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Downhole automation system helps to reduce cycle times in the Bakken

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To reduce cycle times in the Bakken, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Hess teamed up on a project that deployed NOV’s closed-loop, downhole automation system, Evolve, in 16 wells. This project was the subject of a technical presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 2 March. In this video with DC, NOV Vice President of Dynamic Drilling Solutions Tony Pink explains the results and lessons learned from this project. Mr Pink also shares NOV’s plans to advance the Evolve system.

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On-the-job training, mentoring among key components in Saipem’s Angolanization Plan

Saipem Angola Branch’s local training center delivered almost 40,000 hours of training from 2011 to 2015, Franco Pandolfi, Senior VP Drilling Operative Coordinator for Saipem, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 February.

In 2012, Saipem Angola Branch launched the Angolanization Plan, which would transfer know-how from expatriate personnel to Angolan nationals. The effort was in part driven by a tight labor market and by a lack of training centers that could provide local personnel with the necessary skills required to work on Saipem’s high-spec drilling rigs. Further, high operator expectations for performance meant that learning curves normally associated with new projects would not be acceptable in the long term, Franco Pandolfi, Senior VP Drilling Operative Coordinator for Saipem, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 February.

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Pioneer Energy Services streamlines pre-job planning process

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When certain tasks become more common and routine in drilling operations, the job safety analysis (JSA) process may become less efficient, said Brian Tucker, President-Drilling Services at Pioneer Energy Services. To ensure that the company is setting achievable expectations and that it is giving crews the proper tools to mitigate hazards, Pioneer decided to examine its pre-job planning process. In this video from the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference on 3 February in Houston, Mr Tucker explains some of the changes the company has made to its pre-job planning process ­– including the introduction of new job safety worksheets – and the outcomes of those changes.

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Competency program boosts safety, performance at Nomac Drilling

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In 2012, Nomac Drilling looked beyond equipment, experience, loyalty and leadership and established the Rig Crew Development Program (RCDP) to focus on competency. Over the past several years, the program has helped to speed up the learning curve for new-to-industry employees and the promotion process for high-potential employees. It has also improved safety and efficiency and reduced turnover, Nomac Drilling Director of HSE Michael Stephens said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference on 2 February in Houston. Watch this video with Mr Stephens as he discusses the RCDP and the results that have been achieved.

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