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The acoustically dead constrained-layer damped plate combined with a Seismic Load Cell™ attached to each corner is the ultimate combination to absorb and isolate unwanted vibration, including structural, air-borne and that generated by the hi-fi equipment. For asymmetric components such as a valve (tube) amplifier with the transformers at the rear, different load capability Seismic Load Cells™ can be used to balance the load. The singular Seismic Load Cell is available with seven different weight capacities, ranging progressively from 1kg up to 32kg.
For out of balance loads where the centre of gravity of the component is not near the geometrical centre of the component, each support foot is screw adjustable in length to allow for this. Any group of components brought together with the aim of accurately reproducing music or a film soundtrack is at the mercy of our planet, and the consequences truly are seismic.
Townshend Audio is the world’s only manufacturer of isolation systems that protect hi-fi and AV equipment from seismic microtremors. As many have already witnessed, the improvements are a revelation and a true pleasure – not least because severing the acoustic link between the speaker and the floor allows playback at more realistic volume levels without annoying the neighbours!
In this promotional video filmed at the National Audio Show in UK, Mike Valentine from Chasing the Dragon and Rolf Ward from Henley Designs, Wax lyrical about their experiences using the Townshend Seismic Podiums under their speakers.
When creating our perfect audio scenario, attention will inevitable be drawn toward isolating the components from ground-borne vibration, thus insuring optimal musical enjoyment and less for the neighbours. Gerry has effectively Isolated his full Naim system including Ovator S-600s speakers by breaking the link between the floor and the equipment, freeing it from its inevitable resonance.
These problems are normally associated with ground vibration travelling through older houses where wooden sprung floors need to be decoupled from the equipment. Gerry’s now fully floated Naim system Townshend Seismic Isolation has shown truly remarkable and cost effective results even on concrete! The pair of racks, weighting respectively 142Kg and 132Kg, have been isolated by removing the original feet and placing instead four load appropriate Seismic Isolation Bars front to back directly under the granite shelf. Postano integrates all the major social networks, allowing you to easily aggregate fan content wherever they decide to share it.
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Specialist engineering company, STATS Group, has completed an 18 month design, manufacturing and installation project to enable the tie-in of a fifth pipeline on Statoil’s Troll A Platform.
Statoil’s Troll A platform, located off the west coast of Norway, utilises a system of seal tubes to tie-in risers which are run down the inside of a dry concrete leg. When the platform was commissioned in 1995, three pipelines were pulled-in through the seal tube system – two 36” pipes for the export to Kollsnes and one 20” for an import line. Statoil approached STATS to perform an engineering study to identify the procedures and apparatus required to perform another pipeline tie-in utilising one of the remaining unused seal tubes. STATS primary role was to design, manufacture and install the bespoke engineering interfaces on Troll A to allow the new pipeline to be pulled-in through the existing seal tube arrangement in the gravity base structure 300 metres below sea level, whilst still providing full isolation between the inside of the platform leg (at ambient) and the seawater pressure outside (30 Barg). Pete Duguid, STATS Group chief executive officer, said: “The project was challenging as many of the original interfaces no longer complied with current standards and risk assessments and we developed a range of new tools that would provide safe isolations for the pull-in. STATS conducted a site survey of the seal tube, (S1), to determine the external and internal condition of the seal tube and associated pipework and valves.
STATS designed a 36” Temporary Anchor as the mechanism by which any axial forces generated by the 36” pipeline was transmitted into the seal-tube and in turn into the gravity base structure. The 36” Seal Cartridge is a unique and bespoke interface which provided the seal between the P12 pipeline and the seal tube outer casing. STATS also designed and manufactured the Grout Bung, a subsea installed isolation tool, which provided an external seal between the 36” P12 pipeline and the 50” Troll A seal tube outer casing. During the project STATS were approached by Allseas, who were responsible for the pipe lay campaign, to design and manufacture the pipeline Pull Head. Mr Duguid added: “All stages were successfully completed to schedule by STATS, concluding with the removal of the pull head plug which was set inside the new pipeline to provide an isolation barrier during the final riser tie-in. Posted on June 29, 2012 with tags Allseas, Connects, europe, Fifth, Gas, News, Norway, Oil, Pipeline, platform, Statoil, STATS, Troll A.
A fire broke out aboard the Statoil-operated Troll B platform, offshore Norway, on Monday, September 1. A man, working on Statoil's Troll A platform fell to his death after being lifted off by a helicopter. Do you attach great importance to quality and do you have an affinity with offshore projects?
Maersk Drilling Norge AS was established in 1990 and employs a staff of approximately 1000 people.

Offshore technology provider Enhanced Drilling has successfully completed a landmark pilot project with Statoil. The Federal Gulf of Mexico is one of the fastest-growing offshore markets with yet-to-be-discovered potential of about 48 billion barrels of oil, according to various US data.
