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US rig count grows by one

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

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

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

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

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

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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