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Hand-picked components enable Marathon, ConocoPhillips to build fit-for-purpose MPD system for GOM project

MPD champions must continue to promote the technology’s benefits, as well as find ways to make it more economic, Kelly McHugh, General Manager of Drilling and Completions at Chevron, said at the SPE/IADC MPD and UBO Conference in Galveston, Texas, on 12 April.

In 2013, Marathon Oil and ConocoPhillips decided to retrofit the Maersk Valiant drillship for managed pressure drilling (MPD). Installation of the MPD equipment began in 2014, while the drillship made its way to the US Gulf of Mexico from the shipyard in South Korea.

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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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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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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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