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The ClampOn History

2015 – Rigging for new opportunities

2015 saw the completion of the new in-house flow rig, which gives us many new opportunities for training, testing, and research and development.
Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, and Mayor of Bergen, Trude Drevland, visited ClampOn in August. The Prime Minister recognized that production of technologically advanced instruments is a craft, and that it is important to keep local industry alive.
ClampOn won many major contracts in 2015, including for Statoil’s gigantic Johan Sverdrup field development project.
In September, we held ClampOn’s biggest ever agent seminar, attended by a total of 28 representatives from 18 of ClampOn’s 30 agents worldwide..

2014 – ClampOn celebrated its 20th anniversary

Throughout 2014, ClampOn celebrated its 20th anniversary with both internal and external events. Other milestones in 2014 included delivery of sensor number 15 000, approval of the 32-channel Corrosion-Erosion Monitor for class 1 division 2 hazardous areas, and work began on a study into bend tomography together with Shell.
We held Technology Days in Milan, Aberdeen and Stavanger, which proved very popular and received lots of positive feedback.
In September, Trond Olsen took over as President at ClampOn Inc. in Houston.

2013 – ClampOn received the Wild Sheep 2013 Award

ClampOn’s new website was launched in April 2013. In May ClampOn was awarded a contract from Saipem for the supply of ClampOn Subsea Corrosion-Erosion Monitors, to Burullus. This is one of the largest contracts received by ClampOn to date. The first delivery took place in December 2013. In November ClampOn received the Hordaland International Award known as the Wild Sheep 2013 (“Villsauen 2013”). The award is part of a business recognition program run by Hordaland County and Bergen Chamber of Commerce.

2012 – ClampOn received the OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award 2012

In May 2012 ClampOn received the prestigious OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award for the Subsea Corrosion-Erosion Monitor (CEM).
Receiving the award was recognition of many years hard work developing and honing this technology. The first Subsea CEM was deployed in February 2012 in the Gulf of Mexico, 2 600 metres below sea level.
In 2012 ClampOn had its market breakthrough for the Subsea Corrosion-Erosion Monitor and signed contracts for delivery of the instrument to major oil and gas operators in the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and Asia.

2011 – ClampOn inaugurates the new headquarters in Bergen

In January 2011, ClampOn moved to its new headquarters, and the inauguration was celebrated on 21st May. The industrial building in Vaagsgaten 10 was built in 1965. ClampOn has maintained and improved the building’s architectural qualities, and at the same time gained modern, contemporary premises that will satisfy future needs. We have created a workplace that not only addresses the needs of the employees, technology and production, but is also kind to the environment and reduces energy requirements. Nine geothermic wells have been drilled which together with the many other energy saving measures have created a truly “green” building.
Following successful subsea trials, 2011 saw the conclusion of the development of ClampOn’s subsea Corrosion-Erosion Monitor (Subsea CEM) in cooperation with BP and Innovation Norway. The product, whose development started in autumn 2009, is therefore ready for the commercial market. This has been the company’s largest development project and builds on work started way back in 2002 with our Topside Corrosion-Erosion Monitor.
In December ClampOn with Geir Instanes was awarded the Hordaland County Innovation Prize for 2011. The prize was awarded for the company’s development of a subsea corrosion-erosion monitor for installations in the oil and gas industry.

2010 – ClampOn celebrated 15 years in field operation

The original sensors installed as of 2010 have now been in continuous operation for over fifteen years. This celebration of 15 successful years was branded with our new slogan “Always Numero Uno”.
We introduced the DSP Well Collision Detector which is designed to prevent collisions involving sidetrack drilling within the proximity of existing wells.
During 2010 ClampOn’s new premises had undergone a complete rehabilitation, inauguration January 2011.

2009 – New Corrosion-Erosion Monitor Software Released

March 2009, ClampOn received a new Permit for Operation on GOST (GOSSTANDART of RUSSIA CERTIFICATE) certification. In October, two major software upgrades for the Corrosion-Erosion Monitor system (CEM) were released (CEM Server 2.0 and CEM Client 1.0).

