Yearly Archives: 2017


Silixa to present at AGU’s Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on 13 December 2017

Join the Fiber-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) for Geophysical and Industrial Applications session to learn about the use of DAS for novel geophysical or industrial applications at AGU in New Orleans, Louisiana on 13 December 2017.

Distributed acoustic sensing provides a flexible and large sensing aperture for acquiring high resolution acoustic data in time and space. The use of DAS in the industry for flow profiling, high resolution borehole/surface seismic imaging, micro-seismic monitoring for fractures has been accelerated with the improvements in the sensitivity, the advances in real-time big data processing and flexible deployment of fibre optic sensing cables.

There is a growing interest in the use of DAS for critical geophysical infrastructure applications such as earthquake and near-surface passive seismic analysis including the development of tailored or new numerical techniques.

Silixa’s oral presentation is titled High Definition Seismic and Microseismic Data Acquisition Using Distributed and Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensors, and will be presented on 13 December 2017 at 15:12 pm.

Over the past few years Silixa has successfully used DAS to record microseismic events during hydraulic fracturing and re-fracking operations. Detection has been successful in a number of configurations, where the fibre has been in a horizontal treatment well, horizontal well adjacent to the treatment, or vertical observation well. We will discuss the sensitivity of the measurement, range of measurement, ability to localise the events and characteristics of the microseismic event. In addition to discussing the theory we will also present case studies showing the detection and localisation and how these compare to conventional microseismic detection techniques.

For the full list of oral presentations please click here.

For the full list of poster presentations please click here.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: 2017 AGU Fall Meeting


2018-02-26T12:36:25+00:00December 13th, 2017|Events|

Anglo American leverages Silixa’s process metering technology to win smart technology sustainability prize

Anglo American FutureSmart MiningTM wins “Best Use of Smart Technology for Sustainability” award at Mines and Technology 2017

London, 5 December 2017

Anglo American (LSE:AAL) has been awarded the prize for best use of smart technologies in sustainability at the 2017 edition of Mines and Technology. The prize, which was accepted for Anglo American by Donovan Waller (Group Head of Technology Development), was presented last week at a Gala dinner in London. This award was presented in recognition of the company’s innovative efforts to deploy and integrate Silixa’s non-intrusive optical process metering flow measurement technology at Mogalakwena Platinum Mine.

Mogalakwena Platinum Mine is located in a water stressed region with complex water management requirements.  Working with Silixa, Anglo American’s FutureSmart MiningTM program installed the world’s first permanent, non-intrusive, multi-zone, flow metering system based on distributed acoustic sensing technology.  Covering over 16km, the circuit requires no power, has no expensive sensing parts, requires no alteration of the pipeline and hence no interruption to flow.  The system delivers robust flow measurements for automatic incorporation into water balance calculations. Borne from the Pervasive Sensing project theme arising from the 2015 FutureSmart MiningTM Open Forum on water, the technology is now being expanded into the process realm where the value addition is likely to be significant.

“This honour represents an important validation of the hard work of our extraordinary team at Silixa. Our corporate vision is to apply our distributed fibre optic sensing technology in creative ways to develop applications that help deal with the world’s greatest industrial challenges, whether that is safely optimising production, or providing effective flow metering. Our ultimate goal is to change how distributed sensing is used in industry,“ said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO.

Mines and Technology’s Outstanding Achievement Awards and Gala Dinner attracted hundreds of senior representatives from all tiers of mining companies, investment institutions, government delegations as well as a range of technology providers. The night was an opportunity to honour the companies and individuals who exhibited outstanding achievement in 5 distinct technology achievement categories.

About Silixa

Silixa Ltd, based in London UK and the US, was established in 2007 and is supported by investors Lime Rock Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures and Statoil Technology Invest.  Silixa is transforming how distributed sensing is used in the energy sector by applying the power of the world’s highest performing distributed acoustic (iDAS™ and Carina® Sensing System) and temperature sensing (ULTIMA™ DTS, XT-DTS) technologies. Silixa delivers distributed fibre optic monitoring solutions on both new and existing fibre cable installations with the highest levels of accuracy in the industry to improve performance, reduce operational costs and extend the lifespan of any asset.

