September/October 2013

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 IADC: Catalyzing Improved Performance

IADC launches Well Control Institute

New industry body to develop single well control training/assessment standard for global drilling industry
by Amy Rose, IADC director of external relations
Talent growth

IADC teams with US colleges to kick off Workforce Attraction and Development Initiative
by Joanne Liou, associate editor

 Rigs, Equipment and Technology

Turning vision into value
Automation technologies must deliver efficiency, cost savings, safety to make economic sense on rigs, land and offshore
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Dual-fuel systems power up
Market for technologies to fuel drilling, well stimulation operations with natural gas expanding rapidly
by Katherine Scott, associate editor
Next-generation semi replaces derrick with multipurpose tower
by Joanne Liou, associate editor
IT, standards can help aggregate well data for high-level automation
by Peter Morrison and John Shields, Baker Hughes
Messages from the machine: Maintenance process goes smart
by Ashe Menon, National Oilwell Varco
Finer control: 2nd-gen wired pipe to improve ruggedness, diagnostics
by David Pixton, National Oilwell Varco

 Regional Focus: Russia and the Arctic

Big risks, bigger rewards?
High-cost Arctic exploration faces increasing competition for investment dollars, but potential for monster fields still lures those who dare
by Katherine Scott, associate editor
Arctic regulations overview: flexibility, cooperation needed
by G.A. Ghoneim, Atkins Oil & Gas

 Health, Safety, Environment and Training

IADC ISP: 2012 LTI rate hits record low; 22 fatalities reported
by Amy Rose, IADC director of external relations
Dropped blocks: OMV gets to root causes, zeros in on prevention
by Stefan Wirth and Adrian Wolf, OMV
Increasing complexity, global expansion calls for crew competence
by Joanne Liou, associate editor
Fixing human error
by Peter Bridle, consultant

 Solids Control

Fluids management, accurate measurements boost solids control
by Joanne Liou, associate editor
Tests show potential of alternative method for offshore cuttings drying
by M.S. Pereira, C.H. Ataide, Federal University of Uberlandia; R. Naufel, Ondatec; C.M.A. Panisset, C.H.M. Sa, A.L. Martins, Petrobras


Lateral moves

Trend toward multistage open-hole completions, plug-and-perf advances help boost recovery, economics
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor

 IADC Connection

Guest Editorial: Progress made since Piper Alpha, but industry must keep pushing for openness
by Steve Walker, UK Health and Safety Executive
IADC bolsters on-the-ground presence in Brazil, adds Offshore Division expertise
by Amy Rose, IADC director of external relations
News Cuttings


Drilling Ahead: Taking competency, well control to new levels
by Mike Killalea,editor & publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: Learning from a zero-incident industry: 6 pillars of naval nuclear propulsion

by Dave Burnham, Check-6
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Mark Denkowski – Passion for training reflected in expansion of IADC accreditation programs
by Joanne Liou, associate editor


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