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Wishing you a happy and successful year ahead!

Wishing you a happy and successful year ahead!

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Happy New 2017!

It is time to say goodbye to one of the drilling industry’s most difficult – and perplexing – years since records began. A year during which all forecasters got their predictions wrong, and a year in which many tens of thousands of people lost their jobs most unfortunately.

We all know the negatives, and we all know of someone who is out of work, or, happily, of someone who has found a different career path in a different industry.

This summary focuses upon the positives which IDEAS has experienced throughout 2016 since remaining positive is key to survival during any difficult downturn or situation.

It is often said that management can only be as good as their people. IDEAS have always had stunning people – creative, imaginative and hard working.

We attended a very wide variety of Exhibitions & Conferences ranging from Singapore through to Malaysia and Australia, presenting technical papers at many of them and catching up with old friends at the rest.

We presented our absolute best during our courses to our friends from Japan, Russia, Germany and South-east Asia.

We travelled to the U.K. to set-up our new office so that we could better serve the needs of our clients in Africa, Europe & Russia; and, whilst there, met with colleagues, new business contacts and the Scottish Development Agency.

Along with our technical papers (which are available for download) we published a key business paper in the esteemed PetroMin magazine which is widely circulated throughout South-east Asia.

We funded the SPE Student Conference in Qingdao University in China, presenting two papers and travelled as much as we could to meet other potential clients e.g. CNOOC to discuss our array of skills and strove to develop new business relationships with service / supply companies.

Moving forward, we aim, from both Scotland and Singapore, to continue to improve our training materials & consultancy services, particularly in the cost-effective fields of E-learning / Distance-learning and, particularly with respect to Consultation, Skype Services.

May the IDEAS spirit of truth, honesty, perfection and hard work bathe thee well throughout the coming year of 2017.

Wishing You a Happy and Successful Year Ahead!

Wishing you a happy and successful year ahead!

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Happy New Year 2016!

It is time to say goodbye and put behind us the year 2015. It was a year filled with many mixed events of happiness, hard work and challenges. With enthusiasm, hope and new resolutions, IDEAS is now set to welcome a fresh new year of 2016.

IDEAS will be starting 2016 with a grateful heart. We are thankful for the many challenges that created our work opportunities for us. The only reason a job – any job – exists is to solve a set of problems. IDEAS has always and will continue to be committed to solve our clients’ problems, and that has always kept us going. For example, making it possible for our clients to maximise drilling productivity and to minimise drilling cost.

We are thankful for the opportunity to do good work with great people every day. Not enough people get to work on worthwhile projects with people they genuinely enjoy working with. We have been extremely lucky to be able to work with people whom we truly respect, people who are so passionate about their work and who in turn inspire us to be better at everything that we set out to do.

We are thankful for the fact that we can directly impact the growth of our clients’ businesses with the solutions we create and offer — seeing our solutions resolve our clients’ problems thrills us every single time.

As you can see from our photographs taken throughout 2015, like many service companies, we too had a worrying and roller-coaster year, simply because our Operator clients and Drilling Contractors clients have had a worrying and roller coaster year too.

As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” No matter how bad the industry situation is going to be, we believe it will improve. We have great yearly highlights from our friends at SapuraKencana on the Assistant Drillers Programme; COSL on the HPHT Drilling Operations, Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Courses; Ophir for the Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Course and Pakistan Petroleum Limited for the Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing Course in Karachi. Time sure flies!

Finally, as a Team, we had a marvelous time at SPE Asia in October where we had an exhibition stand, presented two papers and the opportunity to meet the in-coming SPE President Dr Nathan Meehan, who reminded us that now, more than ever, we need synergy and teamwork.

Moving forward, we aim to continue to improve our training materials and services, particularly in the cost-effective field of E-Learning / Distance Learning.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get things right for the oil and gas industry!

 

IDEAS Was Proud To Be Able To Present 2 Papers At The API Exhibition On International Standards (Axis) At , 13 – 15 January 2016, The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

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What would a trip to Malaysia's capital be without this 88-story Twin Towers view?

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Our booth at the API exhibition.

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Lucia and Mike, all ready for IDEAS' papers presentation on API standards.

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Mike's presentation on “API Standard 53 proves Ideal Training aide”

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Lucia looking ever so lovely at one of the technical sessions.

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Keynote VIPs chatting with Aivy at our booth.

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From L-R: Ameeza, William, Mike, Bob, Charlie and Lucia. Always thrilled meeting industry friends!

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Here's the master team behind the IDEAS booth setup. Here's to doing more great things together!

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PAPER 1

The first paper was entitled “API RP 96 & API BULLETIN 97: ESSENTIAL FOR DEEPWATER WELL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SUCCESS” and is a must for anyone who is involved in designing and drilling deepwater wells.

This paper portrayed the advantages of utilising API RP 96 & API Bulletin 97 for deepwater well planning and operations through discussing both unsuccessful and successful deepwater wells globally and offshore South East Asia.

Through portraying actual failures and successes in terms of well design and construction, the lessons learned can be applied to future deepwater South East Asia wells thereby inducing both successful drilling and associated well cost (which is all-important in today’s low oil price era).  Furthermore, given the evolving content of well control certification programs and also the area of well integrity, API RP 96 is most useful with regard barriers and their testing once in place.  This knowledge is extremely beneficial from both a planning and operational perspective for all those who are directly involved in deepwater wells.

API RP 96 & API BULLETIN 97: ESSENTIAL FOR DEEPWATER WELL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SUCCESS by IDEAS Dr Michael Gibson

Dual Activity Drillships

API RP 96 & API BULLETIN 97: ESSENTIAL FOR DEEPWATER WELL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SUCCESS by IDEAS Dr Michael Gibson

Dual Activity Drillships

API RP 96 & API BULLETIN 97: ESSENTIAL FOR DEEPWATER WELL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SUCCESS by IDEAS Dr Michael Gibson

Dual Activity Drillships

Finally, the paper addressed published data which showed us that when costs over-run they are huge (typically of the order of $ several million).  Also, well loss likelihood is very high when wells are not superlatively designed, there are no contingencies in place should things go awry, operational planning is less than optimal and risks have neither been adequately addressed nor assessed from a life-cycle well integrity perspective.

