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September/October 2008

Geothermal Drilling
Geothermal drilling market heats up
by Linda Hsieh, Assistant Managing Editor
Rig Equipment
Top drives have transformed drilling: Now, new design targets ultra-deep, ERD
by David Reid, national Oilwell Varco, Et Al
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Rack & pinion technology takes shape in oilfield as multifunctional rigs
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Some manufacturers going forward with PM motors for drilling industry; others hesistant
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing Editor
Modular MDDM top drive designed to cut time for change outs, slash failures
Asset Integrity
Life extension for mobile offshore units: How old is too old?
by Gerhard Ersdal, PSA Norway, Et Al
West Africa
Africa’s Atlantic Frontier: An E&P review
by Jeremy Cresswell, Contributing Editor
Total aims for ‘routine’ deepwater drilling in West Africa
by Jeremy Cresswell, Contributing Editor
Drilling Technology Advances
Case study: new concentric expandable reamer tool used in Gulf of Mexico
by Steven Radford, Hughes Christensen, Et Al
Pore Pressure
Working the pore pressure puzzle: Different languages, same goal
by Linda Hsieh, Assistant Managing Editor
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Pore Pressure from a service company geomechanics group perspective
Health: Safety And The Environment
What does it take to be environmentally responsible in this industry?
by Ian Hudson, Transocean
IADC ASP report: Industry achieved record-low LTI rate in 2007
Developing a mature safety culture: Everyone must take responsibility
by Ron Clem, Executive Training International
Coloring book takes safety message home to employees’ families
Defining drillstring specifications to maximize safety, performance in sour service environments
by Anne Sevignon, Vam Drilling, Et Al
Risk Management
Deepwater trend pushes risk management to foreront
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Managed Pressure Drilling
MPD planning: How much is enough?
by Paul Springs, Blade Energy Partners, Et Al
Completions
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Managing retrieval of triple-zone intelligent completions in offshore extended-reach well
by L.Izquierdo, Schlumberger, Et Al
Zonal Isolation & Cementing
Deepwater cement design optimized for record-length expandable liner in Gulf of Mexico
by Don Schultz, Nexen Petroleum, Et Al
IADC Connection
Guest Editorial: Joe Leimkuhler, AADE
2008 Annual Meeting Special: Operating Summary
Wirelines
News Cuttings
Departments
Drilling Ahead
D&C News
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D&C Tech Digest
Trainers Corner
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People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: There’s no substitute for the drilling contractor business, says ENSCO’s Suzanne Browne