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Challenges, limitations must be understood before industry can fully leverage data mining

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Data mining is defined as the computing process of discovering patterns in large data sets involving methods at the intersection of machine learning, statistics and database systems. How to best leverage data mining is something that the drilling industry is still trying to determine. In this video from the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 29 June in Amsterdam, Christian Herbig, Project Engineer at the Baker Hughes Celle Technology Center in Germany, discusses the main challenges to leveraging big data in drilling, as well as benefits/limitations of data mining...

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Wired drill pipe enables automation, optimization of drilling process

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Maersk Drilling and National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently collaborated on a project in the Norwegian North Sea in which wired drill pipe technology was installed and deployed on a jackup to improve the drilling process. The details of this project were discussed in a presentation at the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 28 June in Amsterdam. The presentation was jointly delivered by Sarah Balangalibun, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Maersk Drilling, and Sanna Zainoune, Senior Dynamic Drilling Solutions Engineer with NOV. In this video with DC, Ms Balangalibun and Ms Zainoune talk about the challenges on this Norwegian field that led to the implementation of wired drill pipe technology, specific applications that were deployed the rig, as well as results achieved. Watch the video to learn more...

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Companies should leverage data to make people, not machines, smarter

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When talking about big data, the focus is often on using it to improve machine or software capabilities. However, the goal of big data should actually be to enable better human decision-making, Amit Mehta, Chief Excellence Officer for data analytics company Moblize, said at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Technology Forum, held on 14 June in Houston. In this video with DC, Mr Mehta explains how engineers can use big data to improve their performance and separate fact from fiction...

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ONGC awards contract to Vantage Drilling’s Platinum Explorer

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Vantage Drilling announced that its ultra-deepwater drillship, the Platinum Explorer, has received a letter of award for a three-year contract from Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC). The Platinum Explorer is planned to mobilize to India in the fourth quarter of 2017. Expected revenues over the three-year contract term, exclusive of service tax, are approximately $118 million...

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ADC using data to drive efficiencies in rig reactivations

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Although no one expects to see any market booms in the offshore drilling market within the next couple years, spots of rig reactivations signal hope for drilling contractors who still have a significant number of their rigs stacked in yards around the world. Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC) recently facilitated two such reactivations – one jackup and one semisubmersible – and the company recently opened an office in Houston, motivated by optimism for a recovery in the region. “I think the GOM, because it’s such a key area, will probably come back quicker than lots of other parts of the world,” said Austin Hay, President of ADC Americas...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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NOV, Saudi Aramco announce joint venture in Saudi Arabia

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National Oilwell Varco (NOV) announced entering into a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco to form a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. Through its state-of the art manufacturing and fabrication facilities and NOV’s market-leading drilling technologies, the joint venture will manufacture high-specification land rigs, rig and drilling equipment, and offer certain aftermarket services...

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