July/August 2009

 Innovating While Drilling

Riser, subsea innovations push technical capabilities to new heights, but the work is never finished
by Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor
Monobore wellbore design: Bangladesh exploration program highlights pros, cons
by Brian King, Tullow Oil
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Continuous improvement leads to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world
by Kumud Sonowal, Maersk Oil Qatar, et al
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Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling
by David Pritchard, Successful Energy Practices International, et al
Understanding yield point: Effect on pressure surges can be critical to managing deep, difficult MPD wells
by Shifeng Tian, signa Engineering, et al

 North Sea Drilling & Technologies

Market is way down, but North Sea companies already warming up for the rebound
by Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor
New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs
by Ole Iacob Prebensen, M-I Swaco
Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change
by Kristin Hoffman, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

 Well Control

EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Snubbing power tong may provide cost-effective alternative to workover rigs while maintaining safety
by Huge Valdez, ODS International, et al
Well control faces new complexities with deep, HPHT, horizontal, deepwater, multiwell drilling
by Dan Eby, Cudd Well Control

A case study in relief-well drilling: using a modified drillers method as well intervention alternative

by Ray Oskarsen, John Wright Company, et al

 Completions

Beyond bumping the plug: Wyoming project improves cementing by measuring real value
by Deborah Duckworth, BJ Services Co
New liquid microsphere design simplifies HPL cementing, enhances density flexibility
by David Kulakofsky, Halliburton

 Drilling Engineering Association

EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Part 1 of 2: Performance drilling – definition, benchmarking, performance qualifiers, efficiency and value
by Graham Mensa-Wilmot, Chevron, et al

 Industry Trends

Survey reveals contractors’ employee benefits status
by Brett Haugh, Employee Benefit Solutions

 iadc connection

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Guest editorial: Burden is on industry to prove it can drill Marcellus without harming environment
Wirelines
News Cuttings
Conference Calendar

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People, Companies & Products
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