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Maintenance regimen critical to increase equipment reliability, rig safety while reducing downtime

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Reactive approaches to equipment maintenance can still be commonly found in the drilling industry. However, more companies are now recognizing the importance of building a proactive maintenance strategy in order to increase equipment uptime, as well as safety. In this video with DC, Jennifer Eckert, Global Product Manager at Ingersoll Rand, outlines the difference between reactive, planned and preventative approaches to equipment maintenance, as well as key steps companies can take to build an effective maintenance strategy. Watch DC’s video with Ms Eckert from the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference, held in Houston on 22-23 August, to learn more...

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HSE&T Corner: Chevron develops software tool for conducting, evaluating well control-related drills, seeks to share it with wider industry

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Well control, like safety, is too important to be leveraged as a competitive advantage. That’s why Chevron is planning to share with the wider industry a tool – called DrillPad – that the operator launched in 2015 to assist with the planning and tracking of well control drills. The software was developed as part of Chevron’s WellSafe assurance program...

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2016 ISP: Global LTI, recordable incident rates both down, but number of fatalities ticks up slightly

March accounted for the most Lost Time and Recordable incidents. The 26-35 age range accounted for the most Lost Time and Recordable incidents.

Numbers from the latest IADC Incident Statistics Program (ISP) are encouraging. The ISP, which has tracked safety and accident information for the drilling industry since 1962, shows that the worldwide lost-time incidents (LTI) rate improved by 27.7% from 2015 to 2016, going from 0.18 to 0.13. The recordable incident rate also saw improvement, falling by 23.3% from 0.60 in 2015 to 0.46 in 2016...

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15K-rated rig modified to meet 20K exploration challenge in Norway

The Mærsk Gallant jackup drilled the Solaris well, setting a depth record of 5,941 m for the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well also recorded the heaviest casing string at 1.2 million lb (on the weight indicator) and the largest cement job, at more than 600 cu m. Further, this was the first time that a 20K BOP had been deployed on the NCS.

Technical challenges are becoming increasingly frequent as the industry explores the frontiers of offshore drilling. One such recent challenge was the Solaris ultra high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) exploration well, operated by Total Norge, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well was successfully drilled in 2016 by Maersk Drilling’s Mærsk Gallant. The rig, an MSC CJ62-120S design jackup, broke a line of records in the process...

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To get the most out of drilling simulators, follow these 5 principles for designing training exercises

High-fidelity drill floor simulators, like this one at the Maersk Training facility in Houston, are powerful tools, but training exercises must be well-designed in order to maximize the tool’s potential to improve team performance. For example, companies often overlook the identification of learning objectives and expected performance standards when considering simulator-based exercises.

As drilling simulators become increasingly more sophisticated and available, organizations are increasingly exploring the possibility of enhancing safety and team performance by carrying out exercises on full-scale high-fidelity drill floor simulators. The amount of effort being put in by companies and trainers is impressive. However, based on more than 200 observations of teams taking part in exercises on drilling simulators, it’s also been observed that organizations are not investing sufficiently in the design of simulator-based exercises that would provide the maximum benefit for the team and organization...

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Digital transformation

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The drilling industry has always been known for having big iron – from drawworks to iron roughnecks, from top drives to blowout preventers. But in today’s digital oilfield, it’s no longer hardware that’s driving the biggest changes at the rig site. Rather, game-changing technologies on the horizon are now almost entirely digital. Predictive analytics, the Internet of things (IoT), machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just buzzwords. They refer to real technologies that are increasingly being adopted into the drilling industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs....

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Wider adoption of virtual, augmented reality on the horizon for drilling industry

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While virtual reality and augmented reality technologies have yet to be widely adopted, their potential to achieve cost reductions is significant, Jeff Sattler said in a presentation at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 22 August. In this video with DC, Mr Sattler discusses current applications of virtual reality in the drilling industry, the potential future applications of augmented reality, as well as hardware limitations that constrain these technologies’ wider deployment...

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

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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

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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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Industry should refocus on developing technologies to deliver long-term value

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor With funding being constrained across the industry due to the global oil downturn, investments in technologies that could deliver long-term value have suffered disproportionately, said David Blacklaw, Shell Global Drilling Automation Lead. “The bias has been toward projects which deliver short-term value. As a result, there’s probably a gap in the funnel of longer-term projects coming through,” Mr Blacklaw said. “Sooner or later, we’re going to need those new technologies to continue to drive performance improvements, efficiency gains and delivery of better wells.” Mr Blacklaw is among several speakers scheduled to speak at a symposium being organized by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS). The event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, ...

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