Symbolia Magz The First News You Should Read 2018-06-12T16:25:43Z WordPress Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[4 Reasons Why Your Car’s Lubricant Type Matters]]> 2018-06-12T16:19:46Z 2018-06-10T08:30:27Z Quite frankly, not many people care about what type of engine oil is appropriate for their cars more so because they do not know the difference between one kind of oil and another. What they do not understand is that using the wrong type of oil may not only damage their cars extensively but may also void their warranty. Anyway, first things first; in its simplest form, oil is a substance that prevents metal from wearing when rubbing against each other during movements. It is also responsible for reducing heat buildup, the presence of particles, and corrosion through acid buildup. The following are reasons why choosing the right type of lubricant matters.

Understanding viscosity

Viscosity is the measure of fluids’ resistance to flow. Worth knowing is that temperature affects the state of motor oil and consequently affects how the vehicle operates; if it is too thick, it cannot flow, and it is likely to cause wear during movement of the metal engine. On the other hand, when the oil is too thin, it cannot produce enough heat to maintain proper engine protection. Comparatively, thicker oil is more efficient as it provides a better lubrication film which in turn keeps the metal parts protected. However, if it is thicker than it ought to be, it makes it hard to start the engine as more energy is required to turn the crankshaft. Therefore, oil viscosity needs to suit a specific temperature for proper efficiency.

To choose between mineral and synthetic oils

There exists a subtle difference in how mineral and synthetic oils work, a reason to be careful when selecting the type to use. On synthetic oils, they have a better perseverance to extreme temperatures as compared to mineral oils. Also, they have better heat resistance and start-up flow qualities. Of course, these are reasons to make them a bit more expensive than ordinary oils. However, it is worth to note that specific engine oils are designed for particular cars and therefore essential to stick to the one recommended for your vehicle. In case you want to switch from synthetic to mineral or vice versa, it is advisable to consult a service technician. Otherwise, you might end up rendering your engine less efficient or useless altogether.

To determine the right level of grading

Usually, multigrade oils are identified by numbers that indicate how oil flows during winter. For instance, 10W-40 would mean that oil is thinner at low temperatures (a low first number indicates that the oil s thinner at low temperatures. W stands for winter). The second number shows the state of oil at high temperatures; a high number indicates that the oil stays thick at high temperatures. Using the right grade for your car is imperative if you want to maintain engine efficiency and reduce wear. In short, learn how to be consistent with the type of oil you use to avoid damaging your car.

Avoiding mishaps

It should be apparent that using the wrong type of oil can compromise the state of your engine and the general efficiency of your car. In most cases, wrong fluids cause overheating, inadequate lubrication, and transmission failure which mind you, could prove impossible to reverse once it happens. Additionally, use of wrong fluids can lead to shorter engine life. In regards to brakes, substituting hydraulic fluids damages the seals, destroys the system, and causes brake failure. In this case, you should use the recommended hydraulic fluids which are specially made for the purpose.

Choosing the right type of lubricant should be an imperative for any car owner who wants to maintain the efficacy of the engine and the car in general. For starters, the best way to ensure that you pick the right type of oil is to check the manual of the car manufacturer. Alternatively, consult a mechanic or your auto spares dealer on what oil to pick for your car.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[3 Tips for Creating an Engagement Ring Budget]]> 2018-06-12T16:15:43Z 2018-06-09T11:15:38Z Getting engaged counts as one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life together. It’s all about choosing wedding invitations, hiring caterers, buying the rings, and budgeting for big expenses. As such, most couples want to set a budget for the big-ticket items, including the ring, so that they can afford the engagement ring of choice.

If you’ve reached this milestone, you’re probably wondering what kind of parameters you should set for your ring budget. While this process can feel overwhelming, you can proceed with it logically if you have some guidelines to follow. Here are three to get you started.

1. Beware of Hype

Many of the beliefs that we hold true of diamond engagement rings are actually not fundamentally true at all. For example, there’s this idea that you must spend two months’ salary on your diamond engagement ring. But according to The Penny Hoarder, that’s just a myth created by some clever advertising. You decide the budget for your engagement ring, not DeBeers.

