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Remote operations centers earning keep through drilling optimization, 24/7 support, ‘remanning’

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

As with most implementations of new technology, the technology itself is rarely the biggest hurdle. It’s the people – we humans with our fears, our hard-to-break habits…

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Bridging the communications gap in rig automation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

IADC Drilling Control Systems subcommittee, SPE DSATS group set out to create reference roadmap to achieve full rig automation, define communication protocols needed for downhole, surface integration…

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Rig NPT: the ugly truth

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

NPT, the familiar acronym for nonproductive time, is a three-letter word, but it might as well be a four-letter word to drilling contractors and operators, considering the negative connotations that come with it. Perhaps the negativity is well deserved. NPT brings to mind money wasted, time wasted, failures…

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D&C News

Posted on 07 September 2010 in 2010, Departments, September/October

Seadrill’s West Orion semisubmersible recently began operations offshore Brazil for Petrobras under a six-year contract. The rig reached Brazil from Singapore in early July and had been preparing for the start-up of operations since…

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Sara Shayegi, Hess Corp Reservoir background puts new spin on drilling

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

There are two kinds of people in the world – those who want to know why and how something works, and those who don’t care “why” or “how”…

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People, Companies and Products

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, July/August

Nautronix Group has appointed Rodney Eads as a non-executive board member. Mr Eads has 35 years of experience in the upstream energy business…

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HSE Corner: Taking lessons in standardization, discipline from fighter pilot training to offshore drilling

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, Drilling It Safely, July/August

Our industry has come a long way in developing safe and efficient training. However, Brian “Bru” Brurud developed a new spin on the subject…

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, July/August

ExxonMobil has completed the world’s longest extended-reach well drilled from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig, increasing the…

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D&C News

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, July/August

Pride International has been awarded a one-year contract by OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA for the mid-water semisubmersible Pride Venezuela…

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Suspending drilling is non-solution that will only beget more problems

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Just a few weeks ago, as I was watching TV and flipping the channel back and forth between CNN’s endless coverage of the BP oil spill and the MTV Movie Awards…

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