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Real-time operations centers drive standardization, best practices

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The combination of real-time operations centers and new technologies like automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping drilling contractors to standardize their operations and measure themselves against best practices. Nabors Drilling and its subsidiary, Canrig Drilling Technology, have been leveraging the internet of things and real-time operations centers to push drilling performance to the next level. In this video from 7 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Seth Robert, Director of Southern Operations for Canrig, explains how real-time operations centers have evolved over the years, particularly with the adoption of automation, advanced analytics and AI. He also discusses how this evolution is impacting the skill set needed from field service technicians...

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Rotary steerable designed for North American pad drilling features digital control, drilling dynamic sensors

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At the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 6 March, Scout Downhole unveiled its new Rotary Steerable Scout technology. The RSS features the mechanical framework of the company’s Vertical Scout rotary steerable, with added digital controls by Sanvean Technologies. In this video from the conference, Steve Jones, President of Sanvean Technologies, explains how the digital controls and drilling dynamic sensors were added to the tool and how these additions impact its performance. He also discusses a testing program that took place in West Texas to prove the reliability of the new RSS...

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Hybrid drill bit with recessed cutters, increased blade counts designed to dig beyond the curve

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Since launching the original Kymera hybrid drill bit in 2011, Baker Hughes, a GE company, has been expanding the bit’s capabilities. The latest iteration, the Kymera Mach 4, was launched in early 2018 and has been designed to drill every section of the well at a high rate of penetration (ROP) with low wear and tear. BHGE increased the blade count on the bit, improving lateral stability and reducing damage and wear on the bit, Shelly Cory, Kymera Product Line Manager, explains in this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. She also discusses how new recessed cutters help improve cuttings evacuation and contribute to extended bit life. Further, she outlines how the bit has enabled increased ROPs and saved bit runs in Oman and the Permian...

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Economics, additional value must be considered before deploying 3D printing

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As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technologies evolve, the oil and gas drilling industry is increasingly exploring potential applications and benefits, such as less time to market and faster deployment of design changes. The technology can also be valuable when it comes to time-critical part replacements, said Dietmar Reicht, Head of Future Markets for the Special Steel Division at steel-based technology and capital goods group voetsalpine. Mr Reicht was among five panelists at the plenary session at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 March. However, despite the many possible benefits, companies should only pursue 3D printing when it provides added value, he cautioned. Watch DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh’s interview with Mr Reicht to learn more...

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Real-time optimization partnership yields faster connection times, higher ROPs

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Data collected during the drilling process can, if properly analyzed, shed light on trends and opportunities to optimize operations. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) developed INFORM, an offering under its eVolve Optimization Service, to leverage this data and provide optimization support and advice to operators. Recently, NOV partnered with a US operator to provide real-time remote optimization services. In this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Ricardo Borjas, Director-Drilling Optimization Services for NOV, explains some of the challenges operators face when setting up real-time optimization centers – including a high initial investment – and how NOV was able to tackle these challenges. He also discusses some of the results the partnership was able to achieve, including improved connection times and higher rates of penetration...

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Liam Mallon, ExxonMobil: Lower-for-longer environment has transformed industry’s mindset on innovation, collaboration

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The lower-for-longer price environment has forced oil and gas companies to change their mindsets, resulting in innovation, collaboration and standardization that have cut cycle times in half. The result is that new frontier projects, like ExxonMobil’s Liza development offshore Guyana, have become economic once again. While no one knows when, if ever, oil prices will return to pre-downturn levels, what’s certain is that the industry cannot afford to revert to old ways of doing business even if prices do improve in the future, Liam Mallon, President of ExxonMobil Development Co, said in a keynote session on 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas...

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Moving from surface readouts to real-time data reduces guesswork to improve intervention efficiencies

The xSight Smart Intervention Service consists of a BHA deployed on drill pipe that is outfitted with sensors measuring torque, WOB, pressure, vibration, toolface orientation and temperature. Data is transmitted wirelessly via mud-pulse telemetry to the surface. The data is fed into a software program for interpretation, then presented as a visualization.

As oilfield sensors and digital technologies grow more sophisticated, the industry is increasingly relying on real-time data to optimize the well intervention process. In today’s intervention operations, downhole data can make the difference between success and failure – and we know that operators can’t afford failures in this low-price environment...

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From the President: Commitment to safety must not waver as industry works toward zero incidents

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At IADC conferences, chapter meetings and meetings with individual IADC members, I often talk about the association’s commitment to serving as a valuable resource for our membership. And here, still at the beginning of a new year, it bears repeating. I’ve learned a lot in my 20-plus years with this association, and chief among what I’ve learned is that IADC is only successful if our membership believes in our mission and is willing to volunteer their time and expertise in support of that mission. I’m proud of the legacy that we’ve built and continue to build, and prouder still that our members share the belief that our industry is better because it has an association that advocates for the interests of its members...

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