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How Do You Learn Engineering Practical Skills?

By PES Engineering on Sep 8, 2020

Engineers design, realize, operate, maintain and retire systems that transform form, state or location of matter, energy and information. But is this statement true in all cases?

Sure, engineering involves a lot of theory. But we don't always get to see it in practice.

Let's dive into the details on how you can learn engineering practical skills and expand your skill-sets.

Topics: PES Engineering Design Resources Training Practical Engineering
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Introducing the PES Training Program

By PES Engineering on Aug 24, 2020

Are you ready to learn real-world designing and engineering applications? Then this is for you!

The PES training programs are designed by industry experts to give you the real-world experience you need to champion your career goals.

Learn more on how to apply to our training program to gain practical experience and tryout for positions in our network.

Topics: Engineering Resources Training
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PES Core Value Champion: Tyler Cook

By PES Engineering on Jul 13, 2020

This quarter’s PES core value champion is one whose exceptional leadership skills are magnified by his optimism and his ambition. 

It is these qualities that have propelled him up the ladder of success so rapidly early on in his career, and it is why he garners so much respect from all his peers, coworkers, and customers. 

Topics: Core Value Champion PES Engineering
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Moores Machine Shop Introduces Sanissential

By Stonewall Engineering on Jun 16, 2020

Moore's Machine Shop is excited to bring to market the new norm, an industrial sanitation station. 

Keep reading to discover all the benefits of this incredible dispenser. 

Topics: Insider Innovation Oil and Gas Stonewall News
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Fortress Downhole Tools Introduces The Cyclops ST 2000

By Stonewall Engineering on Apr 16, 2020

Fortress Downhole Tools is excited to bring to market the industry’s first Pay-Per-Stage, recycling setting tool program.

Keep reading to discover all the benefits of this incredible technology.

Topics: Insider Downhole Tools Fortress
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Stonewall and PES Announce New Engineering Merger

By Stonewall Engineering on Apr 6, 2020

Over the past five years, StoneWall and PES have been on their own paths each building an organization that would try and redefine the engineering services world.

Now they are merging to do it together.

Topics: Services Stonewall News
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What is Manufacturing Engineering?

By Stonewall Engineering on Mar 4, 2020

While there are many types of engineers in this world that cover a large span of different realms of expertise, such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering—one of the most important roles in the industrial space belongs to the Manufacturing Engineer.

Manufacturing Engineers jobs are quite complex. Due to this, the position requires an extremely knowledgeable and well skilled engineer to maintain the position. 

Topics: Manufacturing Engineering
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StoneWall and FedEx - Help Us, Help You!

By Stonewall Engineering on Mar 2, 2020

Help us earn the 2020 FedEx Small Business Incentive!

Topics: Insider Innovation Impactful Relationships
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Introducing Our Newest Member: Talia Randazzo

By Stonewall Engineering on Feb 27, 2020

We're elated to welcome more talent to our team: Talia Randazzo!

Topics: Insider Stonewall News
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Everything You Need To Know About CBD Manufacturing

By Stonewall Engineering on Feb 12, 2020

We shed some light on how important each step of the CBD manufacturing process - enabling manufacturers on delivering the purest product as possible to its customer.

Topics: Stonewall News CBD Manufacturing
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How The Hemp Industry Could Save Louisiana's Oil and Gas Sector

By Stonewall Engineering on Feb 10, 2020

While south Louisiana has been struggling for the greater part of the last decade in the oil and gas industry, the future is looking bright for the rise in Industrial Hemp joining the Louisiana agriculture scene. 

Keep reading to discover how many of the same principles apply to both the harvesting and refining of both crude oil and hemp/cbd oil.

Topics: Oil and Gas Stonewall News Hemp Manufacturing CBD Manufacturing
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Introducing the iFortress: Asset Management in the Cloud

By Stonewall Engineering on Jan 3, 2020

iFortress - a cutting edge management solution for the oil and gas industry, that combines a 2D laser engraved coding system with a robust cloud-based software platform.

Topics: Impactful Relationships Oil and Gas Stonewall News Downhole Tools
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Introducing The Fortress: Your Downhole Tool Vending Machine

By Stonewall Engineering on Dec 13, 2019

Fortress - The most advanced inventory solutions provider for the oil and gas industry.

Fortress officially provides consignment based tool purchasing for the oil and gas industry, both onshore and offshore.

