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Oil and Gas Innovation Centre takes on new digitalization-related research projects

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is supporting three new research projects centered on how digitalization can improve efficiency and provide cost savings to the oil and gas industry. Three companies have teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Computing Science and Digital Media to carry out research into the digital transformation of the oilfield.   “Digitalization is key to a sustainable oil and gas industry,” Ian Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of OGIC, said. “Successful automation and integration of a huge range of tasks across many aspects of the exploration and production cycle, are now possible through the ability to rapidly process vast quantities of data in very short periods of time”  “OGIC is supporting three projects researching new approaches ...

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NOV introduces shaker system with 90-second screen replacement time

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently launched SABRE, a modular shaker system based on a scalable platform that can be easily changed from a single deck to a double deck and from a double deck to a triple deck shaker. The upgrade can be done in the field, without the need to change out the complete shaker system, according to Richard Manning, Product Manager of Equipment for NOV. Further, by reducing the weight of the shaker’s screens to 14 lb, NOV was able to get screen replacement time down to about 90 seconds, Mr Manning said at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman talks with Mr Manning ...

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Wireless wellsite monitoring system could reduce NPT and tripping hazards

Current wellsite operations may create many types of real-time load and pressure monitoring data, but the transmission of that data from load cells is still primarily done by wireline – and transmission cables are not only a tripping hazard for personnel, but cable breakage is a common cause of NPT. To address these ongoing challenges, Strainstall – a UK-based mechanical and industrial engineering firm – developed Wellsite Monitoring Solutions, a wire and cable less monitoring system. Jim Profit, Business Development Manager for Strainstall, introduced the system on 16 August at the IADC ART Spark Tank, a forum for technology developers to present their innovations to a panel of operators and drilling contractors. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman ...

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EM&I introduces ’20 year plan’ for hull inspections

Most floating offshore assets have to have periodic surveys every 2.5 and 5 years to satisfy class society requirements. This can disrupt normal operations, as the tanks, valves and hull must be made available for inspections at these times. The concept of the “20-year plan” is a direct result of EM&I‘s ODIN diverless Under Water Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) technology, not requiring divers to carry out underwater hull surveys at the prescribed periods, allowing the inspections to be scheduled over a 20-year period. This approach benefits both the operators and class societies, as the operator does not suffer from disruptions to normal operations, and the class society get regular and high-quality information about the asset. Every aspect of the ...

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Open-source technology could reduce time and cost required to develop digital technologies

By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Open-source software has enabled other industries to fast-track technology development by allowing companies to build on the work that other companies have done. “It has accelerated growth for so many other industries, and it’s about time that we did the same,” Theresa Baumgartner, Drilling Research Engineer for Shell, said at the Q2 2018 IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum in Houston on 13 June. Open-source software, which could be used for real-time drilling analytics and automation, may help operators and drilling contractors quickly adopt these technologies and build onto them with new algorithms. However, if open source is to become common place in the industry, companies must change how they view competition and ...

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Transocean keeps focus on business strategy, customer alignment as it embraces ‘creative destruction’ through digital transformation

Sometimes innovation emerges from new technologies that enable a novel product offering or expansion of an existing product line. However, the most successful innovation takes root in new thinking, a new twist, a new angle or a paradigm shift that is aligned with business strategy to deliver value. As businesses and industries digitally transform, the driving force should be business strategy, with technology playing the fundamental role in the innovation process...

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Drilling in the digital age: A new world begins to take shape

In a digital world, it’s software, not big iron, that’s driving hefty changes in well planning and construction, workflows, training, security By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor In 1965, Gordon Moore, one of the co-founders of Intel, predicted that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years. In other words, he believed that computing power would double every two years. According to a study released in 2015 by information technology group Experts Exchange in honor of the 50th anniversary of Mr Moore’s prediction – now known as Moore’s Law –  computing power actually increased a trillion-fold between 1965 and 2015. That means that the smartphones we can fit in our hands today are more powerful ...

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Adoption of data infrastructure, data-centric disciplines empowers OEM in digital transformation

Digital journey focuses on developing applications that drive tangible impacts on financial performance By Gilbert Chahine, National Oilwell Varco The performance of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), service companies, drilling contractors and operators alike will be bolstered through adoption of digitization and data-driven technologies, provided that adoption focuses more on the financial outcome rather than the technological outcome. Such adoption, in fact, is rapidly accelerating, with a large pool of open-source technologies and service providers readily accessible to those looking to make a change. “Digital” must not be a buzzword, though, but rather a meaningful way of impacting cost structures and using data to improve bottom-line – and potentially top-line – financial performance. What is digital and why now? National Oilwell ...

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