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Digitalization of the drilling process – how does it add value?

Digitalization of the drilling process – how does it add value?

The industry spotlight has been on the digitalization of the drilling process for some years now, but what value does it really provide? With the influx of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation and autonomous operations,...

PRESS RELEASE: Appointment of new CEO of Sekal

PRESS RELEASE: Appointment of new CEO of Sekal

The Board of Sekal AS is pleased to announce the appointment of Atle Sonesen as the new Chief Executive Officer of Sekal with effect from 1 February 2021. Sonesen comes from the position as COO of Noreco ASA. Mr. Sonesen has a broad and extensive experience within the...

Sekal in the press

Transocean has announced drilling automation of six floaters

Transocean has announced drilling automation of six floaters

Updated News - World Oil, 18 Feb 2019 STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland -- Transocean Ltd. has announced that it has entered into an agreement with its customer, Equinor, to license and install Automated Drilling Control (ADC) systems on four high-specification, harsh...

SPE – Equinor, Transocean Ink Deal for Five Automated Rigs

SPE – Equinor, Transocean Ink Deal for Five Automated Rigs

News update - Spe.org/Journal of Petroleum Technology, 19 February 2019 Transocean said will install automated drilling systems on four of its harsh-environment rigs on long-term contracts with Equinor. An additional rig will be outfitted with the automation...

Equinor gjør Transocean-rigger enda mer moderne

Equinor gjør Transocean-rigger enda mer moderne

News updates - Petro.no 19 February 2019 Etter svært gode resultater ved bruk av Automated Drilling Control (ADC) på Transocean Enabler, girer når Equinor opp på enda flere Transocean-rigger. Read the full article (in Norwegian) Sekal press release

Technical Papers

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

Conducts semi-automatic friction test and reciprocation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

DrillScene® and DrillTronics®
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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.

Sekal provides round-the-clock support for its software products through a dedicated hotline and an online support facility that includes password-protected access to a comprehensive user guide

 

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DrillScene Courses Level User
Interpretation & Monitoring Advanced Data analysts, drilling engineers, and mud loggers
Configuration and setup Introduction Data analysts, drilling analysts, and mud logger
IT Setup and Configure Advanced IT administrators, IT application support staff
Interpretation & Monitoring Introduction Data analysts, drilling engineer, and mud loggers
Interpretation & Monitoring Advanced Data analysts, drilling engineer, and mud loggers
Interpretation & Monitoring Advanced Data analysts
Interpretation & Monitoring Super-user Expert users

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