VR simulations can be used to improve training methods The increasing commercial availability and adoption of virtual reality (VR) technology is having a profound transformational impact across the oil and gas industry value chain.Whether deployed in cases of project design, training, maintenance reviews or responding to operational incidents, data-driven visualisations are capable of helping companies tailor and refine their processes in myriad ways.The interactive nature of the simulations gives workers a broader set of tools with which to engage with their working environments – and in an industry where operations are often conducted in remote or challenging geographical locations this can be an extremely valuable asset. The use of VR-powered digital simulations offers a host of benefits to oil and gas firms, including precise geographical mapping and remote access to operations VR can help oil and gas companies conduct more precise resource explorationAccording to business intelligence firm GlobalData, the leading adopters of the technology within the industry to-date include BP, Chevron, Gazprom, Saudi Aramco and Shell.These firms are exploiting the benefits of VR in upstream, midstream and downstream operations – for instance the ability to digitally map the subsurface of a prospective exploration site to observe undulations or fractures in the terrain prior to drilling.The vast processing power of the computers involved in creating VR simulations is such that it enables huge amounts of topographical data to be analysed in resource exploration to give organisations much more precise insight when searching for new deposits.VR can allow remote access to hard-to-reach facilitiesGlobalData oil and gas analyst Ravindra Puranik said: “Over time, this technology will transform oil and gas processes and workflows and help create new growth opportunities for organisations.“VR and 3D simulations allow employees to interact with field equipment in a virtual world, and using the VR system enables an employee to get hands-on training with different kinds of equipment and devices without affecting normal work routines.” VR-powered ‘digital twins’ can give remote access to hard-to-reach locationsThe ability to create an interactive virtual replication – or “digital twin” – of a working environment, piece of equipment or a particular operational situation provides new employee training opportunities for oil and gas companies, as well as the cost benefits of being able to deal with situations remotely.A specialist equipment engineer, for example, could be “plugged in” to a VR rendering of a malfunctioning piece of machinery to diagnose the problem and advise on how to fix it – rather than being required to travel out in-person to the often inaccessible field locations in which oil and gas firms operate.Puranik added: “Digital twin is emerging as a prominent use case for VR in oil and gas operations. This approach is focused on enhancing business processes through data visualisation.“VR-powered digital twins are helping operators create and fine-tune plant designs, processes, and workflows and monitoring operational performance to identify improvement opportunities.“A virtual reality system is also equipped to replicate a wide range of emergency situations that employees could potentially face in real-life while working on-site with heavy machinery, thus ensuring they are ready to deal with any unforeseen event.”
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Buenos Aires: Defending champions Boca Juniors rose to third in the Superliga Argentina standings with a 3-0 home victory over Velez Sarsfield.Argentina international forward Cristian Pavon put the hosts ahead at the Bombonera Stadium on Sunday by slotting home from a tight angle after a perfectly weighted Ramon Abila pass.Former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus forward Carlos Tevez then drew a penalty after he was brought down by Gaston Gimenez.Colombian midfielder Edwin Cardona scored his first goal of the season as he sent goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez the wrong way with the resultant spot-kick.Sebastian Villa, introduced as a 77th-minute substitute for Tevez, netted the winner by latching onto Dario Benedetto’s through ball following another counter-attack and firing into the top corner.Boca are three points behind leaders Racing Club with two wins and a draw from their four matches while Velez are 19th, six points off the pace.In other matches on Sunday, Racing won 2-0 at home to Rosario Central, Independiente drew 2-2 at Estudiantes, Tigre won 2-0 at Aldosivi and Union Santa Fe drew 0-0 at Colon. IANS
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2016 at 1:21 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse Athletics officials last year zeroed in on creating a point system for student attendance at sporting events. Then-athletic director Mark Coyle and his chief deputy headed collaborative meetings with key student leaders to discuss the possibility.But with the university’s third athletic director in as many years, the process has grown internal with the athletic department pursuing the idea — on its own accord.“With Coyle, we knew we were going to make the move to some sort of point system,” Otto’s Army President Johnny Oliver said. “The change of leadership has derailed the whole process.”The idea of a point system is very much alive. By the start of next football season, SU Athletics hopes to adopt such a program, which incentivizes students to attend athletic events through prizes. SU Athletics is exploring a point system because of its success at other Power 5 schools, said Anthony Di Fino, SU’s associate athletics director for business development.“It’s a priority for us that we get the point system up and running for our students, especially if we go to a student activity fee,” Di Fino said. “It’s just a matter of implementation.