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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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Digital twins improve well construction process in real time

Interest continues to build in the drilling industry for digital twins. In this video from the 2019 IADC Drilling Caspian Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 20 February, DC speaks with Ahmad Mirhaj, Senior Drilling Analyst with MHWirth, about how digital twins are being used to benefit the well construction process, particularly when applied in real time. In this video, Mr Mirhaj also discusses the use of a downhole simulator to spot a tight hole, as well as how digital twin technology was used to help drill a well in dual-gradient mode. Watch the video for more information.

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Socar AQS General Director: Both challenges and opportunities abound in Caspian region

The Caspian region is facing multiple challenges as the industry evolves and as companies like Socar AQS drill deeper wells in heavily depleted reservoirs. In this video with DC, Ramin Isayev, General Director for Socar AQS, talks about key opportunities that his company is pursuing to improve operational efficiency by stimulating innovation and embracing new technical advances. Watch the video for more information.

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IADC Caspian Chapter revitalization leads to first-ever Drilling Caspian Conference

Over the past year and a half, the IADC Caspian Chapter has become among the most active and productive chapters of IADC, with the first-ever IADC Drilling Caspian Conference held in February in Baku, Azerbaijan. In this video from the conference on 20 February, DC speaks with Graham Clark, Chairman of the Caspian Chapter and Drilling Manager for Socar AQS, about the revitalization of the chapter and goals over the coming year. Watch the video for more information.

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Situational awareness is key for active shooter response

The most important thing to remember in the middle of an active shooter event is to move, said Greg Shaffer, President of Shaffer Security Group, from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. But even before an event is in process, there are things you should do to prepare and maintain good situational awareness. Watch the video for more information.

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BHGE introduces lightweight, non-composite conventional frac plug

A new conventional frac plug constructed completely from an engineered alloy is 70% lighter than conventional material. The MILLITE plug, just released by BHGE, cleans up and mills out smoother than any other conventional plug on the market, said Stacey Meredith, Frac Plug Product Line Manager with BHGE. It offers something completely new to the industry. With a specific gravity of 1.8, the fine debris floats out of the well without additional cleaning or costly chemicals. At 13 in., its design produces a lower volume of debris than standard plugs. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 6 February in The Woodlands, Texas, she also talks about key features of the plug and the results achieved ...

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New pressure-pumping technology reduces footprint while increasing horsepower

AFGlobal recently completed its field evaluation of the DuraStim pressure-pumping technology in the Permian Basin. The technology offers three times the effective horsepower of a conventional frac unit, as well as a 65% reduction in fleet footprint and manpower. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, DC speaks with Tom Gable, Director of DuraStim Pump Technologies for AFGlobal, about the new pump, including its benefits, results achieved in the Permian project, as well as potential future applications.

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What road safety policies should you implement?

Transportation incidents, whether during commutes or on the job, are the leading cause of fatality in the oil and gas industry, Kyla Retzer, Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 5 February in Houston. She presented essential elements of a good road safety program and ways to address driver distraction. The most dangerous form of distraction is texting while driving, which takes drivers’ eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds and involves all three types of distraction simultaneously: visual, manual, and cognitive. Watch the video for more information on cell phone policy recommendations.

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