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Reduce complexity in deployment of MPD will be key for wider adoption

Achieving true integration of  managed pressure drilling (MPD) as a standard in drilling plans will require the industry to making changes in control systems, hardware, processes and training. With these steps, MPD use will likely see wider adoption, said Dwayne Barnwell, Sales Manager with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, hear how the NOVOS system could be used to integrate MPD functions to improve operations, and other ways the complexity and cost of running MPD can be simplified.

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BHGE introduces new motor for longer runs, extended laterals

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), recently introduced the Navi-Drill DuraMax motor, which delivers increased power to the drill bit for higher rates of penetration (ROPs). In a recent application in North Dakota’s Williston Basin, the motor was used to improve drilling time by 40% and increase rate of penetration (ROP) by 35%. In this video with Thomas Jaeger, Senior Product Manager for Drilling Motors with BHGE, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference on 5 March in The Hague, Mr Jaeger discusses the motor’s development and key features that distinguish it from others on the market.

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Automated MPD riser system expedites installation on offshore rigs

Weatherford’s new automated MPD riser system improves the safety and reliability of deepwater operations by using a robotic arm that enables a connection hub to be installed to a hands-free flow spool in less than 20 minutes, said Anthony Spinler, VP Managed Pressure Drilling for Weatherford, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague. In this video, he tells DC how the automated riser’s design features work to achieve this installation time and explains the role of fiber optics in its performance.

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As industry pushes forward on automation, interest in multi-machine control is renewed

With one joystick and one user interface, the National Oilwell Varco (NOV) multi-machine control system allows efficient and consistent control, said Guido van den Bos, Director of Business Development in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with NOV, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague. The system allows drillers to focus more attention on downhole conditions instead of handovers. In this video, Mr van den Bos explains why the industry is seeing renewed interest in MMC technology, as well as potential applications in the near future.

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Panel addresses gender pay gap and importance of having men at the table in diversity discussions

Topics explored at this year’s Diversity and Inclusion session on 6 March at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague included the issue of pay gap, as well as discussions around the Me Too movement. In this video with DC, session chair and former Wells Manager for BP, Oonagh Werngren, discusses recent changes around the industry’s gender gap, the importance and role of having more men at the table in the diversity discussion, and areas where the industry is not doing well on gender issues.

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Halliburton introduces Well Construction 4.0 platform to facilitate connectivity, collaboration

Halliburton is launching what it calls Well Construction 4.0 to allow operators to minimize planning cycle times, reduce drilling costs and accelerate critical decision making, among other goals. Speaking at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague on 6 March, Moray Laing, Director of Digital Solutions at Halliburton, discussed how Well Construction 4.0 merges cyber-physical systems, the internet of things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence to provide better risk mitigation and drilling efficiency. In this video with DC, Mr Laing explains how the technology facilitates greater connectivity and collaboration and the challenges in implementing Well Construction 4.0.

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Digital twins help to address the relationship of data within a system

Industry interest in digital twins – the virtual representation of an asset, system or process – continues to grow, not just as a tool for modeling an asset but for managing systems of data and how they relate to one another. These “twins” also help keep the relationship between data over a system, helping them stay connected to each other. In this video from a 4 March workshop held jointly by the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) in The Hague, Sean McKenna, Senior Research Manager with IBM, discusses recent applications of digital twins and explains how knowledge graphs work.

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Digital twins improve well construction process in real time

Interest continues to build in the drilling industry for digital twins. In this video from the 2019 IADC Drilling Caspian Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 20 February, DC speaks with Ahmad Mirhaj, Senior Drilling Analyst with MHWirth, about how digital twins are being used to benefit the well construction process, particularly when applied in real time. In this video, Mr Mirhaj also discusses the use of a downhole simulator to spot a tight hole, as well as how digital twin technology was used to help drill a well in dual-gradient mode. Watch the video for more information.

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Socar AQS General Director: Both challenges and opportunities abound in Caspian region

The Caspian region is facing multiple challenges as the industry evolves and as companies like Socar AQS drill deeper wells in heavily depleted reservoirs. In this video with DC, Ramin Isayev, General Director for Socar AQS, talks about key opportunities that his company is pursuing to improve operational efficiency by stimulating innovation and embracing new technical advances. Watch the video for more information.

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