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Technology partnerships allowing industry to tap new expertise, unrealized potential of automation

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Companies moving to fully embrace digitalization as they realize that cost-cutting won’t lead to innovations the industry needs to face future challenges By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Etienne Roux is President, Drilling and Evaluation, for Weatherford. What do you consider to be the most critical issues facing the drilling industry today? It’s probably no surprise, but I think the two that stand out are still efficiency and safety. In today’s environment, those are the considerations that drive most decision-making in our industry. As an industry, over the past couple of years, we have achieved a lot of cost efficiency through a brute force approach of cost cutting. We’ve done all we can on that front. However, we can’t cost-cut ...

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Process automation may provide next performance differentiator in ultra-competitive shale market

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Right now, it’s survival. There are a lot of people struggling to make the money that is required for their businesses, and we have to think about how our businesses are going to evolve going forward. Everyone is having to work out how they can make money with minimal investment. One way is consolidation, which we’ll likely see more of in the coming years. Another way is to find lower-cost and more innovative ways to do things...

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Self-drilling modules aim to help operators scale up operations, deliver consistency

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To eliminate human error and reduce inefficiencies in drilling operations, AI Driller, an automation company that provides self-drilling applications, is gearing up to deliver a series of drilling modules, beginning with an ROP Module and Auto-Slider. The ROP Module, which is certified on National Oilwell Varco’s NOVOS platform, calculates the target weight on bit based on historical drilling data. The Auto-Slider, which is under field testing, applies autonomous directional drilling control for sliding with a conventional drilling motor based on inputs such as distance, inclination and release torque. Both technologies were presented at the IADC ART Spark Tank in December. In this video, DC speaks with CEO Marat Zaripov and COO Joel Dunn about the two modules and how they can ...

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Four strategies to consider in rig reactivations

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As the offshore drilling industry continues to face difficult economic conditions and an abundant rig oversupply, it’s important to take a strategic approach to rig stackings and reactivations. In a panel session at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference, Adrin Shafil Bin Ahmad Nasir, Drilling and Completions Manager for Petrofac Malaysia, presented four strategies to consider: condition normalization, taking ownership of the project, creating a safety culture early, and developing strong relationships. Watch DC’s video with Mr Shafil from the conference, held 24-25 January in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to learn more about these four strategies...

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DSM commences operations with mooring contract on Norwegian Continental Shelf

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Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, has commenced operations with the newly awarded contract to provide pre-lay mooring products and services to the Deepsea Bergen semi-submersible drilling rig on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Austrian oil & gas company OMV has deployed the semisubmersible rig to support drilling activities in the region.

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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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