The continued search for oil has resulted in our moving off land onto the high seas. As we continue to drill for oil in such unlikely places as the beds of nearby oceans, we need to engage greater and greater technology to make that search safer and more profitable. Everything from anchor analysis to tell an oil company how to anchor its rig at the right spot safely to engineering drill bits that work in ocean environments are needed to ensure a successful venture.
No matter whether we do indeed find new sources of energy to heat our homes and drive our cars, oil will always be a resource that has its uses in our society. Finding the technology to do the extraction safely and with minimal impact on the surrounding environment is becoming a part of that search. But as with everything else, there are always new technologies arising that will make the process faster, cleaner and easier. This all spells greater profits, enough that oil production companies will continue to open new sites even as alternative fuel is created. Here are just a few ways that technology will continue to benefit the search for oil below the seas.
Measuring Environmental Impact
While the push has continued to find alternative fuels, the oil industry has also done some research of is own on how to mitigate the impact that drilling can have on the environment. This has brought in a host of new technological advances that create baseline studies on both site impact and production impact. From the arctic shorelines of Alaska to the southern bays along Houston, new drilling sites need to have a smaller footprint in order to succeed.
These latest software reports help many oil industry executives make decisions on not only where they will drill next but how they will drill. Impact on not only the local population at the drill site, but also the effect on nutrients they need to survive are all part of these reports. Without the technology to look at these impacts, most oil drill sites, particularly those on drill platforms in the sea, would not be profitable enough to continue.
Measuring for Safety
Above and beyond these concerns, technology has developed that helps keep track of the risks involved for the workers on these oil platforms. Everything from wind and water currents to keeping tabs on underwater cracks must be done with state of the art technology. The use of explosives and welding tools underwater takes a special kind of knowledge, and technology helps companies identify risks and if they are worth taking.
Measuring for Design Elements
Designing a rig to withstand the many different stresses that the high seas can pose requires skill, knowledge of a specialized kind and the technology at your fingertips to put that all together. A rig cannot afford to have something malfunction in the midst of a storm or while working with dangerous materials.
Technology in engineering programs have been developed to anticipate these needs and design to overcome them. Taken together with all of the above technology, the oil industry needs every inch of knowledge, tech and skill it can bring to bear when it comes to finding and bringing home the world’s fuel.