About Anglo American

Anglo American is a globally diversified mining business. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the raw materials to meet the growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies. Our people are at the heart of our business. It is our people who use the latest technologies to find new resources, plan and build our mines and who mine, process and move and market our products to our customers around the world.

As a responsible miner – of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum and other precious metals, iron ore, coal and nickel – we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our key partners and stakeholders to unlock the long-term value that those resources represent for our shareholders and for the communities and countries in which we operate – creating sustainable value and making a real difference.

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2018-02-26T12:27:11+00:00December 5th, 2017|News|

Silixa to present on Carina Engineered Fibre Optic Sensing System in London on 5 December 2017

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, will be presenting the Carina Engineered Fibre Optic Sensing System and the use of this for production profiling at the SEAFOM Industry event in London on the 5th of December 2017.

He will present case studies of measurements made with the Carina® Sensing System, and will demonstrate the opportunities presented by this technology for production flow analysis. Garth will also discuss how the combination of Carina and high resolution distributed temperature sensing can be used to interpret and constrain production flow models.

SEAFOM is an international Joint Industry Forum that promotes the growth of fiber optics in subsea as well as other upstream oil and gas applications.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: SEAFOM


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2018-02-26T12:39:56+00:00November 15th, 2017|Events|

Silixa to present on non-intrusive process metering at the Mines and Technology Show in London on 29 November 2017

What if you could meter every flow in your mine or plant? Silixa’s non-intrusive process metering product makes it possible to meter many process flows continuously using only a single, extended length of optical sensing fibre. Recent case studies demonstrate how this technology can be installed throughout a plant, without any disruption to ongoing operations, on slurry, water and gas process pipes.

Daniel Finfer’s presentation (BDM – Process Metering) at the Mines and Technology Show will focus on the sensing method as well as its application for multizone process flow metering. Revealing the details of a successful process flow metering job at an operating minewater treatment plant, he will demonstrate how this technology can be used to enable process control optimisation.

The Mines and Technology Show provides a forum for senior decision makers from mining companies and technology providers to lean about the latest technologies and exchange ideas on how their implementation can enhance productivity and improve cost management.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: Mines and Technology show 2017


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2017-11-15T11:00:41+00:00November 15th, 2017|Events, News|

Silixa is raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The Silixa team are raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a charity which ensures that nurses, doctors and research teams can provide the very best care to patients and develop life-saving treatments to be used around the world.

We lost our Commercial Director, Mick Longton, to cancer in October 2017. We would like to celebrate his life, pay tribute to his accomplishments and keep his memory alive by supporting this charity that funds state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

To help us make a difference please donate HERE.

For more information please Contact Us.


2019-02-06T13:04:48+00:00November 22nd, 2017|News|

The Cutting Edge of Fibre Optics: Temperature and Acoustic Applications in Earth Science – workshop

Silixa will be participating in a two-day hands-on workshop on the theory, application and analysis of distributed fibre optic sensing at Nasa’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, USA on 9-10 December 2017.

The workshop is organized by the Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs, CTEMPs, an organization that promotes field-deployable high-precision fiber optic temperature measurement systems, wireless self-organizing multi-parameter sensor stations, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) primarily to researchers to find new ways to implement these technologies in earth sciences. Experiment designs, installations, and data analysis is supported by a staff of scientists.

CTEMPs has been providing distributed temperature sensor training for years, but this year they are expanding the scope of the workshop to distributed acoustic sensing as well. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with Silixa’s intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS) and XT-DTS, the ruggedized distributed temperature sensor for extreme environments.

Examples will be taken from passive and active DTS applications, active and passive seismic monitoring, and acoustic monitoring in pipes.