PAPER 2

The second paper was entitled “API STANDARD 53 PROVES IDEAL TRAINING AIDE”

This paper portrayed the advantages of utilising API Standard 53 as a key training aid in the area of Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for a “fast-track” or “accelerated” Assistant Driller Training Program for young people new to the Industry employed by a major drilling company here in South East Asia.

The challenge was to educate young people of different backgrounds, nationalities, skill capabilities and language abilities in Blowout Prevention Equipment who have never come across such equipment before so that they clearly understand the design and functionality of their equipment on-board their specific rig.

Given that well control is not an easy subject for people to understand (especially those who are new to the Industry) the task of writing material especially suited for such people is not as easy as it may seem, since the bulk of material available on the subject is at too high and too complex a level.

advantages of utilising API Standard 53 as a key training aid in the area of Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for a “fast-track” or “accelerated” Assistant Driller Training Program for young people new to the Industry employed by a major drilling company here in South East Asia

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advantages of utilising API Standard 53 as a key training aid in the area of Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for a “fast-track” or “accelerated” Assistant Driller Training Program for young people new to the Industry employed by a major drilling company here in South East Asia

BOP Equipment

advantages of utilising API Standard 53 as a key training aid in the area of Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for a “fast-track” or “accelerated” Assistant Driller Training Program for young people new to the Industry employed by a major drilling company here in South East Asia

BOP Equipment

API Standard 53 was the ideal solution for this training program since it is both clearly and unambiguously written.  It also dove-tails perfectly with the new IADC “Wellsharp” well control training program and the OGP Report No.476 which recommends certain enhancements to well control training.

Every trainee that scored high marks in the Blowout Equipment Systems section is testimony to the fact that API Standard 53 is indeed the perfect training aid for young people coming into the Industry for the first time and is, furthermore, seen as an ideal standard for future training courses e.g. for Drillers and Drilling Engineers for example.

 

Chinese New Year 2016

With colourful display of lion dances, red garlands and New Year paintings lining the street, Chinese New Year is one festival that all Chinese over the world would celebrate. Also known as Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is undeniably the most important event in our Chinese calendar.

IDEAS has barely settled down from our Christmas and New Year Celebrations, but we are already looking forward to THE celebration we have all been waiting for.

We love this festive season for everything. This is the period of fun, joy, reunions, and a time to feast all we can on the festive goodies. For all the weight we are soon about to gain, we blame it on Chinese New Year. Diet can definitely wait for now.

IDEAS is very lucky to be able to soak ourselves in the festive mood by decking our office in bright red decorations and stocking up on CNY goodies! As Chinese New Year is all about being RED, you will see why our office is all decked with red and gold decorations!

We can safely say we are happy, refreshed and ready to face the challenges of the coming year. Here at IDEAS, we wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May this year of the Monkey be your best year yet!

生意兴隆 (Sheng Yi Xing Long) which also means - May our business prosper!

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Decorating the office can be so much fun!

Introducing our freshly brewed home-made Chinese tea by our very own office manager, Kitty!

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The pussy willow is our favourite flower for Chinese New Year. It symbolises prosperity and growth!

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A close up of our beautifully decorated pussy willows!

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Aivy, our marketing manager enjoying the Chinese New Year spirit!

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CNY is only complete with Yu Sheng, which we would use chopsticks to raise the ingredients high up in the air while speaking out loud auspicious phrases.

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This is when we 'toss up good fortune’ using raw fish salad which symbolises an ‘abundance of wealth and long life’. IDEAS HUAT AH! (Prosperity ah!)

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May the year of Monkey brings you good luck and prosperity. A very Happy New Year from our IDEAS family to yours!

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Directional Drilling & Surveying Course in Singapore

Congratulation to Norihito for Completing Directional Drilling & Surveying Course in Singapore!

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Congratulation to Norihito for Completing Directional Drilling & Surveying Course in Singapore!

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A great dinner together to try out our local cuisine!

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Starting New Lunar Business Year with a Bang!

IDEAS welcoming the new lunar business year with “财神” (God of Wealth) and excellent Lion Dance performance!  The God of Wealth is a Chinese deity who can bless one with luck, wealth and economic opportunities.  Chinese believe that the lion signifies courage, stability, superiority and a business being visited by the performers of the Lion Dance will have good luck in the year to come.

IDEAS wishes everyone a good monkey year ahead!

Getting ready to welcome the Lion Dance Performance!

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Welcoming the Lion Dance to our office on the first day of our business year!

Throughout the performance, the Lion would mimic various moods and demonstrate similar physical gestures allowing the Lion to look life-like.

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This was a symbolic act of blessing by the lion, with the spitting out of the leaves signifying that there will be an abundance of everything in the coming year.

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This was a symbolic act of blessing by the lion, with the spitting out of the leaves signifying that there will be an abundance of everything in the coming year.

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We were also visited by "财神" or "God of Wealth"!

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The Lions had blessed us a new prosperous business year and leaving a set of lucky numbers!

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IDEAS wishing everyone a good monkey year ahead!

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The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibitions & Conference At , 24 – 26 February 2016, The Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Western Australia

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Check out the impressive Scotland pavilion we are at!

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IDEAS' stand at AOG.

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Aivy, our marketing manager & Matilda, our business development manager looking great at the stand.

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Whisky tasting is always a good idea ;)

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Guess who came by our stand! Rob St Ledger, our long time partner!

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One of the many industry friends we made at the show, Jack Bain and Niki Yeung of SMRU Hong Kong!

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Oil & Gas Outlook Asia Pacific 2016 by EIC Asia Pacific

IDEAS (Singapore) was delighted to attend the Energy Industries Council Regional Showcase on 17 March 2016 held at the British High Commission Singapore.

The EIC showcase was excellent. Topics ranged from Asia Pacific Outlook through to manpower challenges, training services and, most importantly of all for IDEAS (who are essentially oil and gas focused based in Singapore and therefore the wider geographical regions), and Indonesia Oil & Gas Outlook 2016.

The presentations have given us the insights of the current and future oil & gas markets, especially on the oil price and the manpower challenges:

1. “Introduction to UK Export Finance” by Ali Sherwani, Regional Head (International Business Development), EIC.

2. “Asia Pacific Outlook” by Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS.

3. “Expertise Needed, Expertise Found” by Andy Williams, Regional Director, NES Global Talent

4. “Indonesia Oil & Gas Outlook 2016″ by Willy Kurzana Putra, UKTI Jakarta.

