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Optimizing ROP through automation

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Increasing the rate of penetration without detrimentally affecting hole quality or well placement can help to reduce drilling costs, especially on rigs with a…

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Dual BOPs: When one just isn’t enough

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

On 1 June Rowan Companies announced it had ordered the first two ultra-deepwater drillships in the company’s history, to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. These 12,000-ft capable vessels will each be equipped…

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Rig mobility on the fast track

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

Rig manufacturers are expanding the operating and mobility features of the industry’s rigs to a new level of sophistication – the highly or ultra-mobile rig …

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HIL merges risk-free testing, virtual drilling

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

The devil is in the details. For today’s state-of-the-art rigs and increasingly automated drilling equipment, that translates to the software…

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Shedding light on electrical simplicity

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Simpler power distribution systems are being cited as the reason for a reduction in blackout scenarios aboard deepwater rigs. Isolated at sea, deepwater drillships …

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From islands to clouds: the data evolution

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

As rig mechanization and automation become more demanding and complex, it is vital that existing and prospective communication technologies …

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Maintenance history materializes with RFID

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has become a key ingredient to increase reliability in the drilling industry. It is one of the only industries where RFID …

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Coriolis sensors open lines to real-time data

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Coriolis mass flow sensors are increasingly being used by drilling operators to measure drilling fluid density and flow-rate parameters in real time…

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A slimmer silhouette for drillships, semis

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

The trends for highly mobile deepwater drilling are rigs suitable for ultra-deepwater, with complex geology and high pressures, which means numerous casing strings …

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Modified cement head cuts rig-up time, risks

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Integration of a remote-controlled rotating and hoisting cement head with top drive casing-running operations is cutting time between casing-running and cementing…

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