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Automation lessons can be taken from Disney theme park rides

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Drilling rigs and theme park rides share similarities that most people may not be aware of, said Mike Withers, Retired VP of Ride Engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering. Both the theme park and drilling industries need equipment with high uptime, that can last for many years and is safe. Mr Withers gave a presentation on Disney’s use of automation in its theme parks at a symposium jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee on 29 February in Fort Worth, Texas. The workshop focused on human and machine interaction in automation. In this video with DC, Mr Withers explains how automation has been used in Disney Parks and the company’s process for designing its rides.

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Downhole automation system helps to reduce cycle times in the Bakken

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To reduce cycle times in the Bakken, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Hess teamed up on a project that deployed NOV’s closed-loop, downhole automation system, Evolve, in 16 wells. This project was the subject of a technical presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 2 March. In this video with DC, NOV Vice President of Dynamic Drilling Solutions Tony Pink explains the results and lessons learned from this project. Mr Pink also shares NOV’s plans to advance the Evolve system.

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Integrated liner hanger system combines capabilities of conventional, expandable liner hangers

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Weatherford has developed the SwageHammer integrated liner hanger system to reduce leak potential and improve reliability in high-angle, high-pressure and high-temperature wells in deepwater. The company introduced the liner hanger system at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. In this video from the conference on 3 March, Sean Yakeley, Product Champion-Well Construction Products for Weatherford, explains how the SwageHammer combines the features of conventional and expandable liner-hangers to reduce uncertainty during liner installation.

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IADC Nigeria Chapter sets goal to reduce NPT by 15-20% by 2018

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The IADC Nigeria Chapter has come a long way since it was established in October 2012. Through the efforts of engaged members, the chapter has been able to increase its visibility within the Nigerian oil and gas community and among industry regulators, as well as provide a platform for discussing critical industry issues, such as equipment maintenance and workforce competency. Going forward, the chapter has set a goal to reduce NPT by 15-20% by 2018. Watch this video with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh and Chapter Chairman Sola Falodun, who works with locally based Oando Energy Services, to find out more.

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IADC President: BOP reliability database, well control training among key projects for coming year

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Despite today’s difficult economic environment, IADC is pushing ahead on a multitude of industry projects aimed at helping its members around the world improve performance. Among these projects is a BOP reliability database, a joint effort being undertaken with the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Other projects include the WellSharp well control accreditation regime and continuing efforts around the Indonesian cabotage law. To learn more, watch this video with IADC President Jason McFarland and DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh from the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Pioneer Energy Services streamlines pre-job planning process

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When certain tasks become more common and routine in drilling operations, the job safety analysis (JSA) process may become less efficient, said Brian Tucker, President-Drilling Services at Pioneer Energy Services. To ensure that the company is setting achievable expectations and that it is giving crews the proper tools to mitigate hazards, Pioneer decided to examine its pre-job planning process. In this video from the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference on 3 February in Houston, Mr Tucker explains some of the changes the company has made to its pre-job planning process ­– including the introduction of new job safety worksheets – and the outcomes of those changes.

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