When Design Meets Reality: A Development Engineer Offshore

23rd August 2017                         IN THE FIELD                        

Author: Sophie Harris

I am a development engineer and in March I had my first trip offshore to install equipment which I had designed. This is a record of my experience.


My initial task was to design a fibre optic wellhead outlet suitable for 4 fibres. This was a particularly interesting project for me because our customer (READ) wanted the design to be externally verified and tested to PR2, which involves pressure and temperature cycling.


The purpose of a wellhead outlet is to safely terminate electrical or fibre downhole cables into an ATEX (explosion proof) outlet and connect an armoured surface cable to it so that you can have a safe signal running from downhole to surface equipment, usually for downhole sensor applications.  Following the successful testing we were asked to . . . 

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