U.S. Patent Award Further Advances Athens Group's Position as Leading Independent Verifier of Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL)Testing

    U.S. Patent Award Further Advances Athens Group's Position as Leading
          Independent Verifier of Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL)Testing

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, July 15, 2014

HOUSTON, July15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Athens Group, a leading provider of
independent, 3rd-party technology assurance services for oil and gas drilling
and production systems, is pleased to announce receipt of U.S. PatentNo.:
8793114, entitledMethod and System for Drilling Rig Testing Using Virtualized
Components from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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This patented technology will help improve the quality and performance of
delivered offshore assets by addressing the additional test requirements
caused by the complex signal and sensor arrays that are necessary to support
modern rig automation systems. While these automation systems can enhance
safety by minimizing staff requirements on the drill floor, they result in
additional components and interfaces that are potentialsources of failure.

"This patent defines a method and system for dynamically generating
virtualizedconfigurations of sensors and signals used in drilling systems
equipment," said Mike Haney, CEO. "These scenarios and virtual configurations
will help guide our automatic generation of acceptance, commissioning,
verification and validation checklists used worldwide by our consultants and
engineers," he concluded.

When implemented correctly by the original equipment manufacturer, and
verified by a qualified independent third party, HIL testing can help improve
the quality of the delivered control systems and provide the asset owner
increased confidence that upon acceptance, the system will perform safely and

The patent was filed October 21, 2011 and was issuedJuly 29, 2014, toAthens
Group Holdings, LLC. The inventors include Nestor Fesas, President and COO,
Bill O'Grady, Chief Technology Officer and Don Shafer, Co-Founder and
Technical Fellow.

For additional information about the patent or Athens Group
Hardware-in-the-Loop Services, please send an email to info@athensgroup.com,
visit athensgroup.com, or call +1-877-499-8393.


Athens Group provides technology assurance services that help the oil and gas
industry design, construct and operate safe, reliable drilling and production
assets. From topsides to subsea, our consultants ensure effective engineering
and testing, and validate compliance with the highest standards for
performance, reliability, and safety. Athens Group customers include BHP
Billiton, BP, Diamond Offshore, Eni, ExxonMobil, Maersk, Marathon Oil, Murphy
Oil, Repsol, Seadrill, Shell, and Total.

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Contact: Marcella Pena at mpena@athensgroup.com.
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