Topics: Innovation Oil and Gas Stonewall News Downhole Tools
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Gulf of Mexico Shallow Water Production Could Boom In Early 2020

By Stonewall Engineering on Nov 26, 2019

A separation deep and shallow water provinces in the Gulf of Mexico could lead to more drilling, jobs, and profitability for the gulf coast.

Topics: Oil and Gas Drilling
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Stonewall Supports Local Young Outdoorsman

By Stonewall Engineering on Nov 13, 2019

Fostering a love for the outdoors is something that south Louisiana natives take pride in.

So when we were approached to help support a local Bass fishing team, we didn't ask why... we simply asked when and how much was needed.

Topics: Impactful Relationships Stonewall News
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The Aramco Effect: Local, Global, Geopolitical

By Stonewall Engineering on Sep 26, 2019

Saudi Aramco was attacked by several aerial devices during the wee morning hours last Saturday, September 14th.

Though America no longer directly relies upon the Middle East for oil and gas, this event still triggers emergent questions within our borders.

Topics: Insider Oil and Gas
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What Are StoneWall's Facility Engineering Offerings?

By Arturo Chinchilla on Sep 6, 2019

Lets' talk facilities engineering!

The intricate procedures followed and the heavy-duty products created inside facilities are reliant upon two main components: accurate automation and expert engineering.

At Stonewall, we offer both!

Topics: Oil and Gas Facilities Stonewall News
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Introducing Our Newest Member: Ryan Lavergne

By Arturo Chinchilla on Sep 5, 2019

We are super excited to have the experience and leadership of our newest team member Ryan Lavergne.

Topics: Stonewall News Turn-Key Solutions
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Recap Of Our Cipher Skin Demo At Stonewall Engineering

By Arturo Chinchilla on Aug 9, 2019

Cipher Skin's recent demo at Stonewall's Broussard location was a huge success!

Watch the highlight reel to see this amazing technology for yourself.

Topics: Insider StoneWall Projects
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Stonewall Sponsors LAGCOE Young Professionals Network

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 30, 2019

Stonewall Engineering and the Young Professionals of LAGCOE (YPL) invite you to join their Networking Social. YPL is a group of individuals from the oil and gas industry with the desire to take action to see our industry grow.

Topics: Impactful Relationships Stonewall News
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IQ Scan Technology Revolutionizing the Downhole Tool Market

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 30, 2019

Fortress Downhole Tools (Fortress) and IQ Scan® Technology (IQ Scan) announce the execution of a worldwide exclusive License Agreement specific to downhole tools in the Energy Sector and will be marketed under the iFortress trademarked name.

Topics: Impactful Relationships Oil and Gas Stonewall News
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Stonewall Supports State Representative

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 23, 2019

Stonewall is proud to be a supporter of Representative Dustin Miller (District 40) during his Re-Election Campaign.

Topics: Work Ethic Stonewall News
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Introducing Our Newest Member: Chris Whitney

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 22, 2019

We are super excited to have the experience and leadership of our newest team member Chris Whitney PE, PMP.

Topics: Facilities Stonewall News
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Stonewall Debuts Latest Groundbreaking Health Monitoring Technology

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 16, 2019

[Lafayette], [LA] - Stonewall Engineering hosts Cipher Skin, who comes to Lafayette looking to expand into the area and showcase their newest products: an arm and a knee sleeve dedicated to athletic performance, as well as a pipeline sleeve for industrial application.

Topics: StoneWall Projects Industry News Automation
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Facilities Engineering Done Right

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 16, 2019

Stonewall Engineering is excited to introduce our facilities engineering services - highly effective in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the energy industry across multiple fields and disciplines.

Topics: Insider Oil and Gas Facilities
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Stonewall: Bigger And Better!

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jun 18, 2019

Stonewall has a new home! We moved from our downtown location to a much bigger and more practical location to better serve our diverse customers.

Topics: Engineering Resources Industry News Execute
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What Determines Oil Prices?

By Tyler LaFleur on May 21, 2019

If you’ve been a citizen of Louisiana or Texas for a couple of decades or more, then you’ve experienced, first-hand, how drastically the oilfield can affect the economy; and, most likely, your individual circumstances.

Topics: Industry News Oil and Gas
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What Is Engineering Mindfulness?

By Tyler LaFleur on Feb 19, 2019

As an Engineer, you are expected to thrive inside of complex problem solving.

Yet, most engineers are not taught or known for their creativity and innovation skills.

