Equinor selects Aker Solutions for electrification of its Troll B & C platforms

first_img Aker Solutions wins Equinor contract. (Credit: Øyvind Hagen / Equinor.) Equinor has contracted Norwegian engineering company Aker Solutions for the topside works on its Troll B and C platforms to reduce the CO2 emissions.The company intends to install equipment for receiving electrical power from shore through cable, replacing power generation from gas turbines at the platforms.The Troll field is located nearly 65km west of Bergen on Norway’s west coast and the electrical power cable is planned to be connected to shore at Kollsnes outside Bergen.Equinor awarded the contract to Aker Solutions after it completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work in January last year.Aker Solutions CEO Kjetel Digre said: “Reduction of climate footprint is high on the agenda for our customers in the oil and gas industry. Electrification of production platforms is one of the ways to reduce emissions from such operations.“Aker Solutions has extensive experience from delivering such low-carbon solutions, and we aim to be a leading contractor in this market. We are excited to collaborate with Equinor on the Troll electrification.”Under the contract, Aker Solutions will work on engineering, procurement, construction and prefabrication of systems, and installation at the platforms offshore.The company intends to commence the contract works immediately and is anticipated to be completed at the end of 2025.Aker is planning to carry out the engineering works through its office in Bergen, and construction works through its yard in Egersund.The scope of the contract will include around 1,000 man-years for own employees, including nearly 500 for engineering, 200 for construction and 300 for the offshore work.It is expected to involve a total of 4,000 people, including ripple effects, employees working with suppliers, services providers, and others.In December last year, Aker Solutions has received a contract from Equinor for its Johan Sverdrup field offshore Norway.Located about 150km away from the coast of Stavanger in the Norwegian North Sea, Johan Sverdrup field consists of two oil discoveries named Avaldsnes and Aldous. Aker Solutions received the contract following the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract it has completed in January last yearlast_img read more

Making AI, HPC and GPUs Easier for Data Scientists

first_imgWith new GPU-ready containers and server infrastructure, organizations are simplifying the deployment of artificial intelligence applications and the clusters they run on.Regardless of the domains they work in, researchers, data scientists and developers want to focus on the work they do, not the systems and tools they use to run their workloads. While that’s a simple proposition, the reality on the ground is often far removed from this ideal world.Those who have built artificial intelligence and other high-performance computing applications from the ground up — starting with bare-metal servers, computing frameworks, software libraries and more — understand that there is a lot of heavy lifting required up front. This work always comes first, before you can focus on the work you really want to do, like training your model, running your inference workloads and seeing the results.Together with its partners, NVIDIA is working to rewrite this story. It’s making the deployment of GPU-accelerated systems really easy with its NVIDIA GPU Cloud, or NGC.The NGC container registryVia the NGC container registry, NVIDIA provides a catalog of GPU-accelerated containers that deliver easy-to-deploy GPU-accelerated software for AI, machine learning and HPC. These containers, which are available to download at no charge, alleviate many of the headaches that come with setting up software. They help you get up and running quickly with tested, optimized and updated frameworks and applications. The containers are designed to take full advantage of NVIDIA GPUs, on-premises or in the cloud, and to work across a wide variety of NVIDIA GPU platforms.The NGC container registry is simple to use. When you visit the site, you are prompted to answer a simple question: “What are you interested in working on?” To move forward, you simply select one of six options from a catalog: High Performance Computing, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Inference, Visualization, or Infrastructure. Once a selection is made, you can begin working with, say, the Caffee2 deep-learning framework or the LAMMPS software application for molecular dynamics simulations. After that, you can move forward with the confidence that comes with knowing your software is correctly configured.The NGC-Ready hardwareSoftware, of course, is only part of the problem when it comes to deploying large-scale HPC and AI applications. You also have to find the right hardware infrastructure to run your workloads. NVIDIA makes this process easier with its NGC-Ready program. Through this program, hardware vendors validate that the NGC containers run correctly on their servers and workstations.Dell EMC is an active participant in this program. Our NGC-Ready infrastructure, including the Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server, has been tested and validated to run containers from the NVIDIA GPU Cloud. This back end work allows organizations to deploy GPU-accelerated Dell EMC systems with the confidence that comes with knowing they are ready to run NGC containers.And that’s just one part of the work that Dell EMC does with NVIDIA. My team works closely with the engineers at NVIDIA to optimize systems, perform benchmark testing and take other steps to help ensure that you and others can get the full value of GPU acceleration when deploying NGC containers on Dell EMC hardware.For example, some users worry that containerizing an application will hurt performance. Through our lab and benchmark testing, we’ve been able to show that little, if any, performance is lost when you containerize your software, as opposed to starting with software that you deploy on bare-metal servers. We put a special focus on proving the potential of using containers in large-scale simulations and deep learning applications. In our lab, we find containers to be portable and efficient as we scale out deep learning workloads.Even better, we’re demonstrating how the container approach makes life easier for data scientists and other users who are venturing into the brave new world of AI and machine learning. With the right frameworks incorporated into an NGC container and deployed on our NGC-Ready hardware, you can take advantage of GPUs for deep learning by adding just a few lines of code — literally. You add the lines of code and you gain the benefits of GPU acceleration, with no need to port your application code to a new platform.Ready Solutions for AIIn another ongoing initiative, our engineers at Dell EMC work closely with their counterparts at NVIDIA to bring systems to market that are optimized for GPU-enabled deep learning applications. That’s the case with our Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI, which are optimized for deep learning with NVIDIA GPUs.These Ready Solutions provide a GPU‑optimized stack that can shave valuable time off of deep learning projects. If that’s your goal, Dell EMC engineers can help you configure, test and tune your GPU‑enabled hardware and software, so you can get up and running quickly with a top-tier deep learning platform based on a framework that can use both CPUs and GPUs. These solutions even include services to help your data scientists discover insights from data in less time.Key takeawaysIf you take a step back and look at the big picture, you’ll see that there are a lot of resources available to help your organization deploy AI and HPC-driven applications that take advantage of the power of GPU acceleration, and to do so with the confidence that comes with validated and optimized hardware and software solutions.I think you’ll also see that it’s becoming much easier to get into this game than it was just a handful of years ago. Today, end users no longer need to become experts in the underlying technology to capitalize on GPU-accelerated systems and the power of AI and other HPC-fueled applications. Instead, they can keep their eyes of the real prize — the work they do.To learn moreFor a closer look at the technologies that make it all go, explore Dell EMC solutions for high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.last_img read more

