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Silixa to present at the Copper Cobalt Africa – 9th Base Metals Conference 2018 in Livingstone, Zambia on 12th July 2018

Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s BDM – Mining, will be presenting on “Flotation process metering of concentrate, slurry, air and water flows using non-intrusive fibre-optic sensing,” at the Copper Cobalt Africa – 9th Base Metals Conference in session 6A, titled “Concentration and flotation.”

During his talk, Daniel will present a case study on a pilot at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena North Concentrator, where a single, continuous length of optical fibre was used to meter concentrate, water, slurry and air flows. The results indicate that this new technology can meter many process flows simultaneously throughout flotation plants using nonintrusive instrumentation, opening a new era for closed loop flow control in flotation.

Jointly hosted by the Mining and Metallurgy Technical Programme Committees of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), the conference aims to provide a unique forum for discussion, sharing of experience and knowledge for those interested in the processing of copper and cobalt in an African context. It also promotes an understanding of new and existing technologies that can lead to safe and optimal resource utilization.

For more information please contact us.

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Technical program

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2018-07-02T09:39:06+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa to present at the Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics Workshop at EAGE 2018

Join us for our presentation at the Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics Workshop (WS08) at EAGE 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11 June 2018 at 9.00 am.

Our presentation, titled “Seismic and Microseismic Detection Using a Wide Dynamic-range Distributed and Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensor”, describes the rapid development of the fiber optic acoustic sensing technology that seeks to disrupt the conventional geophysical surveying methods and enables the realisation of new applications where the fibre optic cable can be easily utilised as a dense wide-aperture phase-array sensor.

In offshore applications the permanent installation of fiber optic cables along the production and injection wells enables more frequent and cost-effective distributed seismic data to be acquired on existing single mode and multimode fibers using our iDAS™.

In unconventional wells, in addition to seismic and microseismic measurements, the low frequency response of the DAS system down to milli-Hertz is used to monitor the hydraulically induced strain effect in offset wells that can provide valuable data for improving the understanding of the rock properties and determining the fracture heights.

Silixa has also recently developed the next generation Carina® Sensing System that combines the properties of engineered Constellation™ fiber with low-noise and wide dynamic-range opto-electronic interrogator to achieve significant improvements in signal-to-noise performance, beyond the performance of geophones.

We will also present some initial results demonstrating the feasibility of deploying the Carina Sensing System for long-offset subsea wells.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: EAGE Workshops 2018

2018-04-19T13:03:00+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa to present at Water Congress 2018 in Santiago de Chile on 9-11 May 2018

Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s BDM – Process Metering, will be presenting a case study on “Continuous process water metering at Mogalakwena Platinum Mine using non-intrusive fibre optics” at Water Congress 2018 in Santiago de Chile on 10 May 2018.

Daniel’s presentation will address the use of Silixa’s Process metering product for process water management at water scarce mining operations.

Silixa’s process metering technology, the world’s first permanent, non-intrusive, multi-zone, flow metering system based on distributed acoustic sensing technology, was installed at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena Platinum Mine in 2017. The system covers over 16km, the circuit requires no power, has no expensive sensing parts, requires no alteration of the pipeline and hence no interruption to flow.

This work was executed in cooperation with Anglo American FutureSmart Mining™ .

Water Congress 2018, which is the 6th International Congress on Water Management in Mining and the 2nd International Congress of Water in Industrial Processes, provides a forum for industry professionals to learn about the recent innovations in water management for mining and other industries.

For more information please contact us.

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2018-04-19T12:59:56+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa grows North American footprint with new appointment

19 April 2018

We are pleased to announce a further addition to our growing team. Keith Russell joins us in our Houston branch in the capacity of Business Development and Marketing Manager – Unconventional, effective immediately.

Keith has over 20 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry and holds a BASc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Prior to joining Silixa, Keith was Director Operations North America Wireline at Baker Hughes. Having held various operational and management positions in other major service companies in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, he brings extensive expertise in the field of downhole applications.

Keith’s new role will focus on further developing our activities in the North American market. As well as working on business development, Keith will concentrate on expanding our service offerings and other opportunities where he has been successful in prior roles.

Keith said: “I’ve been aware of Silixa for the past few years and have always valued how their distributed sensing technology has evolved and penetrated the market over the years. Knowing the value this powerful technology can bring our customers, it was an opportunity I could not pass up.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Keith with his knowledge and experience of the market and region. We are confident that he will prove a valuable asset to the company and a strong addition to our highly successful team, ensuring we continue to promote our brand and range of services.”, added Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO.

For more information please contact us.

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2018-04-20T12:38:27+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Front page, News|

Craig Woerpel joins Silixa’s Houston Branch

Silixa announces that Craig Woerpel has joined the organization’s Houston branch in the capacity of  Microseismic/Seismic Advisor with effect from 1 March 2018.

Craig joins Silixa with 30+ years of experience in seismic and microseismic processing, his career covering the full range of borehole seismic.

