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Perspectives: Mark Campbell-Howes, Maersk Drilling: Drilling industry needs dedicated voice on process safety; guidelines forthcoming to drive implementation

When Mark Campbell-Howes, Director, Head of HSSE Development at Maersk Drilling, left his hometown of Inverness, Scotland, and moved to Aberdeen in 2006, it was one of the biggest risks he had ever taken. After graduating in 2003 from England’s Newcastle University with a degree in chemical and process engineering, he had begun a steady job with a camping equipment distributor.

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Be a safety hero: Join the IADC HSE Case rewrite

Even in these uncertain times, safety is the bottom line, and the folks who help us save lives at work, play and home are my safety heroes. Industry deserves kudos for advancing personal safety, and for the changes in safety culture that have saved life and limb. Check the latest stats from the IADC ISP program. 2015 struck a milestone as the first year with zero US onshore fatalities since the voluntary reporting program kicked off in 1962 (p 66).

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D&C Tech Digest

When applying new hardbanding on top of worn and cracked hardbanding, there is a risk of incurring additional durability problems. Recently, a Russian offshore drilling contractor’s drill pipe showed signs of wear and traverse cracking with a titanium hardbanding product. Duraband non-cracking (NC) hardband was chosen for re-application, and Hardbanding Solutions Europe was asked to oversee the work of removal, repair of the tool joints and application of Postalloy Duraband NC.

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With BSEE Well Control Rule in force, it’s time to take another look at RFC-HSE variant of MPD

Drilling techniques associated with closed and pressurizable circulating mud systems have become standard on land drilling programs over the past several decades. This progression can be measured by the growth in rental activity of rotating control devices (RCDs). Because these techniques and technologies have proven effective onshore, greater application in marine environments seems uniquely logical.

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Remote directional drilling sets roadmap to industrialization

In 2014, Precision Drilling, Schlumberger and Pason Systems launched an initiative with the aim of industrializing unconventional drilling in North America. Specifically, the companies set out to transform directional drilling by increasing repeatable high-quality results while simultaneously reducing the manpower and time required to drill a well. This collaboration is now coming to fruition, resulting in a remote directional drilling service that uses Precision’s drilling rigs and Schlumberger’s abbl drilling operations adviser service.

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HSE&T Corner: Hard hat uses transparent visor to increase workers’ peripheral vision

With the multitude of safety-related challenges that workers face in the upstream oil and gas industry, any improvement in a worker’s ability to be aware of their surroundings can make a difference when it comes to keeping themselves and others out of harm’s way. To address this, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Bullard are introducing a hard hat designed to increase workers’ upper peripheral vision.

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Rig briefs: Robotic arm for automated pipe handling, 20,000-psi riser system, ergonomic driller’s station among industry innovations

The best derrickmen in the drilling business can rack a stand of pipe at an approximate rate of about 20 seconds per pipe at the start of a tour, according to RigArm, a Calgary-based drilling equipment manufacturer. However, fatigue then begins to set in and can affect performance.

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Enhanced well control course integrates technical training with simulator exercises, human factors

IADC is developing a new accreditation program for enhanced well control training that emphasizes human factors and enhanced simulation-based exercises. Between January and July of this year, Rowan Companies and Maersk Training piloted a course that could serve as a basis for this program.

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