Topics: Innovation Impactful Relationships Execute Competency
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Meet Success: The NXT-Air Liquide Membrane System

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jan 23, 2019

For us engineers, CO2 is bad, especially when found in good natural gas.

That's right, carbon dioxide.

As innovators, we are constantly eager to find solutions to our problems.

In this case finding means of removing the bad from the good, while focusing on capturing the 'big picture' - developing lean, innovative, profitable, high-performing and efficient solutions.

Enter the NXT-Air Liquide Membrane System.

An extremely reliable, efficient membrane system offering excellent carbon dioxide removal from natural gas.

Topics: StoneWall Projects Innovation Execute Automation PLC Controls
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10 Ways Technology Is Shifting The Engineering Industry

By Tyler LaFleur on Jan 22, 2019

1. CAD IN THE CLOUD

2. PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

3. DEEP LEARNING AND AI

4. DIGITAL MARKETING

5. UTILIZING THE LATEST MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

6. ROBOTICS

7.  IT INFRASTRUCTURE

8. AUTOMATION AND SCADA

9. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

10. LEADERSHIP SYSTEMS

Engineering has always been a fairly "technological" space.

But as technology is continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, engineers are being forced to evolve themselves. 

No industry, much like all species of this world, is immune to adaptation.

Sticking with the old, out-dated ways of doing things will leave you left in the dust and thus decomposing to just another bankrupt, fossil fuel.

Topics: Engineering Resources Innovation Automation Controls Services Competency
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Building a Culture of Work Ethic and Competency

By Mark Dunbar on Jan 3, 2019

"Choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life..." 

As the old saying goes...

This saying was ridiculous to me a decade ago...shoot, even just six months ago.

Topics: Innovation Impactful Relationships Competency Work Ethic
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3 Personalized Service Tips to Build Stronger Relationships

By Wendy Hebert-Pitre on Nov 13, 2018

Whether you are a service provider, manufacturer, or a parts rental company; the key to winning customers and keeping them happy is personalized service.

By definition, “personalize” means to design or produce something to meet someone's individual requirements.

You might be wondering how this is possible for your company. 

Topics: Impactful Relationships Services
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Automation to the Rescue

By Arturo Chinchilla on Oct 24, 2018

Automation can be an intimidating subject.

Relays, switches, transmitters, panels, cables, PROFINET, Modbus, HMIs, PLCs

PLC-Who? And industry standards? Don't get me started.

Let's leave this subject to the "Sparkies" - Right?

But, let's rewind.

The reality is that automation is the future, and the future is now. Thanks in part to system integration, automation has become common place for industry.

Topics: Innovation Automation PLC Controls
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From Napkin Sketch to Successful Innovative Solution

By Arturo Chinchilla on Oct 5, 2018

Innovation can be difficult.

As engineers focus more on technical excellence ,  they tend to find themselves disconnected from the commercial world or the end-users of their products.

To master innovation, you need the right mix of culture, technology, processes and inspiration —  this takes time and involves a unique team.

Right? - Does this sound familiar?

Topics: StoneWall Projects Innovation Impactful Relationships Execute
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Mechanical Engineering in Today's Technology Climate

By Mark Dunbar on Aug 30, 2018

Mechanical engineering is likely the most vital industry to humankind. As population grows, the needs of humanity grows with it. As technology progresses, more and more needs become within reach through modern engineering.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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Texas Is Now The World’s 3rd Largest Oil Producer

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 23, 2018

That’s not a typo. It’s the truth about the world’s most dynamic energy superpower, and what the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin have done for Texas’ oil industry.

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WEBINAR: New Developments For Faster, More Cost-Effective DNV Container Certification

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 23, 2018

An introduction to planned updates to DNV GL’s 2-7.1 Standard for Offshore Containers and our new container certification service.

Topics: Engineering Resources Industry News
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Deep-Water Drilling Is Back

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 9, 2018

The picture above is Chevron’s huge Jack/St. Malo platform, a floating steel structure the size of three football fields about 200 miles off the Louisiana coast. Below it are underwater pipelines that carry crude from three oil fields about 15 miles away in different directions from the Jack/St. Malo, like tentacles of an octopus. Unlike old-style platforms that suck oil from a field directly below, this weblike arrangement lets the Jack/St. Malo pump more than 3,000 gallons of crude a minute from the trio of fields. 

