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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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Garvin: Systems, processes must be in place to keep workers safe as rigs go back to work

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It’s been approximately 20 months since the downturn began, and uncertainty persists over how much longer the market will remain depressed. Dayrates are down by approximately 40% on average, and many contractors are operating on negative margins. Some have even been pushed out of the market altogether, Mike Garvin, Senior Vice President, Operation Support at Patterson-UTI, said at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 31 August in Houston. “Back at the peak, there were 171 drilling contractors operating at least one rig in the United States. Today, we're at 87, so half of the drilling contractors have quit working over the last two years,” he said.

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‘Keep It in the Ground’ advocates fail to recognize energy reality, industry advances

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As we enter the latter half of the year, it is quite clear that 2016 has been an across-the-board difficult year for the global oil and gas industry. Rig counts are down, oil prices are down, and companies are still fighting to weather the downturn. It can feel like a never-ending wave of dismal news.

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