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Drilling outlook: Offshore to remain weaker than onshore in near future

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This year has so far been better than 206, but the industry still has a long way to go on its path to recovery. Speaking at the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 28 June in Amsterdam, Matt Adams, Senior Analyst with Douglas-Westwood, highlighted the current attractiveness of onshore projects compared with offshore, including the lower risks and quicker returns...

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Challenges, limitations must be understood before industry can fully leverage data mining

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Data mining is defined as the computing process of discovering patterns in large data sets involving methods at the intersection of machine learning, statistics and database systems. How to best leverage data mining is something that the drilling industry is still trying to determine. In this video from the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 29 June in Amsterdam, Christian Herbig, Project Engineer at the Baker Hughes Celle Technology Center in Germany, discusses the main challenges to leveraging big data in drilling, as well as benefits/limitations of data mining...

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Wired drill pipe enables automation, optimization of drilling process

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Maersk Drilling and National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently collaborated on a project in the Norwegian North Sea in which wired drill pipe technology was installed and deployed on a jackup to improve the drilling process. The details of this project were discussed in a presentation at the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 28 June in Amsterdam. The presentation was jointly delivered by Sarah Balangalibun, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Maersk Drilling, and Sanna Zainoune, Senior Dynamic Drilling Solutions Engineer with NOV. In this video with DC, Ms Balangalibun and Ms Zainoune talk about the challenges on this Norwegian field that led to the implementation of wired drill pipe technology, specific applications that were deployed the rig, as well as results achieved. Watch the video to learn more...

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Companies should leverage data to make people, not machines, smarter

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When talking about big data, the focus is often on using it to improve machine or software capabilities. However, the goal of big data should actually be to enable better human decision-making, Amit Mehta, Chief Excellence Officer for data analytics company Moblize, said at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Technology Forum, held on 14 June in Houston. In this video with DC, Mr Mehta explains how engineers can use big data to improve their performance and separate fact from fiction...

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Proposed JIP to develop new software concept for RhoVe method

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During the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Technology Forum on 14 June in Houston, Matt Czerniak, Director of GCS Solutions, proposed a new JIP to establish a software concept for the RhoVe method. In this video from the forum, Mr Czerniak explains the RhoVe method, a pore pressure analysis approach that produces a model-driven, stand-alone set of virtual rock relationships. He also explains the goals of the JIP, as well as how the industry can get involved...

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Turning Point USA engages with students to promote limited government, free market

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Turning Point USA was founded in 2012 with a focus on developing student advocates for small government and free markets. The organization’s Founder and Executive Director, Charlie Kirk, spoke about the economic and social benefits of the oil and gas industry at 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston. He futher encouraged the industry to be more active in public engagement. In this video from the conference, Mr Kirk explains how his organization is working to engage with college and high school students and what he hopes to achieve from this engagement...

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Regulatory update: Executive orders are favorable to oil and gas industry

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Four of the 36 president executive orders issued so far in 2017, including an order to review the five-year-plan for offshore drilling, will have a direct impact on the oil and gas industry. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston, IADC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Liz Craddock outlines these executive orders and what their impact could be on the oil and gas industry...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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