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Electromagnetic signals bolster new look-ahead-while-drilling service

A new look-ahead-while-drilling service called IriSphere is combining directional measurements with advanced automated inversion to detect formation features ahead of the bit, by using multifrequency transmitter and multireceiver directional subs. According to Irlan Amir, Vice President of Marketing and Technology, Drilling and Measurements for Schlumberger, the technology uses electromagnetic signals that are sent from the transmitter into the formation and retrieved by receivers to enable the look-ahead sensitivity and resistivity profiles. In this video with DC from the 2019 OTC, Mr Amir also talks about high-potential applications and benefits for the technology, as well as results achieved in a recent deployment offshore Australia. Watch the video to find out more.

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BHGE introduces low-pressure-impact drilling fluid

In challenging wells with narrow operating windows, using a fluid with low equivalent circulating density (ECD) typically only mitigates some of the risks but doesn’t reliably meet all drilling objectives. Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has launched Delta-TEQ, a drilling fluid that the company says was designed to have low pressure impact, which helps to extend narrow windows. In this video with DC on 6 May at the 2019 OTC, Brian Teutsch, Product Management Leader for BHGE, talks about the fluid’s advanced non-aqueous formulation and explains how it was used for better hole cleaning in a deviated borehole in the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the video to find out more.

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Active Control Device drills deepwater MPD section in Black Sea

AFGlobal recently completed the first MPD section in a Black Sea well for Shell on Noble Drilling’s Noble Globetrotter II drillship. Key to this project is the Active Control Device (ACD), which uses a non-rotating device with an actively pressurized, co-molded element to seal the wellbore annulus and divert returns. This eliminates complex bearing assemblies and high-wear rotary seal components found in traditional rotating control devices (RCDs). In this video at the 2019 OTC in Houston on 6 May, Austin Johnson, Lead Development Engineer with AFGlobal, explains how the system works and its potential benefits. Watch the video for more information.

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Ocyan pushes forward with MPD/FMCD operations offshore Brazil

In October 2013, Ocyan reached an agreement with an operator to deliver MPD packages on four of its seven rigs. In this video with Leandro Rocha, Rig Performance Coordinator for Ocyan, from the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he talks about the drivers for this agreement, lessons learned and areas of improvement for future floating mud cap drilling (FMCD) operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Big Data, machine learning help to optimize connection makeup process

There are five V’s when it comes to Big Data: volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value. In this video with Robert Thibodeaux, VP of Technology Development for Frank’s International, at the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he explains what each V means in relation to Big Data, as well as a real-world application of the five V’s in the connection makeup process...

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Embedding MPD in well delivery plan can help to reduce overall well costs

The industry continues to see a shift in the planning and adoption of managed pressure drilling (MPD) practices. While not every well may need MPD, actively planning for it before drilling begins can provide cost reduction and other well construction benefits, even if MPD is not used at the well site, said Leiro Medina, VP of Technology with Beyond Energy, at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, Mr Medina discusses how MPD is being deployed to increase efficiency in Canada, the challenges to more widespread adoption of MPD, and the steps that companies can take to help MPD reach higher market maturity.

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Reduce complexity in deployment of MPD will be key for wider adoption

Achieving true integration of  managed pressure drilling (MPD) as a standard in drilling plans will require the industry to making changes in control systems, hardware, processes and training. With these steps, MPD use will likely see wider adoption, said Dwayne Barnwell, Sales Manager with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, hear how the NOVOS system could be used to integrate MPD functions to improve operations, and other ways the complexity and cost of running MPD can be simplified.

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BHGE introduces new motor for longer runs, extended laterals

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), recently introduced the Navi-Drill DuraMax motor, which delivers increased power to the drill bit for higher rates of penetration (ROPs). In a recent application in North Dakota’s Williston Basin, the motor was used to improve drilling time by 40% and increase rate of penetration (ROP) by 35%. In this video with Thomas Jaeger, Senior Product Manager for Drilling Motors with BHGE, at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference on 5 March in The Hague, Mr Jaeger discusses the motor’s development and key features that distinguish it from others on the market.

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