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Category: Current Projects

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Pressure Monitor Program with Large Channel Count

This project involved the re-creation of a pressure monitoring program. One copy of the program was on a computer that crashed beyond salvage. The PLCs are nearly obsolete so older software was identified and downloaded. Two programs each monitor about 100 pressure transmitter values. The pressure transmitters are installed on a manifold that interfaces with a […]

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Hydraulic Make-Break Tool for Tubing Hanger Running Tool & Test Cap

This project involved the design, analysis, and procurement of a hydraulic tool to remove and install a pressure test cap from a tubing hanger running tool (THRT). The project scope of work is listed below. Create 3 concepts for the tool and a scaled general arrangement drawing of existing equipment. Compare several component alternatives & design features. 800 […]

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Pressure Cycle Tracker Program

An oil & gas equipment manufacturer requested that their current pressure-temperature test software be revised to track the pressure cycles on components in their lab. The revision included the below scope of work. Define tracked items, pressure cycle, and expected operating life values. Develop a working simulation of the cycle tracker in LabVIEW. Develop a […]

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Split Ring Installation Tool

The purpose of this project was to develop a tool that would install and remove a split ring from a stump. The existing method involved pry bars and hammers, which was not user friendly. A mechanical solution was desired over a hydraulic solution. The deliverables of this project were Strength of Materials calculations for bending of curved […]

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API 16A BOP Stripping Test, Replacement of Primary Control Console

This fixture uses (3) 250 hp pumps and a servo valve to cycle a 14″ bore, 7″ rod, 86″ stroke hydraulic cylinder along a precise motion path to complete an API 16A BOP stripping test. The scope of work as well as pictures of the project are below. LABEL THE CONTROL CONSOLE I/O. Identify, trace, and label […]

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API 16A BOP Stripping Test Fixture, Make Existing Fixture Operational

This scope of work dealt with a a fixture built in the 1977-1983 timeframe and repaired in 1993 and 2003. The fixture uses (3) 250 hp pumps and a servo valve to cycle a 14″ bore, 7″ rod, 86″ stroke hydraulic cylinder along a precise motion path to complete an API 16A BOP stripping test. The fixture lost some […]

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High Pressure Test Unit, Controls Overhaul

This equipment was commissioned in the late 1990s with a significant amount of instrumentation. It transitioned in the last 10 years to being used as a standard motor-triplex pump. The controls program and panel were unnecessarily complex so an overhaul was done. The scope of work is below. Rewire the controls panel. Remove unnecessary wires between […]

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API 16A BOP Hang-off Test Fixture, Controls Overhaul

This fixture uses a 25 HP pump, proportional valve and 22″ bore, 5.75″ rod, 18″ stroke hydraulic cylinder to achieve precision position and load control in order to apply up to 1.3 Mlbf to BOP Rams to simulate a hang-off load on the BOP rams. The scope of work of this project is as follows. Rewire the […]

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Support BOP Test Station Improvements

Aiken Completed the following scope: INVESTIGATE A 150 HP MOTOR STARTUP UNDER LOAD ISSUE. The 480V connections were not properly insulated so wire conductors arc’ed against the motor starter panel. Also, the VFD was undersized. Proper insulation was applied and the VFDs were replaced with correctly specified VFDs. CALIBRATE 2 REGULATOR ASSEMBLIES. A 4-20 mA signal was scaled by 83% […]

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Revise Blowout Preventer Pressure-Temperature Testing LabVIEW program

Once the equipment was overhauled, commissioned, and documented, it became necessary to revise the LabVIEW testing program. The project goal was to build the client’s in-house Labview expertise while creating a simpler, more organized, and updated program. SCOPE OF WORK Aiken Engineering completed the below items. REVIEW FRONT PANEL: Carefully review the current program executable […]

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BOP Test Lab Equipment Commission

Aiken Engineers completed the following scope of work for an oil & gas test lab. Define project objectives Commission two NI cRIOs, one for Test Cell 2284 and one for the high bay DAQ box Install drivers and software, existing VIs, conduct a signal checkout, and troubleshoot monitoring and actuation devices. Create a technical documentation package […]

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Projectile Containment Test Cells, each with an Automated Hydraulic-Electric Door System

Aiken specified, designed, procured, assembled, installed, and commissioned two Projectile Containment Test Cells for an oil & gas equipment manufacturer. Each was equipped with an Automated Hydraulic-Electric Door System. All wall doors and locks are powered. One roof is powered and the other is removed with a crane. Aiken first developed a specification for the […]

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Accumulator Stand with Gauge Panel, Isolation Valves, and SCADA System

Aiken designed, fabricated, assembled, and installed a large accumulator stand system for an oil and gas manufacturer. Two primary goals of this project were to orient two 2 ft OD x 20 ft tall accumulators vertically to save floor space and to install a SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system for accumulator conditions like […]

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Projectile Containment Test Cell with Pneumatic-Electric-Magnetic Door Lock System

Aiken first completed calculations for a projectile containment test cell based on a specified pressure test failure and design-basis projectile. Aiken then created construction and foundation drawings for the test cell of a specific size and with a specific door configuration. Aiken fabricated and installed this structure in an approximately 2 month time period. The test cell internal dimensions […]

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Portable Control and Data Acquisition Box

Aiken engineers developed assembly plans, installed specified equipment, terminated wiring, and tested several portable control and data acquisition boxes. Aiken engineers then revised the controls program to achieve hardware and software compatibility. The workshop tools, box inside, and box outside are shown below.

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Motor Drive System for Telescoping Panels of Large Pipe Bore Grinder Sound Enclosure

This project resulted in 3 deliverables (1) a drawing package to machine, fabricate, & install the drive system on the existing sound enclosure panels (2) a controls system bill of materials with databook. The databook included component specification sheets with highlighted options and features. (3) a motor starter panel electrical schematic and bill of materials […]

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Projectile Containment Test Cell with Equipment to Complete Fire Testing per API 6FA and 6FB.

Phase 1 of the project involved the following scope: -Summarize API 6FA and 6FB -Complete a strength of materials analysis for an existing bend fixture. -Design a new test cell, similar to a previously built cell at the client site. Complete engineering calculations and construction drawings for the test cell to be pre-fabricated, test fitted, […]

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Safety Relief Valve Pressure Test Stand Improvements with Accumulator Installation

Multiple improvements were made to a pressure relief valve test stand in the areas of efficiency and safety. This project involved 4 parts: (1) Develop the project scope and create a cost estimate (2) Provide engineering services -Witness use of the system -Evaluate interlock opportunities -Show modifications on an existing Piping and Instrumentation Diagram. -Quantify […]

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API 579 Fit-For-Service Assessment of High Pressure Piping

Aiken conducted an inspection of several high pressure piping components within a plant and composed a report to assess metal loss with the intent of classifying and qualifying each component for continued operation or rerating. The findings were prioritized to focus maintenance efforts.

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Analysis of Hydraulic Torque Fixture for BOP Assembly and Disassembly

A fixture which applies a very large torque to an assembly was analyzed and documented. On site measurements were taken to gather analysis and drawing information. A usage history write-up was created to investigate forces, torqued equipment size/type variations, reasons for fixture use, the condition of equipment that the load is applied to, and more. […]