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Samoco collaborated with Shell Offshore Engineering to engineer and manufacture OneTrip, which reduces time and costs associated with mandatory BOP testing.

Nabors, Weatherford agree to form alliance to deliver integrated drilling solutions in US lower 48 states Nabors Industries and Weatherford International have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form an alliance focused on delivering enhanced drilling solutions to the oil and gas land market in the US lower 48 states. The MOU states that Weatherford will bring well construction expertise, managed pressure drilling (MPD) solutions, directional drilling capabilities and drilling hardware, as well as associated software applications and engineering personnel. Nabors will bring its fleet of MPD-ready SmartRigs and land-optimized measurement-while-drilling (MWD) systems, together with its performance drilling software applications, automated rig equipment and proprietary control systems. By leveraging the technical expertise and engineering capabilities of the two ...

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HSE&T Corner: Involving employees in JSA development, making corrective actions visible increase buy-in to incident prevention programs

Bill Murphy (left) and Phil Molé (right) of Velocity EHS emphasized the importance of employee buy-in to incident prevention programs during a presentation at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 7 February. Ensuring that employees are made aware when their feedback or reporting leads to a corrective action is one way to secure their buy-in. Employees can also be included in the development of the job safety analysis.

While the first and most important objective of an incident prevention program is to ensure employees get home safely, a strong program does more than protect people from harm. “They have the benefits of increased productivity, reduced costs and lower employee turnover,” Phil Molé, EHS Expert for Velocity EHS, said on 7 February at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. “You improve employee morale and job satisfaction overall because you create the kind of environment employees like to be in.”

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Wirelines

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On 3 February, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res. 38, which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation,” a rule from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands.

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Influx management envelope deployed during planning phase for 3 sections of deepwater MPD well

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The MPD Operations Matrix was introduced in 2007 to serve as an operational guide for drilling MPD sections. The intent of the matrix is to balance operational, well and equipment limitations with “acceptable” influx volumes. The operations matrix has become the cornerstone of MPD projects worldwide and is a mandatory component of planned MPD wells in the US Gulf of Mexico...

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Evolution of intelligent coiled-tubing technologies drives need for better sensors, data interpretation tools to aid real-time decision-making

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Coiled-tubing interventions, like everything else in the upstream sector, have taken a hit since oil prices tumbled in 2014. In fact, the coiled-tubing industry declined by 41% from 2014 to 2015 and by an additional 39% from 2015 to year-end 2016, according to data from Spears and Associates...

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IADC partners with Texas A&M to launch 1st student chapter

The IADC student chapter at Texas A&M received its certificate of organization on 31 January. Front row from left are Wendolyne Castillo, A&M Chapter Treasurer; Zack Aldelamy, A&M Chapter Secretary; Corey Wittig, A&M Chapter Chairman; and Zachary Matous, A&M Chapter Vice Chairman. Back row from left are Chris Menefee, Independence Contract Drilling and IADC Houston Chapter Chairman; Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI Energy and 2017 IADC Chairman; Ron Lee, Noble Drilling and IADC adviser to the A&M chapter; Dr Jerome Schubert, professor and A&M Chapter faculty sponsor; and Jason McFarland, IADC President.

IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter on 31 January. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon.

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UT Austin-based drilling automation consortium builds data visualization templates, develops data-driven top drive monitoring techniques

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Although automated drilling has been a popular discussion topic among drilling engineers for much of the past decade, practical solutions have been slow to emerge. Since its launch in May 2015, the University of Texas-based Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium has worked to speed the pace of automated drilling innovations by delivering pragmatic and immediately applicable solutions to some of the drilling industry’s most pressing issues...

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New drill stem rotary shoulder connection incorporates innovative single start shark thread shape

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For the past century, the oil and gas industry has been pushing the limits of the existing drilling envelope to reach deeper, more remote hydrocarbon reservoirs. The evolution of drilling programs has driven drill string manufacturers to engineer new drill pipe solutions to safely develop the most challenging horizontal and extended-reach drilling (ERD) well profiles.

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