Topics: Industry News
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How CAD In The Cloud Is Changing Engineering

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 7, 2018

The way we engineer and design things is rapidly changing with the onset of cloud computing. It isn’t necessarily a new technology, rather it has only recently reached a level that can be adopted and utilized on a grander scale. Cloud computing is allowing CAM and CAD to be done on remote supercomputers. This means that engineers and designers no longer have to rely on a powerful machine in their office if they want to run groundbreaking simulations or create intensive designs. Storing much of a CAD software’s computing power off site also allows for better efficiency in data and power management.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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Winning Bids: Using Technical Expertise and Relationship Skills to Build Success

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 20, 2018

Achieving technical excellence in a company’s chosen field is a commendable goal, but technical excellence means nothing if it doesn’t translate into business success. When a company’s goal is to provide technical services and products, especially engineering and innovation services, to customers it is vital to be able to win the confidence of potential customers in the bidding process.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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Lafayette Engineering Firm Tries New Approach

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 7, 2018

There are a number of engineering firms in Lafayette.  One that is still relatively new on the scene has a little different approach that seems to be working for them. 

Topics: StoneWall Projects
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StoneWall Engineering Graduates From The Opportunity Machine (New Office)

By Blaine LaFleur on May 24, 2018

Stonewall, an engineering firm in Lafayette, celebrated its graduation from The Opportunity Machine today.

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New Robot Concept uses Self-Propulsion To Swim Through Water

By Blaine LaFleur on May 16, 2018

 Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors, servos, or power supply. Instead, these first-of-their-kind devices paddle through water as the material they are constructed from deforms with temperature changes.

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Oil Prices Could Hit $100 Per Barrel Next Year, Says Bank of America

By Blaine LaFleur on May 12, 2018

Get ready for $100 oil as early as next year, says Bank of America. US$100 oil might have been a fantasy of oil traders as recently as three months ago, but it could soon be a reality if global supplies continue to tighten, according to a new report.

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Oil Closes Higher Today Than It Has In 3 Years

By Blaine LaFleur on Apr 13, 2018

The oil and gas industry reached a new peak today on the market.

The price of oil closed at $66.74/barrel on Wednesday - up more than $3/barrel from the $63/barrel price tag it carried at the start of the week.

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The Earth Might Be Getting A Temporary Second Sun

By Blaine LaFleur on Apr 9, 2018

The ninth brightest star in the night sky sits 642.5 light years away from earth. It has a luminosity about 10,000 that of our own Sun and is nearing death. It could explode at any time and turn into a supernova, which would cause the earth to have up to 2 months of continuous daytime.

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IT’S OFFICIAL. HUMANS ARE GOING TO MARS. NASA HAS UNVEILED THEIR MISSION

By Blaine LaFleur on Apr 9, 2018

Humanity has been fascinated by Mars since long before we stepped foot on the Moon. Our planetary neighbor has been the subject of innumerable works of sci-fi and inspired countless dreams of adventure and exploration. Now, after decades of determination, research, and scientific breakthroughs, we’re finally ready to do it: humans are going to Mars. Really!

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This Robot Can Solve a Rubik’s Cube in .38 seconds

By Blaine LaFleur on Apr 2, 2018

When future generations look back on 2018 what will they remember? Not much, I suspect, except for this amazing robot that can solve a Rubik’s cube in .38 seconds. The video, above, shows the cube in an unsolved position and then the actuators jump into action, slamming squares into place like some kind of crazed version of Will Smith’s character in The Pursuit of Happyness.

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What is Your Success Strategy? My Personal Story

By Blaine LaFleur on Mar 19, 2018

" Marie was a modest lady. She was very bright, more capable even, than some of her fellow employees in her department. Even than some of her superiors in the organization. But she differed to them, something she somehow learned growing up. She wanted to avoid rocking the boat in any way. She wanted to be invisible and anonymous as possible, never to be the source of controversy or the center of attention. Her immediate boss liked her for her attitude of silent servitude, because he was just like her. You know, getting along with everyone. They were both well-liked by their peers. They both failed, together, as the company slowly slipped into oblivion."
The lesson? She had no strategy for failing. Nor did the company. Shameful.
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How To Use Design Thinking For Better Meetings

By Blaine LaFleur on Mar 7, 2018

Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my engineering firm — 5 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $77,000 annually, and surely this scenario occurs throughout the organization hundreds of times a month. It drains us, and it breeds cynicism. So many meetings are lost opportunities.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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How to Start an Engineering Consulting Firm

By Blaine LaFleur on Feb 16, 2018

About 5 years ago, I left my job as a salaried mechanical engineer because I didn’t have as much ownership in my projects as I wanted.....well maybe that is not how it happened.

