Stewart Technology Associates are Now Offering Riser Analysis Services

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OrcaFlex Software for Riser Analysis Now Being Offered by Stewart Technology

Risers are integral to the oil and gas industry.

Risers are integral to the oil and gas industry. These conduits are responsible for transferring materials from the seafloor to drilling facilities atop the water's surface. Risers can also transfer materials from the drilling facility to the seafloor. Because they are so essential to the oil and gas industry, companies need the assistance of engineering firms to ensure proper installation and performance of these temporary extensions. To this end, Stewart Technology Associates (STA) recently announced services dedicated to riser analysis via the OrcaFlex software.

Developed and manufactured by offshore dynamics software company Orcina, OrcaFlex is renowned for its ease of use and wide range of technical capabilities. Also, STA clients can use OrcaFlex as a library for hosting automation possibilities and integration into third-party software, unlike other similar software programs serving the offshore engineering market. OrcaFlex renders time-domain analysis of marine systems with 3-D imaging, thus giving clients a thorough view of their offshore operations. Companies can examine the level of riser fatigue, which is the localized and progressive damage to structures when transported materials endure cyclic loading. They can also look at the natural vibration that occurs to their structures, and detect and fix problems if there's more noise or vibration than normal.

STA's software solution is used for a variety of risers, which include tensioned marine risers, flexible risers, and steel catenary risers (SCRs). OrcaFlex can also be used for hybrid riser systems, which incorporate main characteristics from other riser variants.

OrcaFlex—often acclaimed as the foremost marine technology software program in the world—is used by over 260 clients, which are mainly in the offshore engineering market. Other sectors that use the software include ocean engineering, aquaculture, oceanographic research, compliant marine renewables, and seismology. In addition to being an official retailer of OrcaFlex, STA has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of riser analysis projects. Potential clients can ask STA for a price quote on OrcaFlex via phone or email.

About Stewart Technology Associates:
Founded by engineer Bil Stewart in 1986, Stewart Technology Associates (STA) is an engineering consultancy that specializes in offshore and marine structures, and it provides engineering software like OrcaFlex for analyzing them. STA's clients include government agencies, oil companies, financial institutions, drilling contractors, and even other engineering outfits. Its sister company, Zeta Stewart Associates (ZSA), specializes in oilfield process equipment, with emphasis on separators, degassers, scrubbers, and hypochlorinators. The company is headquartered at 9105 Harbor Hills Drive, Houston, Texas 77054. The consultancy can be reached by dialing 713-789-8341.

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