),
an integrated combustor and solid-state power generator that meets Quad-O regulations and generates electricity, turning traditional flares and combustors into
power-generating profit centers. The PGC immediately lowers site operating costs and improves site reliability. By taking exhaust heat from both engines and flare
stacks, and generating reliable electricity, the products drive down production costs and midstream electricity spending without any up-front capital expenses.
415/813-1201; www.alphabetenergy.com.

PARALLEL CONFIGURATION HELPS GENERATORS RUN MORE EFFICIENTLY


Problem

The operators of a crude oil transfer station in South Texas wanted to add efficiency to their operation of taking
advantage of on-site natural gas supply to reduce overall diesel consumption.

Solution

The operators decided to use two MMD PowerPro SDG150S Dual Fuel Hybrid Generators in parallel. They use
mix percentage beyond standard 50 percent natural gas substitution, with up to 75 percent substitution. Program
generators alternated automatically every six hours to keep engine hours balanced.

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Result

Upon powering up and full checkout, a single unit was pulling a varying load from 46 up to 90 kW and diesel consumption hovered between 4.2 and 4.6
gph (as confirmed by a Flowscan meter as well as the fuel flowmeter on the ComAp genset controller). Upon application of the gas supply, the system responded
properly, operating with a peak of 71.93 percent natural gas substitution, and a nominal operating value of approximately 61.25 percent substitution. During this
time, the fuel consumption dropped to 1.6 gph. Units inspected one week later were found to be handling loads while operating in HDF mode and switching
over every six hours as programmed. 800/433-1382; www.mmdequipment.com.

SUSTAINABLE MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGIES TREAT MINING EFFLUENT


Problem

Minera Aguilar, a mining company in Argentina, produces electrolytic zinc and sulfuric acid. To comply with
strict local environmental standards, the company needed to treat the wastewater prior to discharge and reuse at
least 60 percent of the wastewater. The project presented three challenges: The mine is located about 13,000 feet
above sea level, the effluent has high levels of heavy metals, and the environment is very dry with drastic temperature
differences between the daytime and evening.

Solution

RWL Water created and implemented a membrane-technology-based treatment plant that uses ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO). The plant treats
the mining effluent coming from a collection lagoon used for particulate settling. The first stage uses UF to remove the suspended solids and colloids to a level
suitable to feed the effluent to the RO system. The next stage is the use of RO to concentrate the heavy metals in the reject stream while producing high-quality
permeate for reuse or discharge to the environment.

Result

The plant is able to treat 633,600 gpd in order to produce 380,160 gpd of treated water. The 253,440 gpd of reject streams (UF backwash and RO brine) are
returned to the lagoon for reprocessing. This project has allowed the company to comply with local water standards, allowing the water to be released into local
rivers. In addition, the treated effluent can be reused. 800/879-3677; www.rwlwater.com. GOMC

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Product News

Product Spotlight
MILLHOG Dictator pipe machining
tool bevels without cutting oils
By Ed Wodalski
The MILLHOG Dictator pipe beveling machine from Esco Tool
Company provides compound bevels on heavy-wall 4.5-inch O.D. to
18-inch I.D. pipe, pulling a continuous thick chip without cutting oils.
The tool mounts to the inside of the pipe using three wide clamps
with hardened steel contact points. It can simultaneously perform a 37
1/2- by 10-degree bevel or other angle. Titanium-nitride-coated blades
dissipate heat away from the pipe surface. Applications include precision
machining end preps without grinding or rework for high-integrity welds
and faster weld times.
The tool has six points of contact inside of the pipe, says Alex
Brennan, sales and marketing associate, Esco Tool. The more points of
contact you have on the I.D., the stronger its going to fit inside the pipe.
Its important to get rigid clamping to hold the tool in place because of
the weld preparation that this tool is being used for. Deep welds have a
very, very high integrity and this piece of machinery is vital for passing all
types of welding certifications and specifications.
A self-centering draw rod actuated clamping system runs through
the entire tool.
Without that youd be fighting the weight of the tool, he says.
It makes a 100-pound machine seem almost weightless. When youre
centering it in the draw rod and mandrel-pull it into the center of the

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NETZSCH PUMPS PROGRESSING CAVITY PUMP


The NEMO BF progressing cavity pump from NETZSCH Pumps North
America features an add-on asynchronous module that prevents the formation
of lumps that can cause bridge building in a sewage sludge conveyance system.
Designed for viscous media, the pump and module eliminate high media
cohesiveness that can cause repeated entanglements and bridge building, resulting
in a reduction of wastewater treatment plant operational shutdowns. 610/3638010; www.netzschusa.com.

