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New members named to WCI board

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The IADC Executive Committee has confirmed the nominations of three new members to the Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors. Dr Tom Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has taken the place of David Williams, who recently retired from Noble Drilling. Mike Holcomb, President of Patterson-UTI Drilling, has replaced John Lindsay of Helmerich & Payne. Thom Roller, Director of Worldwide Drilling for Apache, has taken the place of Roger Jenkins of Murphy. Both Mr Lindsay’s and Mr Jenkins’ terms on the Board had expired...

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Real-time operations centers drive standardization, best practices

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The combination of real-time operations centers and new technologies like automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping drilling contractors to standardize their operations and measure themselves against best practices. Nabors Drilling and its subsidiary, Canrig Drilling Technology, have been leveraging the internet of things and real-time operations centers to push drilling performance to the next level. In this video from 7 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Seth Robert, Director of Southern Operations for Canrig, explains how real-time operations centers have evolved over the years, particularly with the adoption of automation, advanced analytics and AI. He also discusses how this evolution is impacting the skill set needed from field service technicians...

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Rotary steerable designed for North American pad drilling features digital control, drilling dynamic sensors

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At the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 6 March, Scout Downhole unveiled its new Rotary Steerable Scout technology. The RSS features the mechanical framework of the company’s Vertical Scout rotary steerable, with added digital controls by Sanvean Technologies. In this video from the conference, Steve Jones, President of Sanvean Technologies, explains how the digital controls and drilling dynamic sensors were added to the tool and how these additions impact its performance. He also discusses a testing program that took place in West Texas to prove the reliability of the new RSS...

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Hybrid drill bit with recessed cutters, increased blade counts designed to dig beyond the curve

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Since launching the original Kymera hybrid drill bit in 2011, Baker Hughes, a GE company, has been expanding the bit’s capabilities. The latest iteration, the Kymera Mach 4, was launched in early 2018 and has been designed to drill every section of the well at a high rate of penetration (ROP) with low wear and tear. BHGE increased the blade count on the bit, improving lateral stability and reducing damage and wear on the bit, Shelly Cory, Kymera Product Line Manager, explains in this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. She also discusses how new recessed cutters help improve cuttings evacuation and contribute to extended bit life. Further, she outlines how the bit has enabled increased ROPs and saved bit runs in Oman and the Permian...

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Economics, additional value must be considered before deploying 3D printing

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As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technologies evolve, the oil and gas drilling industry is increasingly exploring potential applications and benefits, such as less time to market and faster deployment of design changes. The technology can also be valuable when it comes to time-critical part replacements, said Dietmar Reicht, Head of Future Markets for the Special Steel Division at steel-based technology and capital goods group voetsalpine. Mr Reicht was among five panelists at the plenary session at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 March. However, despite the many possible benefits, companies should only pursue 3D printing when it provides added value, he cautioned. Watch DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh’s interview with Mr Reicht to learn more...

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Real-time optimization partnership yields faster connection times, higher ROPs

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Data collected during the drilling process can, if properly analyzed, shed light on trends and opportunities to optimize operations. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) developed INFORM, an offering under its eVolve Optimization Service, to leverage this data and provide optimization support and advice to operators. Recently, NOV partnered with a US operator to provide real-time remote optimization services. In this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Ricardo Borjas, Director-Drilling Optimization Services for NOV, explains some of the challenges operators face when setting up real-time optimization centers – including a high initial investment – and how NOV was able to tackle these challenges. He also discusses some of the results the partnership was able to achieve, including improved connection times and higher rates of penetration...

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