Additionally, you should also be aware of ways that you can cut costs on your engagement ring. It’s possible to do so without sacrificing the beauty of the ring if you follow a certain set of “tricks,” according to The Knot.

Among the ways you can save money:

  • Don’t buy a full carat. Instead, go with a couple of points under – instead of two carats, get 1.8 carats, for example.
  • Choose a halo setting. It makes the ring look bigger
  • Buy your wedding set at the same time. You could save money.

You’ll want to consider these and other factors as you consider your ring budget. In fact, it is a good idea to go window shopping before you decide on your final budget. If you figure out the ways you can get a less expensive ring that you will still like, that can affect your budget positively.

2. Assess Your Financial Situation

Once you know what kinds of rings are on the market, you then want to assess your total financial picture. Credit Donkey recommends that you look at your income now and your potential income in the future, your savings, and your expenses.

Many people who are getting married are in their 20s and still in the throes of school and student debt. Financially, it doesn’t make sense to spend thousands of dollars on a ring when you have so many other obligations. It may be more realistic to buy the ring you can afford now, without going into debt and then plan on buying a bigger ring later. This plan allows you to spend more money on a ring when your career has advanced some and you have more disposable income to play with.

3. Start Saving

Once you know what you’d like to spend on the ring, it’s time to save for it. Let’s say that you’ve decided that you have established a ring budget of $3,000 and that you already have a thousand of that. You need to make up for the last $2,000. It’s best not to put this on credit. Instead, plan on saving up month-by-month until you have the money.

If you’re not sure how to do this, Nerd Wallet suggests that you follow the 50/30/20 savings plan. Under this plan,

  • 50% of your budget goes toward your necessities<.li>
  • 30% goes toward your luxuries
  • And 20% goes toward your savings

The engagement ring will go into the 30% column of savings in your budget planner. That means if you take home $2,500 a month, $1,250 would go toward your necessities, $750 would go toward your luxuries (including the ring), and $500 would go into long-term savings. In theory, you could have the money you need for the ring in three months.

Final Thoughts on Ring Budgeting

Buying an engagement ring requires you to carefully look at your budget. By doing this, you can determine how much of your monthly income you can set aside so that you can afford your ring of choice.

Additionally, savvy ring shoppers learn a few ring-buying tricks before they buy the ring. These tricks ensure that you end up with a beautiful ring at a lesser cost. But none of this is possible without advanced planning. If you’re even thinking about getting married, now’s the time to plan so that you get the ring you want without destroying your budget.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[8 Crucial Reasons to Use a Consulting Firm at Your Business]]> 2018-06-12T16:25:43Z 2018-06-08T16:30:47Z For businesses that are in a growth mode, finding good staff is very important. While some businesses will look to hire new employees on a full-time basis, this is not always the best option. In some situations, it could make much more sense to hire a consultant as opposed to a new employee. There are a variety of benefits that come when you hire consultants for your business as opposed to full-time employees.

Less Commitment

If you are thinking of hiring a consultant for your organization, one of the main advantages is that you will not have to commit to the employees. If you have a need for more staff right now, but do not yet have a clear picture about the future of your business, it can be difficult to justify hiring a full-time employee as they will require you to commit to them. When you hire a consultant, you will be able to commit to them for whatever period of time you wish. This can make hiring a consultant a much less risky option for a business.

Objective View Point

Many businesses will benefit from hiring consultants because it will provide them with an objective viewpoint. If you never hire new people from the outside, you will ultimately have just one viewpoint from your staff. When you hire someone from the outside in a consulting role, they will be able to provide an object view of your processes and business. This could help to identify areas for improvements.

Project Focused

When you hire consultants you can also have them focused on just one project. If you have employees that you would like to focus on a certain project, the staff will normally still be bogged down by their other tasks and responsibilities. When you hire someone to work solely on one project they will be completely focused on it and will be able to produce better results.

