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SNAME to study wind tunnel testing of MODUs, floating production installations

Posted on 18 March 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has announced it is initiating a review of SNAME T&R Bulletin 5-4…

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Accelerated development program focuses on entry-level drilling staff

Posted on 15 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

PetroSkills has launched the Drilling Operations Accelerated Development Program, initially focusing on entry-level staff…

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IMO begins Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation

Posted on 14 March 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) officially initiated an investigation of the Macondo incident during the 21st session…

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50 frac stages placed in single well completion in Bakken

Posted on 12 March 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

NCS Oilfield Services, a company that specializes in multistage completions, recently announced the successful placement of 50 stages in a single well completion…

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Video exclusive: Schlumberger launches new technologies at Drilling Conference

Posted on 12 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE 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

Posted on 07 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

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

Posted on 07 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

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

Posted on 07 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

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

Posted on 07 March 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

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

Posted on 07 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

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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