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Diamond Offshore training translates human factors to rig floor operations

Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Technology Center opened its doors in 2013. It is a simulation and training hub that houses drilling, crane and stability simulation packages.

“MUD WEIGHT GOING IN 14.3 WITH A 75 VIS!” screams the derrickhand from the intercom system. The driller and assistant driller look up from their trend screens at the pipe turning in the rotary. They have been drilling ahead for a couple of hours, and the conversation drifts from work to vacation plans for the next time they are home. They are interrupted as their floorhand – who has been difficult to deal with lately – bursts into the drill shack demanding to talk to them about why he didn’t get recommended for a promotion.

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IADC Gateway summit highlights importance of training entry-level employees for next market upturn

Lone Star College plans to install drilling simulation technology to enhance the hands-on component of its Gateway course, said Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Education and Corporate Sponsorship. This will allow students to practice their skills in a realistic setting.

The US onshore drilling industry has been slowly putting rigs back to work, signaling that an upturn may be around the corner this year. Although this is a positive movement, it also means that the industry will likely need to kick up its recruiting and training efforts once again in order to put rigs back to work safely. Amid this backdrop, companies are now looking to the IADC Gateway Program to fill this need. Launched in 2016, Gateway accredits training programs for entry-level positions in the drilling industry, working through community colleges and commercial training providers.

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H&P analyzes high-potential incidents to identify precursors, enhance reporting

Jorge Cortes, HSE Manager-International Operations for Helmerich & Payne, explains the findings of his company’s serious injury or fatality (SIF) analysis at the 2016 OSHA Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conference, held on 29 November in Houston. The analysis found that 31% of the incidents analyzed had the potential to become an SIF. The company then identified common precursors and launched the Life Belts system to address each precursor.

The drilling industry has made tremendous progress in improving its safety performance over the past few decades. However, most people recognize that there’s still more to be done because incidents are still occurring, even if much more infrequently than before. While the majority of incidents don’t result in a serious injury or fatality (SIF), many of them easily could.

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RFID technology applications help to improve efficiency, economics of completions, stimulation operations

Figure 2: Weatherford deployed the RFID-actuated AutoFrac lower-completion system to perform a multizone proppant fracturing operation in the North Sea.

Many conventional downhole tools, designed for the comparatively shallow and simple wells of past decades, are difficult to actuate from the surface in deep or complex wells. Mechanical or hydraulic actuation in these cases can require operators to make multiple intervention trips downhole, driving up operational expenditure (OPEX) and threatening the economic vitality of the wells. The industry’s search for more efficient and reliable downhole control systems and tools has led to a growing interest in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

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Young professionals development, how to close the industry’s gender gap among special sessions at 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference

SPE/IADC 184694, “World First; ‘Closed Loop Downhole Automation’ Combined with ‘Process Automation System’ Provides Integrated Drilling Automation in the Permian Basin.”

The 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition will be taking place amid growing optimism for a market recovery, particularly for the North American onshore segment, after two very difficult years for this industry. The event, to be held 14-16 March in The Hague, Netherlands, will signify a timely opportunity for companies to share their learning and experiences, said Conference Chair Leigh-Ann Russell, who also serves as Vice President in BP’s Global Wells Organization.

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2017 IADC Officers


Wm. Andrew “Andy” Hendricks joined Patterson-UTI Energy in 2012 as COO after working in various positions at Schlumberger for 24 years, where he last served as President, Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements. Mr Hendricks was appointed as CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy effective 1 October 2012. He attended Texas A&M University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1987 and began his career working for Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co.

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2017 IADC Chairman: Don’t lose sight of safety, training, people

Patterson-UTI Drilling and Universal Well Services, both subsidiaries of Patterson-UTI Energy, drill and frac on the same ridge in the Appalachian basin.

In 1986 – the year before Andy Hendricks graduated from Texas A&M University with a petroleum engineering degree – things weren’t going so well for the oil and gas industry; in fact, it was one of the industry’s worst downturns. The price of oil averaged a dismal $26.80/bbl that year, and the US rig count was 964. In that kind of environment, it’s not hard to imagine the number of young petroleum engineering students who saw what was happening and decided to switch their fields of study.

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News Cuttings

IADC, along with representatives from NIST/NCCoE and USCG, among others, have launched development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. From left are David Weitzel, NIST/NCCoE; Melissa Mejias, IADC; Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK & Chairwoman of the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee; Julie Snyder, NIST/NCCoE; and Jason Warren, USCG.

The IADC Alarm Management Work Group, under the auspices of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee, recently produced the IADC Drilling Control System Alarm Management Guidelines. The guidelines cover philosophy, documentation, master list of alarms, management of change and rationalization for drilling control system alarms. It is intended to assist system suppliers and drilling contractors to improve alarm treatment, as defined by job responsibility.

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