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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgCrews have been busy replacing utility poles in Prairie Village.High-speed internet making progress in Prairie Village. The utility pole replacement in Prairie Village that is part of the preparation for the introduction of Google Fiber to the city is nearing completion. City staff said this week that 100 poles are left to be replaced in the area primarily south of 79th Street. Approximately 500 poles have been replaced across the city. AT&T has not pulled permits yet for its work on high-speed service, but it has met with the city and is expected to start work soon.SM North Benton painting on display at Nelson-Atkins. The Utah Highlands painting by Thomas Hart Benton that was purchased by the SM North class of 1957 as a class gift for the school is now hanging in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The painting is on loan from the SM School District. It had been removed from SM North, where it once hung, because of security concerns over its high value. The loan to the museum had been announce late last month. [Thomas Hart Benton’s ‘Utah Highlands’ No Hanging at the Nelson-Atkins Museum – KCUR]Former SM East golfers named to Academic All-Big 12 teams. Graduated SM East golfers Connor Knabe and Chase Hanna are among the 26 men selected to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 team. The colleges sophomores who play for K-State and KU, respectively, had to maintain a GPA of 3.2 or better to earn the distinction. The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Aker BP’s New Flexible and Multipurpose Onshore Collaboration Center

first_imgAfter 10 years of service, Aker BP’s Onshore Operation Center (OOC) had become too limited in capacity, and an upgraded space was needed to handle more rig lines and improve collaboration. Aker BP’s ambition was to build a new world-leading Onshore Collaboration Center (OCC) in Stavanger for its Drilling & Wells operations, designed to support ever-changing workflows and the digitalization of processes. The OCC will act as a central location for Aker BP’s expertise in well placement, real-time operations, geo-steering, autonomous drilling, and the execution of the well versus the Digital Twin. It will also be the repository for rig connectivity and rig-to-shore IT support.‘Our ambition for the OCC is to put us in the top 5% of operators worldwide for collaborative environments and remote operations. With this project we wanted to be cutting edge, to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and do things differently.’ Andy Deady, OCC LeadBusiness benefits for Aker BPThe main investment vehicle was based on a BSEE report after the Macondo incident. The report found that the ROI for vendors and operators who invest in collaboration centers in oil and gas and well construction has been measured to reduce Non-productive Time (NPT) by 2.5% over a year. The tangible business benefits in adopting such a collaboration center or a real-time center is twofold: reducing invisible lost time (ILT) and increasing productivity by having everyone in the same room, using the same information, bridging the team onshore and offshore, and creating a shared situational awareness. Bringing down ILT (invisible lost time) and NPT (non-productive time) can reduce the well cost by 5%.A new way of designing collaboration centersThe new Aker BP OCC is designed with the ethos of allowing the team to enter an environment, use it and leave if need be, but have a core team that is always located in that room, which provides greater flexibility. The environment is designed around the inputs of operators and specialists, based on their experience in the existing OOC and their needs for more collaboration and flexible design. Partners were also both part of the concept and detailed design phase, inputting how they would be interacting with the systems, and how they would be connected their applications.A flexible solution based on standardization, infrastructure, and display technologyThe Cyviz solution is based on 13 systems, all interconnected with a new generation IP-based infrastructure for routing and data distribution. The uniqueness of the solution resides in the flexibility of this new architecture, but also in the standardization principles applied to the design, and deployment of the solution.The flexibility is also reflected in the display technology favored. Seamless projection with video processing, allowing multiple dynamic PiPs (Picture-in-Picture) to be added, moved and shared across rooms. The system design also had to support the two levels of access to wells’ information, with unrestricted access and tight wells, which implies severe access restrictions.Standardization: A future-proof solutionIn contrast to the traditional approach where the control system software is customer specific, the Cyviz software platform is standardized, configurable and upgradeable, reflecting Aker BP’s culture of continuous improvement. The value of standardization for Aker BP is threefold. Firstly, it meant that Aker BP’s technical lead could take full responsibility for post-installation management, support, and maintenance tasks. All configurations and adjustments to ongoing operations can be made in-house with more speed and efficiency, instead of having external support coming in for re-programming. With standardization, Aker BP has full ownership of their solution. Secondly, it meant that the software platform powering the entire OCC was upgradeable and future-proof. This was a strategic and cultural direction meaning that Aker BP could better manage, support and improve the OCC as organizational changes occur over time. Finally, as reliability and uptime were also key requirements from Aker BP, the high level of standardization simplified and cut time on the implementation process and will enable predictive maintenance.IP-based infrastructure and information highwaySuperior video and audio quality means travelling to customer sites or between offices is much reduced, saving time and money as well as reducing Aker BP’s carbon footprint. A new IP infrastructure was developed by Cyviz, preferred to a traditional AV matrix approach that would have been too specialized and too rigid. The solution needed to be innovative and based on IT principles with a simple distribution over IP. Changing the signalling distribution and avoiding the rigidity of cabling and matrix, resulted in an ‘information highway’, allowing Aker BP to handle and distribute all data and information, making it possible to work on digital assets with much more flexibility.‘The innovative design for the AV over IP that Cyviz came up with really stood out as a differentiator and impressed us.’ Andy Deady, OCC Leadlast_img read more

