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New Mathematical System Created by UH Professor Promises a More Efficient Future for Data Gathering

05/04/2017 | By Claire Andersen

A new graduate certificate program focusing on a revolutionary data analytics system will begin next fall in the subsea engineering program. Created by Matthew Franchek, the founding director of the UH subsea engineering program, this program will train students to use adaptive model-based edge analytics, which is designed to gather key information from large masses of dark data to better predict when a system is about to fail.

The original idea came to Franchek over 20 years ago and has since been perfected for the oil and gas industry. 

“Because we’re a university environment, we get to be a little eccentric on the process that we choose,” said Franchek. “I believe we have the Spindletop of condition and performance monitoring data analytics.”

Franchek explains that this mathematical system is not only more efficient than traditional means of retrieving information but also has the ability to communicate to operators the areas within the system that need improvement.

“There are billions of dollars every year that could be recovered if you could know in advance that a system is going to be ill,” he said. 

This system can be retrofitted to work with equipment already in place, saving companies from having to replace their systems. The mathematical systems have already been implemented in at least five local companies. According to Franchek, this system has saved one company over $1 million each day by avoiding unnecessary system shutdowns.

“This is not ambition, it’s not a dream. These things are running right now on subsea production systems, and they’re running on offshore drill ships,” he said. 

Not only has this analytics system proven beneficial in the oil and gas industry, but Franchek said it also can be used in the biomedical field. Now that the system has proven to be cost effective, Franchek is focusing on educating a new generation of engineers about this system and its various functions. 

“I believe I’ve got the evidence now to show everybody else what’s the importance to them, and I expect the program to be educating a lot of engineers,” he said.