Video Damen Completes Refit of Teekays Petrojarl 1

first_imgVideo Courtesy: DamenDamen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) has delivered the FPSO Petrojarl 1 to Teekay Offshore following a complete redeployment project during the past two and a half years. The 31,500 dwt Petrojarl 1 has been operated by Teekay for 28 years in the North Sea and is now destined for the Atlanta Field in Brazil.After extensive engineering, more than 50% of the process equipment was removed and replaced by new and additional equipment, required to treat heavy oil at the new location in accordance with the most stringent specifications and Brazilian compliance requirements, Damen explained.The available deck space presented major challenges during engineering and execution of the work on board, Damen added.“The Petrojarl 1 project fits within the strategy of Damen to expand further into the repair and conversion of complex offshore vessels and operating units. The recent acquisition of the Damen Verolme Rotterdam yard (DVR), located in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam and holding an extensive track record of successfully refurbished offshore vessels, further complements us in this ambition,” Mark Witjens, Director at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, commented.The self-propelled FPSO spent 14 months in one of the company’s docks undergoing refurbishment of its marine systems, underwater hull, seawater system, crane booms, heating coils in the cargo tanks and specialised steel works in the upper and lower turret areas, which needed to be completely revised and adapted to suit the 1,500-meter-deep mooring location.Simultaneously, new designed prefabricated equipment skids containing heating, cooling, separation, compression, boilers, centrifuges as well as a new E-house with electrical equipment were placed on board. Interconnecting piping and cabling was installed to complete the topsides and connect it to the remaining facilities.last_img read more

