A Travellerspoint blog

August 2015

Napa! Fiber optics, lasers and reservoir and well monitoring

See, this job isn't all international travel.

The big travel in August starts near the end of the month on a record setting trip I am still planning. As a result I only have a quick trip for the first half of August. I participated in the SPE Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well, Reservoir and Facilities Management Workshop held in Napa, CA. In-well fiber optic installations have expanded and offer unique insights in wellbore monitoring. It was a real privilege to participate in and help kick off this workshop. I came away realizing that even in low cost environments, service companies and operators still need to take the long view on technology and that what was once a science fair project can rapidly become a money maker when applied correctly.

There were a lot of participants and sponsors at this workshop. The most interesting part for me was the level of advancements in Distributed Acoustic Sensing and how many ways it is being applied.

On the way home I had just enough time to take a picture.

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No university visits on this trip. No opera. I did stay home long enough to grill a few steaks and harvest some honey from my beehives.
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More grilling pics at the end.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 3,359 SPE travel to date 179,170 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 22
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 21

Grilling pics

Grilled zucchini, red onions, red and green peppers from the garden, corn for the salad and the steaks. Details on the bbq blog referenced earlier.
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Hatch chiles are now in season. I made green chile cheeseburgers with a home made green chile salsa, hatch/smoked chicken chili, green chile cornbread... all of it involved smoking or grilling. My favorites.
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Plenty of colorful chiles besides the Hatch chile.
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You roast the Hatch chiles, put them in a ziploc to "sweat" them and then remove the tough (now charred) outer skin.
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And roasted corn is awesome.

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Posted by fracmeister 19:46 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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