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    Cerberus™ v12.5 Software Enhancements 


    • Graphs within Orpheus now have enhanced control over zooming and panning. This allows the users with a 2 button mouse to easily zoom and pan to view details of any portion of the graph.
    • Automatic reports for CT and Wireline are now resizable on screen to allow viewing the entire page at one time.
    • Enhancements to “Run at depth” and “Trip In and Out” graphs
      • Enhanced views for displaying string, tool, and well information alongside the data to give a better understanding of what is causing changes in displayed results.
      • Coordinates on the legend are now interpolated between calculation points.
      • Frozen curves on Orpheus graphs now also have actual coordinates displayed in the legend. Frozen curves are calculated curves that the user selects to keep available for comparison with future calculations.
      • Legend now includes a scroll bar when there are too many curves to display.
      • Enhanced ability to rename curves for most graphs and grids.
    • CT Limits plot now evaluates both RIH and POOH calculations and defaults to displaying the worst case.
    • Reinstated the feature that allows the user to import a selected time range when importing data from an OrionNET database.
    • Ability to select and plot all field data or only averaged field data on the surface weight graph.


    • Corrosion from H2S, C02 and acid can be applied only to the portion of the string that enters the wellbore.
    • Customized Fatigue Reports – This feature allows creating and printing customized reports that include data from Strings or Reeltrak jobs. Reports now have option to include max job pressure.
    • Importing and exporting Reeltrak jobs now also includes any selected injector and personnel information.
    • General Enhancements
    • Well 3D survey diagram now displays tubular dimensions overlaying the survey. This allows the user to quickly visualize where the kick-off point and other turns in the well are with relationship to tubing geometry changes.
    • Well diagrams how have enhanced control over zooming and panning. This allows the users with a 2 button mouse to easily zoom and pan to view details of any portion of the well.

    Cerberus v12.5 is 64-bit compatible and supports the Windows 7® Windows 8®, and Windows 10® operating systems using .NET Framework 4.0

    Attention: Cerberus Users with Current Licenses  

    Licensed Cerberus users may download the current-version Cerberus software from our website.

    • To download Cerberus v12.5
      1. Obtain password information (see below)
      2. (Recommended) Back up all Cerberus-related data Select Utilities > Backup & Restore > Backup Data Directory
      3. (Recommended) Uninstall earlier-version software
      4. Navigate to the CTES software download center: https://ctes.nov.com/CustomerPortal/ProductDownloads.aspx
      5. Input your Username and Password to access the appropriate file.
    • To obtain password information or to renew a license
      • Contact CTES for assistance:
    • To obtain authorization (when prompted)
      • Click the online Internet button OR email the authorization code to CTESkeys@nov.com

    The CTES Orion™ V DAS for Hazardous Areas is Now Available! 

    The Orion V DAS for Hazardous Areas retains many of the standard Orion V features, while providing hazardous-area-compliant enhancements:

    • Captures and maintains an accurate record of all monitored parameters during a coiled tubing (CT), pumping, acidizing, or hydraulic workover operation (HWO).
    • System health indicators are visible without opening the door: digital, quadrature and serial I/O module I/O status, and communication indicators.
    • IP address and serial number visible on the enclosure
    • Electronic Memory Unit (EMU):
      • Typical job-log storage capacity > 2,400 hrs.
      • Stores diagnostic data
      • Recorded in EMU files: Channel configuration changes, unit description, and serial number
      • EMU function internal to PLC
      • No user intervention required
    • The Orion system is modular and can be configured to meet user requirements that are ATEX certified.
    • Channel scaling applied on controller/brain module results in increased data integrity between acquisition PCs as well as the EMU.
    • Up to 48 channels are available for I/O, including RS485 input with IS isolators (2 streams per module; 1 per isolator).
    • Optional configurable digital output (requiring flameproof protection) – up to 4 relay or 12V outputs; 2 required for Emergency Stop System (ESS) option.
    • Other available options include wireless data transmission and the ESS

    How the Change in Bias Weld Derating in Cerberus String Editor Affects Your Models 

    The purpose of this post is to clarify the reason for the change in the default bias-weld derating from 80% to 50% in Cerberus v12.0 String Editor and to let you know that further changes will be forthcoming in future builds of Cerberus v12.0.

    A new bias weld model – available in Cerberus v12.0 – was obtained by testing many bias welds on a material and deriving the model parameters that provide the most reliable results for bias weld fatigue. Currently this bias-weld model has only been completed for QT-1300; however, we expect to release new materials that support this model in the near future.

    The change to the default derating was made due to a high level of concern in the industry regarding bias weld failures. While many of these failures are corrosion related, there is still a significant percentage of these failures that are not related to corrosion. Testing has been done by some of the manufacturers that has indicated that 80% is too aggressive for high pressures and higher-strength materials. 80% might be appropriate for low-grade pipe with low pressures, but pipe that is 100-grade and above likely needs a more conservative derating.

