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Industry 4.0 to create new business models, require new approaches to talent management

The drilling industry is moving into a new digital era that will transform existing business models, with many of today’s jobs – especially those characterized by routine physical labor – being displaced by automation. In this environment, the industry will need to rethink how it approaches talent management, as well as ways to better engage with young professionals. In this interview with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 26 September in Amsterdam, Paul de Leeuw, Director at Robert Gordon University, talks about the digital transformation that is under way and strategies that companies should consider adopting in order to stay relevant. Watch the video for more information.

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Advanced planning, collaboration with law enforcement can help companies achieve better cybersecurity resilience

Cybersecurity breaches often go unreported for many reasons, but companies should consider the negative and long-term impacts of letting such crimes go unreported, said Eamonn Keane, Head of Cybersecurity and Innovation for the Scottish Business Resilience Center. Mr Keane spoke on a cybersecurity panel at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 26 September in Amsterdam. In this video, he speaks with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh about the common challenges that law enforcement encounters when investigating cyber crimes, how companies can achieve cybersecurity resilience, as well as how industry can collaborate with law enforcement to improve cybersecurity for all.

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Collaborative human performance working group seeks additional participants

A collaborative human performance working group has been established to promote advances in the integration of human performance principles and human factors techniques to better reduce and manage collective risk. The group grew out of annual meetings that BP holds with its partner companies, said Sandra Adkins, Human Performance Advisor for BP’s Global Wells Organization, although the group and its work is open to the industry. In this video from the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 25 September in Amsterdam, Ms Adkins discusses the group’s work plans and objectives and invites operators and drilling contractors alike to join the effort. Watch the video for more information.

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Killalea discusses technology development on ATCE panel

Is the industry on the brink of a step-change in technology development, featuring digital solutions? Do downturns truly drive innovation? Why is our industry slow to adopt new methods and technologies? These were some of the topics explored by a panel held at Weatherford’s booth during the 2018 SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition, held in Dallas in late September. IADC Group VP/Publisher Mike Killalea was interviewed by two co-hosts from the Oil & Gas Global Network, Patrick Pistor and Collin Mclelland, on the topic “Innovating While Drilling.” Innovating While Drilling is an IADC trademark used in conferences and in IADC’s official magazine Drilling Contractor as an umbrella for advances in drilling technology. “Innovating While Drilling is a term we ...

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New BOP concept removes all hydraulics, halves weight of BOP

Norway-based Electrical Subsea & Drilling has developed a light BOP technology concept with electrical actuation and controls. The technology allows the weight of the BOP to be reduced by approximately half compared with typical BOP weights today, said company CEO John Dale at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Q3 2018 Technology Forum on 19 September in Houston. Watch the video to find out more about the new technology concept.

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Early kick detection project on horizon for DeepStar consortium

The DeepStar offshore technology development consortium recently held a shear ram workshop and is looking to undertake a new project to study early kick detection. Dave Barrow, Co-Chairman of DeepStar’s Drilling, Completions and Intervention Subcommittee, spoke at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Q3 2018 Technology Forum on 19 September about the group’s mission and ongoing work. Watch DC’s video with Mr Barrow to find out more.

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UT Austin collaborates on self-learning auto driller app

One of the bleeding edge areas in innovation and rig automation taking place is in the field of self-learning drilling programs. The University of Texas at Austin is pioneering the development of a self-learning drilling application designed to find optimal drilling parameters. The algorithm runs on the NOVOS operating system, which was developed by National Oilwell Varco. Dr Parham Pournazari, a research post-doc at UT, described the self-learning drilling program at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman discusses the new application with Dr Pournazari. For more information about the auto driller app, please read the latest article in the September/October 2018 issue of DC.

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Canrig plans offshore field-test of drill floor robotics

A new generation of electric, drill floor robots can make significant reductions in the time required to perform manual operations on an offshore rig. Canrig Robotic Technologies AS is planning to field-test a new three-robot system on a semisubmersible offshore Norway in December 2018. In laboratory tests, the robots were able to reduce key performance indicators across five manual tasks, from the handling of lifting subs to picking up and laying down of drill pipe, according to Canrig Robotic Technologies AS CEO Lars Raunholt. Mr Raunholt described this new line of next-gen robots at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 11 September in Austin, Texas. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman discusses the new technology with Mr ...

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PSA Norway proposes unifying drawworks standards

Throughout Europe, drilling operations are governed by multiple sets of industry standards – some of which are regulations imposed by external organizations, such as governmental bodies, and others are best practices developed within the industry. Occasionally, these various procedures don’t align. This lack of unity has led to drillers and operators attempting to comply with as many as 90 different sets of regulations, some of which were issued by a different authority and some of which governed the same operations on operations, according to Ola Heia, Principal Engineer for Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway. During a presentation on 11 September at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Austin, Texas, Mr Heia described how the PSA came up with ...

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Smart partnerships, advanced planning enable marginal field projects for Vestigo Petroleum

As a marginal field operator, Vestigo Petroleum realized at the onset of the downturn that the company must think unconventionally if it is to succeed in an era of lower oil prices. The operator, a subsidiary of Petronas Carigali, has since adopted a strategy that incorporates smart partnerships and significant advanced planning in order to complete projects where well costs are 40-50% of the project CAPEX. In this video from the 2018 IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference on 29 August in Bangkok, Thailand, DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh speaks with Fauzi Abbas, Head of Well Engineering for Vestigo, about the company’s work scope and how common goals can be set across teams to achieve operational excellence.

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