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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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Deepwater BOP cleaner removes debris using magnets, vortex suction effect

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

Archer, a global provider of drilling and well services, launched its Tornar Deep Water BOP Cleaner this week at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam. The tool, designed for 18 ¾-in. subsea BOPs, removes wellbore debris from the BOP and marine riser cavities in challenging depths using a vortex suction effect. Tornar flow ports are combined with proprietary magnets to extract debris while maintaining full well control and protecting the BOP. “Using traditional jet tools cannot clean the cavities…

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Exclusive video: Drilling automation workshop features leading mining innovators

Posted on 05 March 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

  Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with John de Wardt, president of De Wardt and Company, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March, jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee. The symposium preceded the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference […]

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Lessons from mining: Collection of real-time data key to step-change automation

Posted on 05 March 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

The oil and gas industry is not alone in its journey to automate operations…

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2013 IADC chairman David Williams highlights revitalized strategy to catalyze improved performance

Posted on 05 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges

Emphasizing initiatives to improve technology, HSE and training, along with the exchange of technical knowledge, 2013 IADC chairman David Williams…

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2013 SPE Drilling Engineering Award recipient Dupriest pushes for more engineering, less optimization

Posted on 05 March 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

Specifically changing the way a job is done, rather than flawlessly executing the job the way it’s always been done, has led to…

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Video exclusive: Schlumberger takes integrated strategy to help operators meet well construction goals

Posted on 05 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Steve Orr, president of Schlumberger’s Drilling Group, talks about the company’s integrated approach to products and technologies with Drilling Contractor…

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ExxonMobil workover operation shuts off gas zones at record depths in Russia

Posted on 05 March 2013 in Completing the Well, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

ExxonMobil Development Co last year completed a challenging workover campaign on Russia’s remote and environmentally…

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InterMoor completes IRIS installation, recovery in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 01 March 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has completed an installation and recovery project for Apache Deepwater…

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Cameron opens manufacturing, repair center in China’s Shandong province

Posted on 28 February 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Cameron has commenced operations of its centrifugal compression business at the Gaomi manufacturing and repair center…

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