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ONGC, Aqualis move 29 rigs for monsoon season

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The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has successfully moved 29 mobile offshore drilling rigs in advance of the Indian monsoon season. Aqualis Offshore assisted with a large majority of the rig moves, which were conducted with the company’s specialist team of mariners in close cooperation with ONGC’s in-house rig move cell. Each of the 29 rigs have now been placed at their respective monsoon locations before the onset of the seasonal adverse weather conditions. ONGC’s underwriters, and their respective contractors, were Aqualis Offshore’s clients for the ONGC rig-moving campaign. Under this agreement, Aqualis Offshore provides marine warranty services to ONGC’s fleet of jackups and mobile offshore production units in Indian waters. “Moving close to 30 rigs, more or less in ...

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Collaborative platform condenses well planning from weeks to days

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With so many parties involved in the well planning process, if one party makes changes to the plan, it can take some time before every party is aware of changes for the plan to be updated. Last year, Schlumberger launched the DrillPlan application on its Delfi cognitive E&P platform to streamline the well planning process. In this video from the 2018 OTC on 2 May, Billy-Dean Gibson, Director of Digital Drilling at Schlumberger, explains how the application integrates the various workflows involved in well planning to condense the planning process from weeks to days. He also discusses some of the efficiency gains that DrillPlan, which has been used on more than 200 wells, has enabled...

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Dual-purpose winch combines personnel, equipment lifting capabilities

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Drilling contractors often must install separate winch systems for lifting equipment and lifting people. This can lead to loss of valuable real estate on the rig floor, which is particularly challenging on land rigs. Ingersoll Rand has developed a dual-purpose winch for land rigs that combines man- and equipment-lifting capabilities into a single winch. In this video from 1 May at the 2018 OTC in Houston, Gus Calvera, Product Manager and Marketing Lead for Materials Systems at Ingersoll Rand, explains how the winch can be switched between personnel and equipment lifting modes. He also discusses the associated safety benefits...

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Digital solutions necessitate new workflows across drilling industry

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Operators and drilling contractors are increasingly recognizing the value that digital technologies, including machine learning, artificial intelligence and the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), can deliver. However, while these technologies hold immense promise, they also require the industry to adopt new workflows, Indy Chakrabarti, Vice President of Strategy, E&P Software for Emerson Automation Solutions, said at the 2018 OTC in Houston. In this video from the conference on 30 April, Mr Chakrabarti explains how new workflows for managing and analyzing data are needed. Further, he discusses how the industrial IoT is reshaping the day-to-day activities of the drilling industry’s workforce...

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Digital twins allow contractors to improve uptime on rigs by predicting failures before they occur

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Digital twins – virtual models of a specific piece of physical equipment – are still a relatively new concept to the drilling industry. However, without necessarily knowing, most of us have encountered digital twin technology before. For example, Amazon essentially builds digital twins of each individual shopper, based on past purchases and Amazon searches, which allows the website to recommend specific products, Binu Mathew, Head of Development and Product Management, Digital Solutions for Baker Hughes said. In this video from the 2018 OTC in Houston on 2 May, Mr Mathew explains how digital twins work and how they relate to technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict equipment failures before they occur. Further, he outlines how digital twins are improving uptime on drilling rigs today...

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New subsea valve actuator combines electro-hydraulic, electro-mechanical elements

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Bosch Rexroth seeks to combine the best of electro-hydraulic and electro-mechanical actuator solutions with its new subsea valve actuator. The actuator works in the same way as an electric actuator, except that the customer provides the electric power to the system, while Bosch Rexroth provides the mechanical force to open and close valves via a hydraulic transmission inside the actuator, said Alexandre Orth, Senior Manager, Sales Industry Sector, Marine & Subsea Technologies, on 1 May at the 2018 OTC...

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