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September/October 2016

Drilling Rigs, Equipment and Automation
Remote directional drilling sets roadmap to industrialization
Precision Drilling partners with Schlumberger, Pason to deploy algorithm-based remote directional service; two wells drilled so far with only one directional driller on the rig
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Model-based approach examines entire subsea BOP control system rather than address component failures with ‘band-aid’ solutions
by Daniel C. Barker, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company
Tailored, layered defense-in-depth strategy can help build cyber resilience into rig OT systems
by Nathan Moralez, BP, and Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK
IADC developing guidelines for alarm management on rigs
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
R&D center built with integrated testing ability, serves as ‘incubator’ for next-generation technologies
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
Rig Briefs: Robotic arm for automated pipe handling, 20,000-psi riser system, ergonomic driller’s station among industry innovations
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator; Lars Bruvoll, MHWirth; Nahum Ronquillo, National Oilwell Varco
Well Control
In phase 2, BOP reliability database JIP to invite additional members, formalize collaborations based on failure and incident data collected
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Exception-based remote monitoring incorporates intelligence to enable early detection of well control events
by Nazaad Baksh, Anil Wadhwa, Baker Hughes
With BSEE Well Control Rule in force, it’s time to take another look at RFC-HSE variant of MPD
by Don Hannegan, Managed Pressure Drilling; Bhavin Patel, Harshad Patil and Maurizio Arnone, Weatherford; Jerry Lee, University of Houston
Regional Focus: Latin America
Troubled Brazil works to open pre-salt, ease regulatory restrictions
Amid lower E&P activity levels, Brazilian government is considering reforms on local content and allowing more operators in pre-salt; Petrobras is maintaining focus on optimizing pre-salt drilling/completion
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Shale, tight gas production from Argentina’s Neuquén Basin on the rise, while Venezuela suffers dramatic production declines
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Health, Safety, Environment & Training
11 principles to guide HMI design for critical drilling equipment
by Bridget Monahan, Kevin Hoffmann, Amy Ferchak and Nate Bishop, Maya Design
2015 ISP: Fatalities fall from 21 to 8; LTI, recordable incidence rates both down by approximately 20%
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Enhanced well control course integrates technical training with simulator exercises, human factors
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
IADC partners with Wounded Warrior Project to employ injured veterans for WellSharp proctoring
by Amy Rose, Director – External Relations, IADC
Completions
Proppant demand: Operators save through locally sourced sands
Lower-cost options gain popularity as longer lateral sections in North American onshore wells necessitate larger proppant volumes
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
IADC Connection
From the President: ‘Keep It in the Ground’ advocates fail to recognize energy reality, industry advances
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
News Cuttings
Wirelines
Departments
Drilling Ahead: Be a safety hero: Join the IADC HSE Case rewrite
by Mike killalea, Editor & Publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner – Hard hat uses transparent visor to increase workers’ peripheral vision
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives – Mark Campbell-Howes, Maersk Drilling: Drilling industry needs dedicated voice on process safety; guidelines forthcoming to drive implementation
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator