The PT 2000 was built as a state-of-the-art land drilling rig designed to achieve safe and efficient operations through automation and the removal of personnel from the working envelope. After two years of mediocre performance, Theoretical Maximum Performance (TMP) was adopted as a method for improving rig operations by developing people in the workplace. Performance coaches were placed on the rig for a twelve-month period. They encouraged innovative thinking and greater commitment to the job. By invoking numerous tools around the Plan / Execute / Measure / Learn continuous improvement cycle, the crew of the PT 2000 achieved sub-stantial performance gains, specifically in rig move times, rig downtime, and BOP Testing. The rig's impressive safety record was not compromised. Using this approach, the PT 2000 drilled five wells in 1998 and saved 71 days from the budgeted time for these wells. Deutag Drilling sees this innovative approach as a valuable contribution to its business.

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