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA point system at SU was first considered under Coyle’s management. His departure meant plans in the works between Otto’s Army, the student section, and Syracuse Athletics were halted. Representatives from Otto’s Army met with Coyle several times in the months leading up to his leave. The last meeting occurred one week before Coyle left for Minnesota in May. Coyle, whose tenure lasted 11 months, supported a points system idea that would attempt to increase student attendance at SU sporting events. The program would serve as incentive for students to attend all athletic events, not just football and men’s basketball games. Coyle, the Student Association and Otto’s Army were close to a concrete plan.As part of last year’s discussion around the point system, officials talked about including a $100 athletic fee into the general student fee that would replace the way students purchased season tickets. They would be automatically enrolled in the fee and have to opt out, which was met with some questioning over whether the student athletic fee would benefit the broader student body.“The fee’s been flown under the radar with the change of leadership,” Oliver said.Since last spring, Otto’s Army has met with Di Fino about four times. Di Fino said a program is coming to SU in the next few weeks but declined to specify exactly what it would entail or when it would launch. The talks have included the possibilities of the point system — how it would work at SU, how students would redeem points and what rewards would entail. Students who attend games could earn free T-shirts, better seats and entry to select closed practices. John Wildhack, Syracuse’s director of athletics, has not expressed to Otto’s Army whether he supports a point system, Oliver said. The first-year director of athletics made a “brief appearance” at a recent meeting. Around the ACC, point systems are not uncommon. Several conference schools run point systems, while SU charges students $219 for a men’s basketball and football package. Syracuse has offered the plan in its current format for at least 10 years, said Jeremiah Maher, SU’s associate athletics director for ticket sales and operations.A greater percentage of freshmen and sophomores buy ticket packages than do juniors and seniors. Herein lies one of the athletic departments’ greatest challenges: implement a system that draws students through Carrier Dome turnstiles. “We need to look at ourselves from a marketing standpoint and say what more can we do to get the students there?” Di Fino said. “What’s going to make them walk into that game?“I can’t see what it is, it hasn’t been announced yet,” Di Fino said, adding, “we are looking into programs that will help us do that and really bring that drive back to the student section that was once there.”That drive has lessened across the country. Student tickets have trended down nationally, according to analysis by The Wall Street Journal. From 2009 to 2014, student attendance of public colleges with top programs decreased 7.1 percent. Even at perennial contender Michigan, student ticket sales plummeted 40 percent in 2014. At Georgia Tech, students pay an annual activity fee of $127 that grants them entry to all home football and basketball games. The school has considered a point system but has not implemented one because the university’s student government organization has one of its own, said Rick Thorpe, Georgia Tech’s athletic director for sales and fan experience.Boston College runs a point system titled, “Gold Pass.” For $199, students can attend all BC home events. For high-demand games, students with the most points are given prioritized seating location.Miami charges students a $138 annual athletic fee, granting students admission to all Miami home events. This plan, and Georgia Tech’s, are considerably cheaper than that of Syracuse and other ACC schools.Florida State runs a “Spirit Rewards Program,” in which students tally points when they complete activities. Attending games — which are free — is just one activity. Connecting a student’s Facebook account, posting photos on Instagram using an official hashtag and tweeting at games all garner points. Students with higher point totals get better seating at games, said Rob Wilson, FSU’s associate athletic director.Daily Orange File PhotoThe traditional point system has had its pitfalls. Four years ago, Louisville tested out one of its own: “Cardinal Chase.” It lasted only one year because students swiped their IDs at events then left just to rack up the points, said Erika Fitzgerald, the school’s assistant ticket manager. UofL, which is “always” looking at other Division I schools’ student ticket programs, got its current model — one similar to that of SU — from a little due diligence.Prior to the 2014 season, Louisville athletics staff members phoned their counterparts at Michigan, among other schools. Intrigued by the Michigan system, Louisville gave it a shot. In its third year, the program mirrors systems at Indiana and Kentucky. UofL attendance jumped more than 30 percent in the first year. “Literally you name, we’ve tried it,” Fitzgerald said of the school’s trial runs. Di Fino, SU’s associate athletics director for business development, has looked to other ACC schools and peer institutions outside of the ACC, including Georgetown and George Washington, in efforts to improve the SU student package. “Are we fair?” Di Fino said. “We’re looking at that now. We’re on the right track, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.” Comments
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Monday told a court here that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat told the police that they could have filed the charge sheet after procuring the sanctions. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “You (police) could have filed after procuring sanction only. What was the hurry? I can go ahead with the case,” the judge said Police told the court that it would take two to three months to procure the sanctions. The court also sought a report from the deputy commissioner of police assigned to the case. It posted the matter for further hearing on March 29. The court had earlier also directed the police to ask the authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to procure the sanction needed to prosecute Kumar and other accused, including former JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in the case.