Try Out Employees

One of the advantages of consultants for a business is that they do not come with as much commitment as hiring full-time staff. However, when you hire consultants you will also be able to try the person out. If you find that the consultant does a good job and is a good fit for your company, you will be able to hire them full-time afterwards. This gives you a hiring advantage that cannot be matched by other practices.


Consultants are also a good option because they will normally have a lot of work experience. Consultants get into a certain role because they have developed an expertise and intuition for a certain area of business. When you hire someone as a consultant you will be able to leverage this experience for the benefit of your organization.

New Skill Set

If you are a growing organization and have typically hired and trained less experienced employees, the majority of their skills will be shared as they would have been learned on the job. When you hire someone new from the outside to act as a consultant, they will be bringing new experiences and skills to your organization. These skills can then be taught to your existing staff, which can give you more of an advantage in the marketplace.

Allows Business to Focus on Core Areas

If you hire a consultant to handle certain tasks for your business, you will find that the consultant will allow you and your organization to focus on other areas of your business. Some growing organizations will find that it is beneficial to outsource their accounting, human resources, or IT services to another organization. If you do this, it will allow you to focus your efforts on the core areas of your business.

Cost Savings

While a consultant may come with a higher hourly wage than an employee, there are areas in which you will be able to save money. If you hire someone as a consultant you will not be required to provide them with health insurance or cover their payroll taxes. You will also be able to avoid other benefits including paid time off, retirement contributions, and other expenses that come with hiring full-time staff. This can help to offset the increased hourly wage that is paid.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Car Oil Lubricants]]> 2018-06-12T16:22:03Z 2018-06-07T12:30:58Z Whether you own or lease a car, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of your oil. Different vehicles will use different types of oil, and using the wrong type can be harmful to your engine. Here’s an explanation of what motor oil is, what it does, and what aspects of it matter for the beginning car owner.

What Is Motor Oil?

Two components make up the majority of motor oils on the market: additives and base oils. These two components work together to create the final oil product that is placed in your engine. A good analogy is coffee; the base oil is the water, while the additives are the coffee beans. When you mix them, you get a delicious caffeinated beverage.

The largest part of the motor oil is made up of the base oils. These oils are what’s used to lubricate the internal moving aspects of the engine. They also absorb engine heat and help to seal the piston rings.

Base oils can be comprised of a variety of materials, most often:

  • Petroleum
  • Materials that have been chemically synthesized
  • A blend of both petroleum and chemically synthesized materials (commonly called synthetic blend or semi-synthetic)

A petroleum base oil has been refined from a crude oil source. When you use crude oil, there will be contaminates such as oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and small traces of metal components. These contaminates can’t be fully extracted through the refining process. When oil is refined, the different molecules are separated by their weight. This leaves all the molecules that weigh roughly the same as the oil molecules, even if they’re a contamination.

Synthetic oils are different because they’ve been engineered by humans. Since they aren’t pulled from a natural source, they don’t have any contaminates. They’ve been designed to include beneficial molecules and nothing else. The versatility and the uniform molecules allow the oil to provide better friction, better fuel efficiency, and better performance in extreme temperatures.

Additives do everything that the base oils can’t accomplish on their own. They provide anti-foam, acid neutralization, anti-wear, corrosion protection, dispersancy properties, detergency, and viscosity maintenance. Some chemical additives include boron, phosphorous, and zinc. The toughest part of oil formulation is striking the right balance between the base oils and the additives.

The Purpose of Motor Oil

Whether you use natural or synthetic oil, motor oil is designed to fit these purposes:

  • It minimizes friction and wear on the engine by separating components that come into contact with each other
  • It cleans the engine by suspending any contaminates inside its fluid or preventing the adherence of contaminates to an engine component
  • It cools the engine by reducing the heat and friction in the engine
  • It dynamically seals locations such as the cylinder interface and piston ring, which allows combustion gases to stay in the combustion chamber
  • It dampens mechanical shock by dispersing shock waves over a large area rather than concentrating them in one place
  • It protects the engine components from corrosion by neutralizing corrosive contaminates or creating a barrier between potential contaminates and the engine components
  • It transfers energy between different engine components

Viscosity and Your Motor Oil

When people talk about viscosity, they mean the amount of resistance that the oil has to flow. Viscosity is the most important aspect of an oil. Viscosity also changes with the temperature; oil is thinner when it’s hot, and it thickens when it cools down.

