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Silixa shortlisted for the SPE Offshore Achievement Awards 2018

London, 16 January 2018

Silixa is delighted to learn it has been shortlisted for the Innovator Award in the SPE Offshore Achievement Awards 2018 for developing and commercializing the Carina® Sensing System. 

This exciting announcement celebrates the company’s commitment to delivering innovative solutions and remaining at the forefront of technology, both in terms of the core interrogator units and the applications that consume the data.

Silixa’s Carina Sensing System, born out of the company’s most complex and ambitious development project since the release of the original iDAS™ in 2009, represents a step change in performance and is expected to transform the way distributed sensing is used in the energy sector. The system can optimise asset life span, improve safety and maximise resource production by offering real-time permanent in well surveillance, on-demand seismic profiling as well as continuous well diagnostics throughout the life of the well.

In the offshore arena, the new system can enable long offset measurements as an alternative to subsea interrogator deployments for downhole DAS surveys in remote subsea wells.

“The Innovator Award shortlisting is a validation of the hard work of our extraordinary team as well as a recognition of our successful journey. Silixa was founded in a garage in London in 2007 to develop and commercialise the highest performing distributed optical fibre sensors. In 10 years we have grown to become a specialist service company operating in the global O&G market. We hope to win, but most certainly being nominated for the award is already a big honour. I would like to take this opportunity and congratulate all finalists.”- said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s Chief Executive Officer.

The very best of the industry will be celebrated, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 22 March 2018 at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.

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2018-01-16T12:22:47+00:00January 16th, 2018|Front page, 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.

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2018-04-24T09:49:41+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Front page, 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.


2018-02-26T12:44:51+00:00October 17th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa to present at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria on 27 April, 2017

Silixa Ltd will be presenting the results of several active distributed temperature sensing (Active-DTS) surveys at EGU 2017 in Vienna on 27 April, 2017.

Active-DTS is a technique that combines distributed temperature measurements with a heat pulse sent along the optical cable. Soil water content profiles can be extracted from temperatures trends during heating and/or cooling phases.

Results from both the active DTS survey and independent in-situ and laboratory measurements will be presented, including the observed relationship between thermal conductivity and moisture content at the study site and how it compares against theoretical curves used by the AHFO methods. The spatial variability of soil thermal conductivity and soil moisture content, as observed using the different methods, will be shown and an outlook will be provided of how the AHFO method can benefit soil sciences, ground source heat pump applications and groundwater recharge estimations.

Presentation Title: Using Actively Heated Fibre Optics (AHFO) to determine soil thermal conductivity and soil moisture content at high spatial and temporal resolutions
Presentation Type: Poster Session: HS2.3.1 – Innovative sensing techniques and data analysis approaches to increase hydrological process understanding
Session Date and Time: 27 Apr 2017, 08:00-19:30
Location: Hall A, board number A.116

EGU brings together geoscientists and researchers from all over the world and provides them a forum where they can present their ideas and latest research results in the field of geoscience.

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Related Links: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017


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2017-04-26T08:27:11+00:00April 26th, 2017|Events, Front page|

Silixa Ltd. appoints Alison Goligher as Executive Chair

Silixa Ltd announces the appointment of Alison Goligher OBE as Executive Chair with effect from 1 August 2016.

Alison currently serves as a non-executive director of Meggitt PLC and United Utilities Group PLC. 
From 2006 to 2015 she held various roles at Royal Dutch Shell, the multinational oil and gas company, and prior to that spent 17 years at Schlumberger, a supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to oil and gas customers worldwide.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan (CEO) said:  “We are delighted to announce Alison’s appointment as Executive Chair. Her management expertise and experience in commercialising technology will be a great asset to the Board and to the management team.”


2017-02-03T09:02:30+00:00January 26th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa to present on distributed acoustic and flow sensing at IMechE in London on 15 March, 2017

Dr Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s Head of Applications Development, will be speaking on distributed acoustic sensing at the headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Westminster on the evening of 15 March 2017.

During this talk, Dr Finfer will present recent advances in nonintrusive flow sensing capability using iDAS, and will present a case study featuring a recent pervasive process metering installation carried out in an African mining plant.

