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Drilling automation: New design tool helps to chart roadmap for the future

Drilling automation is improving operational safety, efficiency and economics and providing access to fields and reservoirs once thought inaccessible, but having a clear roadmap to track progress and define long-term goals will help to accelerate industry’s journey along that path, a technology application expert said in a presentation at the 2013 SPE/ IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 6 March. “There are some perceptions that the drilling industry hasn’t moved as quickly as other industries have toward automation,” Ginger Hildebrand, software governance manger for Schlumberger, said...

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Deepwater BOP cleaner removes debris using magnets, vortex suction effect

Archer, a global provider of drilling and well services, launched its Tornar Deep Water BOP Cleaner this week at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam. The tool, designed for 18 ¾-in. subsea BOPs, removes wellbore debris from the BOP and marine riser cavities in challenging depths using a vortex suction effect. Tornar flow ports are combined with proprietary magnets to extract debris while maintaining full well control and protecting the BOP. “Using traditional jet tools cannot clean the cavities...

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Exclusive video: Drilling automation workshop features leading mining innovators

Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with John de Wardt, president of De Wardt and Company, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March, jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee. The symposium preceded the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam. Mr de Wardt was a primary organizer of the workshop. He also served as moderator of the sessions, which featured Andrew Stokes and Eric Nettleton from Rio Tinto, an integrated mining company. Mr Stokes and Mr Nettleton talked about the company’s Mine of the Future program, a project that is pushing Rio Tinto’s mining operations to new levels of automation and remote ...

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