Paris: Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland.Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset.The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The team responded well to their equaliser. You always have the dream and aim of achieving something important,” Ramos told Spanish television channel TVE.”We’re in a new stage with a coach who has a fantastic style of play. We’ll take things game by game. We’ll pick up more confidence from winning.”Coach Luis Enrique named an attacking line-up, with Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Rodrigo all starting, and it was the latter who volleyed home the opener from Jordi Alba’s cross in the 16th minute. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWinger Jesus Navas created several other early chances for his teammates on his first Spain appearance since March 2014, but Rodrigo headed over and Morata was denied by away goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.Norway started to grow into the game and were handed a chance to draw level in the 65th minute when Inigo Martinez grabbed Bjorn Johnsen, and Bournemouth striker Joshua King stepped up to slot past David de Gea.Spain wasted little time in getting their noses back in front, though, as Jarstein felled Morata to concede a 71st-minute penalty. Centre-back Ramos stepped up and confidently dispatched a ‘Panenka’ spot-kick down the middle to score his 16th goal of the season for club and country.Juventus youngster Kean, 19, became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century as Roberto Mancini’s men saw off Finland 2-0.Italy got off to a flying start in Udine, as Nicolo Barella gave them a seventh-minute lead with his maiden international goal.The 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder hammered home a low volley after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Finnish defence.The day belonged to Kean, though, as he slotted in the second with 16 minutes to play to mark his full debut in style.”To become part of Azzurri history is an added incentive to keep working,” said Kean.”There are many goals ahead of me and my aim is to achieve them. I wanted to show that I deserved this chance from Mancini.”Italy are top of the early Group J standings ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who edged out Armenia 2-1 as captain Edin Dzeko became the first player in their history to be capped 100 times.The other game in the group saw Greece win 2-0 against Liechtenstein in Vaduz.Earlier on Saturday, Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar.The 60-year-old McCarthy, who led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup last 16 before resigning later that year, was reappointed manager last November, replacing Martin O’Neill.The result leaves Ireland second in the early Group D table behind Switzerland, who beat Georgia 2-0, but McCarthy will know he has plenty of work to do after seeing his men struggle to claim just their second win in 12 matches.Gibraltar almost took a shock lead early in the second half, but captain Roy Chipolina saw his header brilliantly saved by Darren Randolph.Ireland took the lead less than two minutes later, though, as Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick slotted home his second international goal from David McGoldrick’s cutback.But the 194th-ranked team in the world did not give up and almost found an equaliser when 37-year-old forward Lee Casciaro curled wide after a fine team move.Elsewhere, World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden made a winning start in Group F as midfielders Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson both scored in the space of seven first-half minutes in a 2-1 success over Romania.