For Print to Survive You Must Automate

first_imgThe media landscape has radically and permanently changed. And, a publisher’s normal means of bringing expenses in line with revenues is no longer enough. What publishers are missing is the right process automation software for magazine production (including all affected departments). That means using two-way, real-time integration between departmental systems and even your printer or standalone modules in the event that one or more departments do not have their own management information systems. This is an approach that can enable increased revenues through target marketing of readership (and its advertisers) while bringing significant reductions in both magazine operations overhead and manufacturing and distribution (M&D) expenses through your printer. Depending on how completely the system is implemented, the more you can leverage the software, the better the results will be for the company. Where to Start: The MapYour core process automation application needs to be an electronic version of the magazine map. The map can then become the hub for a central operations database  for overall process automation, two-way real-time integration of internal magazine operations and with your printer, and vastly improved communications. Besides the map, the production software also can cover:(1) Production schedules that also include complete yet automated tracking of content, components and materials; including timely alerts of impending deadlines, schedule conflicts or missing materials.(2) The map’s interface to the software’s print contract management module provides for manufacturing and distribution cost optimization (including geo/demo) while mapping; as well as separate functionality (e.g., M&D budgets for accounting).(3) Exporting the final issue plan’s M&D requirements to the printer can comprise much of the printer’s input for issue specifications; in turn, bringing the likelihood of shared savings by the printer to the publisher for offering the data feed.(4) If you don’t already have sufficient software systems for enabling process automation for advertising, editorial and circulation management, the software must still possess the abilities to provide a complete ad booking system as well as meet other departmental needs as covered herein.Target Marketing is the Answer to a Niche MarketplaceThe printed magazine that performs well today is likely covering a niche. Even with a more general interest publication, you can accommodate selective content for readers and niche advertisers through target marketing to your magazine’s readers by covering content of particular interest to that reader.Today’s map-based software achieves target marketing through geo/demo M&D optimization to minimize time and mistakes. In addition, it realizes the least M&D expense through cost optimization, such as selective binding, including optimization for the USPS to realize the lowest postal rates.Such software must minimally meet the following requirements:• The software must be both easy to use and complete. For example, where other departmental systems do not exist, the software offers standalone-modules. The software even offers Excel file exchange where useful, while providing timely, user-definable and general system alerts and flags to impacted parties in the event of violation of content placement (including locked content), schedule deadlines, or other irregularities.• The software should provide remote access through your Web browser to the map and related software modules.• The software needs to provide a user-customizable report generator to complement the map and other production modules: e.g., (1) for screen or print-out display (including PDFs) of the map and its variations (e.g., S/S ladder); (2) provide for user-definable reports including production schedules and M&D budgets and estimates; (3) automatically output the issue plan and its pre-bill for sending to the printer in the file format the printer requires; and (4) for accounting, the final invoice can be automatically broken out to meet the publisher’s chart of accounts. There should also be quick access to custom and standard reports by category; even allowing fast on-screen queries.In cases where there is limited or no content management systems, the software can even provide databases covering editorial/art requirements such as contributor databases for writers and art contributors including their specialties, contact information and contribution history and Web sites for stock digital assets for download. For digital asset management, the software should provide a current and historical database of specific in-house or printer-based digital assets and their file location for picking up ads for repeat insertions as well as editorial reprints.You should also be able to track production schedules by issue and the fiscal or calendar year, by magazine or magazine group and by magazine issue.Software should be able to create schedules customizable for meeting operational requirements. It should also continually monitor and alert the user to overall issue production status including their ongoing materials status, to ensure that all aspects of issue production are running on-time and otherwise ready for print. It can also catch overlapping schedule conflicts to minimize the possibility of running late.Incorporating a complete printing M&D cost optimization module including geo/gmo makeup is capable of providing:(1) estimates and forecasts (and updates) for accounting’s annual budget;(2) the ongoing cost of a magazine issue’s M&D expenses—even while developing the map—to determine the cost of expanding page count for an ad added at the last minute;  (3) ongoing verification that the issue plan can be produced by the printer, while ensuring that you are billed correctly according to your M&D pre-bill with the issue plan.Circulation and distribution modules are also included covering newsstand and subscriber copies, as well as miscellaneous shipments such as show copies. They work with the cost optimization module to optimize for the lowest postal costs, even geo/demo cost optimization. A complete rights management system can create logins and passwords by user and by workgroup  and stay attuned to their specific access needs as read-only and create, change and delete in terms of magazine workflow requirements. Users can even simultaneously work on the same job while the system prevents overwriting other data.Software FeaturesThe software should also offer continuous upgrades with 24/7 maintenance/support, which overall is critical to not only continuously improving the product, but even more so for improving time savings and error-free issue plans.Map software needs to be fast and easy for the user placing content by using drag-and-drop or with a combination of mouse, keyboard and object menus.  For example, the map should enable the user to quickly drill down or roll up for geo/demo sections and pages. Only a few measurements must be entered to reserve space for anticipated ads. In turn, the map must be easy to differentiate content elements by providing user-customizable page or other display options (e.g., an advertorial or geo/demo version). This is achieved through user-definable use of color, icons and other markers.You need to be able to access map revision history that can enable you to not only review the  development of the map, but also pick up recent revisions to eliminate changes that are no longer true.The software should even include a classified ad module to provide for entry/import along with automatic composition of classified ads by section or other criteria.The software must accommodate a user-customizable visual map including alternate views such as  complete or selective view of metadata vs. page images. The map can be displayed either as the complete issue map or by section or other component, as well as by geo/demo version. It can also provide press form impositions for correcting placement to avoid inline color conflicts on-press and other user-definable views, such as on-screen queries.The map must be able to accommodate all forms of content and their placement requirements, including: advertorials or other special sections; user-definable ad/edit sizes/shapes and standard or unique fractional ad placement; user-definable rules-based ad placement, including by competitive ad market as well as providing for competitive ad rotation from issue-to-issue.Managing Advertising For competitive ad placement, ads can be assigned ad market categories to accommodate the Publishers Information Bureau (PIB) categories, and enable you to customize for your magazine’s own competitive ad market categories. The publisher can transmit electronic reports after issue to PIB and other organizations.To set up each issue map, you can make use of magazine templates or issue job cloning to avoid issue-to-issue repetitive entry. And you also can set issue page count from either a targeted ad/edit ratio, minimum editorial page count, or both.Two-way interfaces to Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign from the map save time by automatically producing then exporting back to Xpress/InDesign fully composed pages from your mapping software for any template-driven page content (including ads), relieving the art director of tedious follow-through.A Huge Return on InvestmentA product that meets the general requirements herein can provide the appropriate (and verifiable) ROI to senior management. For example, you might even be able to use your printer as an applications service provider (ASP) wherein you are granted login rights in order to safely access the printer’s hosting server and pay a reasonable monthly fee in return.Through accommodating work-share programs  such as PAGE Certification with the USPS, process automation can help to significantly reduce the expense of postage as well as reduce clerical handling by your staff and by the printer.Ease of use, along with process automation, are key deliverables. After the original setup, each magazine issue develops much more quickly and with fewer errors.The software can accommodate the most common architecture along with availability of state-of-the-art database systems like MS-SQL, Oracle and others.Process automation is the most effective solution to retaining your printed magazine The tools are here today. Use them! Bert N. Langford is U.S. technical representative and advisor for dataplan GmbH. He has comprehensive experience in printing and publishing, as well as consulting for magazine publishers. Bert can be reached at read more