    Since a majority of the jobs now require higher pressures and higher-strength pipe, we no longer believe 80% is an appropriate default value. While 50% is too conservative in some cases, it was selected because it provides a safe default value in all cases.* We are continuing to acquire testing results to help identify a default value that will be appropriate for a wider array of scenarios. We will update Cerberus v12.0 with the new defaults when this data is available.

    *The string’s derating value may be manually changed in Cerberus to adjust for material type and working conditions.  *No derating value is needed if you are using a string with a material that supports an Achilles 5 fatigue model with the newly available bias weld model. In fact, using the Achilles 5 bias weld model is highly preferable to using the default bias weld derating.

    Extensive New Features Mark the Release of Cerberus v12.0 Software 

    We are pleased to announce the release of Cerberus v12.0 modeling software!

    Following are just a few of the enhancements included in the new Cerberus v12.0:

    • The String Design Wizard now delivers a more user-friendly string-design interface. Users now have the potential to design strings that are more suited for use in field operations when compared to previous versions of Cerberus.  
    • The new Friction Coefficient Analysis wizard is used to find the wellbore’s friction factors for a given field dataset so that the predicted surface weights best fit the data. Such obtained friction factors usually are called “apparent” friction factors.
    • Orpheus’ new Real Time Force Monitor is able to acquire data from OrionNET™ data acquisition software and to calculate weight on bit, stress and limits in real time. The Force Monitor also includes utilities to provide real time information to optimize plug milling and to analyze a plug milling operation post-job.
    • A new “length” field has been added to the Nipples panel in Well Editor to provide the user better control over potentially significant fluid-flow effects when running through restrictions defined in Well Editor.
    • Cerberus now offers SharePoint integration. Users with existing SharePoint access may print a CTES PDF to their SharePoint server/location. Users with SharePoint expertise can import/export items and projects from within Cerberus to SharePoint.

    CTES Unveils New, Streamlined Features with OrionNET Version 2.5 Software 

    Following are just a few of the new features/capabilities. 

    • OrionNET’s applications are now touchscreen-friendly!
    • The version 2.5 OrionNET user interface is redesigned to better differentiate between the three types of functionalities: Acquisition, Viewer, and Reports.
    • Viewer:
      • OrionNET’s new simulators imitate the functioning of Orion™ hardware, so that users can better understand the interaction of the OrionNET software and the Orion hardware. An excellent training tool, the simulators provide access to all features of OrionNET, including configuration, calibration, and diagnostics. Note that the simulators have no interaction with the actual Orion hardware.   
      • The data-viewing area is maximized, and users can quickly insert comments that have been predefined.  
      • A new Acquisition menu is now available in the Viewer to make accessing Acquisition functions simpler.
      • Users can now undo/redo steps/actions within the Viewer.    
    • Reports:
      • Generate reports from the Viewer with a single click without launching the Reports application. 
      • Create customized reports to meet your company’s specific reporting needs. Now available is the ability to print multiple ranges of OrionNET data.   
      • Divide large reports files into smaller segments for emailing and for restoring to a different computer.   
      • Merge multiple OrionNET databases using only one step in OrionNET Reports.

    Experience Next Generation Wellsite Data Acquisition with the Orion V DAS 

    The Orion V Data Acquisition System – the next generation in the line of CTES Data Acquisition System hardware – is now available.

    Here are just a few of the features that make the Orion V a leader in the arena of wellsite data acquisition:

    • Easy-to-view onboard diagnostics: Indicator lights visible through the Orion V's front viewing pane allow users to quickly assess the unit's operational status without opening the NEMA 4X enclosure.
    • Both the OrionNET™ data acquisition software andROVer™ (Remote Orion Viewer) HMI receive and display the Orion V diagnostic messages.   
    • Small footprint. While more powerful, the Orion V has a twenty-five percent reduction in size compared to prior systems.
    • The Orion V Electronic Memory Unit (EMU) is now housed inside the controller and has been expanded to 10 times the previous capacity.
    • The Orion V seamlessly interfaces with the industry's leading modeling software, Cerberus.

    CTES is pleased to announce its newest offering in slickline fatigue-tracking and fatigue-life calculation technology, the OrionSL LifeSaver™ data acquisition system 

    The LifeSaver acquires, records, and displays slickline operational data, while estimating fatigue along the length of a slickline.

    The LifeSaver's objectives include:

    • helping to avoid costly field failures, and
    • optimizing the slickline replacement schedule

    Now Available from CTES: a unique CT wall-thickness measuring device – the Argus TubeSpec™

    The Argus TubeSpec measures wall thickness along the CT string in the field environment by providing:

    • continuous, accurate, localized wall-thickness measurements using 12 ultrasonic probes
    • continuous diameter measurements
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