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Drilling & Completions Tech Digest

Posted on 20 October 2014 in 2014, Departments, November/December

Picking the right drill bit can be a daunting and time-consuming task, considering the myriad options that can be available from one single company…

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SysML helps untangle software automation requirements on jackup

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

“Is the automation really making us safer?” If no one knows or can precisely describe what the automation is supposed to do…

Study: How effective are software testing methods on MOUs?

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Mobile offshore units (MOUs) are constructed using a component-based approach. This reduces the price to the vessel owner but obscures the quality status…

Industry eager for repeat of Brazil pre-salt boom offshore Angola

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Angola’s very first oil event dates back to the late 1700s when the Portuguese colonialists discovered oil seeps and asphalt deposits at Libongos near Caxito…

Solids control seeks balance of size, capacity

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

The technologies that are taking hydrocarbon recovery into new frontiers are rippling through the industry, surface to downhole. When it comes to solids control, effects are being felt from faster, more efficient rigs; intense, pad drilling campaigns; improved fluid designs; and dual-gradient drilling…

Industry in search of better system to manage pollution compensation

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, September/October

The fallout from major pollution incidents is well known: huge volumes of claims, fights over cleanup methods, political recriminations, finger pointing…

From the President/CEO: People at the heart of IADC initiatives to catalyze improved drilling performance

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

Momentum is building in the drilling industry around human factors. There is increasing recognition by operators and drilling contractors…

Wirelines

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop new standards for offshore containers…

News Cuttings

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

After more than 14 years with IADC and a career spanning 42 years, Joe Hurt, Vice President of IADC’s Onshore Division, will retire…

D&C News

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Departments, September/October

Bauer Deep Drilling (BDD), a rig equipment manufacturer based in Germany, recently began testing the highly automated PR440M2 rig. Its control system has an OPC UA interface…

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