A grave concern: Coronavirus highlights burial plot shortages in cities

first_imgTopics : The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem of scarce burial space in cities, even as health concerns and tight budgets force more families to opt against traditional grave burials, land rights experts said on Monday.As cities around the world have rapidly expanded in recent decades, urban cemeteries have filled up or been dug up to build roads and homes, leading to an increase in cremations.”This trend will continue with urbanization. COVID-19 may just cause us to think about this in the immediate term,” said Peter Davies, an associate professor at the department of earth and environmental sciences at Australia’s Macquarie University. The challenge facing city authorities now – to dispose of bodies quickly and safely – was brought to the fore when a New York City councilman said earlier this month that public parks may be used as temporary burial grounds.City officials refuted the claim, but said some recent burials in a so-called potter’s field on Hart Island, which has been used since the 19th century for burying the poor or those with no known next of kin, included victims of the coronavirus.In Ecuador, authorities are preparing an emergency burial ground on land donated by a private cemetery in Guayaquil, the country’s largest city, to address a shortage of burial plots.Communal graves Cemeteries in South Africa have been asked to identify land for emergency burials, and consider “communal graves” for 20 bodies in the event of many coronavirus deaths, said Pepe Dass, chairman of the South African Cemeteries Association.”South Africa has serious issues with access to land in metropolitan areas, but also in rural areas,” said Dass, adding that conservation and residential developments take precedence, not cemeteries because they are not considered sustainable.”I definitely hope South Africa will become more sustainable in the way we think about burials. This is a wake up call.”As the pandemic brings greater awareness of mortality and consideration of funerary practices, there is an opportunity to rethink how we care for the dead, said David Neustein, an architect in Sydney and an advocate of “natural burial”.”It is the simplest, least energy-intensive alternative we have, and one that is highly compatible with environmental repair and regeneration,” he said of the process in which a body is simply put into the ground in designated areas, casket-free.Neustein had earlier proposed a “burial belt”, where bodies are placed in the soil among newly planted vegetation near towns and cities. It would reforest cleared land and create “near-limitless” land for burial, he said.”It can be implemented much more quickly than conventional cemeteries … and provide lasting green monuments to this terrible time,” he said.center_img “There would be increasing pressure for cremations as a more cost- and space-effective, and possibly safer solution from a disease transmission perspective,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Globally, there have been more than 2 million reported cases of the coronavirus, and more than 165,000 people have died, according to a Reuters tally.Before the outbreak, in cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong where even columbaria for urns containing ashes have filled up, historians and conservationists moved to protect the last remaining cemeteries and safeguard their heritage and tradition.In Britain, cities where burials are still the norm have proposed shared burial plots as space runs out.last_img read more

