Yearly Archives: 2019


Silixa to present at the SPE Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir and Asset Management Workshop in Denver, CO, USA on 27-29 August 2019

Connect with us at the SPE affiliated Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir and Asset Management Workshop, in Denver, Colorado, USA on 27-29 August 2019, where we will be presenting on our market leading distributed acoustic sensing solutions.

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, will present on Processing and Modelling of Microseismic DAS on Wednesday, 27 August 2019 at 11.00 am (Session 2: Design of Data Acquisitions: Strategies and Workflows)

Garth will also present on DAS Monitoring of Subsea Wells on Thursday, August 29 at 08:00 am (Session 9: Integration od DTS/DAS Sensing with Emerging Sensing/Applications with Fiber Optics and Additional Sensors) and on Data storage, streaming, interfacing and visualisation standards for DAS on August 29, 2019 at 10.00 am (Session 10: Data Management, Visualization, Big Data, Data Fusion)

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa’s Executive Director, will present on High Precision Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensor for Advanced Geophysical Applications on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 08:00 am (Session 5: Emerging and Enabling Technologies/New Technologies).

Pete Richter, Silixa’s VP O&G North America Land,  will present on Hydraulic fracture monitoring and optimization using a high precision engineered fiber optic acoustic sensor on August 27 at 15:00 pm. (Session 4: Design of Data Acquisitions: Strategies and Workflows)

The workshop will discuss technologies that are used to optimize reservoir and field development and operations.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: DEFOS 2019 – SPE Workshop: Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir and Asset Management


2019-08-27T12:28:38+00:00July 10th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa grows North American footprint with new appointment

Silixa announces that Kirk Trujillo joins the company’s Houston branch in the capacity of Sales Manager, effective immediately.

Kirk joins Silixa with 25+ years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and brings a wealth of expertise in the field of downhole applications and wireline operations.

Prior to joining Silixa, Kirk has held various field, operational and management positions at major service companies, working for Pinnacle Technologies, Weatherford, and Schlumberger around the globe, before taking on the responsibility to oversee AFL Global’s worldwide sales.

Kirk Trujillo said: “Silixa has an impressive portfolio of services underpinned by a market leading technology. I believe there are great opportunities for the company to grow and I very much look forward to driving the business forward.”

His new role will focus on developing Silixa’s activities in the North American market.

For more information please contact us.

2019-08-21T07:29:12+00:00August 21st, 2019|News|

Silixa appoints Robert Hull as a Consulting Senior Geophysical Advisor

Silixa is pleased to appoint Robert Hull as a Consulting Senior Geophysical Advisor. Robert is a geophysical specialist holding over thirty years of experience in the field of microseismic acquisition design and interpretation, fiber optic fracture imaging, and geomechanical modelling.

Rob joins Silixa at an exciting time and will support the further development of Silixa’s industry leading real-time frac visualization service, Carina® XwellXpress™ and  ArrayFrac™, hydraulic fracture monitoring service.

Until recently Robert worked as a Senior Geotechnical Specialist with Pioneer Natural Resources Geophysical Technology Group, managing the microseismic acquisition imaging team where he developed a deep insight into the application of fiber optics in the Permian Basin. During his time at Pioneer he was the recipient of multiple innovation awards for fiber optics and the application of microseismic techniques.

Robert holds a Master of Science in Geosciences and is a member of the SEG and AAPG. He is a well-respected author and presenter of many papers and publications relating to his expert subject matter.



2019-07-19T09:41:59+00:00July 19th, 2019|News|

Silixa to exhibit at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Denver, CO, USA on 22-24 July 2019

Silixa will be exhibiting at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTec) in Denver, Colorado, USA on 22-24 July 2019.

Our Carina® XwellXpress service removes the most challenging barriers that keep operators from implementing diagnostic services: high costs, lack of real-time data & interference with operations. To see how we can expand your hydraulic fracture monitoring and seismic acquisition options please visit us at our stand #351 or email to arrange a meeting.

Jointly organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), URTeC has become the premier event focused on the latest science and technology applied to exploration and development of unconventional resources. The show brings together the entire asset team under one roof to connect on all things unconventional.

For more information please contact us.


