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Cybersecurity exercise focused on awareness, detection, information sharing and initial response

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A cybersecurity table-top exercise was held at the office of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in New Orleans on 8 August, with strong participation from drilling contractors. Objectives for the exercise included discussing procedures for sharing information, exercising cyber incident notification procedures and examining plans/procedures for elevating the maritime security level of a cyber incident, said Captain Joshua Reynolds, US Coast Guard District 8 Outer Continental Shelf OCMI. In DC’s video with Captain Reynolds from the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 10 November, he explains the scope of the table-top exercise and key findings that resulted, as well as a critical recommendation for drilling contractors looking to improve their cybersecurity. Watch the video to learn more...

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ART Committee considers data quality challenges, electronic DDR

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The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee is moving forward with new projects on several fronts, including an initiative to digitize daily drilling reports (DDRs). In this video with DC, Robin Macmillan, Chairman of the IADC ART Committee, talks about potential future work plans being discussed within the ART group, as well as findings from an audience poll taken at the 2017 IADC ART Conference, held 24-25 October in Amsterdam.

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Madsen: Industry must embrace innovation, digitization to drive sustainable change

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The drilling industry must transform itself in order to reach a sustainable and lower level of cost for oil production, and this transformation can’t be achieved by making small improvements. “We need to rethink our approach to innovation,” Jorn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 24 October in Amsterdam. “We need to embrace digital solutions that can bring drilling productivity to the next level – and not only drilling productivity but also productivity in other parts of the value chain.” Further, to make the kind of significant improvements that are needed, companies must recognize that this is a commodity industry. “We, as an industry, need to ...

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Blockchain technology may contribute to evolution of drilling data sharing

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The current model of data sharing in the drilling industry is broken, Andrew Bruce, CEO of DataGumbo, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Amsterdam on 25 October. In this video with DC, Mr Bruce discusses how data sharing might evolve in the coming years, as well as alternative models for data sharing that are being enabled by emerging technologies like Blockchain. Also, read Mr Bruce’s article about data ownership and sharing from the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of DC.

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Artificial intelligence-enabled flexibility at heart of cognitive drilling platform

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor Schlumberger is in the final stages of commissioning its Rig of the Future, which should be commercial by early 2018, Arindam Bhattacharya, President of Schlumberger Land Rigs, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 25 October in Amsterdam. The rig brings together not only automation but also mechanization, including a central hoisting and rotating system, as well as an integrated fluid system that will help to integrate workflows like cementing and managed pressure drilling. Elements of the downhole system, like stick-slip mitigation, can also be optimized through automation. The Rig of the Future project was driven by the lower oil price environment and the desire to thrive, not just survive, in this ...

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AFGlobal showcases Active Control Device, debuts MPD test rig

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AFGlobal showcased several MPD technologies at its Houston facility on 12 October, including an active control device (ACD) for deepwater and offshore surface applications and a purpose-built rig for testing MPD scenarios. Bearings and rotating components are a common source of maintenance and failure in conventional rotating control devices used in MPD operations...

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System for automated pipe makeup, connection evaluation leads to consistency, efficiency

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When connections are made up manually, the results can be inconsistent. Last month, Weatherford released the AutoTong system to eliminate these inconsistencies and remove human inefficiencies from the connection makeup process. In this video from 10 October at the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, Scott McIntire, AutoTong Product Champion, explains how the system delivers consistent and precise connections. He also describes how the system provides real-time support to help the driller detect and mitigate connection anomalies...

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Inspection tool uses high-definition frequency to identify corrosion in up to five tubular strings

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Metal corrosion can cause serious well integrity issues and nonproductive time. Halliburton launched the Electromagnetic Xaminer V (EPX V), which can identify corrosion and casing defects in up to five strings, at the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. In this video from the conference on 10 October, Freeman Hill, Product Manager – Well and Reservoir Surveillance, describes how the EPX V uses high-definition frequency technology to provide a through understanding of pipe defects and metal loss throughout the well. He also discusses the various deployment methods, including slick line, for the system...

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DNV GL launches cybersecurity RP geared toward operational technologies

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The benefits of digitalization in the oil and gas industry are profound, but are also causing cyber risks to emerge. Almost 68% of oil and gas companies were affected by at least one significant cyber incident in 2016, and many attacks are assumed to be undetected or unpublished. Based on a joint industry project, DNV GL is now launching a globally applicable recommended practice (RP), DNVGL-RP-G108, addressing how oil and gas operators, together with system integrators and vendors, can manage the emerging cyber threat...

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Lessons from aviation: Monitoring system detects minute deviations from normal operations

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The aviation industry has been using airplane health management (AHM) systems to perform prognostic health monitoring of airplanes and related equipment for years. Such systems help airlines detect potential problems before they occur, which not only helps ensure safety but also helps with cost reductions and the avoidance of schedule delays...

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