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Intelligent completions, data collection enhance reservoir management

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Features, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

To improve reservoir management and recovery, understanding how the reservoir is going to produce based on downhole data and using the right completion equipment is key…

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Data delivery

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling wells in today’s complex oilfields bears little resemblance to the drilling operations of just a few decades ago. Fast-evolving technology has turned drilling into a sophisticated and scientific undertaking driven by the need for real-time data…

Messages from the machine: Maintenance process goes smart

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

It has previously been discussed how to make predictive asset maintenance a reality in the drilling industry (SPE/IADC 128865)…

Editorial: Progress made since Piper Alpha, but industry must keep pushing for openness

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

I recently attended the incredibly moving rededication service of the Piper Alpha memorial in Aberdeen, 25 years to the day after the North Sea tragedy took the lives of 167 offshore workers…

IADC ISP: 2012 LTI rate hits record low; 22 fatalities reported

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

The drilling industry’s worldwide lost-time incident (LTI) rate reached a record low of 0.26 in 2012, a 24% improvement over the 2011 rate of 0.34…

Bit of best fit

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, July/August, Onshore Advances

When TOTAL E&P UK drilled an exploratory well last year in the remote Tomintoul field, located west of the Shetland Islands, the event marked a milestone in the company’s quest to access the potential reservoir in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean…

Dropped blocks: OMV gets to root causes, zeros in on prevention

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Over the past years, OMV E&P has experienced several incidents in its drilling and workover activities related to dropped blocks…

Drilling Ahead: Taking competency, well control to new levels

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

It’s baaa-aack! Well control, that is. IADC began organizing well control conferences in 1990, and DC has for decades dedicated…

Tests show potential of alternative method for offshore cuttings drying

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Over the past 20 years, studies have been conducted to assess the effects of drilled cuttings contaminated by non-aqueous fluids (NAFs) on the environment…

Mark Denkowski: Passion for training reflected in expansion of IADC accreditation programs

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, September/October

After trekking two miles along a raised, wooden pathway in Papua New Guinea in 1978, Mark Denkowski found himself by the roots of

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