To register for the workshop click here.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: December 2017 DTS Workshop: The Cutting Edge of Fiber Optics: Temperature and Acoustic Applications in Earth Science

2018-02-26T12:50:07+00:00November 10th, 2017|Events|


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely passing of Mick Longton, Silixa’s Commercial Director, who passed away on 22 October 2017.

Mick was a valued member of our team since 1st November 2013 and he will be greatly missed.

Staff at Silixa would like to express their gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences please email


2018-02-26T12:46:32+00:00October 27th, 2017|News|

Silixa appoints Glynn Williams as CEO

Silixa Ltd announces the appointment of Glynn Williams as CEO with effect from 16 October 2017.

Glynn brings over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having held various senior level positions around the globe. His expertise extends to drilling, completions, well testing, cased hole logging and emerging disruptive technologies.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, who successfully built Silixa from inception into the leading distributed fibre optic sensing company, will remain Executive Director, responsible for the long-term strategic planning and product innovation, as well as key customer and supplier relationship management. Commenting on Glynn’s appointment, he said: “We are delighted to welcome Glynn to our leadership team. His expertise is invaluable to us as we look to make a step change in what we can achieve commercially across multiple sectors.”

“I am impressed with the tremendous progress Silixa has made in advancing distributed sensing technology and its applications by developing the market leading ULTIMA™ DTS, XT-DTS and iDAS™ systems. Now with the addition of the Carina® Sensing System, we are not only redefining the limits of what is possible, but also extending the repertoire of new commercial and operational benefits it can offer to our customers,” said Glynn.

Alison Goligher, Silixa’s Executive Chair, added: “Glynn has the experience, leadership credentials and deep sector knowledge to expand our commercial and operational capabilities. I am confident we can make considerable progress in transforming how distributed sensing is used in the industry.”

Glynn began his career with major service companies. In 1995 he co-founded Sensa, a pioneering fibre optic sensing solutions provider. After the company’s sale to Schlumberger in 2001, Glynn acted as an independent director on three private equity backed businesses and became full-time Chief Executive of SPS International.

He holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


2019-02-06T13:04:48+00:00October 17th, 2017|News|

Silixa to present on Fibre Optic Acoustic Sensing in Wells at the Non-seismic Geophysical Technologies and Non-Conventional Seismic Conference in London on 11 October, 2017

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, will be presenting on Fibre Optic Acoustic Sensing in Wells at the Non-seismic Geophysical Technologies and Non-Conventional Seismic Conference in London on 11 October, 2017.

Following several years of comparison around the globe, many geophysicists now accept that the quality of seismic data recorded on optical fibres is equivalent to that of geophones. Over the past three years, DAS surveys have been run on many non-conventional applications, such as carbon sequestration projects, surface buried fibres, inter-well pressure connectivity, mines, dams and ice formation.

Garth’s presentation will describe the impact of fibre technology on conventional seismic, then give three case studies to demonstrate the advantages of fibre optic acoustic sensing in sequestration, microseismic and hydraulic projects.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: Non-seismic Geophysical Technologies and Non-Conventional Seismic Conference

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2017-09-25T12:41:35+00:00September 25th, 2017|Events|

Silixa to present on production monitoring improvements from next generation DAS in Aberdeen on 3 October 2017

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, will be presenting the latest advances in distributed fibre optic sensing and the use of these for production profiling at SPE Aberdeen’s 3rd Inwell Flow Surveillance & Control Seminar in Aberdeen, Scotland on 3 October 2017.

He will introduce Carina® Sensing, present the step change in measurement realised with this new sensing system, and demonstrate the opportunities presented by this technology for production flow analysis. Garth will also discuss the use of distributed temperature and acoustics, and show how combined output of these data types can be interpreted to constrain production flow models.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: SPE Aberdeen’s 3rd Inwell Flow Surveillance and Control Seminar – Technical Programme


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2017-08-21T17:20:10+00:00August 18th, 2017|Events|
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