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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Diamond Offshore Drilling has launched its Sim-Stack service, a cybernetic BOP service enabling the company to continuously and accurately assess BOP status. When issues arise, the service immediately determines a proper course of action while providing a third-party statement of fact to the operator, US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and other regulatory bodies...

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Kenny Baker, Cactus Drilling: Safety starts with leadership demonstrating that they care about every individual on the rig

By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Many people first set foot on a rig site after they land their first job in the drilling industry. However, Kenny Baker, a Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, has been visiting rig sites since he learned to walk as a toddler. “My dad was in the oilfield for as long as I can remember,” he said. “We’d go out and check rigs with him when he was a drilling superintendent. We got to hang out with all of my dad’s co-workers from the oilfield. There would be different things that crews would do together, like go float the river. We always kind of looked up to the roughnecks.” After graduating high school in Rush ...

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Transocean keeps focus on business strategy, customer alignment as it embraces ‘creative destruction’ through digital transformation

Sometimes innovation emerges from new technologies that enable a novel product offering or expansion of an existing product line. However, the most successful innovation takes root in new thinking, a new twist, a new angle or a paradigm shift that is aligned with business strategy to deliver value. As businesses and industries digitally transform, the driving force should be business strategy, with technology playing the fundamental role in the innovation process...

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Wirelines

BSEE proposes revised well control rule On 11 May, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published its proposed rule, Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Revisions. This most recent version addresses concerns raised by stakeholders after the rule was initially introduced on 28 July 2016. Most notably, this proposal intends to: • Revise certain submittal requirements; • Clarify drilling margin requirements; • Remove references to lifeboats; • Remove certain prescriptive requirements for real-time monitoring; • Replace the BAVO requirement with use of third party; • Revise accumulator system requirements; and • Revise control station and pod testing schedules. In response to the proposed rule revisions, ...

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Evolving technology, industry standards drive evolution of IADC training programs

At IADC, we believe that protecting the safety of the industry’s workforce is paramount. As an industry, our commitment to safety is always top of mind – morning, noon and night, 365 days a year. I began working in oil and gas more than 35 years ago, and like many of us who have had a long career in this industry, I have had an insider view into the changes that have been made with regard to safety. They are massive. Technology – and a better understanding of how safety equipment and role-specific training ensure a workforce that is supplied with the knowledge and information to safely perform their job functions – have moved our industry along at a lightning ...

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Alan Spackman retires after career dedicated to offshore safety, regulations

Development of IADC HSE Case Guidelines for MODUs, update of IMO MODU code among numerous accomplishments over 27 years at IADC By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor After 27 years with IADC and 25 years in the US Coast Guard, Alan Spackman is retiring in July. Mr Spackman previously served as Vice President of Policy, Government and Regulatory Affairs for IADC before moving into an advisory role at the beginning of this year. Throughout his life, Mr Spackman has lived in dozens of locations, not only due to his own military service but also his father’s. Growing up with a father in the US Air Force, Mr Spackman lived in 21 cities, primarily in the US Southwest, including Riverside, Calif., ...

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IOGP JIP, configurable equipment platforms propel industry toward standardized completion designs

JIP 33 leads industry equipment standardization efforts to realize cost, time savings by ‘designing once, building many’ By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Oil and gas companies are increasingly looking to new business models and strategies that will help them maximize profits in a lower-for-longer environment. One approach that appears to be gaining momentum is equipment standardization, rather than developing bespoke designs for each project. Already, major operators are citing standardization as among critical factors that have allowed them to bring projects online under budget. In January 2017, BP announced that its Thunder Horse development in the Gulf of Mexico was brought online at more than 15% below budget because the operator and its partners relied on proven standardized equipment ...

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Blockchain 101: Seven fundamental things to know in the drilling industry

Technology behind Bitcoin could be leveraged to create more transparency, security and lead to faster contract execution, more collaboration By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor In November 2017, BP, Shell and Statoil – now known as Equinor – announced their participation in a consortium to develop a blockchain-based digital platform to modernize and transform the management of physical energy transactions, from trade entry to final settlement. Joining the oil and gas companies in the venture were commodities trading groups Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading and Mercuria, as well as banks ABN Amro, ING and Societe Generale. “Over time, the new venture intends to lead the migration of all forms of energy transaction data to the blockchain, improving data quality, further strengthening ...

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