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Digitalization, data enable efficient vessel surveys, reduce out-of-service time


Digitalization and big data hold significant potential to improving asset integrity and reliability, David McKay, Chief Surveyor Offshore for DNV GL, said at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 22 August. In this video with DC, Mr McKay discusses how data-driven innovations can...

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JIP adapts technologies from other industries to enable remote inspection of confined spaces


Inspections of confined spaces and underwater inspections, such as hull inspections, that require the use of divers, expose people to HSE risks. The Hull Inspection Techniques and Strategy (HITS) Joint Industry Project has been adapting technologies from other industries, including the nuclear and gas pipeline industries, to allow these inspections to be performed remotely. Danny Constantinis, CEO of EM&I, an inspection and asset integrity organization, outlined some of the projects HITS has undertaken. In this video from the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 23 August, Mr Constantinis shares some of the safety and cost improvements the JIP’s projects have yielded. He also discusses alternatives the industry could consider to conventional methods for inspecting pressure systems...

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Nabors acquires Robotic Drilling Systems


Nabors Industries announced that it has acquired Stavanger based Robotic Drilling Systems, a provider of automated tubular and tool handling equipment for the onshore and offshore drilling markets. This transaction integrates the highly capable RDS team and product offering with the technology portfolio of Canrig, Nabors rig equipment subsidiary, and strengthens the development of its drilling automation solutions...

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BSEE Harvey update: Personnel returned to evacuated rigs


Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Hurricane Response Team continues to monitor the operators’ activities as they return to safe operations. This is the final update of evacuation and shut-in production statistics for Tropical Storm Harvey...

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Schlumberger completes multipurpose vessel seismic acquisition survey for Roc Oil in Malaysia


Schlumberger announced that WesternGeco has completed a hybrid seismic acquisition survey using their newly deployed multipurpose vessel (MPV)—a first in the industry. The 340 km2 3D seismic survey was acquired offshore Sarawak, Malaysia, for Roc Oil using a triple source array with simultaneous recording by ocean bottom nodes and a towed-streamer spread, all from a single seismic vessel...

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Transocean announces agreement to acquire Songa Offshore


Transocean has reached an agreement with Songa Offshore whereby Transocean will, subject to certain conditions, make a voluntary exchange offer to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Songa Offshore, including shares issued before expiry of the offer period as a result of the exercise of warrants, convertible loans and other subscription rights...

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