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DIETSWELL FACTORIG - RIG INSPECTION & AUDIT

DIETSWELL FACTORIG specializes in providing independent third party rig inspection, technical audit and commissioning services in order to assist oil and gas operators & drilling contractors with every aspect of their drilling rig specifications, operational and compliance requirements worldwide.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG has operated since 2002, carrying out Rig Audit & Inspections, Commissioning and project management services.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG operates onshore and offshore, competent with drilling units ranging from Land Rigs, Platform Rigs, Swamp Barges, Jack Ups and TADs, to Semi-Submersible Rigs and Drillships.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG’s team is composed of full-time personnel, selected by the their technical management and extensive hands-on expertise.

OUR SERVICES

DIETSWELL FACTORIG offers 12 Rig Inspection and Rig Auditing Services

A study of candidate qualifications and competencies is performed to verify the skills of personnel working on the units performing drilling operations. The task includes:

  • – Key candidate interviews
  • – In-activity direct observations
  • – Personnel stress and issue response
  • – Adequacy vs Job Description
  • – Language

DIETSWELL FACTORIG offers operators technical advice when it comes to selecting a new rig for their drilling campaign. It is essential for the operator to know if the leased rig is fit for carrying out the drilling program safely with minimal NPT possible. We believe that independent “Pre-charter surveys” are beneficial, even essential, for providing a review of the contractor equipment, and identify possible conflicts that would adversely affect the smooth operation and safety during the drilling campaign; they considerably reduce time for tender evaluation.

The pre-hire survey consists of a short visit in order to spot the major show-stoppers and give an overall recommendation for the following points:

  • – Major show-stoppers for operators’ drilling programs
  • – Current status of the rig and assessments of revamping required prior to operations
  • – That the rig specifications meet the client’s requirements
  • – Assessment maintenance management

The scope covers the following:

  • – Review major certificates and documentation
  • – Review maintenance history and PM system
  • – Visual inspection of the equipment
  • – Perform basic function tests if possible
  • – Assess revamping scope of work and highlight major issues to be taken care of before initialization.
Rig Inspections or conditions surveys are usually performed at regular intervals in order for the operator to benefit from an independent opinion regarding the conformity of their unit to international compliance and local regulatory standards. It determines the status of the unit at a specific time, ensuring major issues are highlighted in order to minimize downtime during operations. Regular rig inspections help prevent potentially expensive failures and down-time and indicate areas where there is a need for improvement as well as providing an idea on the current operational status of the rig. Failures within the maintenance system can be identified and critical safety issues highlighted.
 
 The scope will cover the following:
 
  • – Review of certificates and documentation
  • – Review maintenance history and PM system audit
  • – Visual inspection of the equipment
  • – Rigorous inspections of equipment including critical measurements and clearance to ensure equipment is running within recommended tolerances.
  • – Perform function tests, pressure tests, load tests, insulation tests, etc… if possible
  • – Review compliance with major international standards (API, MODU, LOLER, ASME, IEC, etc.)
  • – Review compliance with company standards and contractual requirements
  • – Executive DROPs and Ex survey
  • – Verification of safety devices in place
  • – Spare parts review

Prior to the start of operations, it is recommended to test the asset by simulating the actual drilling conditions that the operator will encounter during his program. DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides a range of experts (mechanical, electrical, operational/HSE and well control) to ensure that the rig is ready for drilling.

The scope of work covers all the tasks of a normal rig inspection, with additional intense testing sequences for the following systems:

  • – Drilling equipment
  • – Rig floor and structure
  • – Mud system
  • – Marine equipment
  • – Bulk system
  • – Power plant
  • – Electrical equipment
  • – Safety equipment
  • – BOP and well control equipment

The following tests can be performed:

  • – SIT (System Integration Tests or “endurance tests”)
  • – Hoisting tests
  • – Rotatory tests
  • – Low-pressure and high-pressure circulation tests
  • – Power system tests (emergency shutdown, load sharing, power limit, etc.)
  • – Well control tests (pressure tests, BOP drawdown test, etc.)

When an operator is adding a new rig to his fleet, it is important to ensure the asset is flawlessly ready for operations.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides commissioning and intake services for operators to ensure that the construction and installation work is carried out according to the required standards, using our expertise to reassure clients of the conformity of the work for operational standards.

