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Lidar technology enables red zone management solution on offshore rigs

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Seadrill has developed a red zone management solution that uses Lidar, a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. These Lidar modules, which have already been implemented on the West Neptune, were discussed in a presentation by Luis Mariano, Director of HSSEQ for Seadrill, at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 26 September.

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Advanced planning, collaboration with law enforcement can help companies achieve better cybersecurity resilience

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Cybersecurity breaches often go unreported for many reasons, but companies should consider the negative and long-term impacts of letting such crimes go unreported, said Eamonn Keane, Head of Cybersecurity and Innovation for the Scottish Business Resilience Center. Mr Keane spoke on a cybersecurity panel at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 26 September in Amsterdam. In this video, he speaks with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh about the common challenges that law enforcement encounters when investigating cyber crimes, how companies can achieve cybersecurity resilience, as well as how industry can collaborate with law enforcement to improve cybersecurity for all.

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New BOP concept removes all hydraulics, halves weight of BOP

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Norway-based Electrical Subsea & Drilling has developed a light BOP technology concept with electrical actuation and controls. The technology allows the weight of the BOP to be reduced by approximately half compared with typical BOP weights today, said company CEO John Dale at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Q3 2018 Technology Forum on 19 September in Houston. Watch the video to find out more about the new technology concept.

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UT Austin collaborates on self-learning auto driller app

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One of the bleeding edge areas in innovation and rig automation taking place is in the field of self-learning drilling programs. The University of Texas at Austin is pioneering the development of a self-learning drilling application designed to find optimal drilling parameters. The algorithm runs on the NOVOS operating system, which was developed by National Oilwell Varco. Dr Parham Pournazari, a research post-doc at UT, described the self-learning drilling program at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman discusses the new application with Dr Pournazari. For more information about the auto driller app, please read the latest article in the September/October 2018 issue of DC.

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Canrig plans offshore field-test of drill floor robotics

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A new generation of electric, drill floor robots can make significant reductions in the time required to perform manual operations on an offshore rig. Canrig Robotic Technologies AS is planning to field-test a new three-robot system on a semisubmersible offshore Norway in December 2018. In laboratory tests, the robots were able to reduce key performance indicators across five manual tasks, from the handling of lifting subs to picking up and laying down of drill pipe, according to Canrig Robotic Technologies AS CEO Lars Raunholt. Mr Raunholt described this new line of next-gen robots at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman discusses the new technology with Mr ...

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Gardner Denver releases newest pressure pumping fluid end technology

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Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps has launched the pressure-pumping fluid end technology GDNX. “The GDNX follows Gardner Denver’s legacy of product innovation and superior product quality,” Larry Kerr, Vice President/GM, said. “We’re proud to offer our customers a fluid end showcasing a combination of our highest performing components, ensuring a quality product that outperforms and stands up in today’s demanding fracking environment.” GDNX features include: Redline consumables. This series of aftermarket parts extend product life by up to 3.5 times. Superior fatigue life. Patent-pending cross-bore design that reduces operating stress and maintenance intervals by 3.5 times compared with competitors. Compatibility. Fit, form and function of the GDNX are the same as the SGWS series, meaning it’s a direct fit to existing 2250/2500 pumps. Proven Falcon ...

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Neveu: Enabling mindset, technologies, implementation to lead industry on journey to Drilling 4.0

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor, and Alex Wukman, Senior Editor The industry is on the precipice of a paradigm shift, Kevin Neveu, President and CEO of Precision Drilling, said at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 12 September in Austin, Texas. Drilling 4.0 as Mr Neveu called it, will be ushered in with the widespread adoption of big data practices, which will allow drilling contractors to eliminate performance variables and human bias. “Every foot drilled incorporates all the lessons learned from all the previous feet drilled,” he said. “We have to have better wells that are more consistent and more repeatable with lower cost.” One the main challenges the industry faces in its ongoing transition towards a data-driven ...

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Data analytics, newbuild ERD rig among ConocoPhillips’ drive to improve drilling performance

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By Alex Wukman, Senior Editor When ConocoPhillips takes delivery of a newbuild extended-reach drilling (ERD) rig in 2020, the rig will be the largest mobile land rig in North America, according to David Forbes, GM of Global Wells. The new rig will be introduced into the company’s Alaska operations and will be able to drill more than 7 miles away from the pad, Mr Forbes said during his keynote address at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, which was held 11-12 September in Austin, Texas. “We’re going to be doubling the capabilities of what we can do now in terms of extended reach,” he said. “The automation we can put on a rig like this is going to be ...

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Huisman to build drilling system for new semi under construction in China

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China Merchants Heavy Industries (CMHI) has awarded Huisman a contract for the engineering and fabrication of a drilling system that will be integrated and installed on the moored drilling semisubmersible constructed at CMHI Haimen. This drilling system will be used for oil and gas drilling activities in shallow to medium water depths all around Asia, particularly the South China Sea. The contract is a result of a constructive cooperation between CMHI and Huisman during the semi’s concept design. The drilling system comprises an 1800kips static rated load Dual Multi Purpose Drilling Tower (DMPT), a single pipe setback drum,  innovative manipulator arms for pipe and tool handling, top drive, iron roughnecks, skid carts, catwalk machines, gantry and deck cranes, drillers cabins and Huisman’s fully ...

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Oil and Gas Innovation Centre takes on new digitalization-related research projects

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The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is supporting three new research projects centered on how digitalization can improve efficiency and provide cost savings to the oil and gas industry. Three companies have teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Computing Science and Digital Media to carry out research into the digital transformation of the oilfield.   “Digitalization is key to a sustainable oil and gas industry,” Ian Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of OGIC, said. “Successful automation and integration of a huge range of tasks across many aspects of the exploration and production cycle, are now possible through the ability to rapidly process vast quantities of data in very short periods of time”  “OGIC is supporting three projects researching new approaches ...

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