The key learning for us from the speakers was that, although the price of oil will stay low for some time, it will slowly recover which means that Operators can then begin to dust-off their field development plans. As we all know, what goes down must come up and we are sure that there will be a market recovery. However, most would agree it will not be in 2016. As per what the Chief Economist, Rajiv Biswas said, Oil price will recover, but most likely not until 2017.

Something for all of us to think about is what happens when oil price does start to rise substantially? What happens to all those people who have been laid off? Will there be enough experienced manpower to cater to the demands?

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British High Commission Singapore

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Energy Industries Council (EIC)

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IDEAS Visits The Offshore Technology Conference Asia (OTC Asia) 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Offshore Technology Conference Asia (OTC Asia) was held in Kuala Lumpur from 22 – 25 March 2016. OTC Asia was where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. IDEAS was pleased to network with existing clients and meet prospective clients and partners at OTC Asia!

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Petronas, Corporate Supporting Organisation for OTC Asia 2016!

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SapuraKencana Petroleum

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Shell's presentation on deepwater project in Malaysia

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Weatherford

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Aivy, our Marketing Manager & Matilda, our Business Development Manager

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IDEAS was honoured to be invited to an excellent meeting between Azbil Corporation (www.azbil.com – formally Yamatake Corporation of Japan) and Sembcorp Marine & Keppel Offshore Marine

IDEAS was honoured to be invited to an excellent meeting between Azbil Corporation (www.azbil.com – formally Yamatake Corporation of Japan) who supply marine control systems, equipment and LNG expertise to the oil and gas industry and Sembcorp Marine & Keppel Offshore Marine.  Many interesting topics were discussed, not least the slowdown in the industry but also ways forward regarding diversification and business development.

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IDEAS to present HPHT Paper at IADC / SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition

IDEAS is pleased to announce it will be presenting IADC/SPE 180660 “HPHT Field Development Experience Transfer” during the IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, 22 – 24 August 2016.  The Paper looks at how a world-class Operator solved a major gas leak problem on one of its HPHT wells averting a major possible inclident.

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IDEAS is pleased to announce joint co-operation with Neoseismic

IDEAS is pleased to announce joint co-operation regarding Geophysics & Geology with Neoseismic who are experts in seismic data acquisition and interpretation to assist clients with this crucial technical area so vital in helping to reduce drilling costs and maximise oil production.  We look forward to working with both Neoseismic and clients who require this crucial area of expertise.

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IDEAS is pleased to meet Mr Grant Wallace of Salos Sunesis Ltd in Scotland

IDEAS is pleased to meet Mr Grant Wallace of Salos Sunesis Ltd in Scotland to discuss business development and co-operation during this difficult time in the drilling industry. Salos Sunesis Ltd is one of our premier preferred partners having worked with us on HPHT projects offshore Vietnam and onshore Malaysia in the past, providing excellent service to clients and ourselves alike.  Salos Sunesis Ltd are experts in coaching on-board the rig, risk assessment, crew competency, well control and HPHT operations in general, often saving $millions per well and maximising safety.
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IDEAS is pleased to meet World-Class Leadership Coach and Mentor in Edinburgh, Scotland

IDEAS was able to meet World-Class Leadership Coach and Mentor my Matthew Anderson of Unicorn ARC in Edinburgh on 1st May 2016 in Edinburgh to see how best to incorporate both Matthew and his company’s expertise into what IDEAS is doing in Asia regarding Leadership Training and related subjects. Matthew is an ex British Army Officer who went through intense Leadership Training and holds a PhD in the subject.  He advises many clients both in Scotland and World-wide and has considerable oilfield / drilling experience and is therefore able to help companies and people during this very difficult time in our Industry.
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IDEAS meets Mr Alan Henderson of Scottish Development International in Scotland

IDEAS is delighted to be able to meet Mr Alan Henderson of Scottish Development International in Glasgow, Scotland, on 4th May 2016 to discuss how our expertise can best help the industry in terms of Wellness. Many people are finding things difficult during these difficult times and IDEAS, with their psychology experience and network, would like to help these people as much as possible. Alan kindly gave us his thoughts on how we might proceed and we are most grateful for his time. Thank you Alan for your kindness and enthusiasm!

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IDEAS to present HPHT Paper at IADC / SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition

IDEAS is pleased to announce it will be presenting IADC/SPE 180670 “Bespoke Fast-Track Training Program Proves Successful for Major Drilling Contractor” during the IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, 22 – 24 August 2016.

The Paper looks at how a world-class tender-assist Drilling Contractor took a group of bright, young, energetic people and developed them into Assistant Drillers during and 18-month period, utilising E-Learning, Classroom and Offshore Development / Training Programs.

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The Delegates in January 2015 at the Singapore Induction Program

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The Drilling Contractor Specialises in High-Class Tender Assist Drilling

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Many Modules Were Covered – From The Tender Through To Down-Hole

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Classroom Training in Bangkok, Thailand, 2015

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Classroom Training in Kuala Lumpur, 2016

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There are many advantages to using a Fast-Track Training Program

 

IDEAS is pleased to present its 3rd Paper at the IADC / SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition in Singapore, 22-24 August 2016

IDEAS is pleased to announce it will be presenting IADC/SPE 180589 “Risk Analysis Maximizes Safety, Efficiency & Drilling Cost Effectiveness: Vital in Today’s Oil Price Era” during the IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, 22 – 24 August 2016.

The Paper looks at how thorough Risk Analysis saved the Operator $millions.

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Do you drill with a 6th Generation Drill Ship or an Older Semi?

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You must carry out thorough, detailed QRA

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Are we ALARP?

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If we’re ALARP, then why the Hercules Blowout?

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If we’re ALARP, then why the KS Endeavour Blowout?

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We must carry-out detailed Risk Analysis Work

 

IDEAS is delighted to be back in South East Borneo teaching TOTAL Drilling Supervisors Stuck Pipe Prevention & Fishing

We are delighted to be teaching TOTAL personnel again in Balikpapan our combined Stuck Pipe Prevention & Fishing course to help reduce drilling costs in this difficult economic climate.  Thanks to TOTAL and PetroSync (especially Shanice and Elsa) for their marvellous organisation and hospitality and to all the IDEAS girls for working so hard on this great project.

