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US rig count grows by one

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The US rig count rose by one this week as oil companies idled three oil rigs and brought online four gas rigs, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. There are now 944 active rigs in the US. Of these, 923 are drilling on land and 16 offshore. Last year at this time, the US rig count stood at 508.

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MPD improves data collection, BOP service integrity life

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Conventional drilling methods often don’t provide enough data during the operation on pore/frac pressure and formation strength, and as a result, influxes are not detected until they reach the surface, Robert Ziegler, Global Director of Well Control Technology for Weatherford, said at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 23 August, Mr Ziegler explains how managed pressure drilling (MPD) can provide more data on the pressure window and flow anomalies to reduce the chances of a blowout. He also explains how MPD can impact the service integrity life of BOPs...

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Lessons from aviation: Monitoring system detects minute deviations from normal operations

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The aviation industry has been using airplane health management (AHM) systems to perform prognostic health monitoring of airplanes and related equipment for years. Such systems help airlines detect potential problems before they occur, which not only helps ensure safety but also helps with cost reductions and the avoidance of schedule delays...

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Maintenance regimen critical to increase equipment reliability, rig safety while reducing downtime

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Reactive approaches to equipment maintenance can still be commonly found in the drilling industry. However, more companies are now recognizing the importance of building a proactive maintenance strategy in order to increase equipment uptime, as well as safety. In this video with DC, Jennifer Eckert, Global Product Manager at Ingersoll Rand, outlines the difference between reactive, planned and preventative approaches to equipment maintenance, as well as key steps companies can take to build an effective maintenance strategy. Watch DC’s video with Ms Eckert from the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference, held in Houston on 22-23 August, to learn more...

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Digital transformation

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The drilling industry has always been known for having big iron – from drawworks to iron roughnecks, from top drives to blowout preventers. But in today’s digital oilfield, it’s no longer hardware that’s driving the biggest changes at the rig site. Rather, game-changing technologies on the horizon are now almost entirely digital. Predictive analytics, the Internet of things (IoT), machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just buzzwords. They refer to real technologies that are increasingly being adopted into the drilling industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs....

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Wider adoption of virtual, augmented reality on the horizon for drilling industry

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While virtual reality and augmented reality technologies have yet to be widely adopted, their potential to achieve cost reductions is significant, Jeff Sattler said in a presentation at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 22 August. In this video with DC, Mr Sattler discusses current applications of virtual reality in the drilling industry, the potential future applications of augmented reality, as well as hardware limitations that constrain these technologies’ wider deployment...

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Digitalization, data enable efficient vessel surveys, reduce out-of-service time

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Digitalization and big data hold significant potential to improving asset integrity and reliability, David McKay, Chief Surveyor Offshore for DNV GL, said at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 22 August. In this video with DC, Mr McKay discusses how data-driven innovations can...

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JIP adapts technologies from other industries to enable remote inspection of confined spaces

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Inspections of confined spaces and underwater inspections, such as hull inspections, that require the use of divers, expose people to HSE risks. The Hull Inspection Techniques and Strategy (HITS) Joint Industry Project has been adapting technologies from other industries, including the nuclear and gas pipeline industries, to allow these inspections to be performed remotely. Danny Constantinis, CEO of EM&I, an inspection and asset integrity organization, outlined some of the projects HITS has undertaken. In this video from the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 23 August, Mr Constantinis shares some of the safety and cost improvements the JIP’s projects have yielded. He also discusses alternatives the industry could consider to conventional methods for inspecting pressure systems...

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