Rig Instrumentation

Our proprietary Rig Sight™ Software is among the most user friendly and functional software in the industry. Combine our innovative software with our Rig Floor Monitor, PLC based acquisition unit and customized sensors to achieve a full integrated, top of the line rig instrumentation system.

EZ View Button Screens

EZ View Button Screens


  • 12, 16 and 20 button screens
  • Three different button modes
    • Standard
    • Graphical (1 to 240 minutes)
    • Bar Graph
  • Custom chart colors
  • Automatic scaling or user defined scales
  • Graphing data tool tips
  • Visual and audible alarms

Strip Chart Screens

Strip Chart Screens
Strip Chart Screens Strip Chart Screens


  • Single, dual, quad strip charts
  • Plot real time or historical data by Time or Depth
  • Quad strip runs on second monitor
  • Print by Time or Depth
  • Export graphs to PDF
  • Automatic chart channel scaling or user defined scales
  • Custom chart colors and channel colors
  • Custom Axis setup
  • Graphing data Tool Tips
  • Audible and visual alarms

Electronic Drilling Recorder

Electronic Drilling Recorder
Electronic Drilling Recorder


  • Plot real time or historical data by Time
  • Integrated notes
  • EDR screen runs on second monitor
  • 12 & 24 hour automatic print outs
  • Export graphs to PDF Automatic chart channel scaling or user defined scales
  • Multiple tick scales and ranges
  • Custom chart colors and channel colors
  • Custom Axis setup
  • Graphing data Tool Tips
  • Audible and visual alarms

Audible / Visual Alarms

Audible / Visual Alarms

Channel Alarms

  • Master alarm page
  • User defined High / Low Alarms
  • Individual channel audible alarms
  • Master override audible alarm
  • Enable or disable audible and visual alarms
  • Alarm watch notification
  • View Drillers alarms

Voice notification capabilities

  • Total Gas
  • Event markers
  • On/Off bottom
  • Samples up notification

Software Utilities

Software Utilities


  • Las Outputs by Time/Depth
  • Wits compliant level 1 records 1-15 (In & Out)
  • Wellhead and Riser Lag
  • Time & Depth data management utilities
  • Hydrocarbon well logs
  • Bit hydraulics (ECD @ Bit / Shoe)
  • TVD Depth and Survey reports
  • DxC / Mud Motor RPM
  • Buoyed Weight
  • Audible Event Markers
  • MSE

ROP Gas Log

ROP Gas Log

ROP Gas Log Options

  • Measured, TVD & Lagged
  • Plot Scale 1,2 & 5 inch = 100 Ft
  • ROP Average (1, 2 & 5 Ft)
  • ROP Scale 0 – 300, 0 - 600
  • Gas Scale 0 – 1000, 0 - 5000
  • Optional FID chromatography data

Print Options

  • Single sheet
  • Continuous paper
  • Create PDF file

PLC Rig Instrumentation

Used all across the Gulf Coast Region, Rig Sight™ is a comprehensive solution designed to run either as a standalone rig instrumentation package or as an integrated service in conjunction with Continental Laboratories' Mud Logging unit. The Rig Sight™ system has optical channel isolation and a sampling rate of over 30+ times a second, providing the type of accurate, real-time, drilling information that you need to promptly identify rig activities, drilling events and make proactive decisions.

One of the major components that set Continental Laboratories apart is our high speed PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) based processing and data acquisition unit. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we developed our system using proven and user-friendly technology. With our hardware configuration, customers can simply use a plug and play approach with the unit, having the flexibility to plug in both analog and digital components.
PLC Rig Instrumentation

Technical Specifications

  • Individual optical channel isolation
  • Sampling rate 30+ times per second
  • Lightning and surge suppression
  • TCP/IP based network
  • Wireless communications
  • 8000 count high-speed depth encoder
  • Floating point channel accuracy
  • Integrated PLC based FID chromatography (C1-C5)
  • Integrated 4-camera system
  • 135+ channels currently monitored and stored
  • 30+ user defined custom WITS input channels
  • Built in cooling and heating
  • Standalone instrumentation or use in conjunction with a mud logging unit
  • 3rd party outputs for depth and on/off bottom

Rig Floor Monitor

Rig Floor Monitor
Continental Laboratories Rig Floor Monitor is designed with one goal in mind – to provide the driller with real-time drilling information that is easy to view in order to know exactly what is happening down hole. Each Rig Floor Monitor is equipped with our super bright sunlight viewable display. Regardless of the weather conditions the data can easily be seen. It is also equipped with a user-friendly state-of-the-art touch screen interface.

