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New tool offers alternative to conventional hammer unions


To eliminate workplace injuries resulting from conventional hammer unions, R&H Manufacturing has developed SaferUnion, a tool that tightens or loosens connections at a consistent torque without the use of a sledgehammer. SaferUnions consists of a nut, torque wrench and long bar, which inserts into one of the nut’s eight access points, located every 45°. The bar can then be pushed or pulled easily by a single person. In this video, Rae Burrows, Technical Designer/Engineer, and Will Broussard, Developer, discuss the drivers behind the development of the tool. They also highlight the advantages it offers compared with conventional hammer unions. More information about the tool, which was presented at the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Spark Tank in December, can be found ...

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Machine learning can reduce false alarms on rigs, well control incidents


Modern drilling rigs use electronic systems to alert crews to potentially hazardous or costly events such as kicks, losses or spills, but wide fluctuations in measured values generate many false alarms. This can lead to alarm fatigue in crews and, consequently, well control incidents, Sean Unrau, Product Line Manager at Pason Systems, said at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the event on 6 February, Mr Unrau discusses how machine learning can be used to significantly reduce false alarms and improve rig safety through early detection. He also highlights results from an analysis of 80,000 hours of data from rigs equipped with machine learning technology, in which all 33 kicks that occurred were detected before the ...

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Remembering William (Bill) F. Haley, III


William (Bill) F. Haley, age 62, Founder of Energy Resources and Supply, passed away on 1 February 2018 after a 31-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer. He was born on 26 November 1955. After graduating from High Point University with a degree in business administration and economics, Mr Haley moved to Houston in 1978 and began his life-long career in the oil and gas industry. He first served as a manufacturer’s representative for Tri International before joining Prodrill Supply Company as Vice President. Eventually, he founded his own company, Energy Resources, which he operated for over 30 years. Mr Haley is preceded in death by his parents, William and Delphine Haley. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, ...

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Next-level automation to go beyond discrete processes, linking data and workflows with digital technologies


To advance drilling efficiencies and ensure profitability for entire supply chain, industry also must shift toward outcome-based contracts on a larger scale By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Arindam Bhattacharya is President of Schlumberger Land Rigs. What do you see as the most critical challenges facing oilfield service companies in the current environment? The most fundamental challenge that we continue to face is helping operators reduce their finding and development costs. Over the years, that has not changed; what has changed is our external environment. The oil price has gone through a big shock due to the downturn. We have been at $50 to $60 oil for the past two years, and there is a consensus that we have to ...

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