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Congratulations to our participants for completing the course!

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Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing for Total at Balikpapan !

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Total Delegates on the Stuck Pipe Prevention, Balikpapan, Indonesia, May 2016

Upgrade to Stuck Pipe Prevention Material II: Geological samples, Sarawak Field Trip

During the period 22 May – 3 June ’16 an opportunity was taken to further study the geology of the Santubong, Damai area of Sarawak. Geological samples were found which perfectly portray the 3 types of “cavings” which “fall” into a wellbore whilst it is being drilled, so causing stuck pipe, stuck casing or stuck logging tools for example.

If the shale-shaker hand on-board the rig is able to distinguish drilled cuttings from cavings – and, especially, the type of caving, then the appropriate action can be taken in order to prevent the pipe from becoming stuck.

As depicted, Type 1 Cavings are very angular and are indicative of rock formation collapsing due to insufficient “support” (which typically comes from drilling mud hydrostatic being insufficient). Type 2 Cavings are very square and are indicative of fractured rock. If these cavings are observed at the rig site then beware of becoming stuck through lost circulation and poor hole cleaning. Type 3 Cavings are indicative of fractured rock in a “perpendicular” direction and, again, when drilling care should be taken as regards lost circulation and poor hole cleaning.

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North East Sarawak

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Santubong

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Example of one sample bed

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Slate / Shale Cavings Type 1: Angular

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Slate / Shale Cavings Type 2: Square / “Blocky”

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Slate / Shale Cavings Type 3: Splintery”

 

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Drilling for town personnel – First session, Singapore, 17 June

We were delighted to present, in Lunch & Learn format, “Drilling for Town” personnel on Friday 17th June in the SapuraKencana boardroom, Keppel Towers, Singapore.  The objective was to help town-based personnel better understand what goes on offshore and the following topics were covered with accompanying PowerPoints and videos:-

  • Introduction to IDEAS
  • Oil & Gas – How it all began
  • Offshore Drilling – Rig Types, Exploration, Appraisal & Development Drilling
  • Tender Assist Drilling
  • Offshore Personal Stress & Wellness

This latter area was deemed very important for the office staff, since many admitted that they didn’t know that anxiety and stress was so prevalent amongst offshore workers, particularly during the current down-turn.

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Introduction to IDEAS

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Keppel Towers, Singapore

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Oil & Gas – How it all began

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Offshore Drilling & Risk

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Tender Assist Drilling

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Lucia Explaining Stress Management

Sapurakencana Accelerated Assistant Driller Programme – Third classroom session & course certification, Singapore, 20 – 24 June 2016

We were delighted to teach the third classroom training module – Understanding Well Control – to the SapuraKencana Accelerated Assistant Driller Programme delegates in Singapore, during the period 20 – 24 June 2016 in the SapuraKencana boardroom, Keppel Towers, Singapore.

A wide variety of well control topics were covered with accompanying PowerPoints, videos and teamwork exercises as well as a leadership module delivered by Lucia since all the young AD’s on the programme are considered to be future leaders.  It was a very enjoyable week and it has been a memorable 18-month programme.

The week closed by all team’s presenting their Macondo Teamwork Exercise to Management with the delegate’s Assistant Driller Certificates and Course Transcripts being presented by SapuraKencana Drilling Management.

Thanks to Kerry and his team for all their help throughout the course and to Donald, Director, being such an important part of the closing celebration!

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All the way from the January 2015 Orientation in Singapore Through to . . .

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. . . The Final Week in Singapore . . . June 2016 . . .

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Kerry, Everyone’s Friend and Mentor

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Everyone Hard at Work During the Last Week in Singapore

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Lucia presenting her “Leadership” Module

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Yeoh, a Graduate from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, another outstanding “star” of the course, with Lucia and Mike, Trainers

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Paul, from Thailand, has already been promoted to AD, has 70 hours on the brake and has already passed his well control examination

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“Nice”, from Thailand, being presented with her “Certificate of Completion” and her “Course Transcripts” by Mr. Donald McKay, Director of Special Projects, alongside Mr. Kerry Williams, SapuraKencana Training Manager

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One of the “outstanding” stars of the course, “Nice” from Thailand, with Lucia and her “Certificate of Completion” and “Course Transcripts”

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“Nik”, from Malaysia and Leeds University, U.K., being presented with his “Certificate of Completion” and hir “Course Transcripts” by Mr. Donald McKay, Director of Special Projects, alongside Mr. Kerry Williams, SapuraKencana Training Manager

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What a fantastic “Farewell” to a great course! Thanks to such a wonderful group of students and hard-working staff including Kerry, Donald, Lucia, AJ, Benito, Stephanie and Rachel of SapuraKencana. “Good Luck” to Everyone!

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“Good Luck” to all the fantastic 11 SapuraKencana “Fast Track” Assistant Drillers of the future! May all your career dreams come true! You have become fantastic friends!Kerry, Donald, Lucia, AJ, Benito, Stephanie and Rachel of SapuraKencana. “Good Luck” to Everyone!

 

Drilling for town personnel – Second session, Singapore, 27 June

We were delighted to present the second session of our “Drilling for Town” personnel in “Lunch & Learn” format on Monday 27th June in the SapuraKencana boardroom, Keppel Towers, Singapore. As with the first session, the objective was to help town-based personnel better understand what goes on offshore and the following topics were covered with accompanying PowerPoints and videos:-

  • Introduction to IDEAS
  • Oil & Gas – How it all began
  • Offshore Drilling – Rig Types, Exploration, Appraisal & Development Drilling
  • Tender Assist Drilling
  • Offshore Personal Stress & Wellness

This latter area, covered by Lucia, was deemed very important for the office staff, since many admitted that they didn’t know that anxiety and stress was so prevalent amongst offshore workers, particularly during the current down-turn.

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IDEAS’ Core Competencies

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Ready to go: SapuraKencana, Singapore

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Helicopter Travel: Part of the Offshore Life

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Example of a drill-floor area

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Nothing Happens Offshore Without People

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Lucia Explaining Stress & Personal Wellness

Meeting the legend Rob St. Ledger in Kuala Lumpur, 1 July 2016

Without doubt, Rob St. Ledger is one of the World’s Experts in Well Control, if not the World’s Expert. With 35 years of drilling experience, the last few years offshore as OIM, Rob’s teaching / learning mantra is one of Understanding the subject as opposed to just learning well control to pass an exam.