2019-06-10T09:56:21+00:00June 10th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa announces the launch of Carina® Subsea 4D, the world’s first permanent ultra HD in-well seismic data acquisition system for subsea wells

Press Release

London, UK – June 4, 2019

Silixa announces the launch of Carina® Subsea 4D, the permanent ultra HD in-well seismic data acquisition system for subsea wells. Installed as part of the well completion, the new engineered fibre optic system enables ultra-high definition 4D seismic data acquisition on demand along the entire subsea wellbore without the introduction of additional operational costs and risks. This allows operators to perform more frequent seismic acquisitions at a much lower cost, enabling them to accelerate production and increase ultimate recovery.

Carina® Subsea 4D offers a breakthrough performance by utilizing the Carina® Sensing System, enabled by the precision engineered ConstellationTM fibre, to achieve 100x improvement in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) compared to DAS systems utilising standard fibres. Constellation fibre is engineered with brighter backscatter centres along its length to capture and reflect 100x more light back to the interrogator without introducing significant loss to the forward propagating laser pulses. The Carina® Sensing System, together with the Constellation sensing fibre, can offer a practical solution to compensate for the long tie-back fibre attenuation and connector losses in subsea installations.

Carina® Subsea 4D can operate independently or provide complementary data to existing ocean bottom cable or ocean bottom node systems. The same seismic shots are captured by both the ocean bottom and Carina® Subsea 4D, but the higher density and the wide aperture of the Constellation sensing fibre, and proximity to the reservoir, allows for higher resolution in the resulting seismic images around the borehole than those obtained from the ocean bottom receivers. This is especially true for reservoirs that are difficult to image using ocean bottom receivers, such as pre-salt reservoirs or those below gas clouds.

Carina® Subsea 4D is unique in that it does not require any complex electronics to be placed on the seafloor. Acquisitions are performed from the topside facility through existing fibres in the subsea umbilicals. Integration complexity and costs are therefore substantially reduced, and data management simplified. Interrogators can easily be maintained and upgraded. The long offset distance between the surface interrogator and subsea well does not compromise data quality; the Constellation fibre optic cable and novel optical architectures allow the same high-quality data to be achieved as on existing land and platform systems.

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, said: “We are delighted to launch Carina® Subsea 4D a revolution in subsea data acquisition. Until now, subsea fields had to rely on sparse data acquisition due to the risk and cost of acquisition. We are aware of the impact this has had on recovery factors. Following a three-year development effort, we are pleased to bring distributed fibre optic sensing technology to subsea wells, to allow the same data acquisition we have already enabled on land and platform wells. We believe the resulting optimization will provide an immediate step change in field recovery factors.“

2020-05-05T08:48:16+00:00June 4th, 2019|Events, News|

Silixa to exhibit at EAGE 2019 in London, UK on 3-6 June 2019

Join us at the 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition in London, UK at booth 220 on 3-6 June 2019.

We will also be presenting on Advanced Geophysical Measurement Methods Using Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensor on 5th June 2019 at 13.30 pm, in room 09.

Our Carina® Sensing System seeks to disrupt conventional geophysical surveying methods and enables the realisation of new applications. In unconventional wells, in addition to seismic and microseismic measurements, the improved low frequency response of the DAS system, down to the milli-Hertz level, is used to monitor hydraulically induced strain effects. In offshore applications, the permanent installation of the fiber optic along production and injection wells is enabling more frequent and cost-effective seismic data to be acquired. The next challenge is stepping out to subsea wells. We will be presenting the initial lab results demonstrating the benefits of the high precision engineered fiber for advanced seismic acquisition in long-tie back subsea wells using only surface optoelectronics.

EAGE is the world’s largest geoscience event that addresses key aspects of the oil & gas industry; the newest technologies, latest developments and innovative services.

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Related Links: EAGE 2019

2019-05-29T09:04:33+00:00March 14th, 2019|Events|

Silixa to present at EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria on 7–12 April 2019

Connect with us at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 in Vienna, Austria on 7-12 April 2019.  We will be presenting on the use of our intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS™)  for various geophysical applications, such as monitoring volcanic activity and seismicity.