Our commissioning staff is fully conversant with the latest technologies available for automatic drilling and MUX control systems associated with well control. Inspection and quality control of new installations and revamping projects are essential in preventing additional commissioning costs, failures of, and damage to equipment and smooth transition from installation to operation. Therefore, DIETSWELL specialists provide a complete inspection and quality control management system including full documentation i.e. electrical, instrumentation, communications and mechanical construction/pre-commissioning.

FAT’s are also a crucial part of a good intake project. Failure to establish strict Inspection and testing disciplines prior to dispatch from the vendor can result in project delays, increased commissioning costs as well as premature failure of equipment in service. To alleviate the workload, in-house engineering teams supply qualified engineers to witness, report and verify that adequate testing has been conducted for the relevant mechanical and electrical systems.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides extensive inspection of well control and subsea systems through experts with experience in state-of-the-art units.

It is extremely important for the operator to know that their BOPs and associated well control systems are properly maintained, with correct certifications and are regularly tested as per international standards and company regulations.

The scope of work covers the following:

  • – Review of FAT’s
  • – Review of documentation and certifications
  • – Review of maintenance system for the well control equipment
  • – Visual inspection and internal inspection
  • – Pressure testing of BOPs
  • – Inspection of marine riser and associated equipment
  • – MPD (Manage Pressure Drilling) inspection
  • – Drawdown test

DIETSWELL Factorig helped the oil and gas industry move forward, and is now offering advice on all HSE issues. HSE Services has been set up in their base in Abu Dhabi to assist companies in all HSE-related matters.

The services offered, but not limited to, are:

  • – Planning for health and safety
  • – Accident and incident investigation
  • – Health and safety auditing
  • – Emergency response
  • – Permits to work system auditing and monitoring
  • – Safety performance measurements
  • – Writing health & safety policies
  • – Safety case review

DIETSWELL FACTORIG proposes a HSE ENHANCEMENT THRU RIG INTEGRITY workshop in their offices in Abu Dhabi or Paris. The aim of this training is to impart much of the knowledge FACTORIG has accumulated over the years in rig inspection programs.

Attendance to the course will help personnel recognize the standards achieved by their own rigs,  items where common failure occurs, and particular areas of concern, such as dropped objects, non-destructive equipment testing and electrical equipment in hazardous environments.

People who might find the course beneficial are drilling engineers, HSE engineers & advisors, drilling supervisors, maintenance engineers & supervisors (electrical & mechanical).

Reasons to choose FACTORIG’s HSE ENHANCEMENT THRU RIG INTEGRITY training course includes:

  • – Introduction to International Standards related to drilling equipment
  • – Improve your knowledge of drilling equipment
  • – Improve your ability to identify hazards on the work site
  • – Improve the QHSE risk control
  • – Be able to advise maintenance performance on drilling equipment by visual inspection and FACTORIG’s tools
  • – Share experiences with other industry experts and with FACTORIG instructors

For high-tech drilling units, control systems are a major component of the rig potential issues that could lead to NPT and safety issues.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG has a partnership with Kingston Systems to review these components.

It offers the following services:

  • – Software MOC
  • – Alarm analysis
  • – Alarm reconciliation
  • – Software
  • – Cyber security solutions
  • – Cyber coaching
  • – Sensor verification

Kingston System already shares its experience and competencies to TOTAL, SHELL, SAIPEM, CHEVRON, TRANSOCEAN, MEARSK, SEADRILL, SIPCO, ADMA, ENI, HUSKY, REPSOL, etc.

Kingston System inspectors are experienced software engineer consultants that bring a perspective to the field that challenges the status quo of acceptance and conformity; they challenge the industry norm and encourage improved control system quality and standards. Kingston Systems supports industry improvement in these areas through active participation in relevant IADC and SPE committees.

Dropped objects continue to account for the majority of actual and potentially fatal incidents in the upstream oil and gas industry. In fact, dropped objects (also known as falling items and material fall) are among the top 3 causes of death and serious injury across many industrial sectors. DIETSWELL FACTORIG has extensive experience in providing DROPS survey. We provide Rope Access with Remedial DROPS survey, but during our rig inspection we can perform a less extensive assessment focusing on the major items and DROPs management system of the contractor.

