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July/August 2012

Training and Competency
Raising the bar for global safety, competency
IADC aims for step-change with worldwide competency guidelines for rig-based positions
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor
Innovating While Drilling

HPHT research heats up

BP’s Project 20K among industry initiatives to push technologies beyond 20,000 psi, 400°F
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor

New bits look beyond design at overall wellbore

Advanced cutters, manufacturing methods, data analysis help extend bit life, performance
by Joanne Liou, editorial coordinator
BP case study: MPD application supports HPHT exploration
by Tom Scoular, BP Global Wells Organization; Kevin Hathaway, Wael Essam, Karlin Costa, Scott Johnson, Andy Rawcliff and Andrew Phillips, BP; David Burton, consultant
Advanced oil-based, synthetic muds enable deeper, hotter wells
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Dual-gradient system evaluation highlights key high-risk issues
by Bibek Das, Marco Figoni, Jorge Ballesio and James Bond, American Bureau of Shipping
Low-ECD fluid facilitates deepwater, high-angle GOM well
by Bill Shumway and Mike Breland, Halliburton
Collaborative strategy preempts drilling hazards on hard wells
by Aaron Dauphine and Scott Sivewright, Weatherford International Ltd.
Regional Focus: Europe
Euro-shales: Opposition mounts

Government, community concerns slow shale development in key European markets
by Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor
Offshore Europe: E&P revival drives rig demand
New discoveries, new acreage renew exploration potential in this ‘mature’ market
by Katherine Scott, editorial coordinator
Shales, technologies, cultural shift refuel Romanian industry
by Joanne Liou, editorial coordinator
Continuous circulation system keeps ECD steady on Kvitebjørn
by Neil Ross, Tim Scaife and Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco; Per Cato Berg, Statoil; James Jenner, Coupler Developments
Lifting and Mechanical Handling
Safe lifting initiatives focus on awareness, drops prevention

by Katherine Scott, editorial coordinator
OCS safe lifting group: New incident-reporting format to aid analysis
by Gregg Germer, ExxonMobil Canada East; Allen Verret, Offshore Operators Committee; Robert Watson, Seatrax Cranes; and Larry Smith, Oil States Nautilus Cranes
Lifting guide: Hoist safety tips every rigger, operator should know
by Peter Cooke, Columbus McKinnon
Industry maps smarter way to build wellbores
In deepwater and unconventionals, intelligent completion systems emerge as tools for flow control, zone isolation, reservoir management
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Health, Safety and Environment
Industry LTI rate falls to record-low 0.34 in 2011, ISP data shows
IADC Connection
Guest Editorial: Safety must permeate all levels
by James Watson, director, US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead – Safety: Collaboration, not confrontation
by Mike Killalea, editor & publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: 10 tools to build more effective training
by Katherine Scott, editorial coordinator
People, Companies and Products

Perspectives: Anthony Zacniewski, Bandera Drilling – Passion to protect people drives safety goal

by Joanne Liou, editorial coordinator