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March/April 2008

Rotary Steerables
Downhole motors, wired pipe, LWD sensors enhance RSS performance
Automation may be the key to next-generation, difficult-to-exploit wells
Combining RSS, LWD achieves milestone in Abu Dhabi
Innovating While Drilling
Advances in MWD, LWD, SWD continue to give drillers ever-clearer downhole pictures
INTEQ magnetic resonance LWD tool successfully measures T2 for the first time.
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing editor
Halliburton’s next-generation LWD sensors read faster, clearer deeper into formation
PathFinder pushes temperature, pressure limits with Survivor series of MWD/LWD
Seismic while drilling keeps bit turning to right while acquiring key real-time data
by Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Weatherford sensors track vibration to increase ROP, temperature changes for early kick detection
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing editor
Company Profile
Abbot Group chairman looks ahead following $2 billion First Reserve deal
by Jeremy Cresswell, Contributing editor
Coiled Tubing Drilling
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Bigger coil sizes, hybrid rigs and RSS advances pushing CT drilling to next level
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing editor
Environmental Drilling & Completion Practices
Company initiatives show drilling industry is taking environmental commitment to heart
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing editor
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Bioremediation project achieves drilling, environmental objectives in Bangladesh
by Chris West, Chevron Bangladesh, Et Al
Innovative filtration process for well clean-up fluids reduces amount of water-based waste
by Thomas Blyth, Cetco Oilfield Services, Et Al
Well Intervention / Completions
System uses downhole data to make operations smarter, reduce job time for well intervention
by Marianne Stavland, Baker Oil Tools, Et Al
HSE Management
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Managing Beyond zero: How to sustain and HSE program near the ultimate goal of zero incidents
by Kent Van Eaton, Grant Prideco, Et Al
Well Control
New Generation of Subsea BOP equipment controls are smaller stronger, cleaner, smarter
by Frank Springett, National Oilwell Varco, Et Al
Impact of thermal expansion on kick tolerance should be a part of pre-drilling risk-assessment
by Inge Mosti, SPT Group, Et Al
New tool for blowout risk management allows cross communication among decision-makers
by Oystein Arild, Iris, Et Al
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Real-time 3D visualization drilling supervision system targets ECD, downhole pressure control
by Rolv Rommetveit, Sintef, Et Al
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Perspectives: Industry must stay alert with safety, well control training, says Chevron’s Dwayne McClelland