The objective is to focus on the critical zones (DERRICK/SUB-STRUCTURE/CRANES) and to spot critical items.

  • ZONE 1 – TRAVELLING EQUIPMENT
  • ZONE 2 – A-FRAME, CROWN & WATER TABLE
  • ZONE 3 – CROWN TO MONKEY BOARD
  • ZONE 4 – MONKEY BOARD TO RIG FLOOR
  • ZONE 5 – SUBSTRUCTURE & BOP DECK

It is widely recognized that the condition of electrical equipment in hazardous areas is of prime importance to the safety of a unit. From a full inspection to the formulation of a database capturing all the electrical equipment in hazardous areas on an installation, FACTORIG can provide the personnel and experience necessary to audit and assess the rig equipment to the required safety and to comply with international standards.

A fully-trained ATEX standard of compliance inspector which has completed and to-date COMPEX EX 1 to EX 4 will be required to carry out the review, assisting the rig maintenance personnel where required.

The scope of work covers the following:

  • – Evaluate the condition of the EX equipment and identify any non-complying areas of concern.
  • – Equipment circuit identification validation
  • – Detecting unauthorized modifications.
  • – Bolts, cable entry devices (direct & indirect) and blanking elements are of the correct type, complete and tight.
  • – Flange faces are clean and undamaged and gaskets, if any, are satisfactory.
  • – Flange gap dimensions are within maximum values permitted.
  • – Breathing and draining devices are satisfactory.
  • – Zoning respected as per IP15 or API 505

A thermographic survey is an infrared electrical inspection which can detect system overloads, loose defective components, damaged switchgear by locating overheating components, as well as other potentially dangerous problems and defects quickly and efficiently. Heat signatures for new and existing systems can be captured and cataloged for future evaluations of degradation, wear and preventative maintenance measures.

These issues can cause operational downtime, safety hazards, and damage to critical systems. Commonly identified but overlooked defects are loose terminations, faulty fuses, defective breakers, damaged switches, and overloaded or even unbalanced circuits. Most electrical equipment and components heat up prior to any type of failure.

These inspections can detect and document signs of early failure and are most often combined with timely and effective repairs. It allows maintenance personnel to take corrective action before critical equipment and system components fail. Some Key Benefits:

If required, a DIETSWELL FACTORIG qualified and certified team will perform a thermographic survey on critical pieces of equipment.

 

A study of candidate qualifications and competencies is performed to verify the skills of personnel working on the units performing drilling operations. The task includes:

    • – Key candidate interviews
    • – In-activity direct observations
    • – Personnel stress and issue response
    • – Adequacy vs Job Description
    • – Language

DIETSWELL FACTORIG offers operators technical advice when it comes to selecting a new rig for their drilling campaign. It is essential for the operator to know if the leased rig is fit for carrying out the drilling program safely with minimal NPT possible. We believe that independent “Pre-charter surveys” are beneficial, even essential, for providing a review of the contractor equipment, and identify possible conflicts that would adversely affect the smooth operation and safety during the drilling campaign; they considerably reduce time for tender evaluation.

The pre-hire survey consists of a short visit in order to spot the major show-stoppers and give an overall recommendation for the following points:

  • – Major show-stoppers for operators’ drilling programs
  • – Current status of the rig and assessments of revamping required prior to operations
  • – That the rig specifications meet the client’s requirements
  • – Assessment maintenance management

The scope covers the following:

  • – Review major certificates and documentation
  • – Review maintenance history and PM system
  • – Visual inspection of the equipment
  • – Perform basic function tests if possible
  • – Assess revamping scope of work and highlight major issues to be taken care of before initialization.
Rig Inspections or conditions surveys are usually performed at regular intervals in order for the operator to benefit from an independent opinion regarding the conformity of their unit to international compliance and local regulatory standards. It determines the status of the unit at a specific time, ensuring major issues are highlighted in order to minimize downtime during operations. Regular rig inspections help prevent potentially expensive failures and down-time and indicate areas where there is a need for improvement as well as providing an idea on the current operational status of the rig. Failures within the maintenance system can be identified and critical safety issues highlighted.
 
