The new state-of-the-art rigging system for oil and gas industry, which was recently launched in Oman, evoked good response. There have been queries and confirmed orders ever since it was launched, according to the concerned organisations. RigRider, as the system is called, promotes safe rigging practices in Oman’s oil and gas industry and was launched in the presence of various oil and gas leaders, key government and industry officials at the Intercontinental Hotel Muscat.
“RigRider, a state-of-the-art system was developed by Dalma Energy, Yokogawa, and Well Engineering Partners. The product is a solution to assist workers on the rigs to be aware of all essential information and procedures at the time they are at work, using a watertight system to train, inform and guide rig personnel with modern smart phone, iPAD and touch screen technology”, Dr Fredric Young, CEO, Dalma Energy said.
Dr Tom Bakker, technology director of Well Engineering Partners, Netherlands said, “Contrary to what many oilfield experts believe, history shows that bookshelves full of information do not consistently lead to safe and efficient drilling operations with minimal human error. Mistakes are made and shortcuts continue to be taken resulting in operational inefficiency and compromised safety, leaving the door ajar to major drilling catastrophes. RigRider technology brings vital knowledge from the bookshelf to oilfield personnel at the moment they need it.”
Investigations of small and major incidents consistently show that compliance to procedures is an important underlying cause. Safety programmes, procedures and instructions are usually in place and up to date. However, poor use of the information is a major concern. Implementation of changes after incidents takes long to penetrate all levels in the organisation, in fact creating temporary competence gaps.
Mohammed al Esry, Vice-President, Organisational Effectiveness, Dalma Energy said: “Dalma Energy operates 22 land rigs throughout the Gulf region, Asia and North Africa. We have embraced this technology, as we believe it brings vital knowledge to frontline staff. We can't expect rig crews to know all the details and keep up to date with changing procedures and new regulations unless it is at their fingertips. This system creates a direct link between frontline workers and procedures,” he said.
RigRider creates on the rig a modern environment with ruggedized interactive touch screen stations that supports all personnel on the drilling rig to carry out their work in a consistent way, ensuring that only fully competent and well informed personnel are at work and that their actions are coached and traced.