His passion is that the student understands the subject, and, to this end, few people are as qualified as Rob to achieve this. In today’s cash-strapped market, non-one can afford a well control event, particularly if it goes out of control.  Rob runs versatile well control schools throughout Australia and Asia (centered in Perth and Kuala Lumpur) and Ideas are delighted to market him in this regard. He runs both IWCF and IADC WellCap / Wellsharp Courses:-

  • Introduction to Well Control
  • Fundamental Well Control
  • Supervisors Well Control
  • Level 2 (Introduction)
  • Level 3 (Driller)
  • Level 4 (Supervisor)

We were also able to meeting his very competent, able and lovely assistant Jackie, who has more energy than a dozen greyhounds and dozen racehorses put together!

Few people realise the importance of truly understanding well control – hence Montara, Macondo, Hercules and the KS Endeavour. Sign up today to understand well control – you won’t regret it.

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Fig 1: Meeting the Legend Rob St. Ledger in KL, 1st July

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Fig 2: Remote Simulator Training – Can be carried out Anywhere in the World

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Fig 3: Rob Uses an Excellent Well Control Manual (written by him) and a Drilling Formula Guide

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Fig 5. Just look at the Quality of the Graphics

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Fig 6. Perth Base

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Fig 7. Kuala Lumpur Base

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Fig 8. Just 2 of Rob’s Areas of Expertise

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IDEAS is presenting a series of papers at the 2nd Petro-Gathering China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao

Come and see us!

Dr Michael Gibson and Ms Lucia Ng will be presenting a series of papers at the 2nd Petro-Gathering, China University of Petroleum

Date: 16 July 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: China University of Petroleum (East China) – Engineering Building B347

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Qingdao, China, 15 July 2016

Thanks to our marvelous guides for taking the time and the trouble – and the effort – for taking us to Lao Shan and the world famous “Tsingtao” brewery (originally established by Germany in the early 1900’s). This marvelous hospitality allowed us to see parts of Qingdao which we would never otherwise have been able to see. Thank you!

The hills and famed water sources of Lao Shan

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Lucia, Matilda and our fantastic Qingdao University hosts at Lao Shan

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Early advertising brochure of the world-famous Tsingtao beer brand, established by Germany in the early 1900’s

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Early Production Line Worker

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Certificate of Authenticity & Standard

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Lucia and Matilda trying a wee drop!

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The first barrel of the opening of the 1st Qingdao International Beer Festival

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Part of the Brewery

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Cheers Lucia & Matilda!

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Good will is all-important!

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Qingdao Petroleum University Forum, China, 15 July 2016

We were delighted to be invited to Qingdao Petroleum University for the 3-day SPE / China International Student Petroleum Forum which involved the presentation of some excellent international papers, laboratory visits, well control simulation room visits, the fracture fluid challenge, the software usage challenge and the SPE Workshop.

IDEAS was proud to be the sponsor and also presenting a series of paper at the SPE Workshop.

Without doubt, this is a marvelous University with excellent management, professors, assistant professors, teachers and students. There are very few places in the world which has such an excellent center of brilliance: just marvelous to see – and experience!

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China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, Shandong Province

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China University of Petroleum, Qingdao

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School of Petroleum Engineering, Qingdao University

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School of Petroleum Engineering Sculpture

Preparing for the Opening Ceremony – Matilda & Lucia

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The Ceremony is now Officially open – Evening of 15 July 2016

Qingdao Petroleum University Forum, China, 16 July 2016

Day 2 of the Qingdao Petroleum University Forum saw a marvelous Opening Ceremony by both the University and the key sponsors of the event. Held in the main hall, each company introduced themselves along with the key organizers from the University and the SPE. Following the excellent international papers, laboratory visits, the fracture fluid challenge, the day ended with IDEAS’ staff presenting the SPE Workshop from 1900 – 2130 hours in Engineering Building B347. Subjects covered were key areas for future research, the current state of the industry and leadership skills.

In a packed room, prizes were presented for “best answers” and it was marvelous to see such an international audience present!

Matilda, Lucia and Mike all set to make their Corporate Presentation

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Everything is now declared open!

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Matilda at the IDEAS stand

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Networking with delegates

Delegates hard at work at the Frac-Fluid Challenge

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Getting prepared for the SPE Workshop

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Lucia’s Workshop Presentation on Effective Leadership

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Matilda ready to hand-out the Samsung Tablet Prize

Qingdao Petroleum University Forum, China, 17 July 2016

Day 3 of the Qingdao Petroleum University Forum saw a marvelous series of presentations being given on the Frac-Fluid Challenge, the Petro-Software Contest and 3 marvelous talks by Distinguished Guests on their current views of the situation prevailing within the oil and gas industry at this present time.

With superb organisational skills behind them, the organisers, volunteers, administration staff and all students & staff did a wonderful job. Reminiscent of China’s terrific Olympic Games, the University did a marvelous job of coordinating, organizing and delivering!

Never, in all our years, have Ms Lucia Ng, Ms Matilda Ng and Dr Michael Gibson received such warmth, hospitality and generosity!

Thank you Qingdao Petroleum University – We will never, ever forget the warmth and hospitality you so generously bestowed upon us!

Prize-Giving Ceremony No. 1

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Prize- Giving Ceremony No.2 with Madame Wu Kehua, Deputy Director, far left

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Our wonderful friend, Miss Yin Xia (right)

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Our wonderful friend, Pan Bin (right) and colleague

Lucia collecting her certificates for a job well done!

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With Mr Arstan Bekbaev and Mr Li Jing Jiao, SPE North East China President

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You should always look at the stars!

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Closing Ceremony, 17 July 2016

Honorary lunch with Professor Zhang Rui – 17 july 2016

We were deeply honored to have been invited to have lunch with Professor Zhang Rui and his fellow team of Associate Professors, University Teachers and our fine guide, Mr. Pan Bin 17th July 2016. This was a marvelous lunch, of 5-star standard both in terms of the wonderful food and wonderful company!  We were able to talk not only to Professor Zhang himself but also to experts on rock mechanics, drill bit design, drill-string dynamics and drilling in general; including the extremely high standard of the papers presented at the conference and the University’s first-class reputation: not only in China but Internationally. This was Chinese hospitality at its finest: Thank you Professor Zhang.

