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The theme is extreme at 11 November DEC Tech Forum

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The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) will hold “Extreme Drilling,” the group’s Q4 Technology Forum, on 11 November in Houston. The DEC is led by Chairman Keith Lynch, ConocoPhillips. Presentations at the technology forum include: Remotely Operated Cementing Methods for Drilling with Liner Installations, Steve Rosenberg, Weatherford; Drilling Motors for 300C Geothermal Wells, Dave Epplin, Baker Hughes; Drilling & Completion Challenges from an Ongoing Central North Sea HPHT Field Development, Bill Burch, Mercury Well Control; Aluminum Alloy Enhanced Drill String Enables Small Rig to Reach KOP in the Marcellus, Saving Operator $500k, Jeff Lehner, Alcoa Energy Systems; Overview of "Driller's Knowledge Book," Juan Garcia, Worldwide Drilling Manager, ExxonMobil emeritus; and Sakhalin ERD Challenges, Mike Walker, ExxonMobil.

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ART Committee commits to new work programs; survey shows surprising results

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An audience survey at the 2015 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, held 13-14 October in Amsterdam, showed that some attitudes toward automation are shifting significantly — and others are not. The annual automated-response system survey at this year’s event showed that the perception of industry’s greatest need has flipped 180 degrees. In booming 2014, the audience ranked “skilled manpower” number one, with 57% of the vote. Only 19% of respondents selected “higher levels of drill floor automation” — and this in an audience heavily weighted with automation technologists.

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Opportunities, hurdles line industry’s path to making subsea equipment smarter

There are relatively few sensor suppliers in the subsea field, and a need exists for sensors to be developed to meet the demands of the harsh deepwater environment. Such developments take time, can cost significant sums and, if pursued without regard to the benefits of standardization, will lead to multiple solutions of different sizes, using different connectors and implementing different protocols and, thereby, lead to a lack of interchangeability.

To support increases in safety, reliability and operational economics, equipment used in the oil and gas industry must be made smarter. How is this going to be achieved, e.g. how will original equipment manufacturers (OEM) instrument both old and new equipment? Where are the new sensors going to come from? Condition-based monitoring (CBM) and predictive maintenance systems such as Cameron’s Cognition utilize new sensors fitted to subsea systems.

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