Spotlight on technology: Teaming-up with RigMinder

Another strategic acquisition at Trinidad

As you may have gathered from our news release issued on August 28th, there’s some exciting stuff going down at Trinidad. With the recent acquisition of RigMinder comes significant technology additions that are complementary to our fleet of 149 drilling rigs.

“Joining forces with RigMinder’s team is an exciting step forward in terms of technology on our rigs,” explained Adrian Lachance, Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer (and rig technology enthusiast).

We’re all excited about the unique potential the acquisition brings to Trinidad’s rig fleet.” Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rigs T37 and T38 Fox Creek Alberta April 2016

Spotlight on technology: Pad drilling 101 with Wayne Kuzio

This is the first post in Trinidad’s two-part pad drilling series.

Pad drilling is the real meal deal – a real “win-win”. According to Wayne Kuzio (Sr. Field Superintendent, industry veteran and pad drilling advocate), it has a firm place in the future of drilling.

“The benefits of pad drilling are even more important during low commodity pricing. It just makes sense from an efficiency, cost, time and environmental standpoint,” said Kuzio.

“In times like these, reducing costs and time per well is something I think we can all get onboard with.”

Kuzio is responsible for a number of rigs in our Canadian fleet, including Rigs 37 and 38, currently drilling on a pad near Fox Creek, Alberta (pictured below).

In this post, he and a few of his Rig Managers give us a pad drilling 101 crash course to explain how it all works. Continue reading

Spotlight on technology: how automated pipe-handling systems are making the Derrickhand’s job safer

Trinidad Drilling Rig 58

A Derrickhand stands on a rig 90 feet up into the sky. From there, he aligns pipes and directs them from the racking board fingers to the top drive, and vice versa.

The work is intensely physical, and there are always safety concerns, as well.

That’s why Trinidad Drilling is moving to an automated pipe-handling system on the derrick. It’s an exciting new development, both for safety and efficiency, and Trinidad has been testing it for about a year.

With the new system, the Derrickhand is comfortably inside the doghouse, instead of up on the monkeyboard. Instead of manually handling the pipes, he’s controlling them with a machine that carries out multiple functions automatically.

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Spotlight on technology: Making big rigs lighter

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 56 in Western Canada.
Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 56

When people think of engineering marvels, they usually think of bridges and dams. Drilling rigs may not be as visible to the public, but achievements in the design and manufacturing of these machines deserve some of the accolades, too.

For example, the engineering team at Trinidad Design & Manufacturing is finding ways to slim down large-capacity rigs by using lighter, but stronger, construction materials in our masts.

“As we go forward, drilling processes are getting more complicated – there is more equipment and bigger equipment involved,” explained Darren Self, one of Trinidad’s Mechanical Design Engineers. “As you start adding more equipment to existing rig designs, space becomes an issue.” Continue reading

Spotlight on technology: Rigs that can really move

Trinidad Rig 58 being built in Nisku, Alta.
Trinidad Rig 58 being built in Nisku, Alta.

Our “Spotlight on technology” blog series is all about innovations that are improving the way we drill oil and gas wells, but this post isn’t so much about what happens while drilling as what happens in-between wells. We’re talking about rig moving systems.

“Moving systems are continually increasing in functionality, ease of use and scope of application,” said Darren Self, a Design Engineer with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing.

Self walked us through some of what’s new with moving systems built for multi-well pad drilling. Continue reading

Spotlight on technology: The way a top drive works

This is the first post in Trinidad’s three-part series on top drives. 

Trinidad top driveThere is no question that top drives have changed the drilling industry. They have made rigs safer and more efficient. Plus, the technology allows us to reach drilling targets that were once considered unreachable.

“The top drive drilling system is one of the most significant advancements in drilling technology,” said Brent Kryzanowski, General Manager, Canadian Operations and the Top Drive expert for Trinidad’s Canadian fleet.

In this post, Kryzanowski explains how the game-changing innovation works. Continue reading

Spotlight on technology: How integrated control systems are changing drilling

Trinidad Drilling, driller

Advances in technology are changing the way crews work on drilling rigs.

At Trinidad, we are using integrated control systems to give Drillers the ability to control equipment from one main system in the safety of the cabin.

“New technologies will improve the safety of the rig crew by keeping them out of the way of dangerous equipment when possible,” explained Joel Hamonic, a Technical Coordinator with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rig 56

Rig spotlight: Trinidad Rig 56

After 20 years in the business, we understand each drilling program has its unique challenges. That’s why we’ve designed and upgraded our rigs with features like back-up secondary systems, centralized control systems, moving systems and safety enhancements to drill deeper, longer and more technically challenging wells.

Rig 56, Trinidad’s first 2000 HP rig added to our fleet in 2011, is no exception. Designed with both natural gas and diesel-powered engines, we’re able to adapt the rig’s power source to fit our customer’s drilling programs. Continue reading

Rig spotlight: 4 rigs getting ready for Mexico

Trinidad Design and Manufacturing’s headquarters in Nisku, Alberta, has been a flurry of activity this year. Our team there has been busy building new iron. Their current project? Four new rigs for Trinidad’s joint-venture operations in Mexico. When the rigs are finished, they’ll be the tallest in Trinidad’s fleet.

Here’s what you need to know about Trinidad’s new Mexican rigs:

Their names:

Rigs 701, 702, 703 and 704

Where they’ll be drilling:

The new, state-of-the-art rigs will operate in the area around Villahermosa, Mexico, through an international joint venture between Trinidad and Halliburton. The city of Villahermosa is an epicenter for oil and gas activity in Mexico. Continue reading