Prior to joining Silixa, he was the recognized HFM expert at Schlumberger, processing live downhole jobs as Principal Microseismic Geophysicist. His innovations included interactive anisotropy calibration, dipping layer velocity models, off-site live processing by satellite and various data format conversion applications. He solved the problems encountered by other geophysicists on a daily basis.

Craig also has 3 years of experience processing large 3D VSPs and 7 years mapping a CO2 flood with time-lapse cross-well tomography.


“We are absolutely thrilled that Craig has chosen to join Silixa. Advancements in unconventional oil and gas production play a major role in the current economic environment and our distributed sensing-based solutions that ensure safe, reliable and cost-effective production, are significant in unlocking unconventional resources. Craig is an integral piece to our existing talented and experienced team as we are poised to grow our service offerings in the North American hydraulic fracturing market,” said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO.




2018-04-18T16:36:35+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Front page, News|

Silixa to exhibit at the 80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11-14 June, 2018

Silixa will be exhibiting at the 80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11 – 14 June, 2018.

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

To learn more about Silixa’s latest advances in distributed fibre optic technology please visit us at booth 1470 or email to arrange a meeting.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: EAGE 2018


2018-02-12T15:13:16+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa to exhibit at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Houston, TX, USA on 23-25 July 2018

Silixa will be exhibiting at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTec) in Houston, TX, USA on 23-25 July 2018.

To see how we can expand your hydraulic fracture monitoring and seismic acquisition options please visit us at our stand #2033 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 science-based marketplace for unconventional exploration, drilling and production ideas and technologies.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: URTeC 2018

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2018-01-23T14:04:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Events, Front page|

How to create the world’s largest flow measurement network in your plant

1 February 2018

How to…create the world’s largest flow measurement network in your plant (or how to embrace IoT without becoming beholden to an automation behemoth) by Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s BDM for Process Metering.

Process control and automation is the key to getting a difficult plant to run efficiently. Traditionally, plant operations rely on the experience and tacit knowledge of a few key personnel. As the shift changes, so too does the plant set point and the reaction plan for transients. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 promised to change all of those challenges. “Give us your plant!” cried the automation behemoths, “and we can automate away the shift effect, and predict your next pump failure!”.

The challenge is that Industry 4.0* relies on the installation and continuous operation of sensors throughout the plant, and electronic sensors are expensive to install and maintain. Electronic sensors need to communicate with a central computer, and who is going to look at all of those accelerometer plots and pressure traces? So, in a typical operation, the automator sells the system to management and then comes to execute the installation which includes many beautifully designed sensors. Usually, it is determined that many of the expensive sensors such as flow and density meters can be reduced in number, as machine learning will enable the key operating information to be derived from pressure transducers or esoteric arrangements of thermocouples. Then, at some point during the installation operation, a management cost review is executed, and the number of sensors to be installed is reduced by an order of magnitude. The automator then explains that the number of sensors in place is no longer sufficient to enable machine learning to be used. Alternatively, the plant is upgraded, and the sensors are no longer compatible with the new layout. In either case, the plant is left back where they started: total reliance on a few, key, experienced personnel who have developed a feel for the plant (minus the CapEx for a large sensor management system which will be outdated in 36 months).

This is where distributed fibre optic (DFO) sensing can help (full disclosure: I sell distributed sensing systems). Distributed fibre optic sensors such as DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) and DTS (distributed temperature sensing) make it possible to measure acoustics, flow, or temperature anywhere and everywhere in the plant using nothing more than telecoms-grade optical fibre. Since DFO senses with fibre and doesn’t rely on highly engineered sensing stations, the layout can be adapted as the plant adapts and grows (you want it to grow, right?). Also, DAS and DTS plant sensing installations don’t require the capital and operational expenses incurred through the installation of communications and power infrastructure. The opportunity to measure flow non-intrusively everywhere in the plant means that the process engineer doesn’t have to rely on inferential data to figure out how well that manifold is working, or whether that cyclone is running at its maximum rate.  And we don’t have to worry about being costed out…because the cost per measurement of our technology decreases as the number of plant processes monitored using fibre increases.

Silixa is excited to be introducing DFO into mining plants. As we will be showing in conference papers during the course of 2018, we are beginning to see how some traditionally challenging measurements can be addressed using intrinsically safe, optical layouts and reliable, non-intrusive adaptable installation procedures. We look forward to hearing from you.

Daniel Finfer  will be presenting case studies for our plant process monitoring products at GECAMIN WaterCongress2018 and SAIMM Copper Cobalt 2018.

*Industry 4.0 refers to de-centralised decision automation as enabled through massive sensor networks and big data connectivity. For more information on this area, see some recent thoughts from the Forbes Insights team here.

For more information please contact us.




2018-02-01T16:23:20+00:00 February 1st, 2018|News|

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+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Events, Front page|

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+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Front page, News|