Innovation Awards finalists 2018: NOV and Typhonix

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Typhonix have been appointed finalists for the ONS 2018 Innovation Awards. NOV has developed the industry’s only reflexive drilling system “NOVOS”, that automates repetitive drilling activities. Typhonix is nominated in the “small and medium enterprises” (SME) category for “Typhoon Valve System”, an innovative low shear valve technology. The two last finalists will be announced next week.

NOV introducing: NOVOS™ automated drilling system

NOVOS is the industry’s only reflexive drilling system, automating repetitive drilling activities, benefiting operators by optimizing drilling programs and benefiting service companies by allowing drillers to focus on consistent process execution and safety. A reflexive drilling system is designed to perform a series of actions when prompted, just as human reflexes respond when acted upon by a specific stimulus.

The new system provides the ultimate control and consistency for any operation. NOVOS allows drillers to automate repetitive drilling activities, such as coming off and on bottom while making a connection, with specific parameters for circulation, weight-on-bit, and more. The result is greater consistency, with every driller — regardless of individual experience level— able to achieve the same improved performance time and time again. And with the ability to customize the NOVOS system with additional apps that can be designed specifically for the crew and their processes, you can further optimize well creation — and add value to your service offering. The NOVOS system can also work with multi-machine control, creating the first NOV automation system delivered with fully automated pipe handing, tripping, and drilling rig.

Already the NOVOS system is being used in both conventional and unconventional land drilling applications and currently being installed in offshore drilling applications. The installation is quick and is scalable across rig fleets. Along with the system being easily scalable, it is also designed with an open platform that allows for development of third-party or commissioned applications. There are already several custom applications developed by international super majors, university and educational organizations, and independent third-party start-ups along with many other ongoing developments. These custom apps help configure the NOVOS system specifically for rig crews and processes. With the addition of core and enhanced applications, the system can be updated with just software. NOVOS has now drilled over 2 million feet is considered the most widely deployed and proven drilling automation system in the industry with over 6,000 days of operation.

The NOVOS system is currently deployed on dozens of land rigs in North America, and in some cases full operating rig fleets are being considered for conversion. Multiple NOVOS offshore systems are also scheduled for 2018 in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and equatorial waters. Together with operators, drilling contractors, third parties, and even universities, NOV have developed over 30 apps to run on the NOVOS automation platform that increase operational effectiveness. Simple, easy-to-understand app development tools, also known as SDK (Software Development Kit) help users create custom applications for drilling operations, or NOV can be commissioned to help write code and create unique apps on demand. Additionally, NOVOS has now drilled over 2 million feet is considered the most widely deployed and proven drilling automation system in the industry with over 6,000 days of operation.

When deployed and used, the system has the capability to address longstanding industry issues such as providing precise control, unmatched consistency, increased performance and infinite customization. Additionally, NOVOS allows best practices to be easily applied from drilling operation to drilling operation and from rig to rig. It provides the capability, as we’ve touched on in its broad accessibility, to open up the creative nature of the industry and have it quickly applied to problems, which is then easily transferred through the system to an entire fleet of rigs. The results are great consistency, with every driller regardless of individual experience level, achieving the same improved performance time and time again. NOVOS allows the drilling operation to execute the right thing, at the right time, every time.

As mentioned, NOVOS is the industry’s only system automating repetitive drilling activities, which benefit operators by optimizing drilling programs and benefit service companies by allowing drillers to focus on consistent process execution and safety. The system is designed to perform a series of actions when prompted, just as human reflexes respond when acted upon by a specific stimulus. This frees up time for the driller and allows them to focus more on the important things such as crew safety.

NOVOS is easily scalable and can enhance existing people and existing processes for greater control, consistency, and performance, or expand all the way to full closed loop automation. The consistency that the system provides helps increase safety as there are less human errors made while these repetitive tasks are being carried out. NOVOS is designed to deliver a fully automated drilling processes with no people on the drill floor if the necessary compatible equipment is also in place.

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Typhonix introducing: Typhoon Valve System

By reducing turbulence and shear forces in valves, you will gain a more cost effective and cleaner production. Typhoon® Valve System is a low shear valve technology developed by Typhonix, and the result of a 12-million-dollar development program sponsored by Shell, Statoil, Eni, Total, ConocoPhilips, GDF SUEZ, Mokveld and the Research Council of Norway. The Typhoon® Valve System is a cost-efficient way to debottleneck separation and produced water treatment systems without adding additional equipment.

User benefits:

  • Enables higher well production rates
  • Extended late-life field production
  • Significantly smaller and lighter process plants
  • Cleaner oil production

In every process plant you will find sources of unwanted turbulence and emulsification of oil and water. The main principle behind low shear processing is prevention of separation problems caused by shearing of the production fluids in conventional valves and pumps. Switching from conventional valves to low shear versions gives significantly improved separation and less oil residues in the produced water.

In contrast to conventional choke and control valves, Typhoon Valve uses the principles of a vortex to control petroleum flows. The main purpose of using the vortex is to involve a larger fluid volume in dissipating energy, which is required to control the flow. This is a totally new way of regulating flow through valves and the technology is patented in 22 countries/areas.

The physics in a Typhoon valve enables pressure decrease in a much gentler way than in a conventional valve. This means effects like cleaner water and/or cleaner oil phases in a multiphase flow. In the process train this would mean improved capacity in the separators; reduced need for emulsion breaker and flocculant chemicals; cleaner oil for export; improved capacity in the produced water handling system; and less discharge of oil residues to sea.

For mature fields with high water production, switching to low shear choke- and control valves mean that you can increase your separation and produced water handling capacity. This means extended lifetime for oil producing wells. Also, as much of the future field developments will be based on tie-back solutions, low shear choke- and control valves can release tie-back separation and produced water handling capacity on existing processing fields. By use of low shear valves and pumps it’s also estimated that greenfield separation plants can be built 30-50% lighter and smaller, which will have large cost saving potential on both OPEX and CAPEX for the oil companies.

Over the last decade, Typhoon valve system has been tested in numerous test programs involving small and large-scale models in various two and three phase flow loops, 12-13 different North Sea crudes, full scale prototype test with crude oil in a realistic multiphase flow loop and several rounds of erosion tests. The technology has been tested live on NCS-fields, one of which with an impressive 60% and 45% reductions of oil in the produced water.

Interest for the technology is growing, and the global market for choke- and control valves is estimated to be more than 1 bill USD per year. (Source: OTM consulting).

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About ONS Innovation Awards:

Through the Innovation Awards ONS recognize the crucial importance of cutting-edge products and solutions. The awards reflect our long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting innovative ideas to the international oil, gas and energy industry.

This year ONS received a total of 127 applications/nominations. 56 companies applied for the Innovation Award and 56 companies applied for the SME Innovation Award. The jury has nominated five finalists to compete in each category.


The ten finalists will present their technologies in the session “Meet the Innovation Awards finalists”, Monday 27 August at ONS Technical Sessions.

The Innovation Awards Ceremony is held at the Conference session “Leadership: Stimulate to innovate”, Tuesday 28 August. The Awards will be presented by Chair of Innovation Award, Norwegian Research Council.

The first ONS Innovation Award was presented in 1982. The winner was Norwegian Contractors for Condeep – a gravity-based structure for a platform built from reinforced concrete instead of steel. In 2004 the SME Innovation Award was established to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises were given the chance to highlight their new developments.

A total of 26 companies have been recognised by the ONS Innovation Award juries for their cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

See list of previous winners.