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Video exclusive: Schlumberger launches new technologies at Drilling Conference

Schlumberger’s Ian Falconer, marketing and technology manager, introduced technologies, such as the slim-hole PowerDrive Archer rotary steerable system and the Stinger conical diamond technology, at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, 5-7 March in Amsterdam. Starting with the drill bit, the new technologies are a part of the company’s integrated drilling system approach.

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Smart flowback tool targets automation of kick, lost-circulation detection process

An automated flowback monitoring technology has been developed to detect well kicks and lost-circulation events earlier than conventional manual methods and to generate an alarm alerting drillers and drilling engineers to take appropriate action. A case study, SPE/IADC 163474, describing how the Smart Flowback Fingerprinting technology was developed and deployed in a field test, was presented by Sven M. Haberer, Baker Hughes, at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam this week...

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Exclusive video: Open-platform initiative pushing automation to new level

Tony Pink, vice president of drilling automation applications for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), speaks with Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam on 6 March. Mr Pink discussed the company’s NOVA initiative, which NOV considers the next generation in drilling controls and automation. Integrated within operating systems, NOVA drives well execution plans from a single source, executing automatic control and connection to drill and to...

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Autonomous robotic drilling, man-machine interface remove people from drill floor

In the realm of automation, the best potential for enhanced HSE and cost savings will be achieved through multiple robotic machines that are able to act as independent units or as a stand-alone machine, Kenneth Søndervik, Robotic Drilling Systems, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week in Amsterdam. In presenting SPE/IADC 163466, Mr Søndervik said that he envisions autonomous robotic drilling completely removing people from the drill floor. A test rig running the company’s robotic system in Stavanger, Norway, has demonstrated fully autonomous tripping. While “one...

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Macondo-related rulings complicate contractual indemnity questions

The Macondo incident has significantly impacted contracting considerations in the drilling industry and will continue to add complexity to contracts, Cary Moomjian, president of CAM OilServ Advisors, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 7 March. Court rulings in Macondo-related litigation have and will continue to impact operators, drillers, and service and supply companies, particularly in respect to pollution liability in...

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BOP facility designed with manufacturing principles for maximum efficiency, minimum lost time

As industry drills deeper wells in increasingly harsh environments, the upper limits of BOP equipment is constantly being pushed. Even under such conditions, a BOP and its sealing elements must perform flawlessly. Such high performance can be achieved only through aggressive development and testing, said Joe Liotta, National Oilwell Varco (NOV), at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week...

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Plenary: Enhanced operational integrity to help industry deliver wells in ‘critical world’

Driven by increasing worldwide demand, the challenges industry faces are becoming more pronounced. “We need to bring on about 27 million barrels per day of new production over the next seven years in order to meet 1% to 2% demand growth per year,” Ole Slorer, managing director, global oilfield services for Morgan Stanley Research, stated at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference. Mr Slorer moderated the plenary session, “Delivering Wells in a Critical World,” in Amsterdam on 6 March. Two of the biggest growing segments that will help the industry meet the world’s energy demand are ultra-deepwater and...

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Precision Drilling’s Kevin Neveu to lead 2014 Drilling Conference

Kevin Neveu, president and CEO of Precision Drilling, has been named chairman of the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, to be held 4-6 March in Fort Worth, Texas. The event provides the opportunity for producers, contractors and service company professionals to meet, discuss, evaluate and share ideas to advance worldwide drilling operations, promote solutions to common problems and improve overall efficiency and profitability. "It's a privilege to serve as...

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