Oil needs to be cold when it lubricates the engine during the initial startup, but it needs to be thick enough for engine protection when the engine has a high temperature. This means that you need to strike a balance by finding an oil with a viscosity that can work both hot and cold. The type of viscosity you need will vary depending on your environment; generally, people in hotter environments need a thicker oil.

Viscosity is measured by grades. These grades explain when the oil reaches a temperature that causes the viscosity to fail. You should find out what viscosity is best for your environment.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[7 Creative Tips For Your Cross Country Move]]> 2018-05-31T19:42:15Z 2018-05-29T15:00:10Z Long moves are always stressful, but it is possible to make them go smoothly. All you need to do is plan ahead and make a point of using a few basic strategies.

Plan Your Route

Crossing the country while moving makes the move harder because the trip takes so long. Efficient traveling is one of the best ways do deal with that problem. A good route can cut a significant amount of time off of the trip. It can also help you to avoid inconveniences, such as running out of fuel or being unable to find a place to stay at night. You can plot a course with any number of digital mapping programs on the Internet, and then look along that route to find all of the amenities that you will need to make your trip as easy as possible. Once you know where those amenities are, you will know how far you need to go each day, and how long you can expect to drive during the trip.

Minimize Weight

Gas can get expensive. Moving already costs a lot of money, so it is important to minimize the cost of fuel. Heavy cars use much more fuel than lighter ones, so you should try to minimize the amount of weight that you are carrying while you travel. That can mean choosing the lightest rental vehicle available if you are renting, or choosing to leave some heavy objects behind while you are packing. Even buying snacks and other consumables as you go instead of stocking up all at once can save a little bit of gas.

Vacuum Packing

Space can be at a premium inside a car or a trailer, so it is important to make sure that your cargo takes up as little as possible. Many flexible items, such as clothing, can be vacuum packed to cut down on space. The process works by sucking all of the air out of a back with the items inside, which compresses them as tightly as possible. That can damage rigid items, so it isn’t a universal technique, but it is an ideal way to pack anything that can survive the process without any harm.

Combine With Vacation

It can be a good idea to get a little stress relief while moving. If you have time, you can stop to see attractions that you pass while traveling, or even stop for a camping trip if your route takes you past a park. A little bit of relaxation will go a long way towards making your move more pleasant.

Hire Specialists

You may need to get some help, especially if you have to transport a lot of large objects. In that case, you should be sure to hire specialists. Cross country moves introduce challenges that are not present with local moves, and many movers will be unfamiliar with those challenges. Getting specialist help ensures that they have seen everything before and will know what to do if there are problems.

Have A Plan B

While it is possible for a move to go perfectly, there will probably be a few bumps in the road. Your vehicle might run into some technical problems, you might run late, or you might have any number of other problems. It is always a good idea to accept the risk of a problem and make plans for dealing with them. That will make sure that the little problems that you face don’t develop into bigger problems at the worst times.

Leave Extra Time

One of the best ways to mitigate the risk of a problem is to leave some extra time in your move. In addition to giving you some breathing room to fix problems as they come up, it will give you the time to rest and recover after the move. That will help you to eliminate the stress that comes with moving before you need to adapt to your new lifestyle and routine. Gradual changes are almost always more pleasant than sudden ones, so this will make your life after the move much easier than it would be if you were on a tight schedule.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[5 Tips for Ensuring Your Roof is Storm Proof]]> 2018-05-31T19:39:40Z 2018-05-26T11:15:22Z The roof of your home is arguably the most important structure that you have; yet it is also often the most neglected and forgotten. Perhaps this is a case of ‘out of site, out of mind’, but your roof is deserving of your attention. Even if you have gone years in your home without any major structural issues to note, that does not mean that the potential is not there. A storm, for example, can strike at almost anytime. Your area of the country may not be prone to big storms, but you need to make sure your roof is ready in the event that one does hit. The rain and wind from such an event can wreak havoc. Continue reading to discover five solid tips for ensuring that your roof is storm proof.

