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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Departments, September/October

The 8 ¾-in. VM613P six-bladed bit used a more active blade design to set a 24-hr footage record, a 120.02 ft/hr average ROP, in a Barnett Shale well…

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Guest Editorial: MPD benefits are evident, but industry needs tools, learning to use it effectively

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is a topic of much debate across E&P companies, drilling contractors, service companies and even regulatory bodies. The debate has centered on…

Drilling Ahead: ‘Brick wall’ looms for offshore jobs

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Departments, September/October

As the moratorium on deepwater drilling creeps toward its purported 30 Nov end date, efforts to jump start drilling in shallow water remain…

Swellables proving a cost-effective alternative across range of zonal isolation applications

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, September/October

The introduction of swellable elastomer packers to the market in the early 2000s provided operators with a wider set of technology options for zonal isolation…

Responsive, ‘self-healing’ cement technology promises to improve long-term zonal isolation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, September/October

A high percentage of the total number of wells worldwide leak or show sustained casing pressure (SCP). Loss of zonal isolation, especially when leaks…

Contractor, vendor team up to improve training, fall protection, strength of derrick-riding basket

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October, Videos

Collaboration is a beautiful thing, especially when it extends beyond the parties involved to create a standard of practice for a safer workplace…

Industry preparing bridging document to facilitate safety case preparation for deepwater GOM

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, September/October

In the post-Macondo world, there’s a renewed sense of urgency around deepwater drilling safety, and the government has made it clear that it will take aggressive…

6 ways to keep rigs safe in high-risk countries

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, September/October

For drilling companies that operate only in North America or Europe, they likely don’t make considerations for what actions to take if their rig crew gets kidnapped while trying to get to the rig site or going home after a tour…

7 ways to set up a successful joint rig auditing task force: lessons learned from OMV case study

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, September/October

Audits performed on drilling and workover rigs and associated equipment are an important means of ensuring safe and efficient operations of the complete unit…

FCPA compliance: what every contractor needs to know

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, September/October

The Macondo incident has understandably seized our industry’s attention, leaving other developments comparatively unexamined in its vast shadow. One of these developments arose in July…

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