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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.
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:
A collection of marketing materials that identify key benefits of using BreakTest software for managing reports of construction materials testing.
An effective lab test data tracking process:
A customer using spreadsheet concrete reports with some automation via macros scripts looked to Mezintel’s BreakTest for new ways to:
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:
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.
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:
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!
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.)