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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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Selective standardization approach could help industry sidestep market barriers, achieve full automation

Figure 4: An open-platform master control system with the ability to facilitate “plug & play” across equipment from different vendors is the single most significant enabler of drilling automation.

Drilling standardization, collaboration and automation have become major buzzwords in the industry in recent years, promising higher reliability, improved safety, increased efficiency and decreased costs. Due to the complexity associated with the automation of rig floor equipment, however, full automation of processes and equipment will not be possible until there is a higher level of collaboration and standardization...

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Jørn Madsen: Industry must embrace collaboration, automation to compete with other energy sources

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By Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor In a cyclical industry like oil and gas, downturns are an unfortunate reality. When downturns hit, the industry always works to cut costs, but they inevitably rise again in the next upturn. However, this cycle may prove different, Jørn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said in the plenary session at the 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 15 March. “I think we’re facing a new reality,” he said. “We will not just be competing against each other. We will be competing against other energy forms like solar and wind, and that means that the oil industry, if we don’t change, will lose and lose fast.” Increased collaboration and automation could help ...

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Considering its complexity, oil and gas industry is not as slow to innovate as many think

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The drilling industry has long been labeled as being slow to embrace new technologies and innovation. However, that may not be an accurate characterization of the industry, Ekaterina Minyaeva, Drilling Automation, Subsurface and Wells Consultant at OTM Consulting, said in a presentation at the 2017 SPE DSATS/IADC ART symposium on 13 March in The Hague, The Netherlands...

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Data analysis, visualization project develops drilling engineers of the future

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As big data and automation play increasingly significant roles in drilling operations, the skill sets required of drilling engineers of the future are also changing. For one, they will need to be adept at data analysis, Dr Eric van Oort, Consortium Director for the RAPID program at UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, said at the 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands...

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