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As industry pushes forward on automation, interest in multi-machine control is renewed

With one joystick and one user interface, the National Oilwell Varco (NOV) multi-machine control system allows efficient and consistent control, said Guido van den Bos, Director of Business Development in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with NOV, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague. The system allows drillers to focus more attention on downhole conditions instead of handovers. In this video, Mr van den Bos explains why the industry is seeing renewed interest in MMC technology, as well as potential applications in the near future.

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Panel addresses gender pay gap and importance of having men at the table in diversity discussions

Topics explored at this year’s Diversity and Inclusion session on 6 March at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague included the issue of pay gap, as well as discussions around the Me Too movement. In this video with DC, session chair and former Wells Manager for BP, Oonagh Werngren, discusses recent changes around the industry’s gender gap, the importance and role of having more men at the table in the diversity discussion, and areas where the industry is not doing well on gender issues.

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Halliburton introduces Well Construction 4.0 platform to facilitate connectivity, collaboration

Halliburton is launching what it calls Well Construction 4.0 to allow operators to minimize planning cycle times, reduce drilling costs and accelerate critical decision making, among other goals. Speaking at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague on 6 March, Moray Laing, Director of Digital Solutions at Halliburton, discussed how Well Construction 4.0 merges cyber-physical systems, the internet of things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence to provide better risk mitigation and drilling efficiency. In this video with DC, Mr Laing explains how the technology facilitates greater connectivity and collaboration and the challenges in implementing Well Construction 4.0.

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Digital twins help to address the relationship of data within a system

Industry interest in digital twins – the virtual representation of an asset, system or process – continues to grow, not just as a tool for modeling an asset but for managing systems of data and how they relate to one another. These “twins” also help keep the relationship between data over a system, helping them stay connected to each other. In this video from a 4 March workshop held jointly by the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) in The Hague, Sean McKenna, Senior Research Manager with IBM, discusses recent applications of digital twins and explains how knowledge graphs work.

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Interior proposes region-wide oil and gas lease sale 253 for Gulf of Mexico

In support of President Donald Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Joe Balash, Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Walter Cruickshank, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director, have announced that BOEM proposes to offer 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 2019...

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Shell’s DeWitt: In time of transition, industry should seize opportunity to transform

The oil and gas industry sits at a unique point in its history as the world transitions toward more sustainable sources of energy, even as both demand for hydrocarbons and society’s focus on climate change increase. It is now that the industry has the opportunity to re-create itself, said Mike DeWitt, VP of Operated Wells with Shell, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference in The Hague on 5 March. How to thrive at a time when the traditional energy system is transitioning to more renewable forms of energy is both a great challenge and an opportunity, Mr DeWitt said. He also emphasized that although hydrocarbons will remain a part of the energy mix for the foreseeable future, the industry ...

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