Category Archives: Drilling

A conference warm-up exercise

The 2011 Integrated Operations conference started today here in Trondheim and I’m taking advantage of the free wifi to refresh my memory of last years conference. Getting to know Integrated Operations tends to demand a brief familiarity with everything from drilling problems to organizational psychology … Continue reading

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Positions available

There’s a new job opening for a researcher at my department in SINTEF, the drilling and well construction one. A background in math, physics, IT or cybernetics (or “control engineering” if you like) is a good starting point, the tasks … Continue reading

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The continental shelf

The offshore technology days are under way, across the fjord from my office. This year they’ve put out a nice song and dance routine on youtube. Or song and welding routine more like it. 🙂 Only real oil workers in … Continue reading

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The breakthroughs in technology come from the smaller companies, David Bamford says. He backs it up with examples then asks:  “can you point to one technology that was invented in one of the major, major oil field service companies that … Continue reading

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Wolfram alpha for quick calculations

When you do back-of-the-envelope calculations in oil well drilling, half the job is just keeping track of the units. In the old days, it was all “american units” in the north sea, but today, reports and logs sports a colourful … Continue reading

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Conferences coming up

Two interesting conferences are coming up: The International Conference on Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry is taking place 29th-30th of september in Trondheim, Norway.  It’s a conference with invited talks covering different aspects of {en:Integrated Operations}. With talks having … Continue reading

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Drilling induced vibrations

This video shows a nice lab-experiment with drilling induced vibrations in the riser. It looks fairly convincing though it only explores the effect of the rotating fluid between the drillstring and the riser, not transverse vibration set up in the … Continue reading

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