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COXREELS SPRING MOTORS


Factory-tuned spring motors from COXREELS are designed for safe and
efficient reel retraction. More than 150 types of spring motors are available,
including six varieties of spring thickness and three spring widths. There is no
joint or attached hook connection to fail during retraction. The spring cans are
available as preassembled replacement parts for easy removal and installation.
800/269-7335; www.coxreels.com.

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tube or pipe, it allows you to


have a consistent cut all the
way around.
The 300-pound tool,
with a working weight of about
150 pounds, develops 4,100
ft-lbs of torque at the cutter
blade. An optional offset
gearbox reduces the rpm and
multiplies the torque.
Thats important when
you have P91 or super duplex
material, Brennan says of the
gearbox. Any time you have
a rough material you want to
slow down the tool. Its similar to driving a car in the snow. If you slam
on the gas, the tires are going to spin. But if you just touch the gas, youre
going to move quicker and have more control.
The beveler is available with a 1,800-watt electric, 3 hp pneumatic or
hydraulic speed-control motor.
The motor connects to the gear head of the tool and is easily
interchangeable with just four bolts, Brennan says. The male and
female inlets are all the same, whether you go from hydraulic to electric
or pneumatic. If someone were to purchase a Dictator pneumatic tool
and realize after a few weeks that the electric version might be a better
option, they dont have to purchase an entirely new tool, just switch out
the motor.
Fully portable, the tool is available for sale or rent and comes with
horizontal and vertical lifting rings. 800/343-6926; www.escotool.com.

REED MANUFACTURING CO. POLYETHYLENE SQUEEZE-OFF TOOLS


Polyethylene squeeze-off tools from Reed Manufacturing stop flow in
1/2- to 8-inch PE pipe. Different models handle a range of pipe sizes and
applications. Sliding bar handles make work in tight places easier and increase
leverage for tightening. Positive stops in metric sizes are available. 800/6663691; www.reedmfgco.com.

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SCREENCO SYSTEMS MINI SCREEN


The mini screen from Screenco Systems features a dual-screen design, allaluminum construction, mostly self-cleaning front screen and gravity off-load at
up to 500 gpm through the telescoping dump hose assembly. The 825-pound
system removes up to 99 percent of trash to a collection drain tray for easy
disposal. Gapped screens (3/8 inch) meet 503 regulations and 16 square feet of
screening area allows for use with portable TLT trucks and large septic trucks.
Forklift skids integrated into the unit allow for easy transport. The inlet allows
either a 4- or 6-inch cam hookup with a 6-inch cam outlet. 208/790-8770;
www.screencosystems.com.

5.

MILWAUKEE TOOL HIGH-TENSION HACKSAW


The 12-inch high-tension hacksaw from Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is
designed for contractors who need to make fast, accurate cuts. A reinforced metal
frame provides extra durability. A high-leverage tension knob at the top of the
frame allows the user to tighten the blade to the highest tension needed. Features
include six-blade storage capacity and a 45-degree blade position for a better angle
on flush cuts. 800/729-3878; www.milwaukeetool.com.

6.

XYLEM DEWATERING PUMP


The Flygt 2190 submersible dewatering pump from Xylem is built to handle
abrasive liquids. The midsized pump is available with two impeller options: The
Dura-Spin safeguards against wear by sweeping abrasive particles away from
the impeller neck, while the semi-open impeller increases uptime by preventing
fibrous solids from obstructing the pump. The pumps conical trim sleeve restores
clearances to near-original condition. 704/409-9700; www.xyleminc.com.

7.

LARSON ELECTRONICS HORIZONTAL LIGHT MAST


The LM-30-HZ-4X400LTL-LED-EW-WB horizontal light mast from Larson
Electronics provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy lights,
cameras and other equipment. It features a two-section assembly that extends
to 30 feet and collapses to 17 feet when not in use. An electric motor and lead
screw for extending and retracting the mast is included. The lighting system is
composed of four 400-watt LED lamps, each producing 52,000 lumens of light
and is connected to the power source by a four-switch control box. Each light
head is on an individual circuit and can be powered on and off independently.
800/369-6671; www.magnalight.com.

8.

WILDEN PUMP & ENGINEERING CSA-CERTIFIED


NATURAL-GAS-OPERATED PUMPS
CSA-certified, double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps from Wilden Pump &
Engineering are designed for upstream and midstream oil and gas applications
and where natural gas is the energy source to drive the pump. Available for the
Wilden Original (clamped), Advanced (bolted) and Advanced FIT models, pumps
come equipped with either the Wilden Pro-Flo SHIFT Air Distribution System
(CSA-certified ANSI LC 6-2008) or the Wilden Pro-Flo X (CSA-certified for ANSI
LC 6-2008 and TIL R-14). 909/422-1730; www.wildenpump.com.