Long nets winner for Saints

first_imgThe Gortnahoe man scored in the 69th minute against the Welsh side.His team, which have not conceded in six matches, also had an effort from Graziano Pelle disallowed.Swansea had a 90th minuted penalty claim turned down – referee Jon Moss deemed there was nothing wrong with Maya Yoshida’s challenge on Alberto Paloschi.last_img

Max Kepler was called out on strikes despite pitcher not throwing a single strike

first_imgHe was smart not to, because the pitcher threw nothing but balls. But umpire Jerry Meals didn’t see it that way. The end result was Kepler being called out on strikes. But if you look at MLB.com’s strike zone, all five pitches were outside. (MLB.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e0/3/twins-vs-brewers_1fnagxfqmuznz1km8gv1zal3ww.png?t=-493392285&w=500&quality=80His poor effort was noticed by fans as well.I’m fine if you don’t want to have robot strike zones, but then the trash effort like Jerry Meals has put forth tonight deserve publicly noted fines or discipline from @MLB— Ted (@tlschwerz) August 12, 2020I’m sorry, I have to break my silence. Jerry Meals is having the worst game by an umpire I’ve seen in years. Good lord. #MNTwins— Greg Jensen (@JensenGregory) August 12, 2020This is why there’s a demand for robot umpires. (MLB.com)center_img Twins outfielder Max Kepler had an interesting at-bat Tuesday night.Kepler was facing Brewers pitcher Eric Yardley in the top of the sixth inning. It was a crucial at-bat because the Twins were down by two runs, and had runners on first and second with no outs. While standing at the plate, Kepler didn’t swing at any of Yardley’s pitches. Max Kepler’s strike out https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/c5/max-kepler_164z8di1w6g7518cotzys5v2uw.jpg?t=-494175773&w=500&quality=80MORE: What should MLB do with the Cardinals?That obviously looks bad.But maybe it just looks worse because it’s a clear-cut strike zone. Umpires don’t have a magical box in front of them when calling pitches that come hurling toward them at 90-plus mph. So maybe those calls looked a little better when you view the replay.Umpire Jerry Meals took the bat out of Max Kepler’s hands.Three blown strike calls in one at bat. #Twins v #Brewers pic.twitter.com/ijjvSX6Uef— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) August 12, 2020Not really.Those are pretty bad calls no matter which way you look at it. The second strike call was especially egregious. The third strike call was at least close enough to where you can’t get too upset, but you can even see Kepler in the video looking at the umpire and point down, indicating it was a low pitch.But that single at-bat wasn’t the only complaint fans had about Meals during Tuesday’s game. A comparison of his called strikes vs. the Twins and vs. the Brewers shows two different strike zones (credit to Baseball Savant).last_img read more

Leafs explode past Rebels; Hawks clipped by Chiefs; Bruins outlast Posse

first_imgNelson Leafs scored three first period goals en route to a 5-2 victory over Murdoch Division rival Castlegar Rebels Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play in the Sunfower City.Brandon Sookro scored twice for the Leafs which held period leads of 3-1 and 3-2.Austin Lindsay, Linden Horswill and Adam Hodge added singles for the Leafs.Hodge finished the game with two points, his first multiple point game as a member of the Leafs.Diego Bartlett and Jeremy McNeill replied for the Rebels.Nelson out shot Castlegar 27-22 making a winner out of goalie Brad Rebagliati. Nate Rabbit took the loss in goal for Castlegar. Nelson, 29-6-1-3, now lead the Murdoch Division by three points after Kelowna Chieft walked into the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale and beat Beaver Valley 3-2.The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak by Beaver Valley.Jagger Bowles had three points to lead the Chiefs.Walker  Sidoni and Dallas Calvin, on the power play late in the game, scored for Beaver Valley.Nelson hosts Spokane Braves Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena while the Hawks take to the road to face the Bruins in Grand Forks.The Bruins, winners of three straight games, outlasted Princeton Posse 7-5 at the Boundary Expo Rec Centre in Midway.Jackson Purvis had five points, including two goals, to pace the Bruins.Connor Gross, Brandon Savala, Nathan Cory, Mitchell Pearson and Nelson Minor Hockey grad Coleton Dawson also scored for Grand Forks.Cory finished with three points while Gross, John Skeet, Pearson and Dawson all had two points.last_img read more

H-DNL soccer: MVPs, All-League selections announced

first_imgThe Humboldt-Del Norte League released its 2019 All-Conference and most valuable player (MVP) selections on Tuesday.On the boys side, Del Norte High’s Jared Castro earned MVP honors for his work with the 7-4-2 Warriors. Del Norte’s goalie Scott Peters earned the league’s most valuable goal-keeper honors.The two led the Warriors to their second-straight postseason berth which came to an early end with a first-round North Coast Section Division 1 loss to McKinleyville.For the girls, Eureka’s …last_img

