Aker Solutions is building model H-6 drilling rigs, the latest-generation of semi-submersible platforms specially designed to conquer the challenges of deepwater drilling operations in harsh environments. They include the MH DrillView™ system for optimal remote monitoring of the operations in action, which has integrated Milestone IP video surveillance software at its core.
The latest model, the Aker H-6e, is one of the largest drilling rigs ever, constructed by Aker Solutions in Dubai and towed to Aker Solutions' yard on the west coast of Norway. There it gets assembled in the topside facility and installed with the integrated Milestone video surveillance system with components delivered by Last Mile Communication AS.
Aker H-6e rigs weigh 16,000 tons and can drill in water depths up to 3,000 metres deep, with a maximum drill string length of 10,000 metres. Drilling operations are mainly conducted within enclosed areas of the topside facilities for safe, year-round operations. Exposed operating and inspection areas are shielded from wind and water, and a variety of heating systems compensate for Arctic-weather conditions. The H-6e hulls provide enhanced stability, so drilling can continue in weather conditions that would require other rig designs to shut down.
The MH DrillView system provides a user-friendly interface for acquisition, logging, storage, distribution and display of drilling data, as well as set-up and remote control of drilling equipment. MH DrillView integrates the drilling systems into one common control and monitoring centre for greater efficiency, safety and ease of use. Real-time drilling data can be shared between the driller, rig offices, shore base or other locations accessible by telecommunications.
|MH DrillView integrates the drilling systems into one common control and monitoring centre|
The Aker H6 offers a completely integrated platform designed for the entire drilling rig. User-friendly screens cover all normal drilling operations, as MH DrillView contains all the mechanisms required to interface with drilling equipment. All data stored from previous wells can be replayed for analysis and is available for offline reports.
The MH DrillView system has a built-in Web server, which means that all data can be made instantly available on a LAN/WAN/Internet. The drilling stations offshore can be linked via the internet to the remote diagnostics centre at Aker Solutions, so trouble-shooting can be carried out in cooperation with customer service without requiring Aker Solutions personnel to travel.
Safe operation of an automated drilling system requires effective monitoring in very demanding environments. Aker Solutions install up to 90 or more video cameras on each rig, and make the outdoor camera housings that are certified for handling the harsh milieu.
The dome type pan/tilt/zoom camera used is very small, weighing less than 12 kilos with a standard wall bracket and sunshield: the entire unit is only 155 mm in diameter and 300 mm high, which can therefore be placed in very small areas inside the hull of the drilling rigs. The PTZ camera movement is very fast at 100° per second, with endless panning, no stop and return. The MH DrillView system can also be delivered with fixed cameras, with or without zoom.
To keep the lens view clear of water, the dome glass can be cleaned using a high pressure wash unit. Drying is done by compressed air. Like all outdoor dome cameras, the housing has a fan and thermostat-controlled heater inside that keep them from fogging or icing up.
|The MH DrillView with integrated Milestone video|
The MH Dome CCTV system is interfaced to Milestone XProtect™ Enterprise software, which has been tailored by Milestone consultants to the Aker Solutions system use requirements. The Milestone XProtect software provides powerful management and control functions and can be easily made accessible to remote users over the internet or company Intranet.
The surveillance hardware includes a dome camera from Panasonic, model WV-NS202. Other network cameras used are Panasonic WV-NP1004 and ACTi ACM-1430. On drilling equipment where close-up images are required, "the world's smallest ATEX approved camera" (analogue) from Orlaco is used. For converting analogue signals to IP, ACTi SED-2610 or 2120 video servers are utilised.
The MH DrillView systems with integrated Milestone IP video software have been delivered to such customers as Maersk, Seadrill and Aker Drilling.
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