Drilling advances ///

You have your drilling and production organization, and, as is typical within most companies, never the twain shall meet. However, with non-productive time (NPT) in the deep- and ultra-deepwater putting canyon-like dents in drilling budgets, a small Houston company believes it’s high time for a meeting of the disciplines, at least where controlling subsea components is concerned. “Historically, drilling controls and production controls have always been kept totally separate,” said Margaret Buckley, control systems project/product manager for DTC International, Inc. “But, their purpose is the same, and that is to take a signal from the surface, and open and close valves.”

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