Human Free Drilling?
Moderators: Sjoerd Brouwer, Well Engineering Manager Europe, Shell
Upstream International, & Pierre Gie, DGEP TDO FP
Exploration & Production
The drilling & completion industry is getting serious about implementing
human-free drilling. While roadblocks remain, many perceived obstacles
have already been overcome in other industries, say automation experts
such as panelist Jim Rogers of Apache. This panel will examine how other
industries have succeeded in automating operations, as well as look at
state of the art for automated drilling and solutions to overcome
limitations in drilling control systems. Panelists will make brief
introductions, then discuss key issues.
How Other Industries Got It Right;
Jim Rogers, Automation Advisor-Worldwide Drilling, Apache
From Remote Control to Automation;
Frederik Smidth, Chief Technical Officer, Maersk Drilling
Automated Operations: One Important Step;
Svein Ove Aanesland, Product Line Director-Control Systems, National Oilwell Varco
Drilling Controls Modeling Approach;
Nejm Saadallah, Research, IRIS
10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
10.30 Drilling Automation: Challenges to Overcome
Session Chairs: Brett Chandler, Senior Vice President, Sales &
Marketing, NOV Grant Prideco, & Dominique Dupuis, Head of Drilling
Engineering, Pride International
While the preceding panel outlined the Holy Grail for automation, these
speakers will discuss challenging issues, including equipment and
software reliability, and drilling-data integration, as well as industry
solutions through IADC and SPE. Issues related to downhole automation
and new pressure control technology are also covered.
Who Broke This? The Art of Finger Pointing When a Rig Fails
David Reid, Global Account Vice President E&P Business & Technology,
National Oilwell Varco.
The current dilemma in the ever-expanding world of helpful machines and
software introduced to a working environment that wasn't asking for
help will be dissected to find out how man and machine can start
getting along better. Getting the machines to start to do what was
written on the label may need more than finger pointing to move forward.
Our attempts to add tools in our processes to improve productivity often
fails, and we need to find a way to produce better performance instead of
worse. This presentation will highlight hard questions we need to ask
ourselves collectively if we have a hope of a new day in rig
reliability. Chronic NPT has been growing, and, however you look at it, the
new tools seem to be what changed in the mix; but if we don't change
with the new tools we will remain hopeful that we can turn back time
when we really have to learn to develop a continuous improvement
culture. So how can we all get along and actually produce better
results? This presentation will highlight some ideas for improvement and
collaboration going forward.
An Application for Drilling Data Integration – of Tools, Concepts &
Terry Loftis, Engineering Manager –DP, Instrumentation & Controls,
Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.
One goal of any industry organization should be to promote the safe,
productive and mutually beneficial work of its respective constituency.
That should also include technological innovation. This paper attempts
to convey the joint IADC/SPE concepts, objectives, findings and tasks
undertaken to date, to develop an industry communication protocol
guideline for integration of surface and downhole drilling systems.
Downhole Automated Systems
Scott R. Parent, Vice President Technology Drilling & Evaluation, Baker
Drilling automation is a truly a comprehensive systems approach to
drilling, requiring the integration of numerous drilling technologies
that in many cases have been independent technical and commercial
applications. Adoption of automation has historically been part of any
maturing industry and brings many challenges of multi-domain data
collection and automated or semi-automated expert decision making.
Significant challenges in oilfield adoption include the endorsement and
implementation of digital communication frameworks and standards by
contractors and operators to enable the development of robust real-time
integrated simulation and control systems.
The Developing Design of the Blowout Preventer in Deepwater
Eric Brown, Project Manager, National Oilwell Varco
A description of new technology that may benefit older generation
floating rigs with 4 and 5 cavity BOPs working in the Gulf of Mexico. As
well as identify issues, proposed rules and possible solutions to
complying with the new requirements set by the BOEMRE (Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) for Drilling Operations.
12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by: Atwood Oceanics
13.30 Emerging Offshore Markets
Moderators: Carel Hoyer, Group Vice President, Weatherford, & John Monks,
General Manager, Northern Offshore UK Ltd.
Most of the world is covered by ocean, and it seems that most of the
ocean is covered with drilling markets. This session
will begin with an overview of emerging markets, then move to consider
one major operator’s experiences in new areas, particularly the Black
Sea, Liberia and the Arctic. The final presentation will examine how new
technology is resulting in the “re-emergence” of a familiar drilling
arena – the North Sea.
Chief Executive Officer, Douglas-Westwood
Kevin Carey, General Manager Global Deepwater & Complex Wells,
Chevron Global Upstream and Gas
Geoff Gough, Senior Process Engineer, DONG Energy
15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
15:30 Newbuild Performance Experience
Session Chairs: Gregers Kudsk, Vice President, Maersk Drilling, & Sigve Hovda, Chief Engineer Drilling and Well Facilities, Statoil
The industry has produced a number of high-performance, innovative
offshore drilling rigs over the last few years. This session will
explore the actual performance of some of these high-spec rigs, as well
as how operator and contractor can collaborate to optimise safety and
Introducing High Performance Jackups in New Segments
Jørgen Schaffer, Senior Director and Asset Manager for High
Jorn Madsen, Maersk Drilling
Maersk Drilling has over the last couple of years taken delivery of 4
high efficiency jack-up's. The design of the jack-up's has been based on
Maersk Drilling's history of automated drilling operations in the
Norwegian part of the North Sea. Moving these state of the art drilling
machines to areas with less regulatory requirements for hands-off
operations has been an interesting and challenging experience. New ways
of working with the customers and the other service providers are
required to optimize the use and reap the benefits of the new design.