Conduct a Regular Inspection

It is amazing how many home owners rarely, if ever, take a look at their roof. If a major storm is approaching, it is almost too late to do anything about it if your roof has a serious problem. In order to keep this from happening, you will want to conduct a regular cursory inspection of your roof. You do not necessarily need a professional to do this. Walk around the exterior of your home and look for any loose tiles, holes, or other types of issues that you think could be a problem. Some problems might be minor and you can fix those on your own before a storm comes. For major issues that you spot, contact your local professional roofer to come out right away before the weather turns south.

Trim Excess Foliage

There is certainly nothing wrong with having some big trees and bushes dotting your home’s landscape, but these items are not necessarily good for your roof. You will want to make sure any excess foliage is properly trimmed and kept clear of the roof line. Limbs and other forms of debris tend to blow away pretty hard during a big storm. If these land on your roof, you could be looking at a great deal of damage. Keep them trimmed and looking great. This will benefit your roof as well.

Make Sure Your Gutters are Clean

The function of your gutters is to keep the water moving away from your roof in a systematic and organized fashion during a rain storm. However, this can only happen if they are clean. This is another area that many home owners neglect until it is too late. Do not be one of them. Make sure you regularly clean your gutters and keep them clear so that they can do their job when a big storm hits.

Consider the Age of Your Roof

If your roof is old, it might be time to consider a new one all together. Most roofs are not designed to last forever, so you will want to keep that in mind. While many home owners do not want to think about what the cost of a new roof will do to their family budget, the alternative will be much worse. An old roof will have a difficult time holding up during a major storm, and this could cause a great deal of damage to your home.

Patch Up Any Holes

Any hole, major or minor, needs to be patched up. These holes can become bigger during a major storm, causing leaks and a whole bunch of underlying problems that could become rather serious. You can probably patch up the small holes, but you should call out a professional if you find some rather big ones in hard to reach areas.

While these five tips will not guarantee that you do not suffer any damage to your roof during a major storm, they will certainly put your home in a great position to withstand the brunt of the elements. It is important to remember that your roof is the one structure that secures the rest of your home. You want to keep it solid and ready to perform its function properly, particularly during a big rain storm or hurricane. Following these five tips will help you to do just that.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[6 Signs that a Tree Needs to Come Down]]> 2018-05-31T19:36:07Z 2018-05-25T10:30:28Z Trees enhance a property’s curb appeal yet equally problematic when it causes damage to the property. What’s a homeowner to do? The workaround is examining the tree. Determine if the tree does more harm than good by searching the tree for six signs of tree failure.

Location, Location, Location

Trees located too close to the home or near power lines, the tree becomes a hindrance more than an advantage. Trees blossoming near the home have roots that will affect the building structure’s foundation, siding, and walls. The tree’s proximity to the home causes mold, which contains a separate list of problems. Meanwhile, trees near power lines are hazardous. The combination causes a power failure and possible home damage. To avoid personal injury, never prune or trim trees near power lines. Tree removal from a professional is always wise.

Low-Hanging Branches

It’s natural to trim branches close enough to touch your face because it’s a distraction. Natural tree trimming becomes dangerous when low-hanging branches grow above the roof of the home. When the branches fall, it lands on the roof, causing thousands of dollars to repair. If homeowners or professionals cut limbs and branches and it doesn’t regrow, the limb or branch was dying. Cut low-hanging branches if the tree leans toward the property as well.

Trunk and Root Fungus

While mushrooms around the tree might appear pretty, it’s a sad state of affairs for tree health. Mushrooms, a tree fungus, sometimes indicate rotting within the tree. For confirmation, a tree professional must examine the tree’s health. They can determine whether the damage is reversible or not. Homeowners can examine the trunk and roots for health issues as well. If the mushrooms aren’t causing the tree’s fungus, additional tree fungi do exist, and a professional can warn homeowners about those fungi.

