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Bridging the communications gap in rig automation

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

IADC Drilling Control Systems subcommittee, SPE DSATS group set out to create reference roadmap to achieve full rig automation, define communication protocols needed for downhole, surface integration…

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Rig NPT: the ugly truth

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

NPT, the familiar acronym for nonproductive time, is a three-letter word, but it might as well be a four-letter word to drilling contractors and operators, considering the negative connotations that come with it. Perhaps the negativity is well deserved. NPT brings to mind money wasted, time wasted, failures…

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Control systems integration an ongoing challenge

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Tim Juran, Seadrill Americas. Seadrill has delivered eight modern, highly sophisticated deepwater newbuilds in the last 15-18 months. What are the key challenges you’ve faced in doing that? …

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Smart drilling a must as wells push technical limit

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Ron Toufeeq, Pride International. Ron Toufeeq is senior vice president of operations, asset management and engineering for Pride International. What are some of the most critical issues facing the drilling and completion industry in…

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Automation’s learning curve must be overcome

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances

Critical D&C issues with Ed Kautz, Ensign Energy Services. Implementing automation technologies and equipment on land drilling rigs is still not universally accepted. Are you a believer in technology and automation? …

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Top drives key to better jackup performance

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Matt Ralls is president and CEO of Rowan Companies. He is also the 2010 IADC vice chairman. What do you see as some of the most critical technology challenges facing the drilling and completion industry today? Rowan is a jackup and…

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IMO MODU Code update nears completion, formal adoption; IADC set to provide companion document in early 2010

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling Rigs & Automation, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

After a nearly five-year effort, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is expected to adopt an updated version of the IMO MODU Code next month…

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Automated system provides well control for extreme drilling environments, enhances MPD

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

The essence of well control is information. Ideally, downhole information facilitates a knowledgeable, expert response to prevent a costly or even…

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Weatherford International and ENI have entered an agreement to develop a subsea drilling-with-casing system. It will enable a 20-in. casing string…

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Hybrid heave drilling technology reduces emissions, operating costs for offshore drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Many electro-mechanical cyclical processes could potentially benefit from the use of an energy storage system able to absorb, store and relinquish large amounts of energy…

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