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

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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

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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

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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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Weatherford introduces AI-enabled automated connection integrity

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Weatherford has introduced Vero automated connection integrity, which applies artificial intelligence to minimize safety risks and validate well integrity with absolute certainty. In applications ranging from conventional land to complex deepwater, the Vero solution provides operators with previously unobtainable consistency and accuracy. The solution employs two new proprietary features: AutoMakeup technology, which precisely controls the makeup of tubular connections automatically, and AutoEvaluate software, which continually assesses torque against original equipment manufacturer specifications. By applying artificial intelligence at every stage, from pipe manufacturing to well installation, the Vero solution removes the uncertainty of human judgment from the connection process. In doing so, the solution can minimize the chance of catastrophic well failures associated with poorly made up connections, as well as significantly ...

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Sonnemann: New approach may be needed in the way well control is approached

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There are still many well control topics that don’t have universal consensus within the industry. These include the uses/mis-uses of MAASP, kill rates selection and kick tolerance calculations, said Paul Sonnemann, VP of Technology at SafeKick. In a presentation at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, he urged the industry to take a different approach to such topics. Further, he encouraged the industry to think of closed-loop drilling like the service brake on an automobile, which should be used even if the drilling program doesn’t require it. Watch DC’s video with Mr Sonnemann as he describes his philosophy of well control.

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Drilling Systems launches new technology to revolutionize training for jackup rigs

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Drilling Systems has launched new technology which will revolutionize the way drilling crews are trained for jackup rigs, helping to raise competency and drilling standards across the world. The cutting-edge technology comprises state-of-the-art software, which mirrors all the operations of a jackup rig, and is used in conjunction with the company’s unique On-the-Rig (OTR) simulator system. OTR is a mobile simulator with the capabilities of a full-size simulator, which can be easily transported into the field and used at the worksite, regardless of how remote the location. It can also be fully customized to any rig or operating system and used with or without an instructor.  This innovation means simulator training and assessments for jackup rig operators can take place on the rig for ...

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Control system concerns trend up as industry reactivates sixth-gen rigs

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As the drilling industry begins to reactivate some sixth-generation drilling rigs, lessons are being learned about the concerns being identified, whether electrical, mechanical or relating to control systems. Chris Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems, noted that he has seen a trend in increasing concerns around control systems. The percentage of concerns that are characterized as critical have also risen during these rig reactivations. To find out more, watch this video from the 2018 IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference on 16 October in Mexico City.

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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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