Experience with a New Built Jackup, From Contract, Construction and the
First Years Work.
Harm Delil, Advisor Well control Project, Noble Drilling
& Rob van der Vegt, Senior Well Engineer, Shell International
Shared experience from both the rig owner and the oil company during the
project culminating what makes a new rig work safe and efficient.
Lifecycle Control Systems Management: A Key to Equipment Performance on
Both Premium Jackups and Late-Generation Floaters
Bill O’Grady, VP Engineering, Nestor Fesas, Athens Group
Complex control systems enable the mission-critical processes which make
premium jackups so desirable. These systems (drilling, vessel
management, power management and subsea control systems) are the same as
those that are present on 5th and 6th generation drillships and semisubs.
Because control systems aren’t present on conventional jackups, the idea
of control systems software management is not usually associated with
jackup drilling rigs. However, control system management is vital to the
proper operation of these assets. This presentation will focus on
practices proven to help reduce NPT, safeguard the environment and
improve safety on premium jackups.
17.00-18.30 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition
Thursday, 16 June
07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open
08.30 Welcome & Introduction
Dr. Lee Hunt, President, IADC
08.40 Keynote Presentation: An Industry Problem?
Peter Sharpe, Executive Vice President, Wells, Shell International
Exploration & Production B.V.
What needs to change in our industry if we are to avoid the next major
09.00 Shale Operations in North America
Session Chairs: Shane Marchand, Vice President, Helmerich & Payne, &
Hege Kverneland, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,
National Oilwell Varco
The shale plays are the hottest E&P market in North America, but these
lucrative fields were not developed without firm economic drivers and
step changes in drilling and completion technology. These presentations
will look at the drivers and technical advances that enabled today’s
shale bonanza, including a case history of drilling optimization.
Commercial Aspect of the Shale Gas Market
Alfred G. Holcomb, A&D Manager of Lewis Energy Group, LP
success of the Eagle Ford shale play and what the experience can teach
How to overcome technical
challenges to gas production
and possible conflicts between local communities and mineral owners will
Companies’ Experience in Producing Shale Gas in the USA
Timothy L. Benton, Vice President - Geosiences, GMX Resources Inc.
Determining the critical technical innovations which made US shale gas
and how this can be transported in the rest of the world.
Case Study – Fayetteville Shale Drilling Optimization
Steve Vogel, Product Manager – Drilling Solutions, National Oilwell
Outlined is the use of a multi-faceted drilling optimization service for
a major independent drilling in a prolific shale gas play in the
continental United States. The operator’s business needs, goals and
objectives as well as a discussion of the service provider’s solution
will be discussed. A detailed description of the service provider’s
deliverables with an explanation of the benefits to the user is
presented. The various phases of the project, field performance data
with an economic analysis of the results are presented. The presentation
will be concluded with a discussion on the potential impact of the use
of the service for other shale gas or field development projects.
10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
10:30 Shale Plays in Europe
Session Chairs: Rustom Mody, Vice President Technology, Baker Hughes
Inc., & Joep Beyer, General Manager, KCA DEUTAG Drilling GmbH
The outlook for European shale development is bright, but shadowed by
regulatory and logistical challenges. The presentations will discuss
these topics and more, with input from analysts, government, and both
E&P and service companies.
Unconventional Gas and EU Energy Policy
Michael Schuetz, Policy Officer Indigenous Fossil Fuels,
Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission
Unconventional gas may complement our indigenous energy production and
thereby contribute to the European Union's security of supply. The
European Commission works on further improving the internal market for
natural gas which will also benefit producers operating unconventional
gas wells. Credible answers to environmental questions will be needed as
well as an appropriate implementation of the existing legal framework of
the EU by the Member States.
Anticipated Exploration Activity on Polish Shale – ORLEN’s View
Wieslaw Prugar, President, Orlen Upstream Sp. z o.o.
An outline of what will be the estimated exploration activity driven
from the present concession presence into the future.
Optimizing Completion Technology for Eastern European Shales
Mark van Domelen, Senior Technical Advisor for Production Enhancement,
factors between Eastern European shale plays and those in the United
States, and how these reservoir, logistical, and environmental factors
will play a role in the development of the shales in Europe.
