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ADC using data to drive efficiencies in rig reactivations

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Although no one expects to see any market booms in the offshore drilling market within the next couple years, spots of rig reactivations signal hope for drilling contractors who still have a significant number of their rigs stacked in yards around the world. Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC) recently facilitated two such reactivations – one jackup and one semisubmersible – and the company recently opened an office in Houston, motivated by optimism for a recovery in the region. “I think the GOM, because it’s such a key area, will probably come back quicker than lots of other parts of the world,” said Austin Hay, President of ADC Americas...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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NOV, Saudi Aramco announce joint venture in Saudi Arabia

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National Oilwell Varco (NOV) announced entering into a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco to form a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. Through its state-of the art manufacturing and fabrication facilities and NOV’s market-leading drilling technologies, the joint venture will manufacture high-specification land rigs, rig and drilling equipment, and offer certain aftermarket services...

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Computer vision system developed to optimize tripping operations

Figure 2 shows the recorded times to move a given vertical distance on the pilot rig. The line shown along the lower end of the scattered dots represents the maximum dolly speed achieved on the rig. Using the computer vision system enables the time to correct a given height discrepancy to follow the lower line, which is a function only of machine speed and distance to move. With the vision system, the dolly can be moved directly to the correct height.

Optimization and automation of traditional rig-floor drilling processes are eliminating manual procedures that rely heavily on the individual, replacing conventional methods with automatic and intelligent systems. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) designed Strix vision solutions in response to demands in process automation, optimization and enhanced safety...

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Automation of surface equipment, dissolvable and shorter plugs push efficiency of fracturing operations

Terves’ Response Element DE 50 is a fully dissolvable polymer that is being used to make frac plugs.

Increasing use of water due to longer laterals and higher stage counts are also driving demand for more cost-effective water management solutions By Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor As operators push the number of stages per well to upwards of 75 or even 100 in some plays, they’re also demanding step-changes in the efficiency of hydraulic fracturing technologies and equipment, including associated technologies like water management systems. A significant area of focus has been on reducing plug mill-out time, with more dissolvable technologies coming to the market, as well as the development of shorter plugs with less material to mill through. Technologies are also emerging to automate the surface operations of hydraulic fracturing. While the industry has made significant progress in ...

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