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Sekal and Kongsberg Digital sign major joint collaboration and development agreement

A new collaboration and development agreement between Sekal and Kongsberg Digital will integrate DrillScene® advanced monitoring and trend analysis functionality with SiteCom® real-time data aggregation and visualization solution, including SiteCom Well Advisor.

Under the agreement terms, the SiteCom consoles will include dynamic modeling and analysis capabilities that the DrillScene solution delivers, building a unique real-time drilling data analysis and dynamic monitoring functionality used for more-informed drilling decisions.

By combining the extensive real-time data accessed through SiteCom and the real-time modeling capabilities of DrillScene, a powerful, new set of performance consoles will be created.  This will drive drilling performance optimization and help operational teams achieve more effective hole-cleaning, and improved wellbore stability. The new integrated system is already successfully being used by a major oil and gas operator.

Hege Skryseth, CEO Kongsberg Digital, says, “SiteCom has established a strong position in the digital infrastructure used by oil and gas operators. The partnership with Sekal will give our customers access to even more effective solutions and a wider range of options. This collaboration agreement will provide operators and service companies with best-in-class, real-time decision support software and help them optimize drilling performance.”

Across the oil and gas industry, there is a sustained drive to maximize the value of data, as Sveinung Lofthus, CEO Sekal, explains, “Operators want to make better use of real-time data during well-construction and to be more proactive in how they manage their operations. Bringing DrillScene and SiteCom together will provide operators with powerful, impartial analysis and symptom detection capabilities that can identify issues minutes or even hours before they start to cause problems.”


For more information on Kongsberg Digital go to: http://www.kongsberg.com/en/kogt/


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Sekal in the press

(31.08.16) Finansavisen 2016:
Drilling down the cost

(24.03.15) Teknisk Ukeblad March 2015:
New system offers significant savings: Drilling wells with 'autopilot'

(17.03.15) Stavanger Aftenblad March 2015:
Unique technology can help oil companies save millions

(09.10.13) Finansavisen Oct 2013:
Sekal secures breakthrough contract

(01.08.12) Scanorama Jul/Aug 2012:
Sustainable drilling

(22.12.11) Digital Energy Journal / Finding Petroleum magazine:
Sekal - supporting drilling with real-time data and physics

(01.06.11) Offshore.no:
Skal gjøre boring sikrere

(07.10.09) Harts E+P magazine:
Industry groups tackle R&D for drilling automation

(07.10.09) IADC Drilling Contractor magazine:
Industry takes cautious but sure-footed steps toward hands-free drilling, automation

(01.08.08) Harts E+P magazine:
North Sea Operations: Automated safeguarding enters the drilling process

(04.01.05) Harts E+P magazine:
Benchmark drilling performance

(01.01.04) IADC Drilling Contractor magazine:
Drilling management results in successful projects


DrillTronics – drilling process automation on Statfjord C
Bergerud R. , Presentation at Norwegian Petroleum Association (NPF) The 26. Kristiansand conference drilling & wells technology, September 2016. Download paper presentation (.pdf)

Safer Tripping Through Drilling Automation
SPE 168018-MS, Chmela, B.; Gibson, N.; Abrahamsen, E. and Bergerud, R. Presented at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, 4–6 March 2014.

Developing Operational Procedures for Safe and Efficient Application of New Process Control Functionality on the Drilling Rig
F.P Iversen, SPE, B. Daireaux, SPE, A. Leulseged, R.G. Mihai, SPE, and L.J. Gressgaard, Intl Research Inst of Stavanger; R. Bergerud, SPE, Sekal; and B.T. Bruun, SPE, and M.K. Balov, SPE, Statoil ASA, April 2013

Breakthrough in Drilling Automation Saves Rig Time and Safeguards Against Human Error
SPE-177825-MS Egill Abrahamsen, Ronny Bergerud, Sekal AS, Roald Kluge, Matthew King, Statoil ASA, 12 November 2015

An Early Warning System for Identifying Drilling Problems: An Example From a Problematic Drill-Out Cement Operation in the North-Sea
IADC/SPE 150942. Eric Cayeux, Benoît Daireaux, Erik Wolden Dvergsnes, IRIS, Gunnstein Sælevik, Sekal, Mohamed Zidan, Statoil. This paper was prepared for presentation at the 2012 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition held in San Diego, California, USA, 6–8 March 2012.