RR Donnelley Press Exploring Sale

first_imgThe memo refutes some of the framing of that article however, claiming that it was Press+ who initiated discussions around a sale several months ago. Founders Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz would not comment directly, but their memo says they’re looking for international opportunities and new markets that RR Donnelley doesn’t offer at the moment.”Press+ might be better able to take advantage of the opportunities offered for international expansion and—with our new video meter—expansion into new content markets by having a home with a different kind of partner,” they say.Brill and Crovitz also hint at possible expansion under new ownership.The group, previously known as Journalism Online, has grown rapidly in the two-and-a-half years since it was purchased by RR Donnelley for a reported $35 million. With less than 30 clients at that time, Press+ now says it has about 450 with more on the way. A London-based business development director was hired in June with the intent of expanding the company’s presence internationally.The move would ultimately be a minor one for RR Donnelley which generated $2.6 billion in net sales for the third quarter and acquired Consolidated Graphics for $620 million last month.The Press+ platform, launched in 2009, is based on a freemium content model. Visitors get a set number of stories (usually around 10) for free and are asked to pay for access to more.The memo from Brill and Crovitz:You may have seen, or will see, a report from Ken Doctor [of Nieman Journalism Lab] that RR Donnelley is “shopping” Press+. Although “shopping” is not accurate, what is going on is that a few months ago we began discussing with RRD the possibility that now that we have grown so fast, Press+ might be better able to take advantage of the opportunities offered for international expansion and – with our new video meter – expansion into new content markets by having a home with a different kind of partner. At the same time, RRD could be rewarded for its early investment. (Remember: when they bought us, we had just a dozen or two launched Affiliates.) Put simply, they’v been an ideal partner, and this is a possibility we are exploring together.Nothing is certain. We are under no pressure to do anything; we are simply considering various possibilities. And if we do change or add partners, the two of us aren’t going anywhere (and, if anything, in this scenario the staff would probably be expanding more quickly).We will keep you posted, but don’t expect any big announcements soon. And please keep this confidential. Steve and Gordon *Editor’s note: Folio: is a Press+ client.RR Donnelley’s digital paywall platform, Press+, is on the market, according to an internal memo obtained by Folio:.Nieman Journalism Lab broke the news that the company was being “shopped” on Wednesday.last_img read more

