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Like NASA, drilling industry can use probabilistic risk assessments identify potential points of failure

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A probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) is used to model and quantify very unlikely but potentially high-risk events or failures. PRAs are commonly used in other industries, including nuclear and aerospace. At the 2016 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas, David Kaplan, NASA’s Flight Equipment & Quality Division Chief, Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate, explained how the agency has used PRAs to measure risks related to the International Space Station. In this video from the conference on 13 September, Mr Kaplan discusses similarities between the drilling and aerospace industries and how PRAs can help both industries better understand causes of failures.

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Remove the barriers to automated MPD to enable automated well control

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Automated MPD can enable automated well control, making for a generally safer and more efficient drilling operation. However, barriers remain that obstruct industry’s implementation of automated MPD, including liability and traditional roles and responsibilities. Drilling contractors are typically responsible for equipment integrity on the rig, but during MPD...

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IADC Maintenance Committee seeking additional OEM partnerships

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The IADC Maintenance Committee’s partnerships with National Oilwell Varco and Caterpillar have both helped the committee to develop solutions to asset integrity and reliability challenges, and the committee is now looking for additional OEM partnerships. The group has also started working with other IADC committees, such as the Well Control Committee, to help drilling contractors improve reliability on equipment, such as the BOP, said Frank Breland, Diamond Offshore Manager Planned Maintenance and IADC Maintenance Committee Chairman. Watch this video with Mr Breland from the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 30 August in Houston to learn more.

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QGOG simplifies fleet maintenance through ISO 14224 standardization

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To simplify maintenance through standardization, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG) recently began implementing ISO 14224 methods for asset integrity on the company’s offshore rigs. ISO 14224 provides a comprehensive basis for collection of reliability maintenance data in a standard format for all equipment. Implementation is already complete on QGOG’s Brava Star drillship and is in progress on eight more rigs. QGOG Asset Integrity Engineer Thiago Amato discussed the process for implementing ISO 14224, as well as results of the implementation, at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 30 August in Houston. Watch the video with Mr Amato to learn more.

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Early planning, effective communication crucial to five-year SPS’s

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Applying best practices – including early coordination between the drilling contractor and OEM, constant communication and contingency plans for unplanned work – can help drive down the cost of five-year special periodic surveys for drilling rigs. In a presentation at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston, Trey Walker, Fleet Care Manager for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), presented examples of successful in-yard and in-field surveys completed ahead of time and within budget. In this video from the conference on 31 August, Mr Walker explains how early planning helped NOV preform these surveys successfully. He also discusses how applying best practices helped the company to complete the in-field survey several days ahead of time despite unexpected changes to the project’s scope.

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ABS, partners test Polar Code requirements through search and rescue exercise offshore Norway

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In April, ABS partnered with the Norwegian coast guard, academic institutions and other stakeholder companies to perform a search and rescue exercise in Svalbard, Norway. The University of Stavanger, Company GMC and the Norwegian Coast Guard organized the exercise, which took place on the K V Svalbard, a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel. The exercise was conducted to gain a better understanding of the IMO Polar Code’s requirements, which many in the industry regard as vague, according to ABS. For example, the code requires the crews of maritime vessels, including drilling rigs, to be equipped be able to survive five days in polar waters while awaiting rescue. There was concern about whether this was even possible with existing equipment, said ABS ...

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