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May/June 2015

IADC: Global Leadership
IADC leads drilling industry into new era of well control training with launch of WellSharp
By Amy Rose, Director External Relations, IADC
WADI advances in Brazil, Malta
By Amy Rose, Director External Relations, IADC
Offshore Market and Technologies
Five years after Macondo
Significant progress has been made to improve offshore safety, but industry realizes that the journey is not over
By Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator

Moonpool dance on the Pacific Santa Ana: Subsea MudLift Drilling system deployments pave path to deepwater DGD
By Frédéric Jacquemin, Pacific Drilling, and Dale Straub, Chevron
New riser safety system enables effective contingency riser gas handling, MPD in deepwater
By Max Yeo, Alex Macgregor, Henry Pinkstone, Managed Pressure Operations
Industry needs standards for cement plug testing, placement to bump up deepwater efficiency
By Michael Trogus, Shell Exploration and Production, and Douglas Farley and Gregory Gaspard, Weatherford
Integration of knowledge, experience make for effective relief well contingency planning
By John Wright, Wild Well Control
Regional Focus: Gulf of Mexico
Eyes on the long term in US Gulf of Mexico
Utilization, dayrates both sharply down, though floaters are seeing more insulation due to longer-term contracts
By Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Onshore Drilling
US shale production expected to rise even as rig count tumbles
Operators, contractors focus on high-grading crews and rigs, drilling optimization to lower costs and prepare for the next upturn
By Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Coalition challenges data in US agencies’ sage grouse reports
By Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Global Drilling Outlook
No end in sight for market volatility
In the face of continued supply increases, reduced CAPEX spending and record-high storage, industry begins to organize itself around lower prices for the longer term
By Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Completions
Open-hole completion innovations push efficiencies in shales
Longer laterals, rising stage counts drive uptake of open-hole systems in areas like Bakken, Granite Wash
By Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
IADC Connection
From the Chairman: Next upturn hard to see amid weak market, but industry must stay the course to come out stronger
By Ed Jacob, IADC 2015 Chairman
Wirelines
News Cuttings
Departments
Drilling Ahead: Collaboration reaps benefits for industry
By Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: Applying lessons from golf to well control training: Practice must be strategic and reinforce the right habits
By Bill Murchison Jr, Murchison Drilling Schools
People, Companies and Products
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Perspectives – Ronald Sweatman, RS Consulting: ‘Well Cementing Operations’ to fill knowledge gap for engineers, rig crews By Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator