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Next-generation fluid end technology reduces operating stress

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

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

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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New buoyancy solution addresses vortex-induced vibration migration in offshore drilling

Fairings have long been considered the best technical solution for addressing drag and vortex-induced vibration (VIV) on offshore drilling risers. But the use of fairings increases running and retrieval time and creates handling issues, especially in harsh weather. Trelleborg Offshore’s new solution, helically grooved buoyancy, seeks to address the challenges that VIV migration poses for offshore drilling by integrating VIV suppression and drag reduction with drill riser buoyancy, boosting rig efficiency without compromising on safety or structural integrity. Antony Croston, Business Group Director for Trelleborg Offshore, spoke with DC on 30 April at the 2018 OTC about this new approach to VIV migration, as well as the company’s collaboration with Diamond Offshore on this new technology...

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Digital solutions necessitate new workflows across drilling industry

Operators and drilling contractors are increasingly recognizing the value that digital technologies, including machine learning, artificial intelligence and the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), can deliver. However, while these technologies hold immense promise, they also require the industry to adopt new workflows, Indy Chakrabarti, Vice President of Strategy, E&P Software for Emerson Automation Solutions, said at the 2018 OTC in Houston. In this video from the conference on 30 April, Mr Chakrabarti explains how new workflows for managing and analyzing data are needed. Further, he discusses how the industrial IoT is reshaping the day-to-day activities of the drilling industry’s workforce...

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Digital twins allow contractors to improve uptime on rigs by predicting failures before they occur

Digital twins – virtual models of a specific piece of physical equipment – are still a relatively new concept to the drilling industry. However, without necessarily knowing, most of us have encountered digital twin technology before. For example, Amazon essentially builds digital twins of each individual shopper, based on past purchases and Amazon searches, which allows the website to recommend specific products, Binu Mathew, Head of Development and Product Management, Digital Solutions for Baker Hughes said. In this video from the 2018 OTC in Houston on 2 May, Mr Mathew explains how digital twins work and how they relate to technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict equipment failures before they occur. Further, he outlines how digital twins are improving uptime on drilling rigs today...

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New rotary steerable system designed for high performance in long laterals

Rotary steerable systems (RSS) are often built with sensors and capabilities that are “nice to haves” but not mission critical. Stripping away such non-essential features can lower the cost of an RSS without compromising performance, Paul Neil, Director of Steerable Technologies at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), explains in this video from the 2018 OTC in Houston on 2 May. NOV has developed the VectorEDGE RSS to deliver strong performance in long laterals in a cost-efficient manner. In this video, he discusses the key features of the system, including its closed-loop control system. He also describes the testing that has been done on this RSS in advance of its commercialization later this year...

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New subsea valve actuator combines electro-hydraulic, electro-mechanical elements

Bosch Rexroth seeks to combine the best of electro-hydraulic and electro-mechanical actuator solutions with its new subsea valve actuator. The actuator works in the same way as an electric actuator, except that the customer provides the electric power to the system, while Bosch Rexroth provides the mechanical force to open and close valves via a hydraulic transmission inside the actuator, said Alexandre Orth, Senior Manager, Sales Industry Sector, Marine & Subsea Technologies, on 1 May at the 2018 OTC...

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Wood Mackenzie: Operators taking a deliberate approach to offshore exploration and development

If the number of final investment decisions (FIDs) taken by operators is an indication of the health of the offshore market, then things are looking up. Wood Mackenzie anticipates that roughly 30 offshore projects will receive an FID in the coming year. This is roughly flat from 2017, when 32 projects were sanctioned, and a significant increase from 2016, when fewer than 15 projects received FIDs. The newly sanction projects this year are likely to be developed more quickly and at lower costs than pre-downturn projects, Julie Wilson, Research Director, Global Exploration at Wood Mackenzie, said at the 2018 OTC in Houston on 30 April...

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