Early Symptom Detection Based on Real-Time Evaluation of Downhole Conditions: Principles and Results from several North Sea Drilling Operations
SPE 150422. Eric Cayeux, Benoît Daireaux, Erik Wolden Dvergsnes, IRIS, Gunnstein Sælevik, Sekal. This paper was prepared for presentation at the SPE Intelligent Energy International held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 27–29 March 2012.

Automation of Mud-Pump Management: Application to Drilling Operations in the North Sea
Cayeux, E., Daireaux, B., and Dvergsnes, E.W. 2011. SPE Drill& Compl 26 (1): 41-51. SPE-128285-PA. doi: 10.2118/128285-PA.

Drilling Automation: Technologies, Terminology, and Parallels With Other Industries
Thorogood, J., Aldred, W., Florence, F., and Iversen, F. 2010.” SPE Drill & Compl 25 (4): 419-425. SPE-119884-PA. doi: 10.2118/119884-PA.

Automation of Drawworks and Topdrive Management to Minimize Swab/Surge and Poor-Downhole-Condition Effects
Cayeux E., B. Daireaux, E. W. Dvergsnes, 2010, Paper SPE/IADC 128286 presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2-4 February 2010

The Automated Drilling Pilot on Statfjord C
Larsen H.F., T. E. Alfsen, R. Kvalsund, F. P. Iversen, M. Welmer, S. Ekrene, J. Lundal, 2010: Paper SPE/IADC 128234 presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2-4 February 2010

Realtime Models for Drilling Process Automation: Equations and Applications” Florence F., Iversen F., 2010:
Paper SPE/IADC 128958 presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2-4 February 2010

Offshore Field Test of a New System for Model Integrated Closed Loop Drilling Control
Iversen F., Cayeux E., Dvergsnes E.W., Ervik R., Welmer M. and Balov M.K., 2009, Paper SPE 112744, SPE Drilling and Completion, November 2009

Early Detection of Drilling Conditions Deterioration Using Real-Time Calibration of Computer Models: Field Example from North Sea Drilling Operations
Cayeux E., Daireaux B., 2009: Paper SPE/IADC 119435 presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17-19 March, 2009

Real-Time Optimization of the Drilling Process – Challenges in Industrialization
Cayeux E., Dvergsnes E.W. and Iversen F., 2009,Paper SPE/IADC 119650 presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17-19 March 2009

Offshore Field Test of a New Integrated System for Real-Time Optimisation of the Drilling Process
Iversen F.P., E. Cayeux, E. W. Dvergsnes, 2008: Paper IADC/SPE 112744 presented at IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Orlando, Florida, 2008

Demonstrating a New System for Integrated Drilling Control
F. Iversen, International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS); E. Cayeux, IRIS; E. W. Dvergsnes, IRIS; M. Welmer,
National Oilwell Varco (NOV); A. Torsvoll, Statoil and A. Merlo, ENI S.p.A. E&P Division
2007 AADE technical paper AADE-07-NTCE-4

Monitoring and Control of Drilling Utilizing Continuously Updated Process Models
Iversen F., Cayeux E., Dvergsnes E. W., Gravdal J. E., Vefring E. H., 2006: Paper IADC/SPE 99207 presented at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, February 21–23, 2006, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Tuning of Computer Model Parameters in Managed Pressure Drilling Applications Using an Unscented Kalman Filter Technique
Gravdal J.E., R. J. Lorentzen, K. K. Fjelde, E. H. Vefring, 2005: Paper SPE 97028 presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, Texas, 9-12 October 2005


DrillScene® and DrillTronics training and support
Sekal offers a range of DrillScene training courses to meet the needs of data analysts, drilling analysts, and mud loggers. Each course teaches effective workflow practices and encourages users to adopt the most effective and proactive processes for their operations.

Real-time applications require special setup and Sekal has developed courses that are tailored to the needs of IT support staff. These courses will help users to ensure that the application is correctly setup and receiving real-time feeds at the rig or the operation support center.

DrillScene coursesLevelUser
Interpretation & MonitoringAdvancedData analysts, drilling engineers, and mud loggers
Configuration and setupIntroductionData analysts, drilling analysts, and mud logger
IT Setup and ConfigureAdvancedIT administrators, IT application support staff
Interpretation & MonitoringIntroductionData analysts, drilling engineer, and mud loggers
Interpretation & MonitoringAdvancedData analysts
Interpretation & MonitoringSuper-userExpert users

DrillTronics courses Level User
Maintenance and support of DrillTronics AdvancedElectricians

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