Visakhapatnam: Former Australia speedster Brett Lee applauded Harbhajan Singh, saying that the veteran Indian off-spinner has shown a lot of confidence while bowling for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL. Harbhajan, 38, has turned the clock this IPL season more than once, taking crucial wickets during the tournament to help CSK reach their record eighth final in 10 years. CSK were suspended for two years in between. “He exactly knows where to bowl for certain batsmen. His bowling was outstanding, he got some beautiful shape on the ball again. I love the revolutions of the ball,” the Star Sports Select Dugout Expert, Lee said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”That tells us that he has good control on the ball. He is bowling with confidence,” the former fast bowler added. Harbajan finished with figures of 31 for two in Qualifier 2 to help CSK restrict Delhi Capitals to 147 for 9 on Friday night and then the defending champions reached the target to win by six wickets. Two wickets in the game against Delhi meant Harbhajan became the third Indian to claim 150 wickets in IPL. “His stand is basically right-handers vs left-handers. Just shows how good a bowler he is. He can bring in the LBW both against the left and the right-handers,” Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson, who is also a Star Sports Select Dugout Expert, said. Harbhajan has taken 16 wickets from 10 matches so far in the ongoing cash-rich tournament.
Three of the younger stars of men’s tennis broke through this season to reach the Top 10 in the rankings and qualify for the exclusive, lucrative, year-end tournament in London. But so far at the ATP World Tour Finals this week, several of the older men in the sport have been asserting their dominance, often winning in blowouts.Only the top eight healthy players in the world qualify for the tour finals. The injured No. 3, Rafael Nadal, skipped the tournament, so the other eight men in the top nine of the rankings entered. Then Thursday, No. 8 Milos Raonic withdrew with an injury, so David Ferrer stepped in to play Raonic’s last match.The tour finals provide a useful benchmark for the state of the sport. Since 1970, they’ve gathered the best players in the world around the end of the season to compete for big stakes in prize money and, since 1990, ranking points. The details have changed often: the host city, the format, the number of players and matches. But as far as the tumultuous history of pro tennis goes, the tour finals have been a relatively stable showpiece for top stars.This year, the state of the game appears to be one of change: 23-year-old Milos Raonic, 24-year-old Kei Nishikori and 26-year-old Marin Cilic — members of the sport’s “second line,” as Cilic called them at the U.S. Open — all broke through to reach their first tour finals. These days in tennis, even 26 is young.But the other five, who have played in the tour finals before, all are a year older than they were last year. So their sticking around increases the average age of contestants. This year, it’s 28 years, three months — down by just a month from last year’s record high and more than five years older than the youthful class of 1993. (The average age climbed when the 32-year-old Ferrer stepped in as an alternate, but would have been about the same if Nadal had been healthy enough to play, bumping both Raonic and Ferrer.)The young-ish debutantes also haven’t done much winning. Cilic won just six games in his two defeats. (“His debut in the World Tour Finals has gotten [the] best out of him in terms of his nerves,” Novak Djokovic said after beating Cilic, 6-1, 6-1.) Raonic suffered two straight-sets losses before withdrawing. Nishikori has won twice, including over the 32-year-old Ferrer on Thursday, but was routed by Roger Federer two days before.“The usual guys that everybody knows for a long time still enjoy the game and like to be out on center court, as well, accepting the challenge of the young guys,” Federer said after defeating Nishikori. He predicted his main rivals would continue troubling the upstarts for years to come.The tournament looks even grayer when factoring in who’s doing the winning. The average age of winners five-sixths of the way into the round-robin stage has been 29 years and 1 month, more than a year older than last year and older than at every other tour finals since the very first tournament, the elder-dominated event of 1970.Not only have the oldsters mostly held their ground, but they’ve done it in dominating fashion. Only one of the tournament’s 10 matches through Thursday even went to three sets: Nishikori’s defeat of Ferrer. On average, the loser has won just 5.1 games, and the winner has won 71.1 percent of games. If those figures hold up, they’ll be the lowest and highest, respectively, in completed matches in the history of the round-robin portion of the event (which was skipped from 1983 to 1985).
