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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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KOTREATTM - Another 21st Century Breakthrough
This "White Paper" describes the how the innovative KOTREATTM reduces costs. KOTREATTM is a single vessel combining a free water knockout section and a horizontal heater treater.
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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.
At Last, an Eco-Friendly
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!
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!
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!
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.
L-POD - A System to Eliminate BS&W at Pipeline 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!
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!
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!.
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 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!
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.
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.