Weatherford Captures the ‘Big Picture’ in Offshore Operations with CorDEX’s ATEX Certified Camera

As one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies, Weatherford is only too aware that oilfield operations
present unique challenges as the hazardous and remote conditions make it difficult to carry out daily operational tasks.

Weatherford operates in more than 100 locations worldwide, with a product and service portfolio that spans the life cycle of a well – from drilling, evaluation, completions to well intervention. Photography and documenting images for surveys and reports is part and parcel of every day activities offshore.

The ToughPIX 2303XP was well received by Weatherford staff who adopted the new digital camera in February 2011. The next-generation device is ATEX and American CSA certified to take images within Zone 1 IIC T4 and Class 1 Division I B, C, D hazardous areas. This latest version of the ToughPIX 2303XP camera is more streamlined than its predecessor and includes still and moving images in AVI format of up to 10 mega pixels. Encased in aluminium with an ultra-bright display protected by armoured glass, the revolutionary camera is custom designed for the harshest environments.

Mechanised Systems Engineer Michael Wilson, who is based in Aberdeen and the North Sea regularly uses the ToughPIX 2303XP to capture images to help him carry out his job of ensuring oilfield equipment and work systems are running efficiently and safely. Michael’s work entails carrying out preinstallation surveys which require high quality photographic coverage to show in-situ working environments and how operations are functioning. He deals with pressure vessels, pumps, control support his work. He explained: “It is necessary to back up surveys and reports with photographic evidence to show machinery working in complex systems and running smoothly. The camera has proved very reliable and has helped in allowing critical decisions to be made, when systems are not working or problems occur. With its onboard 8GB memory, it has allowed me to store hundreds of images which can be easily downloaded to any PC.”


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