The presentation will highlight some of the technologies that service
companies are developing to help European operators overcome these
12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition
13.30 Post-Macondo: Defining the "New Normal" for Drilling Offshore
Moderator: Dr. Lee Hunt, President, IADC
Beyond doubt, the Macondo blowout was for the E&P industry the defining
event of 2010. The fallout reverberates worldwide and is likely to shape
our business for years to come – politics, regulation, contracts,
training, HSE, well control and well planning, in particular. IADC
President Dr. Lee Hunt has been at the forefront working the politics
over the last several months, and will share his insights from that
experience. Magne Ognedal, an experienced regulator and leader in the
International Regulators Forum, has intriguing insights about global
impact, while Alan Spackman is the leading expert on the IADC Health
Safety and Environment Case, the model for safety management worldwide
and a key post-Macondo tool in the Gulf of Mexico. Contractual impacts
will also be significant, and will be discussed by Martin Fruergaard.
Dr. Lee Hunt, President, IADC
Magne Ognedal, General Director, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Martin Fruergaard, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Drilling
Alan Spackman, Vice President - Offshore Technical and Regulatory
15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
15.30 Market Outlook
Session Chair: Mark Waltz, Director Newbuilds, Transocean
What a difference a year makes! Macondo turned the offshore E&P world
topsy turvy, while shale activity has revitalized land drilling
worldwide. Susan Farrell, PFC Energy, and Tom Kellock, ODS-Petrodata,
highly regarded analysts of our industry, will reprise recent
developments and provide some context for our path forward.
A New World Balance: Rising Demand, but Rising Requirements
Susan Farrell, Senior Director, PFC Energy
An outline of the changing oil and gas industry outlook as well as the
long term implications emerging from the US oil spill.
Macondo – One Year On
Tom Kellock, Head of Consulting & Research, ODS Petrodata
Last year’s IADC World Drilling took place less than two months after
the Macondo blowout and at that time the implications for the offshore
rig market were almost completely unknown.
While some questions about exactly what happened have still to be
answered, a great deal more is now known. This presentation will offer a
view on how the offshore market will be affected in the years to come in
terms of the impact on both operators and contractors.
Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals will be included in the conference if a
scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations
will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the
author so desire.
What's Happening, Can I See That Again? - Getting Real-time Data and
Keeping it Safe
Ashe Menon, Director of Optimization Services,
Mark Norman, Morten Welmer, National Oilwell Varco, Greg
The need for accurate and specific information about the state of the
drilling and well control tools will be presented. The distribution of
that information, referred to as remote monitoring, the audience for
that information, and the value that can come from that information,
will be discussed. When all efforts fail in well control, the mechanism
for securely storing and retrieving that data will be presented.
New Technology, “Multi Seal Barrier system” for Managed Pressure
Drilling (MPD) from Mobil Offshore Drilling Units (MODU)
Jan Atle Andresen, Business Development Manager, Siem WIS
Siem WIS has been developed new technology within MPD since 2006. The
new patented sealing technology (no bearings) enables MPD from floaters.
By utilizing the PCD for platform/Jack up, land drilling and the RPCD
for MODU`s the patented gradient system is monitor constantly and gives
full status of the seal`s at all time. This gives a safer and
controllable drilling when utilizing MPD technology.
Achieving Brazilian Extended Reach Drilling Records on Polvo Project
with Ultra-High Torque Connection
Vincent Flores, Marketing Technical Sales, VAM Drilling, Nathan
Biddle, Devon Energy do Brazil LTD, Luciana Osorio, Hector Arevalo,
Marcelo Velho, VAM Drilling, Fabien Carrois, Vallourec & Mannesmann
The “Polvo” project will be introduced and explained. What were the
technical needs, the solutions offered and the lessons learned. How can
these lessons learned during the project apply to other high technology
projects in the future.
Improved Drilling Performance in Complex 3D Well with Application of
PowerDrive Xceed Point-the Bit RSS Technology
Jorge Puente, Operations Manager Drilling and Measurements Ecuador,
Schlumberger, Moises Cevallos, Ecuador Drilling and Completions Manager,
Repsol YPF Ecuador, Hector R. Carrizo, Drilling Engineering Center
Manager Ecuador, Schlumberger, Jose Luis Sanchez, Senior Drilling
Engineer Ecuador, Schlumberger
Schlumberger Drilling & Measurements planned a side track well for
Repsol YPF Ecuador aimed at avoiding drilling delays and completion
issues seen in previous wells. The client observed the difficulty level
of the well and the possible limitations using conventional directional
tools. The Schlumberger PowerDrive Xceed Point-the-Bit RSS tool was
offered due to the enhanced DLS capabilities. The result was the section
TD being reached in a single run and no issues with the completion of
the well. The first PowerDrive Xceed job in the Ecuador resulted in
increased drilling performance, saved time and money, and the overall
reduction of risks for the client.
Validation of Drilling Systems and their Controls utilizing HARDWARE IN
LOOP (HIL) TESTING
Milton Korn, Senior Principal Engineer – Offshore Technology, American
Bureau of Shipping
ABS is currently involved in a two-phase revision to its document the
ABS Guide for the Certification of Drilling Systems which was first
published in 1990 and subsequently revised in 2004 and 2006. The first
phase of the revision changes the focus of the guidance from
certification to classification and the second phase is to present Rules
for the classification of drilling systems.
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