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January/February

IADC Board of Directors elects 2020 officers

Julie Robertson, Chair, Noble Corp Ms Robertson has 40 years of experience in the drilling industry and was named Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Noble Corp in January 2018. Previously, she served as Executive VP from February 2006 and as Senior VP – Administration from July 2001 to February 2006. Ms Robertson also served as Corporate Secretary from December 1993 until 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. Robert H. “Bob” Geddes, Vice Chair, Ensign Mr Geddes has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ensign since 2007. He acted as VP Canadian Drilling from 1999 ...

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KCA Deutag unpacks benefits of human factor considerations via systems, processes, technologies

Rig apps, situational awareness campaign among multiple initiatives launched to positively impact human behaviors By Adebayo Aremu and Annejifke Andrew, KCA Deutag Nowadays, it is standard practice by all airlines to give passengers a safety briefing before every flight. This procedure is designed to save your life in the event of an emergency. Arguably, most will have forgotten the details of the briefing by the time the plane takes off. It gets worse with frequent fliers who, having heard similar briefings many times previously, may choose not to listen any longer. Studies have found that, even when full attention is paid to the briefing, in an actual emergency most people would try to leave the plane through the exit in ...

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Combining disparate data sources powers rig performance initiatives

Contractor overcomes obstacles in data aggregation, sourcing and storage to create unified data model, mine data for value By Alex Groh and Brian Seiler, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company In recent years, drilling contractors and operators alike have devoted increasing attention to the data generated during the drilling process. However, the growing number of sensors and systems that collect data, both on- and off-location, have created challenges in converting these large volumes of data into actionable value. It’s been proven that applying data analytic techniques to data sets collected from rig sensors can yield fruitful results, with real-time data processing, equipment condition monitoring and machine learning becoming more prevalent. However, significant challenges remain in terms of collecting, aggregating and storing data in ...

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People, Companies & Products

Maersk inks deals to collaborate with Halliburton, Petrofac Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to collaborate on the exploration program to be delivered under Maersk’s master alliance agreement with Seapulse. Under the alliance, Maersk is responsible for providing fully integrated drilling services, including provision of drilling rigs and all related services, for a global offshore oil and gas exploration program. With the new agreements, Petrofac will deliver well management services, and Halliburton will deliver integrated well services, through the duration of the program. The Seapulse portfolio spans shallow-water and deepwater wells in several regions. Two wells in the UK North Sea have previously been announced as part of the workscope, which is expected to start drilling in ...

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