• National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was recently featured in an International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) article that profiles the newly developed Research and Development Test Center (RDTC) facility.

    Located near Navasota, Texas, the center includes a 31,000-square-foot shop, offices, meeting rooms and an auditorium. An under-construction mud building facility of almost 37,000 square feet will become the future home for dynamometer testing of downhole mud motors and flow loop testing of other downhole tools.
    A 375-ton, 1,500-HP Ideal™ Prime rig, equipped with IntelliServ™ wired drill pipe, is already operating onsite and drilled its eighth directional well as of early August 2016. Currently, the focus is on developing automation that includes the NOV Operating System (NOVOS™) and eVolve™ Optimization Service. These technologies go hand-in-hand – eVolve tracks downhole data through  real-time tools on the wired drill pipe network, while NOVOS uses the data to autonomously perform day-to-day drilling operations.

    “We treat the facility like an incubator,” said Rium Tapjan, vice president of the RDTC. “We’re trying to foster an environment for building ideas and coming up with solutions that aren’t siloed into different divisions. People can come here months in advance and collaborate on different tests.”

    Read the full story on the IADC website.


    Published Date: 2016-09-21
    Source: National Oilwell Varco