Philsteel returns as major sponsor of PBA

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH sponsored the league in 2004.“Our partnership with the PBA is steel-strong. We share the same market reach and audience profile,” said Paul Oraa, Philsteel’s Marketing Director.The league’s three Best Player of the Conference awards for this season willbe handed out under Philsteel’s name.“Philsteel and PBA are both trailblazing, trusted and excellence driven, it is a natural partnership forged by these common ideals,” said Ed Navarrete, the company’s head of Communications, Public Relations and Government Engagement. of the PBA family again.“It is a sweet comeback for Philsteel. Like the PBA, we are homegrown yet world class,” Uy said.“Competition is fierce in the PBA as in business, only thosewith drive, quality and the passion to do better everyday stands out, same qualities that shape our brands and Philsteel,” Uy added.Philsteel and PBA’s partnership go a long way back. The company firstADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Galvalume 55, Colorbond and building product Galvabond, recently forged a season-long partnership with the PBA under the helm of newly-minted commissioner Willie Marcial.“The PBA welcomes back a solid corporate partner in Philsteel,” saysFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutcommissioner Marcial during the recent contract signing held at the Philsteel Tower in Makati.Abeto Uy, Philsteel’s Chairman and CEO, said the company is happy to be part Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Gilas facing same old problems ahead of Australia clash Read Next From left to right: Lawrence Cementina, PBA Marketing, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, Philsteel Marketing Director Paul Oraa, Philsteel Head of Communications, Public Relations and Government Engagement Ed S. Navarrete. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAfter 14 years, pioneering steel manufacturing conglomerate Philsteel returns to the PBA as a major sponsor of Asia’s first play-for-pay league.Philsteel, the company behind renowned and trusted roofing brands such asADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Udanta Singh after India lose to UAE in AFC Asian Cup 2019: It hurts

first_imgIndian players probably walked back in disbelief to the dressing room after losing 2-0 in their second group game against host UAE in Asia Cup. Despite creating galore of chances, the team missed one chance too many and the best of the lot fell to Udanta Singh.Played through inside the box after a telepathic move with his national and club teammate Sunil Chhetri, the winger seemed to do everything right when he shot the ball past UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisha. However, the ball agonizingly ricocheted off the post and probably ended any hope India had of making a comeback.”It really hurts when chances like those don’t go in. But it hurts more when the team loses. Whether I score it or not, the result matters. And after playing such a good game, if your team lose, obviously it pains,” the 22-year-old winger told Mail Today from Dubai.But while many are calling it bad luck given the commanding performance the Stephen Constantine and side gave yet again, one can’t ignore the impotency the Indian forwards have often shown in front of the goals barring star forward Sunil Chhetri.To quantify things, India had 9 shot attempts (three on target), while UAE made all their shot on target count.The scoring ability of the Indian forward line was in question before the side left for the Asia Cup. The team heavily relies on Chhetri when it comes to finding the net while other Indian strikers in Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumit Passi and Balwant Singh have had dismal strike rate this season.advertisementHowever, Udanta refrains from that line of thinking and feels the goal scoring problem can be taken care of in days to come.”We have created so many opportunities yesterday (Thursday). So tagging us wasteful is probably not the right thing. We scored four goals in the Thailand match but paid a heavy price for not taking our chances in this (UAE) match. We have plans for that and we have already started working on them,” said the Bengaluru FC player.On a positive note, the team certainly deserves some credit for their bold performance in the Asia Cup so far. While many were skeptic about team’s chances against UAE, Chhetri and boys fought an even battle against a higher-ranked opponent.But areas of concern popped up when India’s reliable centre-back pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika were founding wanting in dealing with the pace of UAE forwards in both the goals.Udanta, who was seen putting in an extra shift to help right-back Pritam Kotal in defence in the last match, defended the backline despite the glaring mistakes on the night.”They (defenders) always play their heart out and they have done the same yesterday. Sandesh-bhai, Anas-bhai, Pritam, Subhasish, and others have risen the bar so high that we always expect more from them. Although we conceded two, they cut the attackers off so many times,” he explained.Despite the loss, India can feel positive about their chances to progress to the next round as beating Bahrain, who are yet to win a match in the competition, will give them safe passage to knockout stages. However, they can’t take things for granted, especially not with such shoddy finishing and inconsistent defending.Also Read | Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | AFC trolls Indian fan wearing Argentina jersey in Asian Cup match against UAEAlso Reada | India lose Group A top spot after 0-2 defeat to UAElast_img read more