The 1880 Gunbarrel May Not Work Today!

In the 1880s Gunbarrel Tanks we designed to remove small amounts of water from larger volumes of produced oil.  Today's high water cuts demand a new design that does just the opposite!

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Our Patents

Patents and efficiency often go hand in hand.  In facility design we  weigh the value of patented technology against its costs.  When efficiency matters  our IP  (patents and intellectual property) really performs.  Take a look at our IP here and use it in your next project! 

​Vessel Specifications Pay Big Dividends

This "White Paper" was written to help facilities engineers get a grip on the important issues they face when they buy new oilfield process equipment.  When you take the time to write a specification, you pay for your time a hundred times over!

​​HTC Technical Papers

These "White Papers" below were written by Bill Ball between 1992 and to 2014.  In 2014 Bill's High-Tech Consultants, Inc. was reformed as Breakthrough Engenuity LLC.  These  papers are intended to help Facilities Engineers improve their process equipment, systems, and facilities design efforts.


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It's Time to use AI and IoT in Upstream Oilfield Facilities

This paper suggests that the time is now to use AI and the IoT in existing and new tank batteries to improve efficiency and increase much needed profitability.

​Stop Corrosion in its Tracks

Nearly all oilfield facilities experience corrosion to one degree or another.  Stopping it is easy!  The best use of coatings, anodes, and chemical corrosion inhibitors  is outlined in this white paper.

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​Proper Oilfield Vessel  Baffle Designs Improve Separation Efficiency 

Almost all oilfield pressure vessels suffer from surges which short circuit retention time.  Proper attention to baffle design can cure this problem!

Overcoming the Sizing Paradigms of the Past

This paper describes the methods of sizing Gunbarrel tanks for the low water cut applications of the past, and for the higher water cuts of today.  The .21st century has ushered in a new set of production conditions never experienced before. 

APRIL 20, 2020

The Day Oil Prices Tanked!

For the first time EVER, the price of crude oil went negative!  The COVID-19 pandemic drastically cut worldwide use of ALL petroleum products, driving the price of oil down to -$37.63.

Colorado's 2022 Tankless

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​Most Oilfield Facility Fires Can Be Prevented

Oilfield facilities designers and installers should consider all salient conditions for the prevention of fires.  This paper outlines some of the key issues.

​Facilities Performance Evaluation Reports

Facilities are ever-changing with the times.  As operations personnel come and go through the "Boom and Bust" cycles facility performance sometimes suffers.  We offer evaluation studies to find weak links and return performance to a higher level of acceptability.


​​KOTREATTM - Another 21st Century Breakthrough

This "White Paper" describes the how the innovative KOTREATTMreduces costs.  KOTREATTM is a single vessel combining a free water knockout section and a horizontal heater treater. 


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​​Report of the Woodward L-POD Field Test

This "White Paper" describes the first field test of the Generation 1 L-POD System.  The results were predictably very positive.  Since this test, L-POD's Generation 2 System has been designed and produced.  It will be an even better performer in the real world.


The Ideal 21st Century Tank Battery 

This paper details the paradigm-breaking CTB and component systems designs to assure oil and gas operators optimum separation and maximized hydrocarbon sales .

The State of Colorado is suggesting operators eliminate typical storage tanks to help reduce carbon emissions and overall carbon footprint.  This poses design challenges that can be met.


At Last, an Eco-Friendly

Heater Treater

This all-electric treater produces zero green house gas while automatically controlling paraffin, RVP, and BS&W electronically.  It's the industry's first ECO-Friendly flameless treater!


​​Industrial Drones Save Time and Money

21st century drone have amazing capabilities.  A properly configured drone can "fly" a site and generate an accurate 3D CAD model of the site in an hour or two!  The savings are huge compared to the weeks a survey crew would need to do the same job!.  

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​​The World's First AI Controlled Treater

This "White Paper" describes the economics of using the L-POD System as artificial intelligence finds its way into the upstream oil and gas industry.  This fully self-managed treater can even be made to have a zero-carbon footprint!

Should Treater Firetubes be in Water or Oil?

For nearly 90 years designers have placed treater firetubes in water.  This paradigm ("we've always done it that way") is challenged in this technical paper, suggesting we shouldn't have!

​​​Cut Chemical Costs by 50% or More!

This "White Paper" describes simple, practical, doable ways to cut chemical costs while improving chemical treating effectiveness at the same time.  Application methods make all the difference ... and you can make it happen!



Clarifier Designed for Crude Oil Terminals

​This "White Paper" describes this new system designed to eliminate BS&W from crude oil BEFORE it is pumped into the nation's pipeline and refineries!