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Development of USCG/NIST Cybersecurity Framework ‘MODU Profile’ launched at IADC

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.

IADC helped the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) launch development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. The work was done during a two-day joint meeting, which also included API, held during January in Houston. The profile is designed to assist MODU operators in using...

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IADC Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee releases Alarm Management Guidelines

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The IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee, which operates under the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, has published the IADC Drilling Control System Alarm Management Guidelines. “The guidelines provide a baseline of recommendations for best practices on how drilling contractors can approach alarm management and drilling control systems,” said Christopher Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems. Mr Goetz serves on a working group of subcommittee members that is leading development of the guidelines.

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McReaken, Loftis win IADC Exemplary Service Awards

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IADC presented industry veterans Scott McReaken and Terry Loftis with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2016 IADC Annual General Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., on 3 November. Mr McReaken, CEO of Sevan Drilling, was recognized for his service as IADC Secretary/Treasurer since 2013 and as an IADC Executive Committee member. Mr Loftis, Director of Engineering at Transocean, was recognized for his work as chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee...

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Proactively using annular friction can enable safer, more efficient well control

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Historically, the effects of annular friction have largely been ignored in conventional well control operations, Paul Sonnemann, Vice President of Technology for SafeKick, said at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen. However, new technologies, including real-time hydraulic flow models, make it possible to make use of annular friction to make well control operations more safe and efficient. In this video from the conference on 19 October, Mr Sonnemann explains why friction has largely been ignored to date and how annular friction can be utilized with conventional well control equipment to circulate out a kick. He also discusses the newly formed IADC Well Control Practices Subcommittee.

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IADC Maintenance Committee seeking additional OEM partnerships

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The IADC Maintenance Committee’s partnerships with National Oilwell Varco and Caterpillar have both helped the committee to develop solutions to asset integrity and reliability challenges, and the committee is now looking for additional OEM partnerships. The group has also started working with other IADC committees, such as the Well Control Committee, to help drilling contractors improve reliability on equipment, such as the BOP, said Frank Breland, Diamond Offshore Manager Planned Maintenance and IADC Maintenance Committee Chairman. Watch this video with Mr Breland from the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 30 August in Houston to learn more.

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OESI panel encourages more engineering, training for alarm management

From left are Evelyn Baldwin, Human Factors Lead Instructor at Maersk Training; Jarvis Outlaw, Petroleum Engineer at the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); Trent Martin, Senior Manager – Technical Support Service at Transocean; Mike Fairburn, Operations Manager at Shell; and Eddie Habibi, Founder and CEO of PAS. The panelists participated in the Ocean Energy Safety Institute forum, “Focusing on Alarm Management for Safer Offshore Operations,” held on 24 August in Houston. Bob Blank (right), Vice President Operational Excellence at Noble Drilling, moderated the panel discussion on alarm management at the forum.

By Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator Today’s offshore drilling rigs are highly complex and equipped with numerous digitized and interconnected systems. To monitor the functionality of these systems, rigs have also been equipped with numerous alarms – some that are safety- and mission-critical, and some that aren’t. Deciphering which alarms are critical and reacting accordingly is a matter of proper engineering and training, both of which were discussed at an Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) forum, “Focusing on Alarm Management for Safer Offshore Operations,” held on 24 August in Houston. “Alarm fatigue or alert fatigue occurs when one is exposed to a large number of frequent alarms and consequently becomes desensitized to them,” Bob Blank, Vice President Operational Excellence at Noble ...

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