September/October 2010

 Drilling Rigs & Equipment

EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Rig NPT: the ugly truth
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor
Bridging the communications gap in rig automation
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor
Remote operations centers earning keep through drilling optimization, 24/7 support, ‘remanning’
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor
Wireless control systems help prevent hardwired service loop failures for moving equipment
by Justin Rowden and Dustin Torkay, Seawell
Hydraulic vs electrical rig designs: pros and cons on floater heave compensation systems
by Rium Tapjan and Hege Kverneland, National Oilwell Varco
Modular machine control may be next step to achieving integrated drilling control system
by Wayne Cantrell, Siemens Industry
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Alarm management: 7 practices to help drillers prioritize warnings, prevent ambiguous displays
by Don Shafer, Athens Group
Fuel consumption, overload capacity among critical criteria in selection of generator sets
by Steve Besore, MTU Detroit Diesel
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
JIP study on BOP reliability 2004-2006: subsea control systems were most prone to failure
by Jeff Sattler, WEST Engineering Services; Frank Gallander, Chevron
EXCLUSIVE WEB ARTICLE
Project-based approach, cooperation push Stena drillship performance to ‘best in class’
by Mike Davis, Repsol; John Banks and Barry Rainnie, Stena Drilling
EXCLUSIVE WEB ARTICLE
‘Multi machine control’ enhances automation
by Kjell Rohde, Tore Berg, Tom Yost and Svein Ove Aanesland, National Oilwell Varco; Gregers Kudsk, Maersk Drilling

 Regional Focus: Africa

Despite weak spots, contractors see decent prospects in West Africa offshore Angola, Ghana
by Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor
Optimizing drilling parameters and drill bit design boosts ROP by 37% in Algerian field
by Zerari Djamel, Chafai Ridha, Nacer Rihani, Sofiane Doudou, National Oilwell Varco; Lamali Rachid, Dhina Okba, Khelif Amar, Sonatrach

 Solids Control & Cuttings Disposal

EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Triple-deck shale shaker, mobile processing trucks push solids control capacity, efficiency
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor

 Asset Integrity & Risk Management

FCPA compliance: what every contractor needs to know
by Brady Long, Pride International
7 ways to set up a successful joint rig auditing task force: lessons learned from OMV case study
by Stefan Wirth, OMV E&P, and Andrew Calderwood, ModuSpec Engineering
6 ways to keep rigs safe in high-risk countries
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor
Industry preparing bridging document to facilitate safety case preparation for deepwater GOM
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Contractor, vendor team up to improve training, fall protection, strength of derrick-riding basket
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor

 Completions

EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Responsive, ‘self-healing’ cement technology promises to improve long-term zonal isolation
by A. Comet, A. Garnier, J. L. Presles, TOTAL; Helene Bulté-Loyer, Philippe Drecq, Sylvaine Le Roy-Delage and Iker Unanue Rodriguez, Schlumberger
Swellables proving a cost-effective alternative across range of zonal isolation applications
by Glen Robitaille, Weatherford International Ltd

 IADC Connection

Guest Editorial: MPD benefits are evident, but industry needs tools, learning to use it effectively
70th Anniversary Retrospective
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Generations: Meet the Springetts: a father and son in industry
by Maggie Cox, editorial coordinator
Wirelines
News Cuttings

 Departments

Drilling Ahead: ‘Brick wall’ looms for offshore jobs
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE Corner: Behavior management: next step change in safety
by Abid Tauseef, Schlumberger
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Gert-Jan Windhorst, Noble Corp
by Linda Hsieh, managing editor

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