At the 2022 Offshore Technology Conference on 2 May, IADC and ABESPetro, a Brazilian trade association representing oilfield service companies, signed an MOU signaling the two groups would collaborate to foster education and communication among stakeholders in Brazil’s upstream industry.
The goal is to facilitate opportunities for trade among drilling contractors, service providers and equipment manufacturers in Brazil. IADC and ABESPetro members will be encouraged to attend each other’s conference events and training courses and access each other’s professional network.
Rodrigo Ribeiro, who currently serves as President of ABESPetro, said the MOU will help both organizations optimize resources to address common goals. “There are many synergies that need to be addressed and that will affect both associations, like the oil and gas industry’s role in the energy transition, the sector’s attractiveness to new entrants, the improvement of the quality of services contracts and the reduction of risk transfer to service providers.”
Celine Martin and Guido van den Bos received IADC Exemplary Service Awards on 21 June at the IADC World Drilling 2022 Conference, held in Paris. The awards recognize Ms Martin’s and Mr van den Bos’ contributions to IADC and the industry.
Ms Martin serves as Rigs and Services Strategy Coordinator at TotalEnergies. She has been a member of the Program Committee for World Drilling since 2015 and for Drilling Africa since 2016.
Mr van den Bos works as NOV’s Marine and Construction Business Development Manager. He has served as a Program Committee member for the Advanced Rig Technology, Critical Issues for Unconventionals Europe, International Well Control and World Drilling conferences.
The IADC Drill Bit Grading Upgrade workgroup, working under the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, recently completed the first version of the revised IADC Bit Dull Grading Recommended Practice and is making it available for industry comment. This recommended practice is the result of more than 20 months of work by nearly 180 drilling industry professionals (rig owners, E&P companies, equipment providers and service companies).
The current IADC Drill Bit Grading process has served the industry for more than 25 years and allowed for significant advancements in drill bit technology, design and selection techniques. However, recent improvements in scanning and computing technologies have provided an opportunity to further refine this process to take advantage of modern tools.
This recommended practice provides the framework of a detailed dull grading process that is driven by accurate observation of damage on every cutter of a fixed cutter drill bit. This process can be performed manually by trained experts. However, it is expected to be significantly streamlined by the coming widespread adoption of automated drill bit scanning systems.
The updated recommended practice now also includes bottomhole assemblies, numerous use cases and a section on data collection and data management. In addition, it provides an improved format that could be used whenever individual cutter data is available. When individual cutter data is not available, the legacy system may still be used. The document also introduces minor revisions to the legacy system.
Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the recommended practice to ensure industry alignment. The commenting period will end on 1 August.
The IADC Australasia Chapter held its Annual General Meeting in Brisbane on 18 May. At the event, Ensign International Energy was recognized as the onshore winner of the chapter’s 2021 safety award, and Diamond Offshore was recognized as the offshore winner. Data collected from the seven participating companies showed zero fatalities and three lost-time incidents among the 4.1 million manhours worked last year.
Recognizing that it can be challenging for drilling contractors to receive prompt payment for services, IADC recently identified and licensed Data Gumbo as a vendor capable of providing smart contracting services – a solution designed to shorten the length of time from invoice to payment, with a daily review and approval process.
Smart contracts are self-executing contracts where the terms of agreement between buyer and seller are directly written into lines of code across a private, permission-based blockchain network. The code controls the execution, and transactions are trackable. They offer an opportunity to shorten the length of time from invoice to payment.
The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee recently issued V1.0 of the IADC Rig Sensor Stewardship Guidelines. The document, developed by ART’s Data, Controls and Sensors Subcommittee in collaboration with the IADC Maintenance Committee, is the result of more than 18 months of work by nearly 100 drilling industry professionals.
The development of the guidelines involved the evaluation of current rig sensor functions and opening up the guidelines for an industry comment period. Over the past year, professionals from rig owners, E&P companies, equipment providers and service companies evaluated, discussed and reviewed the methodology behind data sensors for drilling equipment.
Equipping companies with a set of recognized guidelines, developed by the industry for the industry, will help companies to ensure the quality of the sensors used in drilling operations.