Byford Dolphin Semi-Submersible Rig

Byford Dolphin Semi-Submersible Rig

Toolpushers Control Console System

Byford Dolphin SPS / Belfast

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Draft Radar Sea Level Monitoring

Draft Radar / Sea Level Monitoring

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Bulk Tank Monitoring


Emergency Ballast System


Helideck and Environmental Monitoring


Leak Detection / Fire Damper Monitoring


Tool Pusher Control Centre


Water Tight Door Monitoring


Anchor Winch Monitoring System

Anchor Winch Monitoring

The Anchor Winch Monitoring System installed onboard Dolphin Byford by Monitor Systems is designed to monitor anchor tension, chain length, payout speed and motor current in addition to providing control outputs for overspeed on all twelve winches holding the rig. Utilising a fibre optic network for communicating between winches and the control room, the system uses a Siemens PLC with remote HMI's in each windlass cab and two IPC's in the control room and pilot-house.

300 tonnes load pins on the Brattvagg windlasses and hydraulic load cells with pressure transducers on the National windlasses measure anchor tension. Chain length and speed is verified by proximity sensors picking up targets on the main gypsy wheel.The system graphically displays tensions, speeds and chain lengths as well as providing trending of anchor tensions and built in alarm functions via colour touch screens in all winch cabs and the main control room. It also allows viewing of data from all winches at any station.

The four Industrial Computers were configured as a redundant system meaning that if any computer failed it would not affect nor limit the operation of the other computers.

The Anchor Winch Monitoring system includes HMI displays in the Control Room and Pilot House, along with (8) eight bulk tank guided Wave Radar Sensors.

Having the Anchor Winch Monitoring system installed on the rig is a big benefit to Dolphin Drilling. Reliable state-of-the-art monitoring technology to control the bulk material safely and in a controlled manner for the Bulk Tank System is a step forward in the right direction for rig efficiency and safety. The same display units for the system monitors the tension, chain length and pay out speed of all twelve (12) anchor winches.

Anchor Windlass Monitoring System

A highly trained in-house engineer from Monitor Systems was invited to survey the rig, compile a report and provide all the consumables that would be required to furnish the project.

During the Rig Survey the Engineer suggested to the OIM that a display panel would be required in the Sack Store to display Bulk Tank Levels to the Control Panel Operator. The current design was based on individual Panel Meters displaying the Tank Levels. A HMI display was considered as it would look better and be capable of providing more information to the user.

Dolphin Drilling were then provided with detailed drawings and plans to help them with the system and for easy use onboard . Monitor Systems engineers have a close working relationship with Siemens, who helped provide the technical knowledge of the system including the 15” HMI touch screen monitors.

After initial project survey and reporting, Monitor Systems were awarded the contract in the first quarter of 2012 based on having a 'can do approach' to the project including key project management parameters. The project included the FAT and commissioning of the system once installed.


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