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Digital twins help to predict failures, create blueprint for ideal asset performance

The concept of digital twins – a dynamic digital representation of an industrial asset – is increasingly being adopted in the drilling industry. At BHGE, digital twins are being used not only to understand the current state and condition of an asset but also to predict future maintenance issues and determine how issues can be avoided. “Digital twins combine our understanding of the physics of the equipment, as well as where the equipment is deployed – for example, reservoir location, morphology, etc – along with modern machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies,” said Dr Arun Subramaniyan, VP Data Science & Analytics at BHGE...

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15K-rated rig modified to meet 20K exploration challenge in Norway

Technical challenges are becoming increasingly frequent as the industry explores the frontiers of offshore drilling. One such recent challenge was the Solaris ultra high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) exploration well, operated by Total Norge, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well was successfully drilled in 2016 by Maersk Drilling’s Mærsk Gallant. The rig, an MSC CJ62-120S design jackup, broke a line of records in the process...

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Mechanization, automation guide innovations in advanced robotic technologies for the drill floor

Different approaches being taken by equipment manufacturers to pave path to truly hands-free drill floor By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The word “robot” can mean different things to different people. For many, the word might conjure images from movies or television shows – perhaps Robby the Robot from the 1960s, C-3PO and R2-D2 from the Star Wars films or, more recently, the animated Wall-E. However, at its core, a robot is simply a machine, and in that sense, robots and robotic technologies are not new to the drilling industry. “Technically, iron roughnecks have been robots from the beginning,” said David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer for National Oilwell Varco (NOV). “Simple robotics is telling a machine to do something and leaving ...

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