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September/October

With BSEE Well Control Rule in force, it’s time to take another look at RFC-HSE variant of MPD

Drilling techniques associated with closed and pressurizable circulating mud systems have become standard on land drilling programs over the past several decades. This progression can be measured by the growth in rental activity of rotating control devices (RCDs). Because these techniques and technologies have proven effective onshore, greater application in marine environments seems uniquely logical.

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Exception-based remote monitoring incorporates intelligence to enable early detection of well control events

Industry statistics suggest that the majority of well control incidents and near-misses occur during well construction operations. To address this issue, the industry has focused on stringent well design and casing standards, blowout prevention equipment, safe drilling practices and multiple layers of workflows and controls. However, the data also shows that most well control incidents occur as a result of human factors – misinterpretation of data, delayed response to abnormal well conditions, drilling crew inexperience and physical fatigue – that are not addressed by hydraulics and mechanical well control mechanisms.

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Rig briefs: Robotic arm for automated pipe handling, 20,000-psi riser system, ergonomic driller’s station among industry innovations

The best derrickmen in the drilling business can rack a stand of pipe at an approximate rate of about 20 seconds per pipe at the start of a tour, according to RigArm, a Calgary-based drilling equipment manufacturer. However, fatigue then begins to set in and can affect performance.

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Enhanced well control course integrates technical training with simulator exercises, human factors

IADC is developing a new accreditation program for enhanced well control training that emphasizes human factors and enhanced simulation-based exercises. Between January and July of this year, Rowan Companies and Maersk Training piloted a course that could serve as a basis for this program.

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People, Companies & Products

Forum Energy Technologies has unveiled a deepwater test facility and received industry accreditation for the calibration laboratory at its new European Operational Center in Aberdeen. The indoor test tank is one of the largest in the Northeast of Scotland and is dedicated to testing subsea tooling and survey sensors, as well as work-class remotely operated vehicles.

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Proppant demand: Operators save through locally sourced sands

North American operators are turning to locally sourced sands as a way to reduce proppant freight costs. “Companies are buying the cheaper sand either because they believe that there’s not enough impact on production to warrant additional costs of white sand, or because they simply have to lower up-front costs, sometimes even at the expense of sacrificing long-term production to complete wells,” Samir Nangia, Director of Consulting within the IHS Energy Insight group, said.

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IADC partners with Wounded Warrior Project to employ injured veterans for WellSharp proctoring

Through WellSharp, IADC is not only improving well control training for the global drilling industry but also improving the lives of injured veterans in the United States. The association, along with Lloyd’s Register, has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to develop a first-of-its-kind program to provide meaningful employment opportunities for injured service men and women. Through this program, IADC is now the biggest employer within the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work Program.

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11 principles to guide HMI design for critical drilling equipment

A Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is the interface an operator uses to interact with and control industrial automation equipment. The HMI is a critical component of any drilling control system. At a minimum, a poorly designed interface impedes the operator from performing his or her job well. At the worst, a poorly designed HMI contributes to human error and accidents that can be catastrophic.

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Shale, tight gas production from Argentina’s Neuquén Basin on the rise, while Venezuela suffers dramatic production declines

While much of the E&P attention in Latin America is focused on Brazil’s pre-salt, Argentina and Venezuela both remain key E&P players on the continent, as well. In Argentina’s Neuquén Basin, tight gas production has already doubled since 2014, and production from the Vaca Muerta shale formation is expected to double between 2015 and 2018, according to Wood Mackenzie.

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