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crew member may be involved only once
or twice a year. They rediscover parts of
the process each time. "
Standardizing processes can lead to
much faster rig moves, Blackford reports.
" To help crews follow the standard process,
we make job aids that include instructions
for how to do the work and put them on
site, " he says. " Companies with enough
active rigs also may form a team that is
dedicated to planning moves and helping
rig foremen manage them. "
Efficient rig moves require coordination
between the drilling contractor, the operator,
trucking companies and the community,
Blackford stresses. " There is a
lot of pre-planning that goes into moves
to make sure companies have the right
permits to put equipment on the road, "
he notes.
Rig components also need to arrive
in the right order, Blackford advises.
" We have seen trucks bring equipment
on site that is not needed for several
days when the substructure is still sitting
on the old location, " he relates. " Ideally,
we want the substructure to arrive first
and sequence the other components so
the crew can start rigging up while
equipment is on the way.
" One common time sink is cleaning
the mats on which the rig sits, " Blackford
adds. " Historically, trucks would show
up and pull all the equipment to the side
so the mats could be cleaned and moved
to the new site. Exposing and cleaning
the mats can take a day, so we suggest
using two sets of mats that leapfrog
each other. One set would be cleaned
and installed at the new site ahead of
the move, while the current set would
be cleaned afterward. "
Optimizing moves can save huge
amounts of time, Blackford assures. " For
a recent client, we were able to cut the
number of days required for each move
from five to two and a half, " he says.
" Across an entire year, that was enough
for the rig to drill an extra well. "
Frontline Power
If companies want to continuously
improve rig performance, they should
try to keep crews together, Blackford
recommends. " So much efficiency comes
from crews knowing how to work together
and learning from each other, "
he explains.
When competition for employees is
steep, sustaining crews can be a challenge,
Blackford acknowledges. " Equitable
pay is just the start, " he says. " If a
company wants people to show up ready
to work hard and grow, they need to
treat workers like people and give them
incentives to improve. "
Making metrics more visible to rig
crews is vital, Blackford suggests. " For
example, at one of the operators I worked
for, we added a performance metric board
to the site. During the shift change, the
crew would discuss how far the well had
progressed during the last shift, any issues
that shift encountered and what the company
would like to accomplish during
the coming shift.
" The more crews saw their performance,
the more they began taking ownership
of it, " Blackford relates. " It's also
important to train crews to spot wasteful
activity, encourage them to make suggestions
and include them in problemsolving.
When crew members know their
superiors consider their knowledge and
ideas important as the company man's or
the drilling engineer's, rig performance
increases significantly. "
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