Global Valve and Controls
28Apr/140

Why are women leaving the Engineering field?

For years, researchers have struggled to understand why so many women leave careers in science and engineering. Women are consistently underrepresented in high-tech fields. Despite making up about half the U.S. workforce, they’re a mere quarter of American STEM workers. And their numbers have been stalling. It’s not that women aren’t getting STEM degrees; they make up 41 percent of those graduating from engineering or science programs. But when they leave school, they’re not always going into the workforce for which they’ve been trained. Previous research has found that “men are employed in a STEM occupation at twice the rate of women.”  As it turned out, more than 60% of the women leaving engineering did so because of dissatisfaction with pay and promotion opportunities. More women than men left engineering for family-related reasons, but that gender gap was no different than what Hunt found in nonengineering professions. "It doesn't have anything to do with the nature of the work," says Hunt.

The answer? Women also left fields such as financial management and economics at higher than expected rates.  Like engineering, those sectors are male-dominated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://content.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1976774,00.html

16Apr/140

What does the Carribean have to offer in terms of Oil and Gas?

Have you ever wondered what the Caribbean has to offer in terms of oil and gas?  The islands of the Caribbean basin are predominantly net energy importers, with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago. Some islands, such as Aruba, Curacao, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are important centers for oil refining and storage, due to their proximity to the U.S. market.

Did you know that Trinidad and Tobago contains the majority of the Caribbean's oil production. The largest oil producer in the country is the state-owned Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin). Other large producers include BP Trinidad and Tobago and BHP Billiton.

Most of Cuba's oil production occurs in the northern Matanzas province, producing a heavy, sour crude that requires specific processing. Much of this production occurs onshore, though there is some offshore production in shallow coastal waters.

While Barbados does not have significant crude oil reserves, it does maintain a small amount of domestic production.

The largest refinery in the Caribbean is the Hovensa facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with crude distillation capacity of 495,000 bbl/d

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http://geology.com/energy/caribbean/

14Apr/140

Truth about Eagle Ford Shale

Facts about the Eagle Ford Shale:

1. The Eagle Ford Shale alone is the largest oil and gas economic development in Texas.

2.  The name Eagle Ford Shale takes its name from where it is located. Eagle Ford Texas.

3.  It is the most active shale in the world with roughly about 200 rigs constantly running.

4.  Unlike other shale plays, the Eagle Ford does not have natural fracturing within its formation.

5.  Petrohawk Energy is the first company to have drilled in the play.  Lewis Energy is second in line.

6.  The shale is more of a carbonate than a shale, but “shale” is the hot term of the day.

7. The formation is best know for producing variable amounts of dry gas, wet gas, NGLs, condensate and oil.

8. Higher oil prices have helped spur development as oil, condensate, and NGLs (ethane, propane, and butane) all command better prices than natural gas.

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4Apr/140

Needle Valves

Needle Valves

These days industries forget about the classic little valves that are offered from manufactures.  What valve is small but very useful?  The needle valve.   A Needle valve is used to control the fine adjustments of the flow of Liquid or Gas.  They are frequently used for plumbing applications outside the home, but can also be used for smaller applications for the bigger industries.

“The Needle Valve is similar to the Globe Valve but created with a long tapered shaft in the middle of the Valve in order to control the flow instead of the disk” states Author: Lynn Rademacher of What is a Needle Valve?

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