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IADC pushes forward on KSA project, calls for more industry participation

The IADC Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) project is well under way and headed toward completion later this year, with worldwide mapping of competence-based models already completed, Dr Brenda Kelly, IADC senior director of program development, said at the 2013 IADC HSE & Training Conference in Houston on 6 February. The work continues to focus on rig-based positions, Dr Kelly said, “but ultimately there is that vision on expanding to other third-party personnel who will be...

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Autonomous robotic drilling, man-machine interface remove people from drill floor

In the realm of automation, the best potential for enhanced HSE and cost savings will be achieved through multiple robotic machines that are able to act as independent units or as a stand-alone machine, Kenneth Søndervik, Robotic Drilling Systems, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week in Amsterdam. In presenting SPE/IADC 163466, Mr Søndervik said that he envisions autonomous robotic drilling completely removing people from the drill floor. A test rig running the company’s robotic system in Stavanger, Norway, has demonstrated fully autonomous tripping. While “one...

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BOP facility designed with manufacturing principles for maximum efficiency, minimum lost time

As industry drills deeper wells in increasingly harsh environments, the upper limits of BOP equipment is constantly being pushed. Even under such conditions, a BOP and its sealing elements must perform flawlessly. Such high performance can be achieved only through aggressive development and testing, said Joe Liotta, National Oilwell Varco (NOV), at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week...

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