Saturday, November 6, 2010

Software Safety enters spotlight in Oil and Gas industry

E&P magazine that covers the upstream oil and gas industry, published an introductory article Software safety enters spotlight by Don Shafer, to Software Safety. Introductory in the sense that Software Safety is a new concept to the readers of the magazine in that industry. An industry that is use to hydraulics and motors rather than firmware and micros.

Back in July [2010] I covered the Testimony of Mike Williams Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf Oil Spill, where Mr. Williams explains what happens when Software Safety is not given proper consideration.

Mr. Shafer's article points out that software guidelines and regulations will be coming to the Oil and Gas Industry per David Reid of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

My own house sets atop the Marcellus Shale and the deeper Utica Shale deposits. Not much activity beyond marketing is happening here in the Oil City area, where the Oil Industry started 150+ years ago, yet. However in the regions where a lot of drilling has started a few have gotten rich beyond their imagination overnight, while others have had their water wells ruined dropping their property values to nothing.