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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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