9.

WATER CANNON ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER


The 15M71 electric-powered pressure washer from Water Cannon MWBE
has a 20 hp, 460-volt three-phase motor with an auto start/stop feature that
powers a TSP Series General triplex plunger pump and delivers 4.5 gpm at 6,000
psi using the poly chain drive system. It comes with 500 feet of high-pressure
hose, gun/wand kit, safety couplers rated at 10,000 psi and 12 feet of power cord.
800/333-9274; www.watercannon.com/catalogrequest.aspx.

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10. HYUNDAI CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT HYDRAULIC EXCAVATORS


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11. HONDA POWER EQUIPMENT GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER


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GNEx GRP Xenon strobe beacons from E2S Warning Signals are suitable
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13. KOMATSU AMERICA CORP. WHEEL LOADER


The WA600-8 wheel loader with 9.2-cubic-yard bucket from Komatsu
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CURRY SUPPLY COMPANY ADDS


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CONTINENTAL CONTITECH TO
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Continental ContiTech plans a $7.2 million expansion of its industrial
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completed by the end of the year.

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MERGEMARKET RELEASES
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HYDREMA US BREAKS GROUND ON


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Hydrema broke ground on its North American headquarters in
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growing dealer network. The facility will feature two structures, increasing
warehouse and office space.

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ALLIED MOTION TECHNOLOGIES


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WATER STANDARD ACQUIRES


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JWC ENVIRONMENTAL NAMES


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Paul Schuitt joined JWC Environmental as western
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VAC-CON SAVES $150,000 ON SALES TAX EXEMPTION


Vac-Con, in the midst of an $11 million plant expansion, saved over
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equipment. Vac-Con hosted the governor in January at a stop on his Million
Miles for a Million Jobs Tour. Vac-Con plans to hire about 60 employees as a
result of the expansion.
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Air Energi Group Ltd. and Swift Worldwide Resources merged to form
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GOMC Calendar

GAS, OIL AND MINING

TRADE SHOWS AND CONFERENCES


MAY 1-4 CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and
Petroleum) 2016 Convention, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver,
British Columbia; convention.cim.org.
MAY 2-5 Offshore Technology Conference, NRG Park, Houston;
2016.otcnet.org.
MAY 3-4 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Environmental
Trade Fair and Conference, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas;
www.tceq.texas.gov/p2/events/etfc/etf.html.
MAY 4-5 Canadian Mining and Industrial Expo, Sudbury, Ontario;
www.dacshows.com.
MAY 10-12 Canada LNG Export Conference & Exhibition, Vancouver
Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia; www.canadalngexport.com.
MAY 17-18 National Occupational and Process Safety Conference,
Grand Hyatt, San Antonio; www.afpm.org/Conferences.
MAY 19 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition, Omni Hotel,
Houston; www.iadc.org.

JUNE 6-10 Elko Mining Expo, Elko Convention Center, Elko, Nevada;
www.exploreelko.com/major_events/elko_mining_expo.
JUNE 7-9 Global Petroleum Show, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta;
www.globalpetroleumshow.com.
JUNE 8-10 Coal Association of Canada 2016 Conference, Westin
Bayshore Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia; www.coal.ca.
JUNE 19-22 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual
Convention & Exhibition, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta;
www.ace.aapg.org/2016.
JUNE 21-23 DUG East, David L. Lawrence Convention Center,
Pittsburgh; www.dugeast.com.
JUNE 22-23 Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show, Mile One Centre, St.
Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador; www.atlanticcanadapetroleumshow.com.
JUNE 27-29 Cyber Security for Oil and Gas, Houston;
www.oilandgascybersecurity.com.

MAY 23-25 DUG Permian Basin, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort
Worth, Texas; www.dugpermian.com.

JUNE 27-JULY 1 American Petroleum Institutes Exploration and


Production Standards Conference on Oilfield Equipment and Materials,
Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.; www.americanpetroleuminstitute.com.

MAY 24-26 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Bismarck Event


Center, Bismarck, North Dakota; www.wbpcnd.org.

JUNE 29-30 Production Chemicals Optimization Unconventional Oil


& Gas 2016, Houston; www.production-chemicals-optimization.com.