Could aliens harness stars to keep ahead of expanding universe

first_img A Dyson sphere is a theoretical structure able to house a star. Originally proposed by Freeman Dyson, the sphere was originally envisioned as a group of satellites completely encompassing a star to capture all of its energy. That energy could then be used for whatever purposes the civilization that created it desired. In this new effort, Hooper suggests aliens might be creating similar structures to provide power once the universe expands to an untenable size.Prior research has shown that the universe is not just expanding, it is picking up speed as it does so due to dark energy. This means that almost everything in the universe is being flung farther apart from everything else. Such a scenario suggests that galaxies will become increasingly isolated, though the components of the galaxies will remain bound by gravity. So, Hooper wonders, what would an alien race do to ensure it has a steady source of power? He suggests they might be collecting stars at this very moment, getting ready for the days ahead when they will be too far away to grab.Hooper notes that such a scenario is still very far off—on the order of 100 billion years from now. But he also notes that if aliens were grabbing stars from one galaxy and transporting them back to another, the time for each trip would be on the order of billions of years. Thus, they would have to be doing it now, before they run out of time. He acknowledges that humans would probably not be able to understand the mechanics of moving a star, but muses on the possibility of an alien race powerful enough to do so. He further suggests that if such activity is currently happening, we might be able to see evidence of it by looking for stars that seem to be moving between galaxies—or by looking for holes in galaxies where stars have already been removed. Citation: Could aliens harness stars to keep ahead of expanding universe? (2018, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Journal information: arXiv Explore furthercenter_img Dan Hooper, a senior scientist with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has written a paper outlining a way future aliens could keep their civilizations alive in spite of the isolation due to an expanding universe. In his paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, he suggests they might consider collecting and storing stars. More information: Life Versus Dark Energy: How An Advanced Civilization Could Resist the Accelerating Expansion of the Universe, arXiv:1806.05203 [astro-ph.CO] presence of dark energy in our universe is causing space to expand at an accelerating rate. As a result, over the next approximately 100 billion years, all stars residing beyond the Local Group will fall beyond the cosmic horizon and become not only unobservable, but entirely inaccessible, thus limiting how much energy could one day be extracted from them. Here, we consider the likely response of a highly advanced civilization to this situation. In particular, we argue that in order to maximize its access to useable energy, a sufficiently advanced civilization would chose to expand rapidly outward, build Dyson Spheres or similar structures around encountered stars, and use the energy that is harnessed to accelerate those stars away from the approaching horizon and toward the center of the civilization. We find that such efforts will be most effective for stars with masses in the range of M∼(0.2−1)M⊙, and could lead to the harvesting of stars within a region extending out to several tens of Mpc in radius, potentially increasing the total amount of energy that is available to a future civilization by a factor of several thousand. We also discuss the observable signatures of a civilization elsewhere in the universe that is currently in this state of stellar harvesting. New idea for Dyson sphere proposed Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

Body found in Salt Lake Autopsy report rules out any foul play

first_imgKolkata: No foul play was found in the primary opinion on the autopsy report of Krishna Bhattacharya, who’s decomposed body was recovered on Sunday night from inside her house in Salt Lake.The autopsy surgeon said Krishna might have died approximately 7-8 days ago. According to the sources, police have admitted Krishna’s son Maitro at Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital for treatment. Hearing his version on Sunday night and Monday, the sleuths suspect he has some psychological issues. To make sure of his mental condition, they will take opinion from a psychiatrist soon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs police have not found any relatives of Chakraborty family in Kolkata or its adjacent areas till Tuesday night, the body of Krishna has been preserved at R G Kar hospital after the autopsy. On Monday, Maitro wished to have chicken cutlet as he had not eaten anything for the past few days. Later, police admitted him to Bidhannagar hospital for his health check-up. Sources informed that after his medical check-up if he is found mentally fit then Krishna’s body will be handed over to him. If not, then police will submit his medical report to Bidhannagar Court and will appeal for Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedhis treatment. Maitro also claimed Krishna’s one leg somehow got fractured and she was unable to walk and then she died. Though some injury marks could be traced in the autopsy but doctor said those are old and she did not die due to injuries. It is suspected that she had a cardiac arrest. But it cannot be confirmed till the final autopsy report comes. Though Maitro claimed they were Christian, the sleuths had no clues about it. During interrogation, he claimed his mother had asked him to bury her after death. To fulfill her wish, he had planned to bury her inside the house and for that he sought help from one Tarun Kumar Porel of Beadon Street, who was a patient of his father Dr Gorachand Bhattacharya. On hearing Maitro, he called the police and reported the incident. Later, police brought Maitro and recovered Krishna’s body from her house in Salt Lake.last_img read more