Disease on Branches

A tree with diseased branches affects the tree’s health. As the disease spreads, the tree’s appearance subsides and the tree’s stability weakens. This eventually leads to a tree or branches falling. Besides a tree fungus, discolored leaves, no veins on leaves, odd nodules on leaves, bark bumps, weak/dead branches, and rotting are signs of a diseased tree. Unexpected falling leaves occur due to these conditions. Oftentimes, the disease is treatable. However, don’t save a tree if the disease is too severe. Additionally, an infected tree is prone to additional infections.

Horizontal Tree Roots

Healthy tree roots grow vertically. With so much room underground, roots can spread as far down and wide as necessary. Trees with roots growing horizontally are problematic. In residential areas, horizontal trees, or secondary roots, can invade plumbing pipes, sewer lines, paved driveways, building structures, curb sidewalks, and fencing. Should roots touch those areas during growth, expect thousands of dollars in damages. Exposed horizontal roots create a hump causing slips, trips, and falls to anyone walking past it. Lawn maintenance is impossible too due to root exposure. A possibility is a tree professional eliminating the dangerous roots without harming the tree. The more fitting scenario is cutting down the entire tree.

Pests Invading the Tree

Birds and squirrels naturally turn trees into a livable area. If worms, scorpions, insects, and rodents are using the tree as a hangout with the birds and squirrels, cutting the tree down is a nifty solution. It’s worse if the insects invade the property. Expect the irritable creatures to come quicker on fruit trees and diseased trees. If cutting the tree because of animals is too drastic, hire an exterminator first to see if the creatures don’t return.

As always, contact a licensed tree professional to examine the tree thoroughly and offer an evaluation before taking action. These six warning signs are common reasons to remove a tree or save it. Homeowners can plant new trees in a safer location to replenish the lost tree to elevate curb appeal.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[How to Efficiently Manage Your Oil Field Levels]]> 2018-05-24T16:03:11Z 2018-05-24T16:03:11Z The prevailing business environments aimed at replacing existing oil reserves and achieving profitable production levels has become tough for most upstream oil and gas companies. A good number of them have fallen back on their existing asset base while others are making a notable investment to improve production and recovery of their oil fields. Companies with big enough assets only need a small improvement on expected recovery which will lead millions of barrels being added to their reserve base. If successful, such efforts can increase recovery and overall returns.

Since the amount of hydrocarbons in any given oil field are limited, it is important to regularly and vigilantly check on the assets at hand. This requires proper decision-making process in factoring out and addressing possible causes of threats in production and recovery of oil fields life-cycle.

One of the widely used ways is Digital Oil Fields (DOF), which looks at optimal production and recovery. DOF involves collaborations, improved information management, streamlined workflows, and using the right tools. What a DOF project needs is a strong framing methodology to get the best value. Technology and data will fuel oil management in the next few decades.

Most upstream companies use the traditional departmental/discipline silos such as petroleum engineering, subsurface, and operations, all of which have inadequate and ad-hoc relations between them. What these organizations need is a shift to asset-based management. These traditional departments pose a cultural, information and process challenge that affects the quality and speed of decision making. They look at specific production parts from a departmental perspective instead of an integrated production perspective.

Suppose we have an oil field with a high production well showing high water-cut. This means that production from the given well will be reduced. If decisions are to be permitted on departmental goals, there will be a lot of complications since some solutions will be availed for the same problem. What it means is that short-term decisions needed to avoid production loss will take longer hence a significant loss. This is because different disciplines will take longer to develop accurate information about the problem.

When an organization does not have sophisticated equipment and tools, it becomes hard to identify right and long-term economic decision as well as the recovery effects of financial decisions. This can lead to a high-cost solution, deferred high productivity, or suboptimal recovery.

DOF enhances efficient and structural collaborations between different departments, as well as well specified and streamline workflows. Moreover, it helps in coming up with standard tools for decision support and visualization systems. DOF helps in data management by enhancing quality, relevant and real-time data that is easily accessible. What organizations need is the right DOF strategy that aligns well with their scope, opportunities, and capabilities.

