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Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee holds 1st meeting The new IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee plans to work toward guidelines and best practices for automated drilling systems, as well as examine standard methods of reporting reliability problems with advanced rig equipment. The committee held its inaugural meeting during the 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Orlando, […]

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Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

IADC argues against lease suspensions The US Minerals Management Service held a workshop in New Orleans on 23 January to allow three Gulf of Mexico operators to make their case for “suspension of operations” when technology to exploit offshore leases is allegedly not available. IADC representatives attending the workshop concluded there’s no justification for expanding […]

IADC, regulators address asset integrity in continuing effort to improve HSE

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

HSE is central to IADC’s mission on behalf of the global drilling industry. In pursuit of HSE improvement, IADC collaborates with all stakeholders – operators, service firms, government and, of course, drilling contractors. We have been honored to be recognized for our efforts in this regard, most recently by the International Regulators Forum (IRF) at […]

Real-time, 3D visualization drilling supervision system targets ECD, downhole pressure control

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Rolv Rommetveit, Knut Bjorkevoll, SINTEF Petroleum Research; Sven Inge Ødegård, Hitec Products Drilling eDrilling is a new and innovative system for real-time drilling simulation, 3D visualization and control from a remote drilling expert centre. The concept uses all available real-time drilling data (surface and downhole) in combination with real-time modeling to monitor and optimize […]

New tool for blowout risk management allows cross communication among decision-makers

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Øystein Arild, International Research Institute of Stavanger A blowout is among the most severe events that can happen during exploitation of petroleum resources. Particularly in environmentally sensitive areas, where uncertainties about consequences are high and contingency planning for major accidents requires extra attention, oil spill preparedness is critical. In well planning on the Norwegian […]

Impact of thermal expansion on kick tolerance should be part of pre-drilling risk assessment

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Inge Mosti, Bjørn-Tore Anfinsen, Anne Sofie Flatebø, SPT Group Expansion of drilling fluid due to geothermal heating is a well-known effect. However, it has been difficult to quantify with software simulations because it requires very accurate modeling of downhole temperature conditions during operational changes. In the case discussed in this article, a pit gain […]

New generation of subsea BOP equipment, controls smaller, stronger, cleaner, smarter

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Frank Springett and Dan Franklin, National Oilwell Varco With the high price of oil, it’s become more economical to go to deeper water depths and more challenging reservoirs. With those more challenging reservoirs, comes a whole new set of problems designing the next generation of drilling rigs and subsea BOP equipment. Those new challenges […]

Managing Beyond Zero: How to Sustain an HSE Program nearing the Ultimate Goal of Zero Incidents

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Kent Van Eaton and Curt Cranford, Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental Managers, Grant Prideco – Houston, Texas Managing Beyond Zero In the late 1970’s, we can recall safety meeting discussions centered on the lost time injury rate. At that time we had never heard of total recordable injury rate.  However, it didn’t take very […]

System uses downhole data to make operations smarter, reduce job time for well intervention

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Marianne Stavland and Jim McNicol, Baker Oil Tools Traditional rig-floor instrumentation provides an indication of critical job parameters taken at surface. As wells become deeper and more tortuous, surface measurements no longer accurately reflect the forces being exerted on and around downhole tools. This uncertainty about what is happening at the business end of […]

Innovative filtration process for well clean-up fluids reduces amount of water-based waste

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, March/April

By Thomas Blyth, Anna Johnston, CETCO Oilfield Services Company As environmental legislation becomes more stringent around the world, oil companies need to continually re-evaluate how waste fluids produced offshore can be processed and disposed. Areas of focus include reducing onshore disposal of waste and discharge of harmful materials to sea. Drilling rigs, while completing well […]

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