19 October 2015 Published by
This week saw us exhibit at the IADC’s annual Advanced Drilling Technology conference in a cold, autumnal but sunny Amsterdam. The event was focussed since many of the delegates included executives from the leading drilling contractors and rig equipment manufacturers.
The conference was over two days, and included presentations and papers on various innovations in offshore drilling and automation. The most stimulating presentations were made during the second day. One memorable presentation was of a novel, cylindrical hoist developed by NOV and used by Stena Drilling on its Ice Max drillship as part of a Dual Hoisting & Drilling Tower. As the name suggests, this ship is designed to drill in colder climates. Plans are afoot to include a flywheel to store energy during hoisting and lowering of loads, and big saving in fuel are anticipated. Other presentations included technologies from the automotive and defence industries, so it will be interesting to see how they transition into to the demanding offshore drilling environment.
The booth saw steady traffic and a great deal of interest in the Latch Hawk from drilling contractors and operators keen on driving safety, and guaranteed feedback, during pipe handling by using our fingerboard latch monitoring sensor network. This was a very good, compact event that brought to mind the saying about the old Brooklands racing circuit, “the right crowd and no crowding”, so we will definitely be attending next year’s IADC ART event in Galveston, Texas.