For those of you who know my story, know that my loss of a salaried position was not a mutual decision.

So in other words, I was kicked out of the plane with no parachute.

Topics: Innovation Impactful Relationships Stonewall News
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Watch a Live Video of Elon Musk's Roadster Flying Through Space

By Blaine LaFleur on Feb 6, 2018

 Starman, a dummy in a SpaceX space suit, is behind the wheel.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

By Blaine LaFleur on Feb 6, 2018

 

To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is. In other words, decision making requires both prediction and judgment.

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Want to Change the World Through Engineering Innovation? Use a Proven System

By Blaine LaFleur on Feb 2, 2018

As someone who has worked in the oilfield for 10-plus years, you might expect me to tout hydraulic fracturing as the greatest engineering innovation of all time. But even after decades working in the cradle of one of the most significant inventions in history, I still often jump back several centuries when asked what I consider to be the greatest innovation of all time: the printing press.

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YouTube Channels Every Mechanical Engineer Should Be Watching 

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 23, 2018

For many of today’s working mechanical engineers and designers, YouTube has served as a modern-day godsend. The collaborative ecosystem formed on the platform within the engineering community has been amazing, and it’s served as a go-to informational resource for everyone ranging from first-time 3D printing hobbyist to professional engineers.

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What Engineering Skills Modern Engineers Need To Know

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 16, 2018

Your job description is changing. Are you changing to keep up with it? The role of the MODERN-DAY ENGINEER is growing faster than ever. 

Topics: Engineering Resources
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Are You A Competent Learner? Take The Test to Find Out

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 11, 2018

Arie de Geus, who was the head of planning for Royal Dutch Shell, stated the issue very concisely. This is what he concluded after a study of companies that have lasted the longest:

"The ability to learn faster than competitors may be the only sustainable advantage."

People often say we want to have a learning organization. Organizations per se do not "learn". It is on people who can learn - or not.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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3 Advances Changing the Future of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 8, 2018

Today’s factories are easy to envision as futuristic-seeming hives of automation, where industrial robots mimic the movements and, seemingly, the intentionality of human workers.

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Everything You Need to Know About YPL (Young Professionals of LAGCOE)

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 8, 2018

THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF LAGCOE (YPL) IS A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS FROM THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY WITH THE DESIRE TO TAKE ACTION TO SEE OUR INDUSTRY GROW.

As the older generation leaves the workforce they take with them a knowledge base built on the experiences of years of service. In addition, there will be a void in the number of professionals who actively represent the interests of our industry. That is where YPL comes in. The group started with a goal to eventually take the reins of LAGCOE.

Become a YPL Member

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Everything You Need to Know to Innovate on Demand

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 2, 2018

The world of engineering has an obsession with the word “innovation,” with new start-ups popping up every day promising to “innovate” everything from the way we solve problems to the way we practice our design creativity. But, it’s becoming increasingly clear that not every new product or business is innovative.

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6 Reasons Robots Will Help Humanity With Future Design Challenges

By Blaine LaFleur on Dec 27, 2017

Although visionaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn about the possible dangers to humanity if technological singularity actually happens, other brilliant minds are focusing on how robotics can solve age-old human problems—now and in the future.

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Top Emerging Technologies in Engineering for 2017

By Blaine LaFleur on Dec 26, 2017

The editors ASME’s have examined some core technological focuses—bioengineering, automation and robotics, manufacturing, pressure technology, and clean energy—and selected one innovation from each that has successfully moved from the lab to the cusp of commercialization. 

Some of these technologies are hidden away in the guts of power plants or the brains of automobiles, while others are as visible as powered prosthetic legs. But all share the distinguishing mark of finding insightful new ways of meeting society’s most important challenges.


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How I Became a Recovering Deal Junkie

By Blaine LaFleur on Dec 20, 2017

Have you ever met someone who as soon as you meet them realize they are a used car salesman? Every time you mention something that you may be doing in business they have a "product" or "scheme" that somehow magically "solves" your problem or ties itself "perfectly" to your business? Not sure how it happened, but I slowly became one of those guys. I was actually given a name as well, I had officially become a Deal Junkie. 

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How Practice Can Foster Creativity in Unique Engineering Solutions

By Blaine LaFleur on Dec 7, 2017

Creativity is one of those things both innate and learned. Certain people have more natural comfort than others with the creative process, as well as providing unique engineering solutions. That said, we have definitely seen the impact that training and mentorship under other exemplar engineers can have on a young designer cutting his or her teeth in the industry and pursuing virtuosic engineering excellence.

