Archive | January/February

Editorial: IADC leads united front to enhance competency across drilling industry

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Competency and the need to provide tangible proof of same have become critically important in recent years. Defining applicable skill sets and providing the associated…

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Tracking high-potential incidents to drive next step in safety journey

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, January/February

David Williams is chairman, president and CEO of Noble Corp and 2013 IADC chairman. Noble, as well as the wider drilling industry, have undertaken a significant newbuild…

Subsea innovations: Building reliability into complex, high-risk world

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

In the high-risk subsea world, innovation has historically been driven by safety, reliability, economics and efficiency. Now operators have added a new watchword to their…

Plenary session to discuss importance of internal resources to develop unconventional gas production

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, January/February

Drilling hazards – such as wellbore instability, lost-circulation zones, overpressurized formations – can threaten the economics and…

Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, January/February

In the drilling industry’s continuing journey toward zero incidents, competence has emerged not just as a buzzword but as a pathway to the next safety step-change. “Having a competent, well-trained and credentialed workforce is critical…

Competency-driven projects to mark 2014 IADC chairmanship

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

If he hadn’t gone into the drilling industry, Jay Minmier thinks he could’ve made a good career as a coach. “I like working with people. I like mentoring people, and I like coaching people…”

Marta Lafuente, Vallourec: Industry acceptance of innovation is priceless

Posted on 21 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, January/February

Working in the oil and gas industry was not in Marta Lafuente’s plans when she began her engineering career in France, focusing primarily on steel manufacturing. However…

Integrated service steers smooth wellbore to TD in Brazil’s pre-salt

Posted on 21 January 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Far from being a mere buzzword, efficiency is a critical driver in all E&P operations. In deepwater drilling, efficiency has become a more elusive goal as wells are drilled…

Amid people shortage, industry must diversify to attract right talent

Posted on 21 January 2014 in 2014, January/February

David Mullen is CEO of Shelf Drilling. Shelf Drilling is a jackup drilling contractor with 38 rigs and operations in 12 countries. Since Shelf Drilling was established in…

Drilling Ahead: New initiatives and new look for IADC

Posted on 20 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

When the American Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (AAODC) refreshed its brand in 1972, morphing into IADC, it replaced “American” with “International” and…

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