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Automation lessons can be taken from Disney theme park rides

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Drilling rigs and theme park rides share similarities that most people may not be aware of, said Mike Withers, Retired VP of Ride Engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering. Both the theme park and drilling industries need equipment with high uptime, that can last for many years and is safe. Mr Withers gave a presentation on Disney’s use of automation in its theme parks at a symposium jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee on 29 February in Fort Worth, Texas. The workshop focused on human and machine interaction in automation. In this video with DC, Mr Withers explains how automation has been used in Disney Parks and the company’s process for designing its rides.

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Downhole automation system helps to reduce cycle times in the Bakken

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To reduce cycle times in the Bakken, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Hess teamed up on a project that deployed NOV’s closed-loop, downhole automation system, Evolve, in 16 wells. This project was the subject of a technical presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 2 March. In this video with DC, NOV Vice President of Dynamic Drilling Solutions Tony Pink explains the results and lessons learned from this project. Mr Pink also shares NOV’s plans to advance the Evolve system.

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Integrated liner hanger system combines capabilities of conventional, expandable liner hangers

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Weatherford has developed the SwageHammer integrated liner hanger system to reduce leak potential and improve reliability in high-angle, high-pressure and high-temperature wells in deepwater. The company introduced the liner hanger system at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. In this video from the conference on 3 March, Sean Yakeley, Product Champion-Well Construction Products for Weatherford, explains how the SwageHammer combines the features of conventional and expandable liner-hangers to reduce uncertainty during liner installation.

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Aviation and drilling industries face similar challenges, could implement similar solutions

Frederico Curado, President and CEO of Embraer, outlined some of the challenges shared by the aviation and drilling industries at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth on 2 March.

Like the oil and gas industry, the aviation industry is highly focused on continuously improving the reliability and safety of its equipment. “Both industries are complex in the equipment they operate and the integration of systems, in which there is a requirement of high degree of reliability and availability of the equipment,” Frederico Curado, President and CEO of Embraer, said at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth. Because the two industries share similar challenges – both are capital intensive, highly regulated and highly sensitive to economic swings – they could also deploy similar solutions.

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Panel: Industry should use downturn as an opportunity to innovate, focus on systems engineering

During the plenary session held on 2 March at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, panelists discussed the opportunities the industry has to become more innovative and creative. From left are David Haas, Deloitte and Touche; Jon Crane, Shell; Bill Kline, retired from ExxonMobil; and Dr Jose Gutierrez, Transocean.

The oil and gas industry is in the midst of a great opportunity – an opportunity to come out of this downturn a better and more innovative industry. Innovation tends to occur when activity is low or flat because the industry has a chance to slow down and catch its breath, said Bill Kline, who recently retired from ExxonMobil after 35 years in the industry. During a plenary session titled “Out with the Old, In with the New,” held on 2 March a the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Mr Kline referenced several innovations that emerged in the industry during the period of relatively low oil prices between the late 1980s and 2000.

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Industrial internet of things enables industry to optimize assets

The industrial internet of things offers the oil and gas industry cost and safety benefits, Whitney Rockley of McRock Capital said in a presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference on 1 March in Fort Worth.

The world is more connected than ever before, Whitney Rockley, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital said at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth on 1 March. These connections are enabled by the continued evolution of the internet and digital technologies. In 2015, 18.2 billion things were connected to the internet. That’s up from 10 billion only three years prior. “The way that we process, analyze and communicate information has been and continues to dramatically change the way that we live our lives and how we work,” Ms Rockley said in her presentation. “The good news is that I think the energy industry continues to undergo constant change, and it continues to reinvent itself.”

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On-the-job training, mentoring among key components in Saipem’s Angolanization Plan

Saipem Angola Branch’s local training center delivered almost 40,000 hours of training from 2011 to 2015, Franco Pandolfi, Senior VP Drilling Operative Coordinator for Saipem, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 February.

In 2012, Saipem Angola Branch launched the Angolanization Plan, which would transfer know-how from expatriate personnel to Angolan nationals. The effort was in part driven by a tight labor market and by a lack of training centers that could provide local personnel with the necessary skills required to work on Saipem’s high-spec drilling rigs. Further, high operator expectations for performance meant that learning curves normally associated with new projects would not be acceptable in the long term, Franco Pandolfi, Senior VP Drilling Operative Coordinator for Saipem, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 February.

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