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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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Plenary: Enhanced operational integrity to help industry deliver wells in ‘critical world’

Posted on 06 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

Driven by increasing worldwide demand, the challenges industry faces are becoming more pronounced. “We need to bring on about 27 million barrels per day of new production over the next seven years in order to meet 1% to 2% demand growth per year,” Ole Slorer, managing director, global oilfield services for Morgan Stanley Research, stated at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference. Mr Slorer moderated the plenary session, “Delivering Wells in a Critical World,” in Amsterdam on 6 March. Two of the biggest growing segments that will help the industry meet the world’s energy demand are ultra-deepwater and…

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Precision Drilling’s Kevin Neveu to lead 2014 Drilling Conference

Posted on 06 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Kevin Neveu, president and CEO of Precision Drilling, has been named chairman of the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, to be held 4-6 March in Fort Worth, Texas. The event provides the opportunity for producers, contractors and service company professionals to meet, discuss, evaluate and share ideas to advance worldwide drilling operations, promote solutions to common problems and improve overall efficiency and profitability. “It’s a privilege to serve as…

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Exclusive video: Sustained collaboration to enhance delivery of today’s and tomorrow’s wells

Posted on 06 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with David Brunnert, vice president of Drilling Tools and Intervention Services for Weatherford, at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 6 March. Mr Brunnert explained the importance of early collaboration and how the approach can be applied in both business segments of Weatherford that he oversees. From well construction to intervention, Mr Brunnert believes that there are many opportunities for…

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Jellison: Challenging shale wells require creative pipe, drill string solutions

Posted on 06 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Onshore Advances

When typical wells in the Bakken Shale are 17,000-ft MD, 11,000-ft TVD with a 6,000-ft horizontal reach, demands on drill pipe become significantly higher, Michael Jellison, NOV Grant Prideco, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition on 5 March in Amsterdam. “It pushes the drilling equipment and rig crews beyond the requirements of typical onshore well construction projects.” Further, these wells can have high bottomhole formation temperatures that, in some cases, approach…

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Exclusive video: Riser monitoring software helps ensure riser, wellhead integrity

Posted on 06 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Jeff Diestler, business development manager – Gulf of Mexico for Pulse Structural Monitoring, an Acteon company, speaks with Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam on 5 March. Mr Diestler discussed the company’s DrillASSURE drilling riser monitoring system. Developed in conjunction with 2H Offshore, the system’s three primary modules – DrillJOINT, DrillWINDOW and DrillADVISE – are designed to help operators and contractors…

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Drilling automation: New design tool helps to chart roadmap for the future

Posted on 06 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

Drilling automation is improving operational safety, efficiency and economics and providing access to fields and reservoirs once thought inaccessible, but having a clear roadmap to track progress and define long-term goals will help to accelerate industry’s journey along that path, a technology application expert said in a presentation at the 2013 SPE/ IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 6 March. “There are some perceptions that the drilling industry hasn’t moved as quickly as other industries have toward automation,” Ginger Hildebrand, software governance manger for Schlumberger, said…

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