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Planning, temporary mitigation critical for industry to effectively comply with revised API standards

Traceability is a key theme across API 16A, 16AR and 20E, but wear and corrosion can often make bolted connections untraceable.

Over the past 18 months, there have been several revisions to the guidance, specifications and standards released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) relating to BOP and well control equipment (WCE). Previous industry incidents and issues prompted these revisions, as well as a more holistic approach to the design, inspection and traceability of this safety and environmentally critical equipment...

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Roles, scope of real-time operating centers, support technicians evolve within modern drilling ecosystem

The need for increased competency among support personnel has expanded in recent years, along with the scope of real-time operations centers. Pictured is Canrig’s Houston training center.

The wider use of robotics, remote controls, real-time remote monitoring systems, artificial intelligence and other techniques are setting new standards of performance. The culmination of these engineering and technological efforts have yielded highly efficient, advanced-technology rigs. However, how should we develop and manage the support systems to leverage this modern drilling technology? Do we have the people, processes, tools and infrastructure needed to successfully apply these technologies?...

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Diamond Offshore launches first cybernetic BOP service


Diamond Offshore Drilling announced the launch of its Sim-Stack service, the offshore drilling industry's first cybernetic BOP service enabling Diamond Offshore to continuously and accurately assess BOP status. When issues arise, the Sim-Stack service immediately determines a proper course of action while providing a third party statement of fact to the operator, BSEE and other regulatory bodies...

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Proposed JIP would create standard for sensor verification and validation


As the drilling industry increasingly relies on sensor data to feed rig automation, it’s essential to ensure sensor accuracy. However, there is currently no industry standard for independently verifying and validating sensor accuracy, Maria Araujo, R&D Manager for Southwest Research Institute, said at an IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Technology Forum on 21 March in Houston. Southwest Research Institute is proposing a new joint industry project (JIP) to establish such a standard. In this video from the forum, Ms Araujo outlines the timeline and key deliverables of the first phase of this three-phase JIP, including prioritizing the sensors to be validated and verified. She also explains how companies can get involved in the JIP...

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OPT, Eni sign agreement to provide PB3 PowerBuoy for subsea oil and gas operations


Ocean Power Technologies has announced that it has signed an agreement with Eni,to supply a PB3 PowerBuoy for a demonstration of one of Eni’s subsea oil and gas operations. The agreement provides for a minimum 24-month contract that includes an 18-month PB3 PowerBuoy lease and associated project management. OPT will also provide deployment support, remote data collection and monitoring. The project is expected to commence in March 2018...

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New third-party software offers digital solution to raise drilling efficiency


DNV GL will add a new third party software solution to Veracity, its open industry data platform, that is based on cleaned data collected from 80,000 oil and gas wells. AGR has agreed to host its iQx software on the platform, which contains information that is vital to companies selecting locations of wells. Users, such as drilling engineers, can access information on numerous metrics including geology and bit performance, enabling them to make smarter and more efficient operational decisions...

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Real-time operations centers drive standardization, best practices


The combination of real-time operations centers and new technologies like automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping drilling contractors to standardize their operations and measure themselves against best practices. Nabors Drilling and its subsidiary, Canrig Drilling Technology, have been leveraging the internet of things and real-time operations centers to push drilling performance to the next level. In this video from 7 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Seth Robert, Director of Southern Operations for Canrig, explains how real-time operations centers have evolved over the years, particularly with the adoption of automation, advanced analytics and AI. He also discusses how this evolution is impacting the skill set needed from field service technicians...

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