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Clear business case is key as drilling companies embark on cybersecurity journeys

For professionals in the drilling industry who are tasked with improving the cybersecurity of their organization, a common challenge is being able to clearly define the ongoing cost for each rig to implement a cybersecurity technology, as well as clearly articulating the technology’s benefits. However, it’s important that a clear business case be made to management based on facts in order to secure long-term funding for an organization’s cybersecurity needs. In this video from the IADC Cybersecurity Workshop on 13 December in Houston, Ben Ramduny, Co-Chairman of the IADC Cybersecurity Committee, also talks about key takeaways for workshop participants, as well as the value of continued participation in the IADC Cybersecurity Committee. Watch the video for more information.

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ONG-ISAC urges industry to create cultures of security, sharing

The Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ONG-ISAC) is an oil and gas industry-specific organization created in 2014 to provide shared intelligence on cyber incidents, threats, vulnerabilities and associated responses. The group serves as a central point of coordination and communication to aid in the protection of oil and gas industry systems, including activity specific to industrial control systems and SCADA systems. Angela Haun, Executive Director of the ONG-ISAC, spoke with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh at the IADC Cybersecurity Workshop, held at BP’s Houston facility on 13 December. Watch the video to find out what ONG-ISAC does, what types of information its members share, and events held by the group that can be educative to members of our ...

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UT Austin’s RAPID develops thermal model for top drive CBM

The Rig Automation Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium, established under the University of Texas at Austin, has developed a thermal model to track system parameters on top drives. In this video with Pradeep Ashok, Senior Research Scientist for Drilling Automation at UT Austin, he talks about what drove the development of this model and how it works, as well as the business case for applying condition-based monitoring (CBM) to today’s top drives. Watch the video from the 2018 IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Q4 Tech Forum, held in Houston on 14 November, for more information.

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Industry attention redirecting back to more mature unconventional plays

A lot of attention in the drilling industry is being directed back to some of the more mature plays like the Eagle Ford and Bakken, said Todd Bush, VP Commercial and Principal, Westwood Global Energy. In this video from the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting in New Orleans on 8 November, Mr Bush talks about what’s driving this trend, as well as his forecasts for drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the Permian and how production might be impacted. Further, he talks about why the Haynesville is now being closed monitored. Watch the video for more information.

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Houmb, Karle receive IADC Exemplary Service Awards

IADC recognized two individuals with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting on 8 November in New Orleans: Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder and CTO of Secure-NOK; and Arun Karle, Founder of Askara Group. Ms Houmb has chaired the IADC Cybersecurity Committee since the group was initially formed as a simple workgroup under the Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, and later as it evolved into its own ART subcommittee. She currently serves as Chair of the committee, along with Co-Chairs Juan Negrete, Rowan Companies; and Ben Ramduny, Seadrill. She has more than 20 years of experience with cybersecurity and has published more than 100 scientific and industrial-focused papers on various topics ...

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Sonnemann: New approach may be needed in the way well control is approached

There are still many well control topics that don’t have universal consensus within the industry. These include the uses/mis-uses of MAASP, kill rates selection and kick tolerance calculations, said Paul Sonnemann, VP of Technology at SafeKick. In a presentation at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, he urged the industry to take a different approach to such topics. Further, he encouraged the industry to think of closed-loop drilling like the service brake on an automobile, which should be used even if the drilling program doesn’t require it. Watch DC’s video with Mr Sonnemann as he describes his philosophy of well control.

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Visual, multiphase flow simulators aid spill drills

Work is ongoing to couple a visual simulator and a multiphase flow simulator to enhance spill drill exercises, Add Energy VP Marketing Thomas Selbekk said at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, on 23 October. Over the past few years, Add Energy has been involved in more than 30 such drills, many in the Gulf of Mexico. In this video with DC, Mr Selbekk talks about the purpose of spill drills, lessons learned from previous drills, as well as how the two simulators – the VROV and the OLGA-WELL-KILL – have been combined to form an interactive training tool that can mimic a real-world incident. Watch the video to find out more.

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IOGP engages with regulators on liabilities, studies different regulatory approaches

Since the early days of the formation of the Global Incident Response Group and Wells Expert Committee, the two groups have continued to fulfill their missions of improving drilling safety, improving the time to stop a blowout, and improving subsea and surface response capabilities. In particular, the two groups, which were formed by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), continue to work with regulators around the world, according to Chris Hawkes, IOGP Safety Director. These include the EU Offshore Authorities Group, with whom the IOGP recently engaged on the issue of unlimited liabilities. Further, the IOGP recently was involved in an academic study looking at goal-based vs prescriptive regulations. Watch DC’s video with Mr Hawkes from the ...

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Rig culture makes the difference in driving high performance

The REACH Group recently conducted a study for an offshore drilling contractor to find out why one of its newbuild drillships was performing much better than a similar newbuild drillship, operating nearby drilling similar wells. The differentiator came down to culture on the rig, said Dave Massey, President of The REACH Group. In this video from the 2018 IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference on 16 October in Mexico City, Mr Massey speaks with DC about common assumptions people make about managing culture, the key findings from his investigation on this high-performing drillship, as well as a six-phase approach that companies can take to build a culture by design.

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Control system concerns trend up as industry reactivates sixth-gen rigs

As the drilling industry begins to reactivate some sixth-generation drilling rigs, lessons are being learned about the concerns being identified, whether electrical, mechanical or relating to control systems. Chris Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems, noted that he has seen a trend in increasing concerns around control systems. The percentage of concerns that are characterized as critical have also risen during these rig reactivations. To find out more, watch this video from the 2018 IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference on 16 October in Mexico City.

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