According to the IEA, at least 10% of the world’s remaining recoverable conventional oil and gas resources lie below the ocean’s surface in deep water. In addition, what makes the Gulf so attractive for oil majors is the possibility of large finds in one place with hundreds of millions, perhaps even billions, barrels of oil equivalent.
The next chart shows steady progress over the years from shallow-water platforms to highly complex and capital-intensive ultra-deep-water oil development projects.
The major players in the development of deep-water oilfield reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico are ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and BP. These challenges alone limit the number of oil companies capable of tackling such ultra-deep-water projects to a handful of operators with highly-skilled workforces, advanced technological capabilities, experience with similar reservoirs, reputations for operational excellence and a track record of world-class safety performance, not to mention strong balance sheets. Shell’s floating Perdido project, which it jointly owns with Chevron and BP, was the first Gulf project from the Lower Tertiary to begin production in 2010. The Julia oil field, however, seems to fulfill Exxon’s strict internal investment metrics with an estimated six billion barrels of resource in place and capital cost for the project estimated at over $4 billion, a press release by Exxon says. This brings us to BP, which is historically one of the largest investors and producers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Although the majors are currently reigning in capital expenditure and exploration costs could increase with post-Macondo regulatory changes, the approximately 60 deep-water drilling rigs operating in the Gulf could also increase over the medium term, given the region’s attractive resource potential and existing infrastructure. Every hi-fi system, from humble to high-end, has its performance ceiling set not by the cost and quality of its individual components but by how completely those components – the source, the amplification, the loudspeakers  – are isolated from the world around them.
Yet, as interference, it can destroy the realism – critically realised in the finest, low-level detail – of the music we love.
That is, it was all the fault of the loudspeaker, as it was both the means for converting electrical signals into the vibrations we perceive as music and (because it was physically coupled to the room in which it was being played), also the culprit for resonant interference – not only to the detriment of its own performance but also everything else in the playback chain.
If unchecked these unwelcome resonances are a fundamental cause of under-achieving sound quality, and well recognised as such – to the extent that, over the years, the burgeoning ‘isolation’ business has spawned myriad ‘solutions’ to the problem, ranging from the widely favoured spiked speaker stands and equipment racks to simple, cushioning elastomers and, more recently, exotic, expensively-encased ceramic balls with mysterious ‘energy-draining’ properties. Every moment of the day and night, global activity is occurring, mostly manifested as a phenomenon known as microtremors. Their amplitude is very low, measuring between force -1 and force 2 on The Richter Scale, as shown (fig. The result is simply magical, allowing listeners to hear into their favourite music in a way they were never able to previously.
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Every display, from web embeds to event displays, is styled to match your branding and achieve your social objectives. Use our analytics dashboard to see how your hashtag is performing, where your fans are coming from, which social network has the most traction, and so much more. The seal tubes were concreted in place at the base of the riser leg on the gravity base structure in 1991. The pipeline is a new 62.5 km, 36” pipeline (P12) which is to be installed between Troll A and Kollsnes in Norway. The TSU (an early version of STATS’ current Tecno Plug™) hydraulic circuits were function tested to confirm expected fluid returns during setting and unsetting operations, additionally the seals were tested to confirm their condition. This system stops the differential loading from the water pressure acting on the pipeline forcing the pull head into the platform which in turn could damage the seal tube. The Seal Cartridge contains two 1.2m diameter compression seals, each weighing in excess of 80kg.
The Grout Bung utilises a two part specialist seal, integrated into a large hydraulic clamp assembly with integral locks, which can be remotely closed around the pipeline then manoeuvred into its set location via an arrangement of adjustable hydraulic circuits.
STATS utilised an existing model from Allseas and modified it to interface with the de-watering isolation tool supplied by STATS. Additionally, the pull head plug had the capability of being utilised as a dewatering plug in the event of a pipeline wet buckle during the pipe lay operation.
The latest EIA data allocate 17% of US crude oil production in 2013 to the federal offshore Gulf of Mexico. They are projected to become a vital part of the future energy mix as deep water oil and gas production is expected to increase significantly from current levels to about 8.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) by 2035. Note, production facilities in a water depth of over 5,000 feet are considered ultra-deep-water projects, though depth distinctions can vary. With substantial investment pouring into offshore projects, the rig count in the deep water off the US coastline is expected to increase significantly over the next couple of years. True value in terms of experience, engineering, and drilling comes from undertaking projects like those in the Lower Tertiary formation, which allows companies to acquire many of the aforementioned characteristics in the first place. According to a BP press release, the company is the leading acreage holder in the deep-water area with equity in more than 650 leases.
The aim, therefore, is to preserve the good vibrations (something worth signing about as the Beach Boys would no doubt agree) by preventing contamination from the bad ones. We wouldn’t dispute that they all do something to change the sound – maybe enough, in some cases, to persuade the listener that unwanted vibrations have been vanquished and all is well with the world.
