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EY poll shows disconnects between oil and gas industry, general public

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Perceptions matter, and there continue to be major disconnects between how the oil and gas industry perceives itself and public perceptions. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November, Deborah Byers, US Oil and Gas Leader for EY, presented results from the company’s Oil and Gas Perception Poll, conducted early this year. A total of 1,204 Americans ages 16 and older were surveyed, along with 109 oil and gas executives. The findings illuminate the need to change public perception to secure the future of the industry. Watch the video to learn about the survey’s results...

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Cybersecurity exercise focused on awareness, detection, information sharing and initial response

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A cybersecurity table-top exercise was held at the office of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in New Orleans on 8 August, with strong participation from drilling contractors. Objectives for the exercise included discussing procedures for sharing information, exercising cyber incident notification procedures and examining plans/procedures for elevating the maritime security level of a cyber incident, said Captain Joshua Reynolds, US Coast Guard District 8 Outer Continental Shelf OCMI. In DC’s video with Captain Reynolds from the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 10 November, he explains the scope of the table-top exercise and key findings that resulted, as well as a critical recommendation for drilling contractors looking to improve their cybersecurity. Watch the video to learn more...

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ART Committee considers data quality challenges, electronic DDR

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The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee is moving forward with new projects on several fronts, including an initiative to digitize daily drilling reports (DDRs). In this video with DC, Robin Macmillan, Chairman of the IADC ART Committee, talks about potential future work plans being discussed within the ART group, as well as findings from an audience poll taken at the 2017 IADC ART Conference, held 24-25 October in Amsterdam.

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Blockchain technology may contribute to evolution of drilling data sharing

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The current model of data sharing in the drilling industry is broken, Andrew Bruce, CEO of DataGumbo, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Amsterdam on 25 October. In this video with DC, Mr Bruce discusses how data sharing might evolve in the coming years, as well as alternative models for data sharing that are being enabled by emerging technologies like Blockchain. Also, read Mr Bruce’s article about data ownership and sharing from the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of DC.

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Procedural adherence teams help align employee, company values and reduce incidents

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The industry’s traditional approaches to investigating and preventing incidents – including audits and reports – don’t work, Jerold Timpson, President of Kaufman Global, said in a presentation at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. These methods rely on human memory, which is fallible, and often require people to incriminate themselves, which they’re unwilling to do, he explained in a video from the conference on 17 October. In the video, he also discusses the benefits of using procedural adherence teams to align values and reduce incidents...

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To address human factors, industry must improve implementation

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The oil and gas industry is now devoting significantly more time and energy to accounting for human factors when writing procedures and creating new training programs. However, human factors is not new to the industry. Groups like the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have been looking into human factors for 20 years, Chris Hawkes, Safety Director for IOGP, said during a panel session at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. Events like Macondo have brought this discipline into even sharper focus, he added. In this video from the conference on 17 October, Mr Hawkes explains why their industry needs to better account for how human performance is impacted by the need for social survival. He also discusses how the industry, which is excellent at developing recommendations and guidance, can be better at their implementation....

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To navigate downturn, Vantage Drilling focuses on safety, putting rigs back to work and cost reductions

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When Ihab Toma took over Vantage Drilling as CEO last year, the company had just recently emerged from a Chapter 11 process with a modern rig fleet and strong operations team but with only three rigs contracted. As CEO, Mr Toma said he worked to refocus the company on what he called the three “wildly important goals” (WIGs): having stellar safety performance, putting all rigs back to work, and reducing costs and preserving cash to navigate the downturn. The company now has sold out its jackup fleet, with one drillship to go, and its backlog has doubled in the past six months. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling Middle East Conference in Dubai on 4 October, Mr Toma explains the process that was undertaken to implement the three WIGs, as well as the results achieved...

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AFGlobal showcases Active Control Device, debuts MPD test rig

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AFGlobal showcased several MPD technologies at its Houston facility on 12 October, including an active control device (ACD) for deepwater and offshore surface applications and a purpose-built rig for testing MPD scenarios. Bearings and rotating components are a common source of maintenance and failure in conventional rotating control devices used in MPD operations...

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BHGE to leverage strengths of legacy companies to improve recovery, efficiency

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The merger between Baker Hughes and GE has led to the creation of the industry’s first-ever full-stream company, Mathias Schlect, Vice President of Enterprise Technology for BHGE, said during a press conference at the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. In this video from the conference on 10 October, Mr Schlect discusses the strengths that each legacy company brings to the combined company. He also explains the major industry challenges – including improving recovery rates and increasing efficiency – that can be solved through digital technologies....

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