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March/April 2018

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Innovating While Drilling
Drill bit innovations target major barriers to ROP, durability
Manufacturers develop new bits that address cuttings evacuation, vibration and thermal degradation while rearranging cutter layouts and seeking better understanding of failure mechanisms
by Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor
Digital solutions guide path to better accuracy in directional drilling
Service providers also advancing rotary steerable systems to drill more reliably in harsh environments, lower cost of operations
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
MPD vs underbalanced drilling: 10 ways they differ in operational strategy and implementation
by Hassan Malik and Mohammed J. Aljubran, Saudi Aramco
Shell addresses human factors, technology limits to deploy MPD on exploratory HPHT campaign
by Sunday Awe, Shell Petroleum Development Company
Shaped diamond elements minimize lateral vibrations without curtailing drill bit’s efficiency
by Josh Ramsey, Anadarko Petroleum Company; Anthony Phillips, Caleb Rickabaugh, Joel Gray and Michael Savage, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Integration enables deepwater MPD solution with a single control system
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
Regional Focus: Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific: Utilization on the rise but dayrates still refuse to budge
Demand for rigs is swinging upward, but drilling contractors are still challenged to maintain safety, efficiency amidst extreme cost focus

by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
PV Drilling jackups likely to stay busy through 2018 as demand rises in Vietnam, Southeast Asia
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Completions
Moving from surface readouts to real-time data reduces guesswork to improve intervention efficiencies
by Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor
IADC Connection
From the President: Commitment to safety must not waver as industry works toward zero incidents
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
IADC launches WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
News Cuttings

Wirelines

Departments
Drilling Ahead: Digital transformation kicks into high gear on offshore rigs
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: Interviewing front-line employees can help identify, eliminate system weaknesses before they manifest as human error
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
People, Companies and Products

Products

Perspectives: Izwan Megat, UMW Oil and Gas – Engaging with people at the rig site is critical for safety because ‘safety is managing people’
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor