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The case for non-OEM repairs: a missed cost reduction opportunity?

Non-OEM makes case for reexamining engrained beliefs about equipment repairs, urges industry to gain knowledge of alternatives in supply chain By Craig Fraser and Paul Naysmith, RigQuip Non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) repair of drilling equipment is an often-controversial subject, with the drilling industry seemingly split down the middle. For various reasons, some do, and some don’t. This article will discuss and explore the differences between OEM and non-OEM repairs and present one company’s view, along with two case studies where an operator and drilling contractor chose to go non-OEM. The latest API repair standards, API Q2 and API 16AR, will also be discussed and presented. Introduction One cost reduction opportunity that is sometimes overlooked in the oil industry supply chain is ...

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Putting people first: Oil and gas industry should consider a system thinking approach to IIoT revolution

Leaders must realize that digital transformation will be 20% technology and 80% how people work together By John F. Carrier, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Michael Fry, Deepwater Subsea “Are you digitalizing your business?” This is the question that people working in the field are being asked at every available opportunity. But is this the right question that the industry should be asking? While it is a good question, perhaps a better question is: “How do we lead our organization through the current digital transformation?” Unlike previous waves of innovation, there is little in the way of proprietary technology or access to capital that may be used to gain a strategic advantage. Instead, the winners will be determined by ...

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Drilling Systems launches new technology to revolutionize training for jackup rigs

Drilling Systems has launched new technology which will revolutionize the way drilling crews are trained for jackup rigs, helping to raise competency and drilling standards across the world. The cutting-edge technology comprises state-of-the-art software, which mirrors all the operations of a jackup rig, and is used in conjunction with the company’s unique On-the-Rig (OTR) simulator system. OTR is a mobile simulator with the capabilities of a full-size simulator, which can be easily transported into the field and used at the worksite, regardless of how remote the location. It can also be fully customized to any rig or operating system and used with or without an instructor.  This innovation means simulator training and assessments for jackup rig operators can take place on the rig for ...

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Control system concerns trend up as industry reactivates sixth-gen rigs

As the drilling industry begins to reactivate some sixth-generation drilling rigs, lessons are being learned about the concerns being identified, whether electrical, mechanical or relating to control systems. Chris Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems, noted that he has seen a trend in increasing concerns around control systems. The percentage of concerns that are characterized as critical have also risen during these rig reactivations. To find out more, watch this video from the 2018 IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference on 16 October in Mexico City.

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Lidar technology enables red zone management solution on offshore rigs

Seadrill has developed a red zone management solution that uses Lidar, a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. These Lidar modules, which have already been implemented on the West Neptune, were discussed in a presentation by Luis Mariano, Director of HSSEQ for Seadrill, at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 26 September.

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Advanced planning, collaboration with law enforcement can help companies achieve better cybersecurity resilience

Cybersecurity breaches often go unreported for many reasons, but companies should consider the negative and long-term impacts of letting such crimes go unreported, said Eamonn Keane, Head of Cybersecurity and Innovation for the Scottish Business Resilience Center. Mr Keane spoke on a cybersecurity panel at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 26 September in Amsterdam. In this video, he speaks with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh about the common challenges that law enforcement encounters when investigating cyber crimes, how companies can achieve cybersecurity resilience, as well as how industry can collaborate with law enforcement to improve cybersecurity for all.

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New BOP concept removes all hydraulics, halves weight of BOP

Norway-based Electrical Subsea & Drilling has developed a light BOP technology concept with electrical actuation and controls. The technology allows the weight of the BOP to be reduced by approximately half compared with typical BOP weights today, said company CEO John Dale at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Q3 2018 Technology Forum on 19 September in Houston. Watch the video to find out more about the new technology concept.

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UT Austin collaborates on self-learning auto driller app

One of the bleeding edge areas in innovation and rig automation taking place is in the field of self-learning drilling programs. The University of Texas at Austin is pioneering the development of a self-learning drilling application designed to find optimal drilling parameters. The algorithm runs on the NOVOS operating system, which was developed by National Oilwell Varco. Dr Parham Pournazari, a research post-doc at UT, described the self-learning drilling program at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman discusses the new application with Dr Pournazari. For more information about the auto driller app, please read the latest article in the September/October 2018 issue of DC.

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Canrig plans offshore field-test of drill floor robotics

A new generation of electric, drill floor robots can make significant reductions in the time required to perform manual operations on an offshore rig. Canrig Robotic Technologies AS is planning to field-test a new three-robot system on a semisubmersible offshore Norway in December 2018. In laboratory tests, the robots were able to reduce key performance indicators across five manual tasks, from the handling of lifting subs to picking up and laying down of drill pipe, according to Canrig Robotic Technologies AS CEO Lars Raunholt. Mr Raunholt described this new line of next-gen robots at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman discusses the new technology with Mr ...

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Gardner Denver releases newest pressure pumping fluid end technology

Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps has launched the pressure-pumping fluid end technology GDNX. “The GDNX follows Gardner Denver’s legacy of product innovation and superior product quality,” Larry Kerr, Vice President/GM, said. “We’re proud to offer our customers a fluid end showcasing a combination of our highest performing components, ensuring a quality product that outperforms and stands up in today’s demanding fracking environment.” GDNX features include: Redline consumables. This series of aftermarket parts extend product life by up to 3.5 times. Superior fatigue life. Patent-pending cross-bore design that reduces operating stress and maintenance intervals by 3.5 times compared with competitors. Compatibility. Fit, form and function of the GDNX are the same as the SGWS series, meaning it’s a direct fit to existing 2250/2500 pumps. Proven Falcon ...

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