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BP implements Global DROPS assessments across 10 regions

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To prevent incidents related to dropped objects, BP has implemented what it calls the Global DROPS Assessment, which currently covers 10 regions and 37 rigs. These assessments help to verify that contractors are monitoring and improving their dropped objects program and that corrective actions determined from lessons learned and investigations are implemented to minimize or eliminate exposure to DROPS hazards. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 28 September, Duston McConnell, Senior Global HSE Advisor for BP, explains how these assessments work and the potential expansion of the assessments beyond drilling contractors. Mr McConnell also discusses his work with the North American DROPS Chapter, which will hold its 2017 North America DROPS Forum ...

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IADC Permian Basin Chapter ramps up activity

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Although no regions in North America have been immune to the effects of the downturn, the Permian Basin has fared better than most. Particularly as US onshore contractors put rigs back to work, many of them are going to the Permian. The IADC Permian Basin Chapter has also been ramping up its activities, with the intent of connecting contractors, operators and service companies in the region to ensure the a safe and efficient recovery. One of the chapter’s major efforts on this front was the planning and execution of the first IADC Shale Energy Workshop, which was held on 13 September in Midland, Texas. In this video from the conference, Luke Crownover, Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter and Managing Partner for Robinson Drilling, explains some of the primary concerns and issues drilling contractors are facing in the Permian Basin and how the chapter plans to address those concerns...

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TxDOT to undertake Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program

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Many of the Texas roadways that run through energy-rich areas of the state were not built and designed to handle the constant traffic from heavy trucks that is associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Through the Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will undertake improvements to roads that experience high levels of energy-related traffic, Randy Hopmann, Director of District Operations for TxDOT, said at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop in Midland, Texas, on 13 September. In this video from the conference, Mr Hopmann discusses some of the improvements that will take place under the program, including strengthening the pavement structures and adding passing lanes. He also explains how the program will help make Texas roads safer for oil and gas employees and Texas residents alike...

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MPD improves data collection, BOP service integrity life

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Conventional drilling methods often don’t provide enough data during the operation on pore/frac pressure and formation strength, and as a result, influxes are not detected until they reach the surface, Robert Ziegler, Global Director of Well Control Technology for Weatherford, said at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 23 August, Mr Ziegler explains how managed pressure drilling (MPD) can provide more data on the pressure window and flow anomalies to reduce the chances of a blowout. He also explains how MPD can impact the service integrity life of BOPs...

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Lessons from aviation: Monitoring system detects minute deviations from normal operations

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The aviation industry has been using airplane health management (AHM) systems to perform prognostic health monitoring of airplanes and related equipment for years. Such systems help airlines detect potential problems before they occur, which not only helps ensure safety but also helps with cost reductions and the avoidance of schedule delays...

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Maintenance regimen critical to increase equipment reliability, rig safety while reducing downtime

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Reactive approaches to equipment maintenance can still be commonly found in the drilling industry. However, more companies are now recognizing the importance of building a proactive maintenance strategy in order to increase equipment uptime, as well as safety. In this video with DC, Jennifer Eckert, Global Product Manager at Ingersoll Rand, outlines the difference between reactive, planned and preventative approaches to equipment maintenance, as well as key steps companies can take to build an effective maintenance strategy. Watch DC’s video with Ms Eckert from the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference, held in Houston on 22-23 August, to learn more...

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Wider adoption of virtual, augmented reality on the horizon for drilling industry

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While virtual reality and augmented reality technologies have yet to be widely adopted, their potential to achieve cost reductions is significant, Jeff Sattler said in a presentation at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 22 August. In this video with DC, Mr Sattler discusses current applications of virtual reality in the drilling industry, the potential future applications of augmented reality, as well as hardware limitations that constrain these technologies’ wider deployment...

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Digitalization, data enable efficient vessel surveys, reduce out-of-service time

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Digitalization and big data hold significant potential to improving asset integrity and reliability, David McKay, Chief Surveyor Offshore for DNV GL, said at the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 22 August. In this video with DC, Mr McKay discusses how data-driven innovations can...

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JIP adapts technologies from other industries to enable remote inspection of confined spaces

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Inspections of confined spaces and underwater inspections, such as hull inspections, that require the use of divers, expose people to HSE risks. The Hull Inspection Techniques and Strategy (HITS) Joint Industry Project has been adapting technologies from other industries, including the nuclear and gas pipeline industries, to allow these inspections to be performed remotely. Danny Constantinis, CEO of EM&I, an inspection and asset integrity organization, outlined some of the projects HITS has undertaken. In this video from the 2017 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston on 23 August, Mr Constantinis shares some of the safety and cost improvements the JIP’s projects have yielded. He also discusses alternatives the industry could consider to conventional methods for inspecting pressure systems...

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Tubular handling system reduces pipe handling by 50%

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Every time a worker has to handle tubulars, from the pipe yard to the drilling rig, there is risk for incident or injury. Global Gravity created the TubeLock system to reduce the handling required by halving the number of times a pipe is handled compared with wire bundling systems, Kim Christensen, Director of Sales and Marketing for Global Gravity, said during an IADC Spark Tank event on 2 August...

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