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LAGCOE promotes STEM education during Festival of Lights

By Blaine LaFleur on Dec 2, 2017

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- The 24th Festival of Light was held tonight in Lafayette.

Hundreds of Families enjoyed Christmas lights, holiday shopping, trolley rides, and pictures with Santa to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

New this year to the festival was the “Light and Learn with Lagcoe” booth which promoted STEM education for children of all ages.

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3 Fundamental Tasks of Competent Leadership: Part 1 Organization Making

By Blaine LaFleur on Nov 14, 2017

"As fresh gunfire erupted, all the soldiers but Patton leapt back into the security of the trench. 

The men implored Patton to escape from the Germans’ fire, but he refused to budge. “To hell with them—they can’t hit me!” Several soldiers were struck down, but Patton refused to take cover. When at last the men got five

 tanks across the breach, Patton exhorted them to advance again, yelling and cursing and waving his walking stick. About a hundred and fifty doughboys followed him, but when they arrived at the crest of the hill, the onslaught of gunfire forced them all to the ground, hugging it for protection. 

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What You Need to Know About Product Development

By Blaine LaFleur on Nov 10, 2017

In an engineering utopia, every project would come in on time and under budget—and, of course, be delivered by a unicorn. Two of these are possible, despite all three being rare. But few projects are planned well, so we end up with unrealistic expectations and often don’t figure that out until the project is 80% through the original timeline and nowhere near 80% complete. How can you solve this perennial dilemma and introduce more predictability into your design process?

Topics: Engineering Resources
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3 REASONS YOU’RE NOT MAKING DESIGN PROGRESS — AND HOW TO BREAK THE ROADBLOCK

By Blaine LaFleur on Oct 9, 2017

We have all been there, in the middle of a design project that seems stale, boring, no end in sight. What do you do when you get there? What do you do when you hit a plateau? How do you create and engineering breakthrough?

Our boy Tony Robbins sheds some light on how to approach a plateau in life that can be directly related to engineering and design.

 

Topics: Engineering Resources
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10 Ways that College Leaves You Unprepared for Real World Engineering

By Jacob Deshotels on Sep 18, 2017

After going through several years of what can be considered a grueling engineering curriculum, you may believe that you’re completely prepared for what awaits you after graduation. I’m here to tell you just how completely wrong that idea is. Yes, you may have learned more than you ever imagined in the last four + years, and not to say that it was a waste, but all young engineers still have much more to learn beyond the classroom. Here are ten ways that your college education didn’t prepare you for Real World Engineering.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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How to Cut CNC Machining Costs - A Design Engineer's Perspective

By Blaine LaFleur on Sep 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  

While you probably aren’t reading this article for tree-felling advice, what Abe was getting at is that careful planning is important for any task. A large up-front investment in a project, utilizing engineering design thinking, can save you both time and money in the long run.

 

Topics: Engineering Resources
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How Positivity Shaped My Baseball and Engineering Career

By Trent Cormier on Sep 8, 2017

The reason I am writing about the act of being “positive” is because of how frequently it showed up in my life. Baseball was the first place in which I realized the importance of positivity. Then it was carried over to my engineering career

This lesson came from one of my biggest mentors known as my Dad, Ted Cormier. Although he never played baseball at a high level he sure did know the mental side of the game. He taught me that to be successful in not only baseball but in life you have to be positive; and not to hope, but know that you will make it happen. I have seen so many good athletes not fulfill their potential because of negativity. In baseball, if you were to have negative thoughts while trying to play, 9 out of 10 times you would get a negative outcome and vice versa with positive thoughts. I soon realized this lesson along with others that came from baseball also applied to real world situations.

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Efficacious Communication - The Millennial Dilemma?

By Justin Courville on Sep 7, 2017

The year is 2017. As an owner or an executive of your company, what is it about the current environment that is causing you sleepless nights? Is it the political environment? Is it the economy? Is it the battle  of the "rights" of people?  Or is it your own organization, as it relates to the inner workings? As an executive officer, you should be planning for how you are going to navigate the waters of the environment you do business in. Instead, we find ourselves talking about the millennial generation and all its complexities when it comes to management. What can we learn from the experiences of our past failings in dealing with the younger generation? The following list is an opportunity for self reflection on communication which may aide in the process of learning from mistakes of the past.
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5 Attributes You Want in Your Mechanical Engineering Firm

By Blake Talbot on Aug 29, 2017

There are various factors you may contemplate when hiring a Mechanical engineering firm, but are all the factors solely based on engineering work?

