A&D: going, going, click

War with Iraq, threat of terrorist attacks, and anti-American sentiments coupled with a weak US dollar have prompted US oil and gas management teams to reconsider the costs and risks of world travel for employees.For years, the industry has found new ways to accomplish its chores via remote control. This practice allows companies to conduct business as normal despite various obstacles, including security concerns. Remotely operated vehicles and other robotics are common. Smart wells allow operators to monitor and control real-time flow via downhole tools and sensors. SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems provide automated operating procedures for oil field production, p...

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