With Professor Zhang Rui, his team and Pan Bin at the marvelous lunch hosted by the Professor

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With Professor Zhang Rui, his team and Pan Bin at the marvelous lunch hosted by the Professor

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Thank you for the great time together!

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Qingdao, China, 18 July 2016

Following the marvelous 3 days in Qingdao Petroleum University with such a marvelous group of people, it was time, on 18th July, for Lucia to meet the Directors of fellow CISPF sponsors PetroLink and to see the great Well Control Simulator at the University and to travel to Tianjin.

Directors of fellow sponsors PetroLink with Lucia 18 July 2016

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Working Scale Model of BOP Stack & Control Panel

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One of the world’s fastest rail systems

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CRH Trains capable of 305 km/hr

Matilda, Lucia and CRH Guard 18 July 2016

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Visit to Tianjin, 18 – 19 July 2016

Following the marvelous days we had in Qingdao with such a marvelous group of people, it was time, on 18th July, to travel to Tianjin on 18 July 2016 for a next-day meeting with two of the Managers of the CNOOC Training Center.

At Tianjin 19 July 2016

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CNOOC Offshore Oil Training Center, Tianjin, 19 July 2016

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Matilda and Lucia with the CNOOC Training Center Manager, Tianjin

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Matilda inside part of the CNOOC Training Complex

Taking a well-earned break before going to the station

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Tianjin South Railway Station

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CRH Train to Beijing 19 July 2016

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Train G128 to Beijing 19 July 2016

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Beijing, China, 20 July 2016

Lucia and Matilda visited Beijing’s Liyuan Theatre and they had enjoyed watching the famous chinese opera performance!

Raffles Hotel, Beijing

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At the Peking Opera; Mei Langfang brought this brilliant art to the World

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One of Peking Opera’s most famous costumes, preserved, left and current clothing right

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Lucia (and Matilda) at the Liyuan Theatre

Liyuan Theatre

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Liyuan Theatre

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CRH Train to Beijing 19 July 2016

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Liyuan Theatre

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Beijing (I), China, 21 July 2016

Thankfully the massive deluge of rain which lasted a night and almost two days which enveloped Beijing upon arrival had ceased by 21 July 2016 which allowed Lucia and Matilda to see the major sights of Beijing – principally the Great Wall and the Emperor’s Palace. A well-deserved break / rest from an extremely busy few days!

Two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet!

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Soldier’s Command Tower

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Two young ladies having fun – and . . . excellent creative photography from Matilda

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What a massive task!

Marvelous view of the Great Wall of China!

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Lucia relaxing!

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Matilda relaxing!

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Beijing (II), China, 21 July 2016

Thankfully the massive deluge of rain which lasted a night and almost two days which enveloped Beijing upon arrival had ceased by 21 July 2016 which allowed Lucia and Matilda to see the major sights of Beijing – principally the Great Wall and the Emperor’s Palace. A well-deserved break / rest from an extremely busy few days!

At the Emperor’s Palace

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At the Emperor’s Palace

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The Emperor’s “Throne”

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The Hall of Imperial Supremacy

Portion of the Emperor’s Palace

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Portion of the Emperor’s Palace

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Farewell Beijing

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Time to return to Singapore

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Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing from 25 – 29 July 2016, Singapore

It was our great pleasure to welcome Ilian and Mikhail who came all the way from the KCA Training Center Tyumen in Central Russia for our one-week training course in Stuck Pipe Prevention and Fishing held in Singapore.  Without doubt, these were two of the best people we’ve had on this course in years; their keen minds, quick thinking and ability to analyze problems extremely quickly gave them and KCA Deutag great credit: it’s clear that KCA Deutag hire the best – and in Ilian and Mikhail they have the best! Thanks guys for coming and for making our week so enjoyable! Really appreciate!

KCA Deutag is a premier, world-class Drilling Contractor

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Tyumen, Russia

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Well done Ilian for such a hard week’s work!

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Well done Mikhail for such a hard week’s work!

Thanks to our friends for coming such a long, long way to see us!

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An interesting lunch!

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Kitty, Ilian, Aivy, Lucia, Matilda & Mikhail. Thanks for a great week guys!

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Lucia, Ilian, Aivy, Mikhail, Kitty & Matilda. Thanks for a great week guys! And we wish you a safe and pleasant journey home!

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Happy Birthday Singapore, 9 August 2016

Happy Birthday Singapore! From 3rd world to 1st world in just 50 years per Mr. Lee Kuan Lew’s magnificent books! Scarcely, as a boy at boarding school here (Kinloss House and Bourne School) in the 1960’s do I now recognize this thriving city with brilliant road systems, MRT, the world’s Number 1 airline, the world’s Number 1 airport, marvelous sky-scrapers the envy of anywhere in the world, low crime rate, and coastal engineering (not to mention the magnificent rig and ship yards at Jurong, Tuas and Sembawang for example. Following its Independence in the 1960’s, it was kind of my Mr Lee Kuan Yew to leave standing the bridges across the Singapore River that the British built and many of the buildings, reservoirs, the tree-lined roads, much of the police system and the judicial system etc.  These are just several reasons for Britain and Singapore being such good political friends today. Well done Singapore! And may I personally wish you “Happy Birthday”!

Happy Birthday Singapore!

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

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Our Certifications

Certification of Appreciation from SPE (Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition)

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IADC Certificate of Membership 2015

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IADC Certificate of Membership 2016

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SPE Membership 2015

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Sponsorship Certification from 2016 Petro-Gathering CISPF

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Certification of Appreciation from 2016 Petro-Gathering CISPF

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Certification of Appreciation from China University of Petroleum

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IADC / SPE Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore 22 – 24 August 2016 (I)

IDEAS was delighted to attend the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference held in Singapore during the period 22 – 24 August 2016 where we were honored to be invited to present 3 Technical Papers on the areas of Risk Analysis, Training and HPHT. This was a marvelous opportunity for us to be able to showcase areas of our expertise, to meet-up with old friends and to meet new ones.

In particular, we were delighted to be able to meet-up again with our brilliant colleagues from China, who presented not just excellent papers but gave us a glimpse of the future.