Designed as a range to accommodate any size and weight of speaker – standmount plus stand, floorstander or subwoofer – the Seismic Podium breaks the acoustic connection between the floor and the speaker, preventing the passage of deleterious vibrations both to and from the speaker cabinets.

When under your speakers, they will give you immediate improvements in overall sound by preventing speaker generated vibration from entering the floor and sound from entering your speakers. Concrete is seemingly rigid and can be a surprisingly perfect conduit for ground borne vibration, playing havoc and coursing super sensitive circuitry to jitter and the walls to shake.
There are seven seal tubes – four designed for large bore pipe up to 36” – and three designed for smaller diameter pipe up to 20”. This time the line was a 16” which utilised the second smaller seal tube, however the seal cartridge was revised to utilise a compression seal rather than the inflatable seal used in the first three operations. The TSU had been stored inside the seal tube for the past 16 years in one atmosphere of nitrogen. The hydraulic cylinders contained sufficient stroke to ensure maximum eccentricity conditions between pipe and Temporary Anchor was accommodated. The elastomer seals provided a pressure testable barrier system to prevent seawater under pressure from entering the internal end-cap. The whole assembly was remotely controlled via hydraulic control panels mounted on the deployment frame. A unique interface panel integrated in the Pull Head design, allowed the STATS technicians to communicate with the isolation tool in the event of a pipeline wet buckle. Could the future of the US oil industry lie far offshore in the deep waters of the Gulf and, above all, deep underneath the “mud-line”?
Globally, the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most important regions for energy resources and existing infrastructure.
Foremost, the oil majors’ Gulf of Mexico experiences in the Lower Tertiary may prove invaluable for similar ultra-deep-water projects offshore Africa and Brazil, in the South China Sea or offshore Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal. Malo project with production start-up expected in 2014 in the same Lower Tertiary formation. The Julia field is estimated to have a production life of up to 40 years, offshore-technology reports.
After the accident with BP’s Macondo well, followed by a six-month moratorium on drilling projects at depths greater than 500 feet and tightened US regulatory oversight of the offshore oil industry, the EPA recently announced that it would lift a 2012 ban imposed on BP preventing it from bidding on new exploration acreage leases in the Gulf.
Registration or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Is it something to do with pace, rhythm and timing or what hi-fi reviewers sometimes refer to as the sound being ‘fast’? They are Mother Earth’s never-ending backing track, the residual noise recorded on seismographs between earthquakes. By eliminating the resonance between the speaker-cabinet mass and the floor, the sound will be noticeably clearer, much more tuneful, controlled and natural.
STATS confirmed the TSU was fully operational while NDT testing on the associated pipework of the seal tube confirmed wall thickness prior to conducting pressure testing on the system to reduce any risks. It also provided an additional sealing function to prevent grout ingress into the internal end cap during the grouting operations.
The Grout Bung installation was controlled by ROV and supervised by STATS technicians and once installed the void between the Seal Cartridge and Grout Bung could be grouted, providing corrosion resistance, support and stability to the new pipeline prior to installing the internal riser components. The isolation tool could then be used to dewater the repaired pipeline, saving weeks of downtime.
The EIA notes, for example, that over 40% of total US petroleum refining capacity is located along the Gulf coast. Companies can add incremental proved reserves to their balance sheets in what appears to be an oil-constrained world over the long term.
Estimates project about 15 billion barrels of recoverable oil could lie in the source rocks, Bloomberg reports. Likewise, ExxonMobil is pursuing the development of the Julia oil field in the same ultra-deep-water area with its resources reportedly recoverable at depths up to 30,000 feet beneath the seabed. The considerable radial forces generated by the Seal Cartridge elastomers have the added benefit of assisting the pipeline to centralise within the seal tube without causing damage to the pipeline. Key to unlocking those reserves are experience, engineering innovations in deep-sea drilling and advances in technology – i.e. Interestingly, James Osborne of the Dallas Morning News brings attention to the fact that Exxon has been “for years [only] a small presence in the Gulf” in comparison to its rivals. Some can be emphasised or attenuated to alter the sound, and there any number of cable and ‘accessory’ manufacturers out there that will help you achieve such an ‘effect’, some arguably desirable, some less so. The following chart points to significant growth potential in the relatively underrepresented ‘deep-water’ category within Exxon’s resource portfolio.
Either way, and however beneficial the changes might seem, they are most likely benign distortions, and minimising distortion, in all its forms, is a principal goal of hi-fi. Deep-water drilling, defined as water depths of 1,000 feet (~304 meters) or more, started with Shell’s Gulf of Mexico Cognac field in 1978.
Since then, the water depth of discoveries has trended deeper and deeper and has reached so far its culmination point with Shell’s Gulf of Mexico ultra-deep-water Stones project – still in progress – at a record water depth in the area of 9,500 feet (~ 2,900 meters). According to Shell, production from Stones’ first phase of development is anticipated for 2016.

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