2008 – ClampOn DSP Vibration monitor 3D introduced

At DOT 2008 in Perth, the ClampOn DSP Vibration Monitor 3D was introduced. The monitor is an ideal instrument to monitor three directional vibrations on structures and pipelines with either high frequency shear waves or low frequencies. The ClampOn DSP vibration Monitor 3D can also function in parallel as a regular sand detector Monitor in REAL TIME.

2007 – SandQ introduced

OE 2007 – Introduced our new sand monitor with an integrated flow meter. We also delivered Subsea Leak Monitors to Tampen Link.

2006 – Sand Management becomes an integrated part of ClampOn

Our customers now have a unique possibility to take advantage of our expertise in acoustic monitoring.

2005 – Sand Client 2.0 is released & Important contract award received with Woodside

Sand Client 2.0 makes it possible for multiple users to not only view, but also have full remote control of their monitoring systems from wherever they are. ClampOn uses the solution to provide remote services to several customers. OPC support is also added to the product line.
Contract with Woodside to supply over 100 sand monitoring sensors.

2004 – ClampOn celebrates 10 year anniversary

So far we have approximately 5000 sensors installed world-wide. In 2004 we introduced the Corrosion-Erosion Monitor (CEM) and released a major software upgrade in the form of Sand Monitor 3.0.

2003 – Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The founders of ClampOn receive the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”.

2002 – ISO Certified, Change of ownership & Leak Monitor introduced

In May ClampOn was ISO Certified by Det Norske Veritas. During the summer of 2002 all the shares in ClampOn were sold to the management and other employees. Late in the year a new product was introduced to the market; the Leak Detector.

2001 – Compact subsea model & new software solutions introduced

The number of subsea sensors sold increased dramatically during 2001. We also developed a compact version of the subsea sensor. The first one was successfully installed at Statoil SSP in August 2001. Client-software for remote monitoring was released and the sensor interface options were expanded to include modbus, profibus and CANbus.

2000 – Change of ownership & DSP sensors released

January 2000 started with a change of ownership in ClampOn; DNO (Det Norske Oljeselskap) and Storebrand, purchased HURD’s part of the company. Other large shareholders were Capital Group and employees of ClampOn. During the summer of 2000 the first sensors with DSP technology were installed.

1999 – DSP sensors in development

In 1999 a number of new contracts were made, on both topside and subsea instruments. We also finalized the development of the DSP sensors which were released in 2000.

1998 – Subsea sensors introduced & selected as main supplier by Shell UK

ClampOn, in January 1998, was selected by Shell UK as its main supplier of sand monitoring systems after extensive testing of all available systems on the market both offshore and at AEA´s test laboratory outside London. By the end of 1998 ClampOn had delivered approximately 100 sensors to the Shell Brent Field.
1998 was also the year we made the first important sales of subsea sensors to the US market. The subsea sensors were developed in close collaboration with Shell Deepwater Development Inc. and FMC/KOS. The sensors had safety and performance features such as redundant electronics, two-way communication, self-calibration and testing.

1997 – ClampOn, Inc. founded & compact sensors introduced

In 1997, ClampOn introduced its compact version of the sensors. This meant another breakthrough for the company. ClampOn, Inc. was established in Houston. At first we borrowed a desk and a phone in the Norwegian Trade Council´s premises. After six months operation, we moved to premises of our own.

1996 – Breakthrough

Our real breakthrough came in 1996 when ClampOn won an important contract with Texaco. At the same time HURD, a Fred Olsen Company, invested in the company.

1995 – First system installed

ClampOn´s first system was tested on BP´s Gyda in August 1995. The ClampOn 2000/2100 Particle/PIG Monitor – based on the Ultrasonic Intelligent Sensor – was introduced. The new instrument represented a major leap in technology, turning ClampOn into the leader in both technology and the market, a position that we still hold. Since then ClampOn has continued to set the pace.