Finally, we were delighted to also meet-up again with Dr. Nathan Meehan, SPE President whom we last met at SPE in Bali, Indonesia, Mr. Mike du Bose of IADC and Mr. Chris Ong of Keppel FELS who both gave such excellent speeches at the packed Plenary Session in the Main Hall.

Thank you to everyone who made the 1st day such a marvelous day!

IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore

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Our marvelous ladies Kitty (Office Manager), Lucia (General Manager) and Matilda (Business Development Manager) en-route to the Conference Hall to catch-up with Aivy our Marketing Manager

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Our marvelous Marketing Manager Aivy next to Opus Offshores Drillship Model

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The absolutely marvelous IDEAS’ ladies – Lucia, Matilda, Aivy & Kitty

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IDEAS’ marvelous Office Manager and Marketing Manager, Aivy, by the stand of the company where we have just (fast-track) trained a magnificent group of Assistant Drillers

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With friend and colleague Dr. Nathan Meehan, SPE President and Lucia, IDEAS General Manager

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Privileged to shake hands with Mr. Mike du Bose, of IADC, who gave a brilliant Opening Speech and with whom we had an illuminating discussion regarding Well Control and IADC’s new excellent WellSharp Program, and Lucia, IDEAS General Manager

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Privileged to shake hands with Mr. Dan Young, of Wood Mackenzie, Singapore, who chaired an excellent Plenary Session, with fantastic panelists, during the morning of Day 1. Thank you Dan!

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Privileged to shake hands with Mr. Raphael Siri, CEO of Sapura Kencana Drilling, for whom we have just completed an 18-month accelerated Assistant Driller’s Program with marvelous management support.

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Following an excellent paper on the “Drilling Percussion Tool” by our colleagues at Qingtao University, China, Mr Xuan Ling Chao and Mr Zhang Bo. we were delighted to both shake hands and congratulate a technology of the future

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Privileged to shake-hands with long-tern colleague and friend Mr. Gary Colman of Cabot Specialty (HPHT) Drilling & Completion Fluids

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IADC / SPE Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore 22 – 24 August 2016 (II)

IDEAS was delighted to attend the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference held in Singapore during the period 22 – 24 August 2016 where we were honored to be invited to present 3 Technical Papers on the areas of Risk Analysis, Training and HPHT.  This was a marvelous opportunity for us to be able to showcase areas of our expertise, to meet-up with old friends and to meet new ones.

Our first paper was IADC/SPE-180589-MS entitled “Risk Impact Analysis Maximizes Safety, Efficiency & Drilling Cost Effectiveness: Vital in Today’s Oil Price Era” which is a free download in our web-site’s “Resources” section.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2nd day such a marvelous day!

IDEAS’ First paper at the Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore

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The main thrust of the Paper is that, despite – and since – Macondo – we’re still not addressing risks either properly or professionally, despite all the Industry’s talk. Otherwise, why Hercules and KS Endeavour? We need proper Risk Analysis, i.e. QRA based upon sound data.

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Singapore Skyline and Marine Bay

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Outside the Marina Bay Sands Conference Centre with General Manager, Lucia

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Towards Collyer Quay

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Inside Part of the Conference Centre

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The Conference Centre is next door to the Marina Bay Sands

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IADC / SPE Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore 22 – 24 August 2016 (III)

IDEAS was delighted to attend the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference held in Singapore during the period 22 – 24 August 2016 where we were honored to be invited to present 3 Technical Papers on the areas of Risk Analysis, Training and HPHT. This was a marvelous opportunity for us to be able to showcase areas of our expertise, to meet-up with old friends and to meet new ones.

Our second paper was IADC/SPE-180670-MS entitled “Bespoke Fast-Track Training Program Proves Successful for Major Drilling Contractor in Singapore” which is a free download in our web-site’s “Resources” section.

Thank you to everyone who made this such a marvelous day!

IDEAS’ Second paper at the Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore

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The main thrust of the Paper was the descriptive process of different groups of people of different skill sets and nationalities learning to become Assistant Drillers over an 18-month “Fast-Track” Program on Tender Assist Drilling Rigs. The paper describes how this was done and the success rates achieved. To commend the company involved, “Personal Training” was also given which is excellent.

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Singapore Skyline and Marine Bay

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Singapore Skyline

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Singapore Skyline

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Marina Bay Waterfront Walkway

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Marina Bay Waterfront Walkway

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IADC / SPE Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore 22 – 24 August 2016 (IV)

IDEAS was delighted to attend the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference held in Singapore during the period 22 – 24 August 2016 where we were honored to be invited to present 3 Technical Papers on the areas of Risk Analysis, Training and HPHT.  This was a marvelous opportunity for us to be able to showcase areas of our expertise, to meet-up with old friends and to meet new ones.

Our third paper was IADC/SPE-180660-MS entitled “HPHT Field Development Experience Transfer which is a free download in our web-sites “Resources” section.

Thank you to everyone who made this such a great conference and exhibition – in particularly the IADC & SPE.

IDEAS’ Second paper at the Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, Singapore

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The main thrust of the Paper was solving a HPHT problem on a development well

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Part of the Solution

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Typical Harsh Environment 15k Jack-Up Rig

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Key areas re HPHT Completions

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IADC

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SPE

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Thanks to all at IDEAS for helping with the Papers

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View Point – IADC / SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition – Singapore 22- 24 August 2016

For a conference and exhibition to be successful in a climate of $40 oil shows how committed people are to make things work. For IADC/SPE to have arranged such powerful Opening Session speakers (including Mike du Bose of IADC, Dr. Nathan Meehan of SPE, Raphael Siri of SapuraKencana and Chris Ong of Keppel FELS is a major success in itself; but to have arranged such an excellent Plenary Session moderated by Dan Young of Wood Mackenzie was just marvelous.

Despite the downturn there were excellent stands / exhibitors and a refreshing selection of international papers from Universities and Companies Worldwide. So considering $40 oil, this was an excellent conference and exhibition held in one of the world’s premier conference centers. We were delighted to attend – and to try to answer the questions to our papers – particularly those on training and HPHT. We look forward to meet our fellow colleagues in the future!

