Rig move activity cycle times are measured and tracked against targets using visual controls to minimize activity variation. In turn, effective communication and planning significantly eliminates non-productive time, such as waiting on third party moving crews or equipment at the new location.  Rig move cycle times are typically reduced by 35% to 50%, resulting in huge savings per move.

A rig move schedule has multiple levels of complexity in planning each step of the rig move that can be adjusted with "what-if" scenarios, such as whether a step can occur after dark, in inclement weather, or in poor visibility.  An effective rig move schedule encompasses all the variables that can have an impact on the safety, quality and timeliness of the outcome.  It should be reviewed and communicated with all parties involved in the rig move process and be used as a management tool.

The levels of complexity and coordination of multiple resources working on a move can appear overwhelming when you look at the move as a whole – a rig move schedule allows for the move to be broken down into more easily managed pieces. To build an effective rig move schedule, gather the following information into a decision matrix:

• Identify the individual steps required to rig-down, load, transport, unload, and rig-up the equipment

• Determine the average time to complete each step, both in good and inclement weather conditions

• Indicate whether daylight restrictions prevent any step from being accomplished in the dark

• Highlight special inventory items or permits, which must be on-hand prior to starting the rig move

Communicate this plan to all parties involved and check for understanding and agreement before proceeding with the next steps in the process. Ensure that all changes to the plan, as well as the responsibilities for executing the changes, get communicated as well. Planning is the most critical element of success in minimizing move costs. It's important to get back to drilling in the safest and fastest timeframe possible. The goal is to reduce costs by minimizing delays through improved planning and effective and timely management of the move.

When you begin to see reductions in the average rig move-days, document the best practices that contribute to the reduced cycle times, celebrate success with the entire team, acknowledging their value. Successful rig mobilization is not only measured in days, but also in potential million dollar, bottom line cost savings annually.


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