 The scope will cover the following:
 
  • – Review of certificates and documentation
  • – Review maintenance history and PM system audit
  • – Visual inspection of the equipment
  • – Rigorous inspections of equipment including critical measurements and clearance to ensure equipment is running within recommended tolerances.
  • – Perform function tests, pressure tests, load tests, insulation tests, etc… if possible
  • – Review compliance with major international standards (API, MODU, LOLER, ASME, IEC, etc.)
  • – Review compliance with company standards and contractual requirements
  • – Executive DROPs and Ex survey
  • – Verification of safety devices in place
  • – Spare parts review
 

Prior to the start of operations, it is recommended to test the asset by simulating the actual drilling conditions that the operator will encounter during his program. DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides a range of experts (mechanical, electrical, operational/HSE and well control) to ensure that the rig is ready for drilling.

The scope of work covers all the tasks of a normal rig inspection, with additional intense testing sequences for the following systems:

  • – Drilling equipment
  • – Rig floor and structure
  • – Mud system
  • – Marine equipment
  • – Bulk system
  • – Power plant
  • – Electrical equipment
  • – Safety equipment
  • – BOP and well control equipment

The following tests can be performed:

  • – SIT (System Integration Tests or “endurance tests”)
  • – Hoisting tests
  • – Rotatory tests
  • – Low-pressure and high-pressure circulation tests
  • – Power system tests (emergency shutdown, load sharing, power limit, etc.)
  • – Well control tests (pressure tests, BOP drawdown test, etc.)

When an operator is adding a new rig to his fleet, it is important to ensure the asset is flawlessly ready for operations.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides commissioning and intake services for operators to ensure that the construction and installation work is carried out according to the required standards, using our expertise to reassure clients of the conformity of the work for operational standards.

Our commissioning staff is fully conversant with the latest technologies available for automatic drilling and MUX control systems associated with well control. Inspection and quality control of new installations and revamping projects are essential in preventing additional commissioning costs, failures of, and damage to equipment and smooth transition from installation to operation. Therefore, DIETSWELL specialists provide a complete inspection and quality control management system including full documentation i.e. electrical, instrumentation, communications and mechanical construction/pre-commissioning.

FAT’s are also a crucial part of a good intake project. Failure to establish strict Inspection and testing disciplines prior to dispatch from the vendor can result in project delays, increased commissioning costs as well as premature failure of equipment in service. To alleviate the workload, in-house engineering teams supply qualified engineers to witness, report and verify that adequate testing has been conducted for the relevant mechanical and electrical systems.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides extensive inspection of well control and subsea systems through experts with experience in state-of-the-art units.

It is extremely important for the operator to know that their BOPs and associated well control systems are properly maintained, with correct certifications and are regularly tested as per international standards and company regulations.

The scope of work covers the following:

  • – Review of FAT’s
  • – Review of documentation and certifications
  • – Review of maintenance system for the well control equipment
  • – Visual inspection and internal inspection
  • – Pressure testing of BOPs
  • – Inspection of marine riser and associated equipment
  • – MPD (Manage Pressure Drilling) inspection
  • – Drawdown test

DIETSWELL FACTORIG provides extensive inspection of well control and subsea systems through experts with experience in state-of-the-art units.

It is extremely important for the operator to know that their BOPs and associated well control systems are properly maintained, with correct certifications and are regularly tested as per international standards and company regulations.

The scope of work covers the following:

  • – Review of FAT’s
  • – Review of documentation and certifications
  • – Review of maintenance system for the well control equipment
  • – Visual inspection and internal inspection
  • – Pressure testing of BOPs
  • – Inspection of marine riser and associated equipment
  • – MPD (Manage Pressure Drilling) inspection
  • – Drawdown test

DIETSWELL FACTORIG proposes a HSE ENHANCEMENT THRU RIG INTEGRITY workshop in their offices in Abu Dhabi or Paris. The aim of this training is to impart much of the knowledge FACTORIG has accumulated over the years in rig inspection programs.

Attendance to the course will help personnel recognize the standards achieved by their own rigs,  items where common failure occurs, and particular areas of concern, such as dropped objects, non-destructive equipment testing and electrical equipment in hazardous environments.

People who might find the course beneficial are drilling engineers, HSE engineers & advisors, drilling supervisors, maintenance engineers & supervisors (electrical & mechanical).