Stuck Pipe Prevention & Fishing – Further Upgrade 13 September 2016

IDEAS has further upgraded its stuck pipe prevention and fishing courses following our guests from Tyumen, Russia and it’s most recent field trips to study both the geology and topography of both Oman and Sarawak (on which there are many authorative texts).

We have included the following in addition to our existing, sterling material:-

  • The Split Shot Cutter
  • Fliter Cake Reduction
  • Megaton Fishing Jars
  • Logging Operations Jars
  • The Latest Directional Drilling Tool (Rotary Steerable Systems)
  • The Latest Examples and Uses in Expandables
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Water-sensitive formation (e.g. claystone, shale, mudstone)

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There are several new ways of cutting tubing

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Reducing Filter-cake

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Megaton Fishing Jar (Courtesy of Knight Oil Tools)

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Deep in the wellbore, it’s possible to become stuck with Logging Tools

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Logging Operations

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Rotary Steerable Systems Continue to Evolve (Courtesy SPE)

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Rotary Steerable Systems Continue to Evolve (Courtesy SPE)

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Downhole Problems may Require Expandable Solutions (Courtesy of Weatherford)

 

News & Announcements – 29 September 2016

IDEAS is pleased to announce the upgrade of its BHA / Drill String Section regarding the Drilling Vibration Mitigation & Reduction section of its Optimised Drilling Practices course in order to maximum ROP and minimise Twist-Off Risk which further reduces drilling costs and fish risk – something which the industry cannot afford today.

We look at the vibrations caused by the bit (particularly a heavy-set PDC compared with a light-set long-gauge PDC bit and roller cone bit) and the BHA’s stabilisation design and the drilling parameters.  We also look at hole quality – hole to drill the best quality hole so that casing / liner can be run to bottom due to reduced tortuosity.

Excessive Wellbore Tortuosity can increase Torque, Drag, Over-pull and Set-Down and reduce the change of running casing / tubing to bottom

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Heavy-set PDC bits can significantly influence downhole vibration

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Ideally we wish to see a smooth cutting index

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Stick-Slip whilst drilling illustration (Courtesy of Tomax)

Today’s Computer Simulations are Invaluable (Courtesy of SPE/IADC 173141)

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News and Announcements 26 October 2016

IDEAS is pleased to present its Training Calendar for 2017.  Please visit our Training Section for further details or contact us. We are also responding to the rapidly changing drilling training market situation during this period of exceptionally low oil prices by offering our customers bespoke training to more directly suit their implicit needs and requirements.  Do contact us for your own specific requirements.

News and Announcements – Deepwater Well Control, 26 October 2016

IDEAS is pleased to announce the upgrade of its Deepwater Well Control Course in order for Operators and Drilling Contractors to minimise the chance of a well control incident occurring in the first place and how to successfully circulate the influx to surface and kill the well with minimum risk and time should a well control incident occur.

Read more here

News & Announcements – Key Deepwater Drilling Considerations, 3 November 2016

IDEAS is pleased to announce the upgrade of its Deepwater Drilling Course in order for Operators and Drilling Contractors to minimise the risk of expensive well failures and NPT which is crucial in today’s low oil price environment.  The course covers those areas which are critical to the success of Deepwater exploration wells, appraisal wells and development wells, drawing on IDEAS’ Deepwater experience ranging from the Atlantic to South-east Asia.

Our newly upgraded Deepwater Manual, which accompanies our course material, has been neatly and clearly divided into sixteen sections, which covers those key points which are essential for success in the areas of planning, drilling contractor and service company integration, DWOP exercises, drilling operations and technical limit.  With clear graphics and artwork, this manual and course is a must for anyone involved in Deepwater Operations. Our new course can also be re-constructed for bespoke, specific wells and projects, and we are able to cover Case Histories which portray both excellent successes and failures.  We are also able to integrate operators, drilling contractors and service companies such that common alignment contributes significantly to drilling success.

Deepwater Semi-Submersible Rig (Photo Courtesy of COSL)

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Dual Activity Deepwater Drillship (Photo Courtesy of Atwood)

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Dual Activity Deepwater Drillship (Photo Courtesy of Seadrill)

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IDEAS Announces Upgrade to Its Advanced HPHT Drilling & Well Control Manual – 24th November 2016

IDEAS is pleased to announce the upgrade of its Advanced HPHT Drilling & Well Control Manual in order for Operators and Drilling Contractors to minimise the risk of expensive HPHT well failures and NPT which is crucial in today’s low oil price environment. The manual covers those areas which are critical to the success of HPHT exploration wells, appraisal wells and development wells, drawing on IDEAS’ HPHT experience ranging from the U.S.A. to South-east Asia.

Our newly upgraded Advanced HPHT Drilling & Well Control Manual, which accompanies our course material, has been neatly and clearly divided into twenty sections, which covers those key points which are essential for success in the areas of planning, drilling contractor and service company integration, DWOP exercises, drilling operations and technical limit. With clear graphics and artwork, this manual and course is a must for anyone involved in HPHT Drilling Operations. Our new course can also be re-constructed for bespoke, specific wells and projects, and we can cover Case Histories which portray both excellent successes and failures. We are also able to integrate operators, drilling contractors and service companies such that common alignment contributes significantly to drilling success.

The Advanced HPHT Drilling & Well Control Manual covers the following sections:- 1) Introduction; 2) Personnel Training; 3) Management & Safety; 4) HPHT Well Planning; 5) HPHT Drilling Fluids & Issues; 6) Wellbore Fluids Mechanics; 7) Primary Well Control; 8) Wellbore Dynamics / Finger-printing / Gas Solubility; 9) General HPHT Operations; 10) Special Considerations for Semi-submersible and Drill-ship HPHT Drilling & Well Control; 11) BOP & Casing Pressure Testing; 12) Managed Pressure Drilling; 13) Well Control Equipment & Materials; 14) Surface Gas Handling Equipment & Hydrates; 15) Equipment Standards & Inspection; 16) Pressure Detection Techniques; 17) Kick Control Preparation; 18) Well Kick Indicators; 19) Well Control Procedures (IWCF / IADC Well Sharp) and 20) Special Operations.

Our Instructors are all IWCF / IADC Well Cap / Well Sharp Accredited, and have a minimum of 25 years’ experience in the industry; some having more than 35 years’ experience in the industry; several being at PhD level.

Call us today to see how we can help you reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of your next HPHT well.