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Operators, drilling contractors gather for IADC well control/CRM workshop

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As IADC prepares to launch its WellSharp Plus well control training accreditation program, the association invited stakeholders from across the industry to a workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities for evolving and improving the industry’s approach to well control training. The event was held at the Maersk Training facility in Houston on 18 May. DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh spoke with several participants at the workshop – Jason Pittman, Principal Instructor, Drilling Simulator for Rowan Companies; David Lobdell, BP Competence Management Manager; and Paulo Bernardo Moritz, Simulation Training Specialist for Noble Corp – to get their thoughts on the importance of incorporating crew resource management (CRM) into its training, as well as the importance of investing in people and their development even in a difficult market. Watch the video for more information...

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Digital technologies to enable lower cost-of-supply to sustain unconventionals revolution

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The US has greatly benefitted from the unconventionals revolution, in terms of the economy, energy security and the environment, Greg Leveille, Chief Technology Officer for ConocoPhillips, said at the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference in Houston on 17 May. To sustain the success of this revolution, the industry must continue to make rapid developments in technologies like horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation. The digital technology revolution, which is already under way, is also expected to allow operators to adopt a more data-driven approach to decision making and provide new insights, leading to additional progress in lowering cost-of-supply. Watch DC’s video with Mr Leveille for more details...

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Hazard hunts help rig crews to recognize potential hazards, need to stop job

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Although drilling contractors empower every employee on the rig to stop the job if they notice a hazard, in some situations employees choose to continue with their tasks even amid unsafe conditions. Often, this is because employees don’t recognize the hazard they’re up against, Kenny Baker, Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference in Houston on 17 May. In this video from the conference, Mr Baker explains the approach Cactus has implemented to help employees better identify hazards on the rig. He also discusses the value of making safety personal, by making rig employees consider the impact that an on-the-job injury or fatality can impact a family or community...

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US Bureau of Land Management working to replace Waste Prevention Rule, streamline permit processing

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Following secretarial orders from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and executive orders from President Donald Trump, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the midst of rolling back regulations that negatively impact oil and gas drilling. In this video from the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 17 May in Houston, Sheila Mallory, Deputy State Director, Minerals for the BLM, discusses the agency’s priorities for the near term, including improving processing time of drilling permit applications on BLM lands. She also explains BLM’s plans to replace the Waste Prevention Rule governing methane emissions...

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Next-generation fluid end technology reduces operating stress

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Gardner Denver has developed a next-generation version of its SGWS fluid-end technology used in hydraulic fracturing, designed for extended service life. In this video from the 2018 OTC, Greg Hash, Director of Engineering for Gardner Denver, explains some of the design changes that were made that enable the new fluid end to reduce operating stress. He also discusses the company’s Falcon technology, which is built into the fluid end and helps reduce maintenance time...

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Collaborative platform condenses well planning from weeks to days

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With so many parties involved in the well planning process, if one party makes changes to the plan, it can take some time before every party is aware of changes for the plan to be updated. Last year, Schlumberger launched the DrillPlan application on its Delfi cognitive E&P platform to streamline the well planning process. In this video from the 2018 OTC on 2 May, Billy-Dean Gibson, Director of Digital Drilling at Schlumberger, explains how the application integrates the various workflows involved in well planning to condense the planning process from weeks to days. He also discusses some of the efficiency gains that DrillPlan, which has been used on more than 200 wells, has enabled...

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Dual-purpose winch combines personnel, equipment lifting capabilities

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Drilling contractors often must install separate winch systems for lifting equipment and lifting people. This can lead to loss of valuable real estate on the rig floor, which is particularly challenging on land rigs. Ingersoll Rand has developed a dual-purpose winch for land rigs that combines man- and equipment-lifting capabilities into a single winch. In this video from 1 May at the 2018 OTC in Houston, Gus Calvera, Product Manager and Marketing Lead for Materials Systems at Ingersoll Rand, explains how the winch can be switched between personnel and equipment lifting modes. He also discusses the associated safety benefits...

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