Topics: Engineering Resources
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Well Stimulation Technology: Dissolvable vs Composite Frac Plugs

By Arturo Chinchilla on Aug 15, 2017

Thousands of wells require 10,000-psi rated frac plugs that can be installed in the wellbore so that cluster perforating operations can be carried out prior to hydraulic fracturing.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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What You Need to Know About FEA to Save Money on Your Next Project

By Blaine LaFleur on Aug 5, 2017

FEA as Wikipedia defines it: 

FEA (Finite Element Analysis) as applied in engineering is a computational tool for performing engineering analysis. It includes the use of mesh generation techniques for dividing a complex problem into small elements, as well as the use of software program coded with FEM algorithm. In applying FEA, the complex problem is usually a physical system with the underlying physics such as the Euler-Bernoulli beam equation, the heat equation, or the Navier-Stokes equations expressed in either PDE or integral equations, while the divided small elements of the complex problem represent different areas in the physical system.

Now that's a mouth full! 

FEA in Layman's Terms:

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is designed to save money and time by computerizing engineering analysis. FEA is a digital platform professional engineers use to test designs against predictable forces, to determine whether a design will fail and, if so, when and how the material will deform, snap, or collapse. They are widely used in Oilfield designs (especially in downhole tools, industrial equipment design, and various other fields to replace the experimental design and testing.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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10 Contrary Values and Beliefs Professional Engineers are Up Against

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 13, 2017

This article will outline 10 contrary values and beliefs you are up against on your course to staying in the learning mode, as well as give examples of the kind of values that could underwrite high achievement.

Topics: Engineering Resources
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5 Signs You are Approaching an Engineering Breakthrough

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 8, 2017

We have all been there, in the middle of a design project that seems stale, boring, no end in sight. What do you do when you get there? What do you do when you hit a plateau? How do you create and engineering breakthrough?

Our boy Tony Robbins sheds some light on how to approach a plateau in life that can be directly related to engineering and design. Check it out below:

 

 

Topics: Engineering Resources
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This New 3D Design App Will Change The Way Your Kids Play

By Blaine LaFleur on Jul 4, 2017

Do you have a junior engineer developing in your home? Do you want him/her to start learning the fundamentals that the professional engineers use every day? Check out this new app platform from Solidworks! 

Introduce your kids to 3D design and allow their creativity to flourish!

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This is Why You Need a Professional Engineer

By Arturo Chinchilla on Jul 3, 2017

Do you know why you would hire a professional engineer?

In my years of experience, and while at Stonewall, I would say most people do not understand the benefits associated with hiring an engineering firm. In most cases it is not necessary but if you are not strategic in your decision, it may cost you your business.  

Topics: Engineering Resources Competency
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20 Stoic Quotes That Will Change the Way You Look at Engineering

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 26, 2017

They are stoics among us, and they are identifiable only by their character and code of conduct.

We know who they are only by the example they set for the rest of us when they face hardships with clear-headedness and equanimity.

Their concern is not with wealth, fame, or status — but with virtue itself.

How does this apply to engineering philosophy? Download our E-Book to find out?

Free Download: Stoicism E-Book

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10 Great Engineering Brain Teasers for Cajun Engineers

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 26, 2017

Here in South Louisiana we seem to have a envie (ahnvee) for telling jokes, or in some cases asking tricky questions. I read a recent article outlining some great brainteasers for engineers.

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Downhole Tool Design: Unconventional Problem Solving

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 14, 2017


StoneWall's Approach:

Downhole tools are no simple task. Some would equate them to designing for outer space. As engineers, we can neither see nor touch the tools in their working environments. This creates unique issues that require an unconventional problem solving approach.  

Below is the 5 step approach we use to solve downhole tool engineering problems. You can also download our free ebook, which expands on our approach. 

Free Download: Problem Solving Ebook
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StoneWall | Free 3D Concept Design

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 14, 2017


DO YOU HAVE A NEW CONCEPT YOU WANT DESIGNED? 

StoneWall is now offering free 3D concept designs for all eligible ideas. Sign up today to initiate the success of your product!

Included in offer:

Claim you offer here:

Free 3D Concept Design

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Engineering Code of Conduct - Free Template

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 8, 2017


Do you have a code of conduct? Is it getting you where you want to go?

