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New tool offers alternative to conventional hammer unions

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To eliminate workplace injuries resulting from conventional hammer unions, R&H Manufacturing has developed SaferUnion, a tool that tightens or loosens connections at a consistent torque without the use of a sledgehammer. SaferUnions consists of a nut, torque wrench and long bar, which inserts into one of the nut’s eight access points, located every 45°. The bar can then be pushed or pulled easily by a single person. In this video, Rae Burrows, Technical Designer/Engineer, and Will Broussard, Developer, discuss the drivers behind the development of the tool. They also highlight the advantages it offers compared with conventional hammer unions. More information about the tool, which was presented at the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Spark Tank in December, can be found ...

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Churchill Drilling Tools launches dartless version of self-filling float

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Churchill Drilling Tools has introduced a dartless version of its self-filling float. The original dart-activated version allows the string to self-fill while running in hole and can reduce trip time by 30% to 50% compared with regular floats, according to the company. The float remains dormant while it’s run in hole and is later activated with a dart. In late 2017, the company launched the SFF Trigger, a dartless version of the self-filling float. Like the original self-filling float, the SFF Trigger remains dormant while it’s run in hole. However, a new automatic activation system is triggered when the float reaches a preset depth and pressure. In this video from the 2018 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference in Abu Dhabi, Nicholas Kjaer, General Manager-Middle East for Churchill Drilling Tools, explains how the automatic activation system works, as well as the benefits of dartless activation...

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IADC ready to help offshore contractors ramp up activity in 2018

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The downturn has put increased pressure on the oil and gas industry to become more efficient, particularly because many analysts and executives are expecting low oil prices to linger for some time. This reality was reflected in the theme of the 2018 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference, ”Building on today’s efficiencies for tomorrow’s market,” held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In this video from the conference on 29 January, Jim Thorn, IADC Division Vice President-International Onshore, explains how the conference’s theme is applicable to offshore drilling contractors. He also discusses some of the challenges, particularly around staffing and training, confronting offshore contractors in 2018 as their activity is expected to ramp up. Mr Thorn explains how IADC’s efforts can help contractors tackle these challenges...

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Regulatory climate shifting, positioning US for energy dominance

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Under the Trump Administration, the oil and gas industry has transitioned from a defensive player constantly working against regulatory red tape to one poised for energy dominance, said Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance (WEA), a trade and lobbying group. Still, legal and regulatory hurdles remain, and the WEA is working to challenge rules that curtail oil and natural gas development, such as those related to methane emissions and public land use planning. In this video from the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 6 February, Ms Sgamma discusses the group’s regulatory rollback efforts, which include reducing approval time for a drilling permit from an average time of 257 days to 30-45 days. The group is also focusing on reducing federal regulations for drilling permits for wells with long laterals that run through small portions of federal lands. Watch the video for more information....

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Thorough investigations into small incidents can yield big safety gains

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Small incidents – or unplanned events that did not result in injury, illness or damage but had the potential to do so – should be investigated more thoroughly than they are now. It is a cost-effective way to provide a greater understanding of complex systems and global behaviors, Mike Munsil, Project Manager at PSRG, said at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the event on 6 February, Mr Munsil explains how a 5-Why approach, which asks a series of successive “why” questions, can be used to investigate small incidents. He also explains why he advocates for the term “small incident” rather than “near miss,” which can convey the idea that an event is isolated and unimportant...

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IADC HSE Committee advances work on safety alerts, dropped object prevention

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The IADC HSE Committee continues to maintain its focus on two ongoing initiatives that aim to improve safety in the drilling industry – the Incident Statistics Program (ISP) and the IADC Safety Alert Program. Clyde Loll, Corporate Director of QHSE with Nabors Corporate Services, recently stepped into his role as Co-Chairman of the committee and spoke with Drilling Contractor about the group’s plans and activities at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. In addition to the ISP and Safety Alerts, the HSE Committee also continues to assist and collaborate with the North American DROPS network. The DROPSonline organization recently published a recommended practice for dropped object prevention schemes and updated the Reliable Securing Handbook. Watch DC’s video with Mr Loll to find out more...

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Machine learning can reduce false alarms on rigs, well control incidents

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Modern drilling rigs use electronic systems to alert crews to potentially hazardous or costly events such as kicks, losses or spills, but wide fluctuations in measured values generate many false alarms. This can lead to alarm fatigue in crews and, consequently, well control incidents, Sean Unrau, Product Line Manager at Pason Systems, said at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the event on 6 February, Mr Unrau discusses how machine learning can be used to significantly reduce false alarms and improve rig safety through early detection. He also highlights results from an analysis of 80,000 hours of data from rigs equipped with machine learning technology, in which all 33 kicks that occurred were detected before the ...

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Companies can reshape journey management programs for maximum security in high-risk areas

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It is important to fully understand the risks and hazards that can endanger personnel traveling in high-risk areas. While most companies have a corporate journey management plan, their programs often lack specific details of a region’s threats, said Stan Ayscue, Country Manager for Strategic Projects at Protection Group International. Speaking at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston, Mr Ayscue urged the industry to change its approach to journey management and to consider region-specific factors such as the geopolitical climate; major dates such as holidays; and medical issues, such as a disease outbreak. In this video from the event on 6 February, he describes the common shortcomings of corporate journey management plans and discusses how companies can train their staff to make informed decisions about their personal security when traveling in high-risk areas...

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Application of modern technologies can reduce DROPS incidents

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Procedures and programs for DROPS safety have helped reduce incidents over the years, but paper-based procedures can only go so far, Gareth Burrows, Global Business Development Director for OES Asset Integrity Management, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. Technology, including tablet-based DROPS systems, eLearning training and drones, can help the industry to further reduce DROPS incidents. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Mr Burrows discusses the limitations of paper-based systems that can be overcome by the use of tablet-based systems. He also explains how eLearning, which is more dynamic and flexible than in-person training, can help reduce dynamic drops. Further, he outlines the pros and cons of using drones to inspect potential DROPS hazards...

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Diversity in thought, experience strengthens teams, improves problem solving

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In a survey conducted by EY in 2016, a whopping 94% of respondents said they believe that diversity of thought and experience are key to navigating disruptions in the oil and gas sector. Diversity can also create more effective teams that are better equipped to find solutions to problems they’re tasked with solving, Dr Vera Verdree, Senior Global Competence Manager at BHGE, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Dr Verdree also discusses some of the challenges companies face in building effective teams with the right mix of skills. Further, she outlines BHGE’s Competence Management Program and how it equips new-hires with the skills and abilities necessary to effectively perform in this evolving digital world...

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