Archive | September/October

Innovations in acquisition geometries, telemetry improve complex imaging, seismic logging

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

WesternGeco has developed a new single-vessel method of acquiring seismic data over a wide range of azimuths that the organization says improves the efficiency…

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Telemedicine technologies enhance offshore healthcare, reduce illness-related departures

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Today, HSE decision-makers are looking to create a healthier and more productive workforce while reducing overall medical costs. This challenge escalates as…

New lifeboat design replaces hook system with drop-in-ball technology to improve safety

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

It’s logical – a lifeboat is supposed to save lives, not cause deaths or injuries. Then why were people in the maritime and offshore industry continually getting…

A proven HSE management icon, JSAs take simple approach to keep tasks from becoming routine

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Regardless of how many times a job is performed, it should never be considered “routine.” When a job becomes “routine,” the potential for negative consequences…

ADCO develops high-profile HSE visits as efficient tool to demonstrate management commitment

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

As a result of the significant efforts being undertaken by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) drilling division and its contractors to…

IADC Incident Statistics Program shows industry set record-low LTI rate in ’08, but fatalities go up

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Good news: The global drilling industry pushed its lost-time incident (LTI) rate to a record low of 0.49 in 2008. Not-so-good news: The number of fatalities…

IADC enhances accreditation, operations initiatives to support Middle East HSE, training, drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

For more than a decade, IADC has maintained a strong presence in the Middle East. Not satisfied with past successes, however, the association and its members…

Hybrid heave drilling technology reduces emissions, operating costs for offshore drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Many electro-mechanical cyclical processes could potentially benefit from the use of an energy storage system able to absorb, store and relinquish large amounts of energy…

Direct-drive top drive designed to eliminate failures, downtime related to gearbox, motor

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

The top drive has become one of the biggest breakthroughs in drilling technology since it was first commercialised in the 1970s. Its advent brought vast time…

Two-in-one rotary drilling/coiled-tubing rig enhances performance for Permian Basin wells

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Wells have been drilled in the Permian Basin since 1920 and continues today. For a drilling campaign in 2008, one producer sought to improve drilling rates…

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