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Forum Energy Technologies has unveiled a deepwater test facility and received industry accreditation for the calibration laboratory at its new European Operational Center in Aberdeen. The indoor test tank is one of the largest in the Northeast of Scotland and is dedicated to testing subsea tooling and survey sensors, as well as work-class remotely operated vehicles.

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Proppant demand: Operators save through locally sourced sands

North American operators are turning to locally sourced sands as a way to reduce proppant freight costs. “Companies are buying the cheaper sand either because they believe that there’s not enough impact on production to warrant additional costs of white sand, or because they simply have to lower up-front costs, sometimes even at the expense of sacrificing long-term production to complete wells,” Samir Nangia, Director of Consulting within the IHS Energy Insight group, said.

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IADC partners with Wounded Warrior Project to employ injured veterans for WellSharp proctoring

Through WellSharp, IADC is not only improving well control training for the global drilling industry but also improving the lives of injured veterans in the United States. The association, along with Lloyd’s Register, has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to develop a first-of-its-kind program to provide meaningful employment opportunities for injured service men and women. Through this program, IADC is now the biggest employer within the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work Program.

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11 principles to guide HMI design for critical drilling equipment

A Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is the interface an operator uses to interact with and control industrial automation equipment. The HMI is a critical component of any drilling control system. At a minimum, a poorly designed interface impedes the operator from performing his or her job well. At the worst, a poorly designed HMI contributes to human error and accidents that can be catastrophic.

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Shale, tight gas production from Argentina’s Neuquén Basin on the rise, while Venezuela suffers dramatic production declines

While much of the E&P attention in Latin America is focused on Brazil’s pre-salt, Argentina and Venezuela both remain key E&P players on the continent, as well. In Argentina’s Neuquén Basin, tight gas production has already doubled since 2014, and production from the Vaca Muerta shale formation is expected to double between 2015 and 2018, according to Wood Mackenzie.

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R&D center built with integrated testing ability, serves as ‘incubator’ for next-generation technologies

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is pushing ahead with a new research and development technology center (RDTC) that will give the company’s engineers a means to develop and assess new technologies, particularly those related to drilling automation. “We treat the facility like an incubator,” said Rium Tapjan, VP of the RDTC. “We’re trying to foster an environment for building ideas and coming up with solutions that aren’t siloed into different divisions. People can come here months in advance and collaborate on different tests.”

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IADC developing guidelines for alarm management on rigs

The IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee under the Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee is developing a set of alarm management guidelines for the drilling industry. “We are suggesting that drilling contractors, land and offshore, have an alarm philosophy in place that is appropriate for the drilling control systems and inventory on their rigs,” said Christopher Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems. Mr Goetz is on a working group of subcommittee members leading the development of the guidelines.

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Tailored, layered defense-in-depth strategy can help build cyber resilience into rig OT systems

Cybersecurity safeguards on rigs must be non-intrusive, have small footprint and be tailored for industrial control systems By Nathan Moralez, BP, and Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK Once considered rare, cyber-attacks on industrial control systems (ICS) – also referred to as operational technology (OT) systems – are increasing in frequency and sophistication. At the same time, drilling for oil and gas in today’s digital oilfield makes rig OT systems increasingly dependent on real-time data processing over information technology (IT) networks. The increase in cyber-attacks and the integration of OT and IT systems require cyber resilience to be built into rig OT systems. This article examines the challenges of building cyber resilience into rig OT systems and discusses a strategy based on a ...

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Model-based approach examines entire subsea BOP control system rather than address component failures with ‘band-aid’ solutions

Ask subsea engineers what keeps them up at night, and failure of the BOP control system will inevitably rank high on the list. There has been a great effort to improve the reliability of these systems over the past few decades. Much of this effort has focused on analysis of the individual components. However, when those components are connected together, their dynamic interaction can result in unanticipated system-level behavior that is more than the sum of the constituent components.

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