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.  Athens Group logo  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 reliably.  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.  ABOUT ATHENS GROUP  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.  The Athens Group logo is a service mark of Athens Group, Inc. Copyright 2014 Athens Group.  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131031/DA07008LOGO  SOURCE Athens Group  Website: http://www.athensgroup.com Contact: Marcella Pena at mpena@athensgroup.com.  
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