CariMAN’s week of activities a success

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews CariMAN’s week of activities a success by: – November 21, 2013center_img Share 24 Views   no discussions President of the Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Dominica chapter Thomas HolmesThe president of the Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Dominica chapter, Thomas Holmes has said that the activities occurring during this week has been “great” thus far.This week is being recognized as Boys Awareness Week, while International Men’s Day and Universal Children’s Day were observed on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.“It’s tiring, it’s a lot of work but at the end of the day we say thank God. We are satisfied with our efforts…and we do not want it to be only this week.”On November 18 CariMAN visited the Saint Mary’s Academy and the Dominica Community High School and then November 19 was spent at the Saint Mary’s Primary School.On Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on November 20, CariMAN partnered with the Ministry of Education and the Child Abuse Prevention Unit of the Social Welfare Division where they partook in a number of activities.At the Convent High School, on Wednesday, the organization spoke to the ladies about bullying.“We have to applaud Convent High School; an all girls’ school and they are standing up against bullying.”Due to this movement by the Convent High School he said CariMAN is going to take on the issue of bullying.“We are thinking of working with the school and the Ministry of Education, in first of all establishing and then implementing an anti-bullying policy.”After their visit there they went to the Mahaut Primary School where they spoke about Universal Children’s Day, International Men’s Day and Boys Awareness Week.At the Convent Preparatory School CariMAN met with fathers for a session which according to Holmes was very interesting.Simultaneously there was a CariMAN meeting for fathers only at the Kelleb John Laurent Primary School in St Joseph.Later in the afternoon they joined the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs for the closing ceremony of a parenting programme.“All this fell in line,” he said.Moreover, CariMAN he said has conducted and taken part in these various activities during this week but intends to continue.“Of all the things that we are doing we have already identified ten points where CariMAN must continue the work. It may take us one year, two years, three years but it’s ongoing.”It is the intention of CariMAN to form a father’s club at the Saint Mary’s Academy and at the Social Centre while reviving the father’s club of the Saint Mary’s Primary School.They also want to work with the Child Abuse Prevention Unit to end sexual, verbal, emotional and physical abuse.CariMAN will also introduce a prison project where the members will visit and speak to inmates especially the young male offenders.“So we have quite a bit that we want to do. We want to continue meeting the boys at the different schools all over Dominica. It’s a lot of work but we feel good about it.”Of most importance is taking care of boys and girls and spreading the message that they should not be abused.“Let us work to keep our boys, men, girls and women safe and for good health. We want to do all of those things to show people that we should respect each other. When we do that work in unison them we can help people reach their true potential.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more