All Continental Laboratories Rig Floor Monitors are certified Class 1 Div 2.
PLC Rig Instrumentation

Technical Specifications

  • Windows embedded XP
  • Touch screen interface
  • Sunlight viewable display
  • Choke remote and pit display options
  • Audible and visual alarms
  • Multiple custom user profiles
  • Independent channels
    • Local Strokes (Zeroed or modified) Local Pit Gain / Loss
    • Local Trip Tank Gain / Loss
    • Local Trip Time
    • Trip Mode with Fill Channels
    • Last Fill / Acc Fill Strokes & Barrels

Standalone Gas Detector

With 60 years of experience and more than 3200 wells drilled in the Gulf of Mexico region, Continental Laboratories has accrued a leadership role in designing and implementing gas analysis systems for the Oil and Gas industry. Our latest generation standalone gas detection system incorporates the newest infrared technology in the industry today. Continental Laboratories worked with industry leaders in the development of a system that could accurately read low and high levels of methane gases in environments where heavy gases are present, but still work accurately in the presence of high concentrations of constant background levels of hydrocarbon gases and oxygen depleted atmospheres.

This latest generation of standalone gas detection technology incorporates an integrated high speed PLC controller that provides optical channel isolation and a fully integrated one second data store. Real time data can be sent via WITS Ethernet or RS 485 at a user defined interval. The technology utilized in this system provides our customers with a stable, accurate, and virtually maintenance-free standalone gas detection system that operates superbly within the harsh environments of the Oil and Gas industry.
Standalone Gas Detector

Technical Specifications

  • Class I, DIV II groups A,B,C and D
  • Operating temperature range (-40 to +167F)
  • Multiple signal outputs (4-20mA, 0-5, 0-10 volts)
  • Integrated real time WITS output
  • Adjustable sample rates to increase system response time
  • Two-stage sample pump with isolated shock mounts
  • Three stage sample filtering system to protect infrared sensor from sample contamination
  • Internal digital read out for easy system diagnostics
  • Custom enclosure designed to handle rig induced vibration, rough equipment handling, and harsh environmental conditions
  • Continuous self-test automatically indicates a fault or fouled optics condition
  • Integrated high speed PLC controller
  • Optical channel isolation
  • Integrated lightning protection
  • Wireless option available

WITS Output

  • ​Ethernet output
  • RS 485 output

Data Store

  • ​6 Months (1-second data)
  • 1 Year (App log data)

Custom Sensor Solutions

Custom Sensor Solutions
Continental Laboratories manufactures and sells a wide variety of sensors for the Oil and Gas industry. Most are custom designed according to customer's specifications and are Class I, DIV II certified. The Rig Sight™ system currently monitors over 135 channels of data and can be configured as per customer's requirements.
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Monitored sensor values

  • Block Height
  • Hookload
  • Standpipe Pressure
  • Casing Pressure
  • Rotary RPM / Torque
  • Flow Out
  • Pit & Trip Volumes (1-12)
  • Pump Strokes (1-6)
  • Total Gas
  • Chromatography (C1 – C5)
  • Spare 4-20mA channel
  • Integrated camera system (1-4)

Calculated derived values

  • Hole Depth, Bit Depth
  • TVD Hole Depth & TVD Bit Depth
  • ROP 1, 2 & 5ft
  • On/Off Bottom & Slip Status
  • Pipe Velocity & Overpull /Drag
  • Trip Fill Channels (Strokes & Barrels)
  • Gain Loss (PVT & Trip Tank)
  • Total PVT, Active / Inactive PVT & Total Trip Tank
  • Flow In & Gain / Loss Rate
  • Strokes, Total Strokes, Pump SPM & Total SPM
  • Differential Pressure
  • Lag Depth, Time & Strokes (Riser/Surface)
  • Total Lag Time & Strokes
  • Hours on Bit & Trip Time
  • Corrected DxC & Mud Motor RPM
  • ECD @ Bit / Shoe
  • MSE & Buoyed Weight
  • WITS Input / Output channels (16 Defined & 20 Custom Channels)