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Ocyan pushes forward with MPD/FMCD operations offshore Brazil

In October 2013, Ocyan reached an agreement with an operator to deliver MPD packages on four of its seven rigs. In this video with Leandro Rocha, Rig Performance Coordinator for Ocyan, from the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he talks about the drivers for this agreement, lessons learned and areas of improvement for future floating mud cap drilling (FMCD) operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Big Data, machine learning help to optimize connection makeup process

There are five V’s when it comes to Big Data: volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value. In this video with Robert Thibodeaux, VP of Technology Development for Frank’s International, at the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he explains what each V means in relation to Big Data, as well as a real-world application of the five V’s in the connection makeup process...

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Reduce complexity in deployment of MPD will be key for wider adoption

Achieving true integration of  managed pressure drilling (MPD) as a standard in drilling plans will require the industry to making changes in control systems, hardware, processes and training. With these steps, MPD use will likely see wider adoption, said Dwayne Barnwell, Sales Manager with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, hear how the NOVOS system could be used to integrate MPD functions to improve operations, and other ways the complexity and cost of running MPD can be simplified.

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Automated MPD riser system expedites installation on offshore rigs

Weatherford’s new automated MPD riser system improves the safety and reliability of deepwater operations by using a robotic arm that enables a connection hub to be installed to a hands-free flow spool in less than 20 minutes, said Anthony Spinler, VP Managed Pressure Drilling for Weatherford, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague. In this video, he tells DC how the automated riser’s design features work to achieve this installation time and explains the role of fiber optics in its performance.

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As industry pushes forward on automation, interest in multi-machine control is renewed

With one joystick and one user interface, the National Oilwell Varco (NOV) multi-machine control system allows efficient and consistent control, said Guido van den Bos, Director of Business Development in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with NOV, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague. The system allows drillers to focus more attention on downhole conditions instead of handovers. In this video, Mr van den Bos explains why the industry is seeing renewed interest in MMC technology, as well as potential applications in the near future.

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Halliburton introduces Well Construction 4.0 platform to facilitate connectivity, collaboration

Halliburton is launching what it calls Well Construction 4.0 to allow operators to minimize planning cycle times, reduce drilling costs and accelerate critical decision making, among other goals. Speaking at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague on 6 March, Moray Laing, Director of Digital Solutions at Halliburton, discussed how Well Construction 4.0 merges cyber-physical systems, the internet of things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence to provide better risk mitigation and drilling efficiency. In this video with DC, Mr Laing explains how the technology facilitates greater connectivity and collaboration and the challenges in implementing Well Construction 4.0.

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Digital twins improve well construction process in real time

Interest continues to build in the drilling industry for digital twins. In this video from the 2019 IADC Drilling Caspian Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 20 February, DC speaks with Ahmad Mirhaj, Senior Drilling Analyst with MHWirth, about how digital twins are being used to benefit the well construction process, particularly when applied in real time. In this video, Mr Mirhaj also discusses the use of a downhole simulator to spot a tight hole, as well as how digital twin technology was used to help drill a well in dual-gradient mode. Watch the video for more information.

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