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GE launches industry’s first optimizing standalone controller

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GE Power’s Automation & Controls business announced the release of dual redundancy capability on its PACSystems RX3i CPE400 outcome optimizing controller. Building on GE’s controls leadership and expertise in deploying mission-critical solutions, the CPE400 is designed to function in rugged, high-temperature environments where a compact footprint with high-performance is essential....

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LWD sonic sensor technology can complement wireline CBL evaluation to validate top of cement

Figure 3: The same waveforms in Figure 2 are presented, along with a representative waveform shown as the green trace, which was recorded in the open-hole environment from the same closest receiver to the transmitter tool arrangement.

Evaluation of cement placement is an important part of the majority of deepwater wells. Cement placement confirmation is a critical step following the cementing operation. More than one technique can be used to provide information about the top of cement (TOC) and the depth interval of a good bond between the formation and the casing. Determining the length of annular cement coverage, which is an indication of correct cement placement, is useful knowledge before drilling and/or completion operations can proceed...

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Virtual, augmented reality adoption on the horizon for drilling industry

Figure 1: The hype cycle, produced by information technology consultant Gartner, is a tool used to forecast the promise of a new technologies’ adoption within the context of the industry and individual adoption for risk. The time for VR and AR to reach the “plateau of productivity,” or mainstream adoption, is estimated at five to 10 years from 2016, with VR reaching that stage before AR.

The technologies of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are increasingly in the news. At the same time, many are wondering how much of this is marketing and whether projects using these cutting-edge formats are providing early adopters a return on their investments. This article will provide an overview on the current status of VR/AR as applicable to the drilling industry...

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AFGlobal showcases Active Control Device, debuts MPD test rig

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AFGlobal showcased several MPD technologies at its Houston facility on 12 October, including an active control device (ACD) for deepwater and offshore surface applications and a purpose-built rig for testing MPD scenarios. Bearings and rotating components are a common source of maintenance and failure in conventional rotating control devices used in MPD operations...

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