DOF uses technology-based solutions to manage limited oil assets having processes and tool for data management across the entire organization. What DOF does is allowing a company to have more data from the whole oil and gas value chain in real time or near real time with improved frequency. This ensures optimal well, reservoir, and facility performance. Since these technologies can have negative impacts on the efficiency of human capital, it is crucial to monitor and plan well on how and wherein an organization they will be introduced.

4-D Visualization and Modelling

This enabled tracking of fluid movements using repeated 3-D seismic surveys which can be a useful source of redirecting improved recovery mechanisms and production.

Remote Real-Time Facility Monitoring and Control is among such DOF technologies. This involves off-site facility process control of systems via systems control and data analysis (SCADA) networking. The data is then transferred to onshore control rooms. This makes it easy to set point control, the capture of field data and pump/valve manipulation.

Real-Time Production Surveillance

Here, advanced alarm systems are used to start analysis the integrity of a production trend for enhanced predetermined capacity levels.

Real-Time Drilling involves integration and collection of drilling data in real-time. Aspects such as circulation solids, down-hole pressure recorded using measurement-while-drilling (MWD), RPM, and remotely steerable down-hole tools help in getting more data for oil fields levels management.

Other DOF technologies include

  • Intelligent Wells
  • Production Volume Management Analysis
  • Remote Communications Technology
  • Workflow and Knowledge Management Systems

Integrated Asset Models

Companies have reported up to 25% improved net present value by using DOF-related technologies. Digital oil field helps identify opportunities, especially those that need direct determent, and automates data updates and reports avoiding routine data collection and analysis from a limited engineering talent.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[How to Ensure Maximum Shade in Your Yard]]> 2018-05-31T19:44:50Z 2018-05-24T09:45:36Z Landscaping renovations that have the potential to cut utility and upkeep costs while also beautifying a property are among the most popular options for home upgrades. Outdoor layouts, tree and shrub selection as well as covered areas that help to maximize shade can provide households with far more than just an ideal outdoor environment. Creating more shade can help to curb cooling costs, minimize the need to irrigate exterior environments and even help to boost the market value of a home. The following tips can help ensure that property owners who may be considering a landscaping upgrade will be able to beat the heat and stay cool during even the warmest days of summer

Plan Landscaping Projects in Advance

Exterior upgrades and landscaping projects can quickly get out of hand, especially for homeowners who fail to establish clear goals or to define the scope of a project ahead of time. Learning more about various climbing vines that can help minimize unwanted heat build up or researching the best shade trees in advance ensures that more informed and effective decisions are able to be made. Diagramming a landscape upgrade or shopping around in order to obtain a price quote or estimation on any landscaping or construction services that may be required can also be a good idea. Effective planning and preparation help to keep costs low while ensuring that homeowners are able to enjoy superior results from their efforts.

Shading Strategic Areas

While a sprawling shade garden or an expansive covered deck may have much to offer, such options may simply be too extreme, especially for homeowners who have only limited funds to work with. Shading only specific areas, such as walkways, gardens or seating areas can allow households to enjoy the best of both worlds while also minimizing the time and effort needed to complete their renovation. Modest projects like shading a wall or window that may be subjected to excessive sun exposure can still make a difference in terms of utility costs or comfort levels.

Selecting The Best Trees and Shrubs

Not all foliage may prove to be a suitable option for property owners whose primary concern is creating a well shaded space. While there is simply no substitute for a shade tree with a full-bodied canopy, the cost and length of time needed for such trees to reach maturity can become a real complication. Using a light scaffolding to support a dense ivy or planting fast-growing plants that have broad leaves can often be just as effective. Homeowners may also do well to consider both the growing periods and the typical seasonal fluctuations of any plants they may be considering.