Silixa’s distributed acoustic sensors enable the realization of new applications, where the fiber optic cable can be deployed readily as a dense, wide-aperture acoustic phase-array in novel configurations. With the benefit of high spatial and temporal sampling, Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) has the potential to revolutionise seismological data acquisition on multiple scales across the Earth, even in remote and urban areas, utilising existing fiber-optic infrastructures.

Silixa’s iDAS™ (intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor) has been tested as a new tool for monitoring volcanic activity.  iDAS was used to record strain rate signals along a 1.3 km-long fibre optic cable deployed in the Etna summit area. The system recorded the strain rate induced by volcanic sources with 2 m spatial resolution at a sampling frequency of 1 kHz.

To learn about the details of this and several other projects please join us at the event.



Monitoring volcanic activity with fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing – first experiments at the Etna volcano

Towards multi-observational full-waveform inversion

Towards seismic and volcanic hazard assessment with distributed acoustic sensing in fibre optic cable

Dynamic strain determination using fibre-optic cables allows imaging of seismological and structural features

Exploring Fibre-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing for Shallow Underwater Applications


The EGU General Assembly 2019 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences.


For more information please contact us.

Related Links: EGU General Assembly 2019

2019-04-02T10:51:39+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Events|

Silixa to present at the 2nd EAGE Workshop on Practical Reservoir Monitoring in Amsterdam on 4th April, 2019

Join our presentation on Practical Reservoir Monitoring Using Distributed Acoustic Sensor with Engineered Fiber at the second EAGE workshop on Practical Reservoir Monitoring in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 4th April 2019.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa’s Co-Founder and Executive Director will present the latest field data as well as the initial lab results and the benefits of using Carina® Sensing System for seismic acquisition in long-tie back subsea wells.

Carina Sensing System with the engineered Constellation™ fibre offers 20dB (100x) improvement in sensitivity and wider dynamic range compared to that achieved with standard fibres. This provides a new possibility of acquiring high-resolution seismic images in deep water installations with no subsea optoelectronics requirement.

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, will also present time-lapse results of iDAS monitoring of CO2 injection into a Pinnacle reservoir.

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Related Links:
2nd EAGE Workshop on Practical Reservoir Monitoring

2019-03-29T11:02:37+00:00March 27th, 2019|Events|

Silixa celebrates its seventh consecutive incident-free year

Silixa celebrates another incident-free year maintaining the highest standards of safety performance for the seventh consecutive year.

“Everything we do across our company starts and ends with safety,” said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO. “We invest significantly each year in health and safety and our commitment to safe operations within our own facilities extends to our customers’ sites. Safety is our top priority, a responsibility we take very seriously.”

The Silixa team continuously conduct safety audits on all locations to ensure that everyone is working safely, keeping all job sites non-hazardous.

2019-03-07T17:56:16+00:00March 7th, 2019|News|

Silixa expands its global oil & gas presence with the appointment of Amer Khayyat

Amer KhayyatSilixa Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Amer Khayyat as Vice President of Conventional Oil & Gas. This development is a response to increased international market demand for fibre optic data acquisition services following the introduction of Silixa’s leading Carina® Sensing System which delivers the highest quality data by wireline intervention and accessing existing permanent fibre installations.

“As the global energy market faces significant change, we recognise the need for being able to quickly respond to our customer’s needs.  Our newly enlarged team will further develop and improve the quality of our data acquisition services and products, providing value-driven solutions through existing completions or intervention,” said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO.

Amer brings over 19 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having held various senior level positions around the globe with major international service companies. His expertise extends to downhole technology, wireline, drilling measurements and artificial lift in conventional and unconventional applications. Immediately prior to joining Silixa, Amer served as Vice President of BHGE’s Downhole Technology portfolio and Executive Director for the Cased Hole & Open Hole Wireline business units.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in Providence, USA and a master’s degree in civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge USA.

“I am impressed how Silixa has transformed the fibre optic sensing market during the past few years and I am very pleased to join a team that delivers ground-breaking solutions to the oil and gas market. I look forward to further expanding the repertoire of our services, strengthening both commercial and operational benefits we bring to our clients,” added Amer.

Amer is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

2019-03-05T14:27:44+00:00March 5th, 2019|News|