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Ocyan pushes forward with MPD/FMCD operations offshore Brazil

In October 2013, Ocyan reached an agreement with an operator to deliver MPD packages on four of its seven rigs. In this video with Leandro Rocha, Rig Performance Coordinator for Ocyan, from the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he talks about the drivers for this agreement, lessons learned and areas of improvement for future floating mud cap drilling (FMCD) operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Embedding MPD in well delivery plan can help to reduce overall well costs

The industry continues to see a shift in the planning and adoption of managed pressure drilling (MPD) practices. While not every well may need MPD, actively planning for it before drilling begins can provide cost reduction and other well construction benefits, even if MPD is not used at the well site, said Leiro Medina, VP of Technology with Beyond Energy, at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, Mr Medina discusses how MPD is being deployed to increase efficiency in Canada, the challenges to more widespread adoption of MPD, and the steps that companies can take to help MPD reach higher market maturity.

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Reduce complexity in deployment of MPD will be key for wider adoption

Achieving true integration of  managed pressure drilling (MPD) as a standard in drilling plans will require the industry to making changes in control systems, hardware, processes and training. With these steps, MPD use will likely see wider adoption, said Dwayne Barnwell, Sales Manager with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, hear how the NOVOS system could be used to integrate MPD functions to improve operations, and other ways the complexity and cost of running MPD can be simplified.

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BHGE introduces new motor for longer runs, extended laterals

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), recently introduced the Navi-Drill DuraMax motor, which delivers increased power to the drill bit for higher rates of penetration (ROPs). In a recent application in North Dakota’s Williston Basin, the motor was used to improve drilling time by 40% and increase rate of penetration (ROP) by 35%. In this video with Thomas Jaeger, Senior Product Manager for Drilling Motors with BHGE, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference on 5 March in The Hague, Mr Jaeger discusses the motor’s development and key features that distinguish it from others on the market.

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Automated MPD riser system expedites installation on offshore rigs

Weatherford’s new automated MPD riser system improves the safety and reliability of deepwater operations by using a robotic arm that enables a connection hub to be installed to a hands-free flow spool in less than 20 minutes, said Anthony Spinler, VP Managed Pressure Drilling for Weatherford, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague. In this video, he tells DC how the automated riser’s design features work to achieve this installation time and explains the role of fiber optics in its performance.

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Halliburton introduces Well Construction 4.0 platform to facilitate connectivity, collaboration

Halliburton is launching what it calls Well Construction 4.0 to allow operators to minimize planning cycle times, reduce drilling costs and accelerate critical decision making, among other goals. Speaking at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague on 6 March, Moray Laing, Director of Digital Solutions at Halliburton, discussed how Well Construction 4.0 merges cyber-physical systems, the internet of things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence to provide better risk mitigation and drilling efficiency. In this video with DC, Mr Laing explains how the technology facilitates greater connectivity and collaboration and the challenges in implementing Well Construction 4.0.

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Digital twins help to address the relationship of data within a system

Industry interest in digital twins – the virtual representation of an asset, system or process – continues to grow, not just as a tool for modeling an asset but for managing systems of data and how they relate to one another. These “twins” also help keep the relationship between data over a system, helping them stay connected to each other. In this video from a 4 March workshop held jointly by the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) in The Hague, Sean McKenna, Senior Research Manager with IBM, discusses recent applications of digital twins and explains how knowledge graphs work.

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BHGE introduces lightweight, non-composite conventional frac plug

A new conventional frac plug constructed completely from an engineered alloy is 70% lighter than conventional material. The MILLITE plug, just released by BHGE, cleans up and mills out smoother than any other conventional plug on the market, said Stacey Meredith, Frac Plug Product Line Manager with BHGE. It offers something completely new to the industry. With a specific gravity of 1.8, the fine debris floats out of the well without additional cleaning or costly chemicals. At 13 in., its design produces a lower volume of debris than standard plugs. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 6 February in The Woodlands, Texas, she also talks about key features of the plug and the results achieved ...

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