MAY 24-26 Oil & Gas Mobility Summit, Houston;


www.oilandgasmobility.com.
MAY 24-27 Reliability & Maintenance Conference and Exhibition,
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio;
www.afpm.org/Conferences.
MAY 31-JUNE 2 Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas, Telus
Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta; www.opexinoilandgas.ca.

JUNE 1-2 Canadian Mining Expo, McIntyre Community Centre,


Timmins, Ontario; www.canadianminingexpo.com.
JUNE 6-7 Mining and Communities Solutions 2016,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia;
www.mining.solutions/miningandcommunities.
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JULY 11-12 Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS)


Summer Meeting, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin;
www.mwrailshippers.com.
JULY 20-21 South Texas Oil & Gas Convention, American Bank Center,
Corpus Christi, Texas; www.roselandoilandgas.com.
JULY 27-28 South Texas Oilfield Expo, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center, San Antonio; www.southtexasoilfieldexpo.com.

AUG. 1-3 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Henry B.


Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio; www.urtec.org.
AUG. 10-11 NAPE Summer, George R. Brown Convention Center,
Houston; www.napeexpo.com/shows/about-the-show/houston.

AUG. 10-12 Tri-State Oil and Gas Convention, Woodward Conference


Center, Woodward, Oklahoma; www.tsogc.com.

OCT. 18-20 Permian Basin International Oil Show, Ector County


Coliseum Complex, Odessa, Texas; www.pboilshow.org.

AUG. 14-18 EnerComs Oil & Gas Conference, Westin, Denver;


www.theoilandgasconference.com.

OCT. 25-27 SPE North America Artificial Lift Conference and


Exhibition, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center,
The Woodlands, Texas; www.spe.org/events/alce/2016.

AUG. 17-18 Energy Exposition, The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland,


Colorado; www.energyexposition.com.
AUG. 17-18 OKC Oilfield Expo, Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma
City; www.okcoilfieldexpo.com.
SEPT. 6-9 World Heavy Oil Congress 2016, Stampede Park, Calgary,
Alberta; www.worldheavyoilcongress.com.

SEPT. 7 Mexican Energy Summit, Mexico City;


www.marketsgroup.org/forums/mexico-energy-summit-2016.
SEPT. 12-14 DUG Eagle Ford, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center,
San Antonio; www.dugeagleford.com.
SEPT. 13-14 Houston Oil & Gas Convention, George R. Brown
Convention Center, Houston; www.roselandoilandgas.com.
SEPT. 13-14 Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference, Suncor
Community Leisure Centre, Fort McMurray, Alberta;
www.oilsandstradeshow.com.
SEPT. 20-22 Pipeline Week, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel &
Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas; www.pipelineweek.com.
SEPT. 26-28 MineExpo International, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las
Vegas; www.minexpo.com.
SEPT. 27-29 International Pipeline Exposition, Telus Convention
Centre, Calgary, Alberta; www.internationalpipelineexposition.com.

OCT. 5 West Virginia Oil & Gas Expo, Mylan Park Expo Center,
Morgantown, West Virginia; www.wvoilandgasexpo.com.
OCT. 6 Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds,
Oklahoma City; www.okoilexpo.com.
OCT. 10-13 API Tanks, Valves, and Piping Conference & Expo, Aria
Hotel, Las Vegas; www.americanpetroleuminstitute.com.
OCT. 16-18 Environmental Conference, New Orleans Marriott, New
Orleans; www.afpm.org/Conferences.
OCT. 18-19 West Texas Oil & Gas Convention, Horseshoe Arena,
Midland, Texas; www.roselandoilandgas.com.

OCT. 26-28 DUG Midcontinent, Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma


City; www.dugmidcontinent.com.
OCT. 31-NOV. 2 Monitoring and Modelling Mining Solutions 2016,
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, Vancouver, British Columbia;
www.mining.solutions/monitoringandmodelling.

NOV. 1-3 Clean Gulf, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida;


www.cleangulf.org.
NOV. 2-3 WJTA-IMCA Expo, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New
Orleans; www.wjta.org.
NOV. 7-8 Executive Oil Conference, Horseshoe Arena, Midland, Texas;
www.executiveoilconference.com.
NOV. 9-10 Lafayette Oil & Gas Convention, Cajundome, Lafayette,
Louisiana; www.roselandoilandgas.com.
NOV. 9-10 Cybersecurity Conference for the Oil & Natural Gas
Industry, Westin Houston Memorial City, Houston;
www.americanpetroleuminstitute.com.

DEC. 5-9 American Exploration & Mining Association Annual Meeting,


Nugget Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada; www.miningamerica.org. GOMC

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