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Proposed JIP would create standard for sensor verification and validation

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As the drilling industry increasingly relies on sensor data to feed rig automation, it’s essential to ensure sensor accuracy. However, there is currently no industry standard for independently verifying and validating sensor accuracy, Maria Araujo, R&D Manager for Southwest Research Institute, said at an IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Technology Forum on 21 March in Houston. Southwest Research Institute is proposing a new joint industry project (JIP) to establish such a standard. In this video from the forum, Ms Araujo outlines the timeline and key deliverables of the first phase of this three-phase JIP, including prioritizing the sensors to be validated and verified. She also explains how companies can get involved in the JIP...

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OPT, Eni sign agreement to provide PB3 PowerBuoy for subsea oil and gas operations

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Ocean Power Technologies has announced that it has signed an agreement with Eni,to supply a PB3 PowerBuoy for a demonstration of one of Eni’s subsea oil and gas operations. The agreement provides for a minimum 24-month contract that includes an 18-month PB3 PowerBuoy lease and associated project management. OPT will also provide deployment support, remote data collection and monitoring. The project is expected to commence in March 2018...

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New third-party software offers digital solution to raise drilling efficiency

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DNV GL will add a new third party software solution to Veracity, its open industry data platform, that is based on cleaned data collected from 80,000 oil and gas wells. AGR has agreed to host its iQx software on the platform, which contains information that is vital to companies selecting locations of wells. Users, such as drilling engineers, can access information on numerous metrics including geology and bit performance, enabling them to make smarter and more efficient operational decisions...

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Real-time operations centers drive standardization, best practices

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The combination of real-time operations centers and new technologies like automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping drilling contractors to standardize their operations and measure themselves against best practices. Nabors Drilling and its subsidiary, Canrig Drilling Technology, have been leveraging the internet of things and real-time operations centers to push drilling performance to the next level. In this video from 7 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Seth Robert, Director of Southern Operations for Canrig, explains how real-time operations centers have evolved over the years, particularly with the adoption of automation, advanced analytics and AI. He also discusses how this evolution is impacting the skill set needed from field service technicians...

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Real-time optimization partnership yields faster connection times, higher ROPs

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Data collected during the drilling process can, if properly analyzed, shed light on trends and opportunities to optimize operations. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) developed INFORM, an offering under its eVolve Optimization Service, to leverage this data and provide optimization support and advice to operators. Recently, NOV partnered with a US operator to provide real-time remote optimization services. In this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Ricardo Borjas, Director-Drilling Optimization Services for NOV, explains some of the challenges operators face when setting up real-time optimization centers – including a high initial investment – and how NOV was able to tackle these challenges. He also discusses some of the results the partnership was able to achieve, including improved connection times and higher rates of penetration...

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Drilling Ahead: Digital transformation kicks into high gear on offshore rigs

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On 22 February, Noble Corp announced that it had launched, in collaboration with GE, the world’s first digital drilling vessel. It is a remarkable milestone in the drilling industry’s ongoing digital revolution as offshore drilling contractors – still plagued by a weak market and miserable dayrates – seek innovative and sustainable methods of cost reduction...

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BSEE-sponsored report on subsea bolting technology released

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In an effort to address a recurring problem with faulty connectors in critical safety equipment, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) commissioned a National Academy of Engineering study on the matter in September 2016. After 18 months of study, the report entitled “High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations” was published Friday...

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