Can Robotics on Rig Floor Make a Difference in Drilling Performance?

In a previous blog we have described the significant potential efficiency gain that lies in a fully automated drilling process, by use of intelligent robots at the drill floor. Before we go into details about how such a system could look, and how we can get there, let’s take a look at where we are on automation on our modern 6th generation rigs today.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment, Drilling

The birth of a drilling scraper: Technology boosts WBCU efficiency

 

A revolution in Wellbore Clean Up as we know it is at hand. OWS is launching a tool designed to withstand the rigors of drilling with the finesse of wellbore cleaning. The technology allows the well to be drilled, and then the casing to be scraped on the same run, eliminating the need for a separate dedicated trip. The new DrillRdillo™ Drilling Scraper can reduce completion time by hours or even days. OWS’ Product Line Manager for Wellbore Clean-Up, Simon Leiper, tells you how it works.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment, Wellbore CleanUp, Casing Preparation, Down Hole

Efficient drill floor handling with Flush Mounted Spider

The introduction of the FMS (Flush Mounted Spider) has made a step change in Tubular Running Operations. The increased safety on the rig floor is obvious when compared to the traditional methods of running casing & tubing. And when it comes to heavy-weight strings, the FMS is your best option.

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Topics: Casing Running, Drilling Equipment, Drilling

TFA challenges in top hole drilling

There is always a discussion about where to put the most flow, through the bit or through the hole opener. There are as many points of views on this topic as there are specialist working with top hole drilling.

The question is - when 20% of the opening effect comes from the bit and 80% comes from the hole opener, shouldn't that be reflected in the flow distribution?

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Topics: Drilling Equipment, Drilling, Down Hole

The intelligent drill floor robots are coming to your drilling rig

It is not science fiction and it is not years ahead of us: The robots are here, they are for real, they are highly intelligent professional drill crew and they are likely to be operating in the North Sea by the end of the year.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment, Drilling

Classification versus strength of drill pipe

A question we're sometimes asked is: Why is drill pipe classified as “Premium” once it has been in the hole, and why is it all of a sudden 20% weaker than new? Well, it’s a bit like buying a new car. Once you have driven it out of the dealers shop, it’s classified as used. In today’s blog post, I’ll focus on the drill pipe body itself and not the connections.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment, Drilling

A brief overview of drilling equipment standards


In the past we didn't think it was possible to drill in some of the arduous environments we are now working in. Because of these conditions, high standards are required and are continuously updated to ensure we don't encounter equipment failures, safety issues and environmental problems.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment

How kelly-valves (drill stem valves) are maintained and serviced

The kelly-valve is a type of drill stem valve  used to prevent flow out of the drill pipe if a kick should occur during a tripping operation. In this post I will give you a "behind the scenes" look at how we maintain and service these small and friendly helpers in the drill string.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment

Drilling jar placement: How to get it right!

The drilling jar is the driller’s best friend. Just like a dog will drag its passed out owner out of danger, the drilling jar will help you if your drill string is stuck down hole. However, getting it right is all about the placement.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment, Down Hole

Drilling thread types for dummies

At Odfjell Well Services we constantly hear from people who ask us why certain drill pipes don't go together. Sometimes these are experienced drillers who have been in the industry for years. So here comes a post with the need-to-know basic stuff about drilling connection types. Hopefully it will be of use to you - whether you're a rookie or a veteran.

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Topics: Drilling Equipment

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