Wherever there has been engineers engaged in some mutual endeavor, there has been an engineering code of conduct. Whenever any engineer today engages in any engineering activity, he or she is guided by a code of conduct, of which they may be blissfully unaware.

So What Is A Code of Conduct About?

A code of conduct is about the human criteria you believe are critical to getting on and staying on the path to the real achievement you have envisioned. It is what informs and drives the everyday ways of thinking and action in your organization that you believe are necessary to make progress on your mission every day.

"The only code that makes a difference is the one that has become a part of who those people are - their character." - Lee Thayer 

Questions to Consider:

  1. How do you formulate a code of conduct, that widely internalized, will be what is needed to get you where you want to go? 
  2. How do you get that code of conduct widely and deeply internalized?

Free Code of Conduct Template

Topics: Engineering Resources
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Do you want to have better team communication?

By Blaine LaFleur on Jun 7, 2017


Understanding Engineers, Realizing Potential:

In order to work great as a team you must start with communication. You can achieve this through harnessing the understanding of both personality and character. This understanding enhances team communication, which elevates performance and effectiveness. 

At StoneWall we use a tool called Equilibria to discover our E-Colors. This helps us identify our engineering personalities and better communicate with engineers. 

StoneWall E-Colors
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Wetland Restoration: Mud Barge Design

By Blaine LaFleur on May 16, 2017

Perceived Problem:

  • The only way to perform wetland restoration projects is with a Marsh Buggy. (Image below)
  • Operators have to settle with the lack of production of smaller Marsh Buggy type units.
  • Operators are must deal with the problems of transporting the bulky Marsh Buggy unit. 

 Free Download: Problem Solving Ebook

Topics: StoneWall Projects
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Midland, Tx: Water Transfer Reel Design

By Blaine LaFleur on Mar 22, 2017

The Problem

A customer in Midland, Tx needed an unconventional solution to a common problem. StoneWall was tasked with designing that solution.  The problem involved the deployment and retrieval of layflat hose for water transport. Our customer needed a unique oilfield design that would be able to easily adapt to their current equipment. If you want to know how we can help you contact us below. 

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Do you need custom design to supplement your manufacturing?

By Blaine LaFleur on Mar 10, 2017

One of vendors needed just that. Gulfside Fabricators (www.gulfsidefab.com) teamed up with StoneWall  to design and manufacture a coil tubing injector head. Want to know more about how these units are used? (Click Here)

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Rossi MagZilla: Downhole Magnet Design

By Blaine LaFleur on Mar 2, 2017

StoneWall teamed up with partners at Rossi Oilfield Services to design and manufacture a new line of downhole tools. This new design is optimized to provide maximum carrying capacity of ferrous metal debris. See below for more details! If you need support with your downhole tools click the link below to contact our team. 

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Offshore Managed Pressure Drilling Design (DNV, ATEX, CE)

By Blaine LaFleur on Feb 18, 2017

Controlled Fluids Inc, Stonewall, and Braeden teamed up to provide a turn key solution for the oil & gas industry. The product consisted of a DNV Drill Specification, certified, hydraulic controls system that is CE marked for Zone II hazardous atmospheres (ATEX) in all European Markets. Through individual expertise, culminated through teamwork, CFI was able to deliver a technical, safe, certified, and high quality system to their client, as part of the overall MPD system. If you need help certifying your oilfield and subsea equipment click the link below to contact our team! 

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Dissolvable Frac Plug Design: Product Optimization for Downhole Tools

By Blaine LaFleur on Jan 21, 2017

Free Download: Problem Solving Ebook

Stonewall was engaged by a customer in order to solve their issues with their current Frac plug. These issues included low hold pressures, tool slippage due to improper slip forces, and leakage due to improper seal design. Through unconventional design methods and engineering calculations we were able to optimize their downhole tool design to solve all of their current issues. This accomplishment has allowed for our customer to out perform their competition and win more work in their respective field. Below is a quote from our customer confirming the success. 

Topics: StoneWall Projects

OM Expo 2016 : Drone Beverage Caddy

By Blaine LaFleur on Nov 1, 2016

StoneWall teamed up with partners at the Opportunity Machine to design, manufacture, and implement a beverage tool for drones. Check out the video below!

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Landing String Solutions

By Blaine LaFleur on Aug 20, 2016

Honored to be a part of this great accomplishment and to have the opportunity to support the success of ExPert Landing String Solutions LLC. Check out the article in World Oil here. 

Topics: StoneWall Projects