Reasons to choose FACTORIG’s HSE ENHANCEMENT THRU RIG INTEGRITY training course includes:

  • – Introduction to International Standards related to drilling equipment
  • – Improve your knowledge of drilling equipment
  • – Improve your ability to identify hazards on the work site
  • – Improve the QHSE risk control
  • – Be able to advise maintenance performance on drilling equipment by visual inspection and FACTORIG’s tools
  • – Share experiences with other industry experts and with FACTORIG instructors

For high-tech drilling units, control systems are a major component of the rig potential issues that could lead to NPT and safety issues.

DIETSWELL FACTORIG has a partnership with Kingston Systems to review these components.

It offers the following services:

  • – Software MOC
  • – Alarm analysis
  • – Alarm reconciliation
  • – Software
  • – Cyber security solutions
  • – Cyber coaching
  • – Sensor verification

Kingston System already shares its experience and competencies to TOTAL, SHELL, SAIPEM, CHEVRON, TRANSOCEAN, MEARSK, SEADRILL, SIPCO, ADMA, ENI, HUSKY, REPSOL, etc.

Kingston System inspectors are experienced software engineer consultants that bring a perspective to the field that challenges the status quo of acceptance and conformity; they challenge the industry norm and encourage improved control system quality and standards. Kingston Systems supports industry improvement in these areas through active participation in relevant IADC and SPE committees.

Dropped objects continue to account for the majority of actual and potentially fatal incidents in the upstream oil and gas industry. In fact, dropped objects (also known as falling items and material fall) are among the top 3 causes of death and serious injury across many industrial sectors. DIETSWELL FACTORIG has extensive experience in providing DROPS survey. We provide Rope Access with Remedial DROPS survey, but during our rig inspection we can perform a less extensive assessment focusing on the major items and DROPs management system of the contractor.

The objective is to focus on the critical zones (DERRICK/SUB-STRUCTURE/CRANES) and to spot critical items.

  • ZONE 1 – TRAVELLING EQUIPMENT
  • ZONE 2 – A-FRAME, CROWN & WATER TABLE
  • ZONE 3 – CROWN TO MONKEY BOARD
  • ZONE 4 – MONKEY BOARD TO RIG FLOOR
  • ZONE 5 – SUBSTRUCTURE & BOP DECK

It is widely recognized that the condition of electrical equipment in hazardous areas is of prime importance to the safety of a unit. From a full inspection to the formulation of a database capturing all the electrical equipment in hazardous areas on an installation, FACTORIG can provide the personnel and experience necessary to audit and assess the rig equipment to the required safety and to comply with international standards.

A fully-trained ATEX standard of compliance inspector which has completed and to-date COMPEX EX 1 to EX 4 will be required to carry out the review, assisting the rig maintenance personnel where required.

The scope of work covers the following:

  • – Evaluate the condition of the EX equipment and identify any non-complying areas of concern.
  • – Equipment circuit identification validation
  • – Detecting unauthorized modifications.
  • – Bolts, cable entry devices (direct & indirect) and blanking elements are of the correct type, complete and tight.
  • – Flange faces are clean and undamaged and gaskets, if any, are satisfactory.
  • – Flange gap dimensions are within maximum values permitted.
  • – Breathing and draining devices are satisfactory.
  • – Zoning respected as per IP15 or API 505

A thermographic survey is an infrared electrical inspection which can detect system overloads, loose defective components, damaged switchgear by locating overheating components, as well as other potentially dangerous problems and defects quickly and efficiently. Heat signatures for new and existing systems can be captured and cataloged for future evaluations of degradation, wear and preventative maintenance measures.

These issues can cause operational downtime, safety hazards, and damage to critical systems. Commonly identified but overlooked defects are loose terminations, faulty fuses, defective breakers, damaged switches, and overloaded or even unbalanced circuits. Most electrical equipment and components heat up prior to any type of failure.

These inspections can detect and document signs of early failure and are most often combined with timely and effective repairs. It allows maintenance personnel to take corrective action before critical equipment and system components fail. Some Key Benefits:

If required, a DIETSWELL FACTORIG qualified and certified team will perform a thermographic survey on critical pieces of equipment.