Mezintel Depth Tracker streams out ASCII data every 4 seconds via a 9-pin RS-232 male serial port. This data is in WITS format.
WITS (Wellsite Information Transfer Specification) is a 20 year old worldwide oil and gas industry standard that specifies how to format text-based (ASCII) drilling data for transmission between two devices connected by serial ports (RS-232) or by an Ethernet link.
A signature of approval authorizes specified subsequent actions.
In the field of materials testing, by signing a test report the signatory is saying that it is okay to archive and send the test results to stakeholders. In addition to placing the signature on the form, digital signing should do more to make any subsequent authorized tasks as seamless as possible. This means taking advantage of the computer to boost productivity by:
- Eliminating manual handling of the test reports
- Streamlining the process of distributing approved reports to customers
A collection of marketing materials that identify key benefits of using BreakTest software for managing reports of construction materials testing.
Assigning test review responsibilities by project and site allows materials testing supervisors to:
- Review and process tests efficiently in multi-user team
- Minimize non-billable time in processing concrete compression tests
Properly tracking changes to deficient test sheets reduces follow-up and review cycles.
An effective lab test data tracking process:
- Saves non-billable time for engineering staff
- Improves report quality
- Streamlines process flow
A good operations dashboard for a construction materials testing lab helps team members to:
- Plan ahead based on workload
- Prioritize specific tasks as needed
- Avoid distractions caused by continuous paperwork flow
A Need to Better Manage Daily Breaking of Concrete Samples Uncovers and Resolves Other Workflow & Productivity Issues
A customer using spreadsheet concrete reports with some automation via macros scripts looked to Mezintel’s BreakTest for new ways to:
- Print daily cylinder break schedule
- Automatically populate individual reports with strength data filled-in from daily break forms.
BreakTest can save you over 90% of the effort spent on sending test reports manually:
- Saves ~1.5 months per year for 50 daily tests
- Savings compound if more than 50 test samples per day
The chart section and survey table in Mezintel Gamma now feature right-click menus.
Just right-click anywhere on the chart or on the surveys for a pop-up menu which contains the same items in the Choose Command drop-down menus for these sections.
Mezintel Gamma has a debug window which is commonly used for diagnosing serial port communication issues. One of our customers suggested that this feature would be even more useful if it can be accessed before actually loading a gamma job — instead of only from within a job.
Good idea! So we implemented his suggestion…
You can specify a gamma scale factor for each bit run in Mezintel Gamma using a new built-in tool that helps you derive scale factors.
You can enter a scaling factor if you know it, otherwise, if you are unsure then you can calculate or find it from the Bit Runs window:
- In the Scale section under the bit run you want, double-click the value box for Gamma Scale Factor
→ The Get Scale Factor window opens
Have you ever edited a log plot header to meet a requirement only to find yourself (or your colleagues) re-editing it several times to meet different requirements?
To make your work easier, you can now save multiple plot headers for the same job in Mezintel Gamma!
In Mezintel Gamma, samples points logged when the drill bit is ‘off-bottom’ are not shown on the plot. This is useful because it allows you to safely remove points from the plot by manually setting them to be off-bottom. This hides the points rather than delete them. The hidden points can be revealed again by reverting them back to be ‘on-bottom’.
Mezintel Gamma allows you to customize the timestamp format in you LAS export. You may need to do this in order to meet a requirement for another software or the LAS file format preferred by a client.
Mezintel Gamma continuously sends out data to depth tracking EDR providers such as:
Pason and RigSense (NOV).
On a regular basis, about every 5 seconds, WITS data packets are sent out as several lines of plain text (ASCII) that are usually comprised of Toolface, Surveys, and Gamma data.
As you know, sometimes sample data may go missing for an extended interval of time while drilling continues. In such cases, there is a gap in the sample plot for the depth interval where data went missing.
Up until now Mezintel Gamma used to fill-in (or close) the gap with a straight line. However, some users wanted to control whether or not to show such gaps, so we have provided you with a new option to do just that.
Slow Performance Due to Accumulation of Jobs (more than 5 jobs)
Depending on your computer’s specs, Mezintel Gamma can start to run slow if you have accumulated about 5 or more jobs in addition to the default job templates. Some processes may even fail to complete when you have too many jobs. For example:
- Adding a new job may fail to complete
- Saving tie-in for the Survey Table may return an error
- Adding a new bit run may fail to complete
Some geologists require well logs to be produced as one seamless image file, usually as TIFF.
Up until now, Mezintel Gamma exported logs only as PDFs with pages that print seamlessly from log printers. We referred users who need TIFF logs to 3rd-party software; but this feature is now available from Mezintel Gamma software!
New Sharp Header with editable vertical text.
Mezintel Gamma has been improved to generate completely vector-based PDF logs, with these benefits*:
One of our customers wanted larger indicators on the Mezintel Depth Tracker so that MWD operators can see depth status from 15 feet away.
So, we added an alternative view that enlarges the block height, bit depth, ROP, hook load, hole depth, and slips status.
Simply tap on the Samples button to use this enlarged view.
In order to successfully run a Mezintel program, you must run it as administrator. Mezintel software that is not running as administrator will encounter errors as some point of being used.
If the UAC dialog does not pop up with you try to run a Mezintel program, then it is not set to run as administrator.
We launched our new website a week ago on October 1st!
While it looks great, it also tells you more about our company and products, and comes with an online support system for our customers. In order to improve our customer service, we introduced the following three channels for delivering support online:
A Mezintel dongle key allows your PC to interface with other equipment and continuously log data for however much time is licensed on the key.
If you are running Mezintel Gamma with a dongle, the software will notify you 3 days before your licensed time expires.
After searching globally for a software solution, a client approached Mezintel to develop a solution for its concrete and soils testing lab, which at the time was struggling to manage enormous amounts of paperwork. After 5 years of extensive development, the product was launched in 2010, initially with the concrete module, and two years later, with a soils module. Continue reading
Mezintel is a specialized software development firm that provides solutions to track and manage industrial measurements. Currently we offer two core applications – Mezintel Gamma (used by drilling companies for MWD, measurement while drilling) and Mezintel BreakTest (used by Construction Materials Testing Labs for managing Concrete and Soils testing.)