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ART Committee commits to new work programs; survey shows surprising results


An audience survey at the 2015 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, held 13-14 October in Amsterdam, showed that some attitudes toward automation are shifting significantly — and others are not. The annual automated-response system survey at this year’s event showed that the perception of industry’s greatest need has flipped 180 degrees. In booming 2014, the audience ranked “skilled manpower” number one, with 57% of the vote. Only 19% of respondents selected “higher levels of drill floor automation” — and this in an audience heavily weighted with automation technologists.

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New model can help identify leading indicators for system failures

Dr Prasanna Tamilselvan, Senior Reliability Engineer at Bureau Veritas, speaks at the 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Houston on 29 September. By following a methodology that includes data collection which analyzes past behaviors of a system, Dr Tamilselvan believes systems can avoid future failures.

The emerging field of prognostics and health management has been utilized to predict, and thereby prevent, failures in a number of industries, including aerospace and defense. “In oil and gas, we haven’t used prognostics and health management to predict the failures and to schedule the operation and maintenance activities based on failure predictions,” Dr Prasanna Tamilselvan, Senior Reliability Engineer at Bureau Veritas, said.

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