Houston, TX--A World Oil News Center story from John Betz describes Halliburton's Pinnacle Applied Photonics Center. Betz writes:
Halliburton showed off its recently integrated Applied Photonics Center in north Houston via a media tour. The Applied Photonics Center offers, under one roof, fiber-optic manufacturing, testing and R&D capabilities to develop new solutions for real-time, downhole logging and monitoring (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/print/volume-47/issue-4/features/photonics-applied-optical-sensing-downhole-sensing-puts-fiber-optics-to-the-test.html) applications.
Pinnacle's photonics center is focused on both single point and distributed sensor technologies (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/2013/01/fiber-optic-sensing-distributed-fiber-optic-sensing-solves-real-world-problems.html). The facility includes a light and acoustics laboratory, fiber splicing equipment and a system assembly department. The high-technology equipment includes a special, high-powered laser that welds (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/print/volume-48/issue-09/features/successful-laser-welding-demands-optimized-laser-joint-design.html) sensor pieces together, with a stronger bond than conventional welding.
"The photonics center was formed to leverage the many benefits that fiber optics have over traditional electronic instruments," said Karl Blanchard, Vice President for Production Enhancement. "In this multi-use facility, Halliburton is focused on a range of related disciplines from pure research for advancing the science of photonic sensing to engineering and packaging commercial solutions that our clients use to derive new value from their fields."
Specific fiber-optics measurements include distributed temperature sensing (DTS) for downhole temperature profiling, distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) for vertical seismic profiling and distributed strain sensing (DSS) for pressure measurements. These systems can be used for applications such as stimulation monitoring.
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SOURCE: World Oil News Center; http://www.worldoil.com/Halliburton_showcases_new_Pinnacle_Applied_Photonics_facility.html