NOV – Pressure Control Group Product Development and Support

National Oilwell Varco’s (NOV) Pressure Control Group (PCG) develops all of NOV’s subsea controls systems associated with Well Control. These systems include Blow Out Preventers (BOPs), Diverters, Risers and all integrated controls for operations.

In March of 2015, Braeden was contracted to provide Engineering support, expertise, and oversight of the NOV PCG Engineering group with the continuing development and upgrades of their existing 6th generation Subsea BOP Control System. Braeden assisted the NOV team in Project Management, Product Development, Manufacturing and Acceptance Testing. Braeden Engineers contributed their knowledge and experience in BOP Controls to help some of the Engineers get acclimated faster so they could further their contributions and grow their responsibilities for production.

Braeden Engineers are also assisting in the development of NOV PCG’s next generation Control System (RCX) for the Subsea Blow Out Preventer. The design for this new system includes a much more advanced Surface Control System (Remote Operator Stations, HMI’s, and integrated Software) a retrievable and swappable Subsea Control Pod to drastically decrease downtime caused by subsea malfunctions, and advanced Subsea Sensor installations for better feedback on Control Pod and Riser positions and status.