The Verb page – Verbal Phrases 8 – Drilling

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Drilling

It was a land-based rig
It is a land-based rig.

Which one did you hear?

we are drilling
we were drilling

Depth – Mathematics

The wells range between two thousand five hundred metres to three thousand five hundred metres in depth.
The wells vary in depth from two thousand five hundred metres to three thousand five hundred metres.

Are you good at mathematics? Go to the mathematics page

It was really interesting.
It will be really interesting.
It is really interesting.

everything that is moving on the rig.
everything that was moving on the rig
everything that will move on the rig

Size – General Dimension

How big is the rig?
How big was the rig?

Have you seen the dimension page?

It is like a big machine or..
it was like a big machine or..
it will be like a big machine or …

It was a series of machines
It is a series of machines.

Passive Voice

The actual drilling platform itself, is called “the rig”.
the actual drilling platform itself was called “the rig

It is about four metres off the ground.
it was about four metres off the ground

a derrick which was about thirty meters in height
A derrick which is about thirty meters in height

have a system of mud tanks and pumps off to the side
have got a system of mud tanks and pumps off to one side.

Existence – “there to be”

There’s generators to supply electricity to the rig.
there will be generators to supply electricity to the rig
there were generators to supply electricity to the rig

off there is a changing room.
off there was a changing room
off there will be a changing room

There is a catwalk where all your drilling pipe is stored on.
there was a catwalk where all your drilling pipe was stored
there will be a catwalk where all your drilling pipe will be stored

There will be various components.
There are various components.

all in all you are looking at he is looking at
all in all she is looking at
all in all they are looking at

Passive Voice

where the gas was stored
where the gas is stored

It is under really high pressure
it was under really high pressure

It is pretty dangerous.
it was pretty dangerous

They had explosions sometimes?
They have explosions sometimes?

A Request for Silence

Could you guys be quiet?
Can you guys be quiet?

Would you guys mind being quiet?
Do you guys mind being quiet?

My job is to stop that from happening
my job was to stop that from happening

An Explanation or a Narrative?….

… and we divert the flow of the drilling fluid through a system of manifolds and high pressure valves …
and we diverted the flow of the drilling fluid through a system of manifolds and high pressure valves …

I have seen that in pictures
I saw that in pictures

You are dealing with geology
We are dealing with geology

were dealing with the dynamics of how fluids behave
are dealing with fluid dynamics… Physics.

Do you have a background in like engineering or anything like that…mechanical…?
Did you have a background in nursing or anything like that … medical … ?

it is pretty much learn as you go
it was pretty much learn as you go

It is always on the job training.
it was always on the job training

didn’t really stagnate at work
don’t really stagnate at work

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Drilling

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