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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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Diamond Offshore develops Floating Factory drillship concept using lean manufacturing principles

Diamond Offshore developed the Floating Factory concept to eliminate waste and reduce costs for offshore drilling, James Hebert, Director of Operations and Technical Support, said on 14 March at the 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference. The design includes a dual mud pit system and 50% more deck space compared with typical sixth-generation rigs.

By Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor  As part of its efforts to lower offshore drilling costs, Diamond Offshore has developed the Floating Factory drillship concept. The rig features a Huisman drill tower, a dual mud pit system and 50% more rig space than typical sixth-generation drillships, James Hebert, Director of Operations and Technical Support for Diamond Offshore, said. “We all agree that we need to reduce well delivery times and improve the economics to try to drive the costs of offshore development,” Mr Hebert said in a presentation on 14 March at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference The Hague, The Netherlands. “We’re trying to take a step back from how we previously looked at rig designs and trying to see what we ...

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New drill bit adjusts to downhole conditions for smoother, faster drilling

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Baker Hughes’ newly released TerrAdapt adaptive drill bit is expected to deliver dramatic improvements in drilling economics by using automation to mitigate downhole dysfunctions that cause inefficient drilling and costly tool failures. With the industry’s first self-adjusting depth-of-cut (DOC) control elements, the TerrAdapt bit automatically changes its aggressiveness based on the formation through which it is drilling to mitigate vibrations, stick-slip and impact loading...

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UT Austin-based drilling automation consortium builds data visualization templates, develops data-driven top drive monitoring techniques

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Although automated drilling has been a popular discussion topic among drilling engineers for much of the past decade, practical solutions have been slow to emerge. Since its launch in May 2015, the University of Texas-based Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium has worked to speed the pace of automated drilling innovations by delivering pragmatic and immediately applicable solutions to some of the drilling industry’s most pressing issues...

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IADC Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee releases Alarm Management Guidelines

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The IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee, which operates under the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, has published the IADC Drilling Control System Alarm Management Guidelines. “The guidelines provide a baseline of recommendations for best practices on how drilling contractors can approach alarm management and drilling control systems,” said Christopher Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems. Mr Goetz serves on a working group of subcommittee members that is leading development of the guidelines.

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