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Clear business case is key as drilling companies embark on cybersecurity journeys

For professionals in the drilling industry who are tasked with improving the cybersecurity of their organization, a common challenge is being able to clearly define the ongoing cost for each rig to implement a cybersecurity technology, as well as clearly articulating the technology’s benefits. However, it’s important that a clear business case be made to management based on facts in order to secure long-term funding for an organization’s cybersecurity needs. In this video from the IADC Cybersecurity Workshop on 13 December in Houston, Ben Ramduny, Co-Chairman of the IADC Cybersecurity Committee, also talks about key takeaways for workshop participants, as well as the value of continued participation in the IADC Cybersecurity Committee. Watch the video for more information.

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ONG-ISAC urges industry to create cultures of security, sharing

The Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ONG-ISAC) is an oil and gas industry-specific organization created in 2014 to provide shared intelligence on cyber incidents, threats, vulnerabilities and associated responses. The group serves as a central point of coordination and communication to aid in the protection of oil and gas industry systems, including activity specific to industrial control systems and SCADA systems. Angela Haun, Executive Director of the ONG-ISAC, spoke with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh at the IADC Cybersecurity Workshop, held at BP’s Houston facility on 13 December. Watch the video to find out what ONG-ISAC does, what types of information its members share, and events held by the group that can be educative to members of our ...

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UT Austin’s RAPID develops thermal model for top drive CBM

The Rig Automation Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium, established under the University of Texas at Austin, has developed a thermal model to track system parameters on top drives. In this video with Pradeep Ashok, Senior Research Scientist for Drilling Automation at UT Austin, he talks about what drove the development of this model and how it works, as well as the business case for applying condition-based monitoring (CBM) to today’s top drives. Watch the video from the 2018 IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Q4 Tech Forum, held in Houston on 14 November, for more information.

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Ensco launches Continuous Tripping Technology

Ensco has announced its Continuous Tripping Technology, a new proprietary solution that provides more efficient and safer pipe tripping and helps to lower customers’ offshore project costs. The patented technology, in concert with other key equipment, sensors and process controls, fully automates the movement of the drillstring into or out of the well at a constant controlled speed. When deployed during offshore activities, it enables pipe-tripping speeds of up to 9,000 ft/hr – up to three times faster than tripping times achieved by current conventional stand-by-stand methods. The technology can be retrofitted to both floaters and jackups. It is well-suited for ultra-deepwater drillships and larger modern jackups. Ensco recently completed the installation of the technology on ENSCO 123, and commissioning of this system is underway. ...

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AFGlobal launches Performance Drilling platform for onshore, shallow water

AFGlobal has announced the launch of its Performance Drilling platform, a combination of equipment and software aimed at the onshore and shallow-water drilling markets. The platform incorporates equipment and software to seamlessly support rig operations with fundamental capabilities, including applying surface backpressure set point pressure control while drilling, automated ramp schedules during connections, early kick loss detection (EKLD) and choke condition-based monitoring (CBM). Built around AFGlobal’s rotating control device (RCD) technology, metering and measurement package and task-specific intelligent control, the Performance Drilling toolkit enables drilling contractors to safely and efficiently maximize performance with industry-proven solutions that increase ROP, improve safety and increase hole stability while minimizing sticking. “Our aim is to make closed-loop operations a practical reality for onshore drillers,” Mark Mitchell, President of ...

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National Oilwell Varco to outfit Equinor offshore drilling rig fleet with wired drillpipe

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has announced the signing of a frame agreement with Equinor for the provision of IntelliServ Wired Drillpipe to outfit their global fleet of offshore drilling rigs. This agreement is based on the success of recent field deployments of version two of Wired Drillpipe that have demonstrated the value of high-speed telemetry in multiple applications across their fleet of working rigs. The initial agreement is for three and a half years with five, two-year extensions. “We are delighted to see accelerated adoption of NOV’s proprietary Wired Drillpipe in the global drilling market,” Clay Williams, Chairman, President and CEO of NOV, said. “As the industry places further emphasis on drilling automation and optimization, high-speed telemetry, which allows data to be ...

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Koltek Energy Services geo steering technology maximizes oilfield production

Koltek Energy Services successfully implemented its high-resolution gamma ray and geo-steering technology on several customers this summer.  This allows the Koltek directional team to collaborate with their customers’ geology team to maximize the production of their wells by keeping the well in the desired production zone. The technology adjusts to the wellbore position on the fly all while staying in the target zone and also reaches other geological targets required by its customers. The technology is compatible with all existing PDM Motors and seemingly links to its own measurement while drilling (MWD/LWD) system. “Our geo-steering technology allows our directional drilling team to get high resolution gamma ray readings, instantly, without having to stop drilling for any reason,” Tim Koltek, Koltek CEO, said. ...

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ADNOC Hosts Global Industry and Technology Leaders to Explore the Application of Artificial Intelligence

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) hosted senior oil, gas and technology leaders at the inaugural ADNOC Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum. The event was held at ADNOC’s HQ, in its state-of-the Panorama Digital Command Center, to discuss radical industry shifts, the rise of AI and how, collectively, the industry can accelerate AI advancement to unlock new value from oil and gas resources. The potential impact of AI on the future course and competitiveness of the oil and gas industry could be dramatic, radically changing the traditional practices and delivering new sources of value. According to the World Economic Forum, primary savings generated from robotic applications and big data analytics could total $500 billion by 2025. “Digital innovation is delivering ...

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