Tickets are required.

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Image courtesy of: Adrian Pingstone – Own work, Wikimedia Commons  

2017-02-03T08:57:47+00:00January 26th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa to exhibit at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in San Antonio, USA on 1-3 August, 2016

Silixa will be exhibiting at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in San Antonio, USA on 1-3 August, 2016.

Jointly organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the forum has become the premier science-based marketplace for unconventional exploration, drilling and production ideas and technologies.

To see how we can expand your hydraulic fracture monitoring and seismic acquisition options please visit us at our stand!

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, San Antonio, USA


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2016-06-22T14:05:56+00:00June 22nd, 2016|Events, Front page|

Silixa announces the Carina™ Sensing System

Silixa announces the Carina™ Sensing System; distributed coverage with sensitivity beyond that of point sensors, enabled by Constellation™ fibre.

Carina is a versatile fibre optic sensing system and comprises an advanced optoelectronics interrogator and sensing cables, which are equipped with the new family of engineered Constellation fibres; to gain two orders of magnitude more sensitivity (100x or 20dB improvement) over that achieved with standard fibres.

Silixa has led the way in the development of high performing distributed fibre optic sensors since 2007; the intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS™) is at the forefront of DAS performance in terms of stability, range, spatial resolution and phase coherency.

Applications such as borehole seismic, well production profiling, pipeline leak detection and perimeter security have benefited from the inherent nature of the technology whereby a standard optical fibre acts as a huge sensor array.

Now a transformative performance improvement has been achieved by advancing the state of the iDAS optoelectronics interrogator architecture, together with the introduction of new and proprietary Constellation fibre. This fibre is engineered to provide bright scatter centres along its length to capture and reflect more light back to the interrogator. This is achieved without introducing significant loss to the forward propagating laser pulses.

For the first time, with Carina Sensing System it is possible to achieve the massive coverage of distributed sensors without having to compromise on sensitivity.

The significance of this step change in performance is most acute in applications with low acoustic signal levels such as is common with leak detection and production monitoring, where acoustic information can be present at, or below, the inherent system noise floor of the current technology and therefore difficult to detect.

Borehole seismic applications stand to benefit from greatly reduced source effort required to achieve high quality, densely sampled seismic data leading to significantly reduced operating time and costs. The higher sensitivity also paves the way for passive seismic and microseismic monitoring across the large aperture of the fibre and enables the possibility of vast, cost effective, sensing arrays using a single cable

In addition to standard singlemode and multimode optical fibres, a family of Constellation fibres can be incorporated into a number of different cable types for downhole and surface deployment. Silixa also offers an intervention solution using this technology where the fibres are integrated into a hybrid electric-line cable.



2016-12-09T10:18:00+00:00June 5th, 2016|Front page, News|

Silixa to attend AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA on 15-19 December, 2014

The American Geophysical Union’s Annual Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, showcasing the latest technology, research and emerging trends in earth sciences. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science, much of which has not yet been published.

Thomas I Coleman, Silixa’s Environmental Engineer, will be presenting on the use of fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (DTS) for borehole applications on 18 December 2014; between 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. (Abstract Title: Quantification of Natural Gradient Flow Using Active Fibre Optic DTS in Sealed Boreholes, NS41C-06)

Distributed Temperature Sensing for process monitoring in deep fractured rock environments has been used in the oil and gas industry for over two decades. Improvements in DTS system resolution, methodology advancements, and improved data processing techniques have all contributed to a recent increase in the use of DTS  for shallow fractured rock hydrogeologic applications.

In his presentation, Thomas will focus on a powerful advance in DTS methodology, the use of response data collected during active cable heating, to better characterize natural gradient flow processes.

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2015-02-24T13:31:17+00:00December 3rd, 2014|Events|

Silixa ranked 40th in the 14th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 

Silixa, the leading provider of distributed optical fibre sensing solutions, has been ranked 40th in the 14th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100.

The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over the latest three years.

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Related Links: 14th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100

2016-12-09T10:18:01+00:00November 24th, 2014|News|