September/October 2007

 Drilling Rig Equipment

Improved top drive systems boost reliability, push capacity limits
Solids Control: Shale shaker makers push advances in power, efficiency, automation
Advances in steel tooth technology improve drill bit performance in GOM applications
100% core recovery over 3 runs in horizontal well marks a first on Petrobras’ Bonitas field
ReedHycalog taking holistic approach to mitigating drilling vibrations to reduce NPT
Varel bit design enhances hydraulic flow to improve ROP in Barnett Shale lateral drilling
Smith Bits’ IDEAS platform provides dynamic model to optimally design, test drill bits
Purpose-built land rigs produce step change in drilling time, cost, and opportunities
Engine manufacturers work on supply chains, reliability as drilling contractor demands rise
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Lessons of Katrina, Rita, Ivan bear fruit in GOM for offshore industry facing wrath of Dean

 Middle East

Reservoir, drilling and real-time technologies increase Saudi Aramco reserves, production
Middle East’s critical energy industry evolves under market influences, geopolitical changes
Saudi Aramco, Al Mansoori: Quick takes with Middle East innovators
Kuwait Oil Co designs, builds semi-automated 3,000-hp rig to tap deep HPHT resources
Drilling and testing of an HPHT deep gas prospect from an existing well: case history

 Completions

Sand control technology enhanced to fit complex deepwater, deep-shelf operations
Aramco uses swell packers to enable smart open-hole, multilateral completions for EOR
Study produces supercement for annular seal and long-term integrity in deep, hot wells

 HSE & Safety Culture

Drilling contractors deliver safety performance improvements through leadership, cultural change: Competitors take differing approaches to same goal
Facilitating a change in HSE culture must begin by identifying, understanding existing culture
Within a culture of safety, the rig’s operational performance should not be a dirty word
Safety culture the Maersk Contractors’ way
Driver training program steers BJ Services employees to improved safety on the road

 Educational Outreach

Offshore Energy Center educational initiatives taking the energy industry to the next generation

 IADC Connection – Annual Meeting Special

Guest Editorial: David Payne, Chevron
Q&A with IADC president Dr. Lee Hunt
IADC operations staff leads the way to an improved global drilling industry
Wirelines

2007 Annual Meeting Preview

News Cuttings

 Departments

Drilling Ahead
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
Trainer’s Corner
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Kevin Lacy, BP

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