Covered Porches, Patios and Other Outdoor Areas

Using greenery to supply shade can be of enormous benefit, sometimes a sturdier option is needed. Adding an awning, covering a porch or installing a gazebo can all provide households with a more consistent and permanent way to create a shaded space. Such upgrades can be an ideal option in regions that see frequent storms and other forms of inclement weather which may have the potential to harm shade-producing foliage. These installations and outdoor upgrades can be well worth the cost for property owners who are serious about creating a sheltered, shaded and more comfortable outdoor environment.

More Attractive Landscapes Mean More Attractive Homes

From reducing irrigation and upkeep costs to enhancing the curb appeal and property value of a home, landscaping projects can be well worth the effort and expense involved. For homeowners who are tired of dealing with higher cooling costs or the constant watering and irrigation needed to maintain a yard, landscaping for shade may prove to be an ideal solution. Assessing different design and installation options, coming up with a plan and seeking out the greenery, construction options and service providers who can help make it happen can be an important step towards the creation of a more attractive home.

Margie Rutledge <![CDATA[Top 8 Successful Weight Loss Tactics]]> 2018-05-31T19:16:46Z 2018-05-22T11:15:42Z Find nine people that want to lose weight, and you’ll get ten different ideas on how it should be done. Everyone from your mom to their sister’s neighbor who used to be a trainer has their own beliefs about how to get skinnier, and at least a few of them are completely bonkers.

The truth is, there are some tactics that will work for you that won’t for anyone else, but if you want to have a few that are at least above-average in terms of success rate, this list is for you.

1. Eat Almonds

Not only are these nuts supremely delicious, but they’re also a great way to lose weight. The fiber, monounsaturated fat, and protein make them an excellent choice for snacking, so much so that they can even act as a meal replacement food if you eat enough of them. Try eating 70 a day total to bring your body fat percentage down, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, about 20-25 should do the trick.

2. Throw Out the TV

The television is awful for your health, but not because it encourages a sedentary lifestyle, but because the constant barrage of food pictures and videos encourage you to eat more. Constant visual cues feed into the part of your brain that is related to drive and acquisition, so turn the TV off more often to kill the urge. Or, at least stay away from the food channel.

3. Start Your Diet in May

Why? Because the days are longer, and increased levels of natural light have been linked to higher energy levels and increased weight loss as your food cravings will diminish. Ironically, January is the worst month to start a diet in, and not because the New Year resolution crowds clog up the gym – it’s because the dark throws off your serotonin levels. You don’t have to wait till May to start necessarily, but introducing more light in your life could help you kick some extra weight.

4. Try Alternative Medicine

“Going under the needle” for some translates into weight-loss surgery, which is not at all what we’re advocating here. Instead, try something like acupuncture to help relieve some of the pressure points that activate the appetite desires in the body. It’s not foolproof, but people who have used acupuncture in addition to diet and exercise have found moderate success in taking more weight off.

5. Bet On Your Health

Gamify your diet and bet money against a friend to see who can lose the most weight! This works especially for men who are naturally competitive, as the drive to outdo your competition can lead to more weight loss and better overall fitness. If you really want to make it worthwhile, make it a three or six-month challenge so that it develops healthy habits in the meantime.

6. Drink More Dairy

Or eat it, if you have to. One study from the University of Tennessee found that people who consumed at least 1,200 milligrams of calcium ended up losing around 24 pounds, which amounted to eleven percent of their body weight. You don’t have to drink all of this via milk by the way; eat some yogurt, munch on some cheese, or drink a few glasses of milk and you should have your daily requirement met.

7. Replace a Meal With Cereal

The portion-control and energy boosting effects of cereal can give your body the kickstart it needs to get through the day, while also slashing calories you would otherwise pick up through a full-fledged meal. Although, in order to maximize the benefit, skip the sugary cereals and go for the high-fiber and filling cereals like Fiber one, and couple them with low-fat milk.

8. Step On the Scale Every Day

Most people are told that in order to lose weight, you can’t focus on the weight itself as the problem, which means that stepping on the scale regularly is a no-no. In fact, studies have shown that people who weigh thmselves once a day is linked to not only losing weight, but keeping it off. It acts as an early prevention sign for weight loss in the first place; the more you can get out ahead of the problem, the quicker you can stop it.