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Shell pushes for more testing of rotating control devices

Posted on 04 March 2011 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

“I think there’s going to be a lot of testing and a new wave of development of rotating control heads,” David Elliott of Shell said during a presentation at the…

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Safety enhanced in NOV’s ST-120 iron roughneck

Posted on 15 October 2010 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News, Videos

Drilling Contractor attended a demonstration of National Oilwell Varco’s (NOV) ST-120 iron roughneck at one of its Houston manufacturing facilities…

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‘Multi machine control’ enhances automation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Drillfloor equipment controls and associated equipment on the latest generation of floating drilling vessels have evolved into a “system” of computer-controlled machines that are currently operated by multiple operators…

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Project-based approach, cooperation push Stena drillship performance to ‘best in class’

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

The challenges of bringing an enhanced deepwater drilling vessel design to market and into operations successfully in a high-activity market are immense…

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Contractor, vendor team up to improve training, fall protection, strength of derrick-riding basket

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October, Videos

Collaboration is a beautiful thing, especially when it extends beyond the parties involved to create a standard of practice for a safer workplace…

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JIP study on BOP reliability 2004-2006: subsea control systems were most prone to failure

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

In 2008, several industry groups created a task force to define the work scope for a joint industry project to study BOP reliability experienced for wells…

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Fuel consumption, overload capacity among critical criteria in selection of generator sets

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Modern horizontal drilling techniques used in oil and gas exploration require rugged, reliable and fuel-efficient on-site generator sets to supply electric power for the drawworks, drilling…

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Alarm management: 7 practices to help drillers prioritize warnings, prevent ambiguous displays

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Many drillers encounter thousands or tens of thousands of alarms per day – far more than recommended. When alarms are displayed at this frequency…

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Modular machine control may be next step to achieving integrated drilling control system

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

I once had a machine manufacturer tell me that his customers purchased his machines when their budget allowed it. This resulted in several standalone…

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Hydraulic vs electrical rig designs: pros and cons on floater heave compensation systems

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Oil exploration today has moved into more extreme environments, forcing technological advancement in drilling equipment. Increased stringencies regarding environmental…

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