Facing the Minnesota Golden Gophers (24-23, 13-11 Big Ten) in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game, the Ohio State baseball team (26-27, 14-11 Big Ten) fell, 9-4, on Friday. Illinois took the championship and automatic conference bid for the NCAA Tournament. This was Greg Beals’ first season as coach of OSU, after replacing Hall of Fame coach Bob Todd. The team finished one game below .500, marking the first time the Buckeyes had a losing record since 1987. Beals did lead OSU back to the Big Ten Tournament, however, after Todd’s team missed the cut last season. Beals said he was proud of how far the team came in his first year at OSU. “Of all the great teams in Ohio State baseball history, this team, this year, was the first team to sweep Michigan at home in Bill Davis Stadium,” Beals said. “This was the first team to go up and at Minnesota, and win a series on the road at Minnesota — first in history.” Freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel said the team had a lot of guys fitting into new roles and that they all matured over the year. “We all found our roles pretty early in the season, and then we all really stuck to that,” Wetzel said. “I think, in a game like this, that’s going to take us a long way.” Beals said the players knew who they were and fought their “tails” off. “I’ll remember these kids for the fight they had,” Beals said. “Whether they were as good or better or not as good, they just fought, and they fought, and they fought.” The Buckeyes will lose seven seniors, including three everyday starters. This includes two starting pitchers and two relief pitchers, one of whom was Drew Rucinski, a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Beals said the team has eight incoming players signed to national letters of intent and seven verbal commitments. “I’m looking forward to next year, playing with all these guys — except for those seven seniors that will be gone,” sophomore catcher Greg Solomon said. “They did a hell of a job this year.” Beals said the bar has been set high for OSU baseball and that, in the future, the team needs to take care of business so chances to make the Big Ten Tournament are not in jeopardy. “Playing baseball the right way and maximizing the game of baseball is what me and my coaching staff are going to push every day in this program,” Beals said. “It was something that was an absolute necessity for this season, and it’s something that I think for great baseball, where we want this program to go, it’s going to be a necessity in the future also.”
Steve Miller has officially signed on to join the Ohio State men’s ice hockey coaching staff as associate head coach under Steve Rohlik, the school said Friday. Miller spent the past two seasons with Air Force as the director of hockey, and was an assistant coach on the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Championships — a team that featured Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski.“Steve is one of the most respected coaches in college hockey,” Rohlik said. “He is outstanding at developing players and brings a great deal of championship experience to our team. We are thrilled to have him as a Buckeye. We can’t wait for the season to start.”A coaching veteran with 28 years of experience under his belt, Miller was rewarded in 2008 with the American Hockey Coaches Association’s Terry Flanagan Award, an honor recognized to an assistant coach for a career’s worth of coaching success.The bulk of Miller’s career was spent coaching the University of Denver where he spent 20 seasons, the first 17 of which as an assistant coach and latter three as associate head coach. While working with the Pioneers, Miller helped guide the team to back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005, three Western Collegiate Hockey Association titles and four WCHA tournament titles. Regarded as a premier player-developer in the nation while at Denver, Miller coached 41 players to selections in the NHL draft, 55 All-WCHA honorees, 15 All-Americans and a pair of Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winners (given to the player deemed the best men’s collegiate hockey player in the nation).Miller began his coaching career with his alma mater, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota after playing three seasons of varsity hockey for the program. As a coach, Miller’s team immediately found success as it won the 1989 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff championship and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament that year.He then spent two years at Miami under George Gwozdecky — whom he followed to Denver — where he helped the program win its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association title. After his time spent at Denver, he worked at Providence as an associate head coach during the 2014-15 season when the Friars won the NCAA Championship.Miller brings his history of success to an Ohio State program on the rise after finishing 21-12-6, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. “I am honored and humbled to join such a prestigious institution and build on what Coach Rohlik and the student-athletes have achieved,” Miller said. “There are great things on the horizon for this program. I am excited to get going.”Miller’s careerOhio State associate head coach: 2017 – presentAir Force director of hockey: 2015-17Providence associate head coach: 2014-15University of Denver associate head coach: 2011-14University of Denver assistant coach: 1994-2011Miami University graduate assistant coach: 1992-1994St. Mary’s Univeristy of Minnesota: 1989-1992