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Drilling Ahead: ‘Interesting times’ well met by IADC leaders

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

It’s with mixed feelings that I write this column, fondly and sadly bidding farewell to my longtime boss and friend Dr Lee Hunt, while welcoming with cheery anticipation his successor Stephen Colville. Lee has served this industry as IADC president since 1990, and as an IADC staffer for six years prior. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to work with Lee for more than 21 years…

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HSET Corner: Shifting gears from a culture of training to a culture of competence assurance

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

The introduction of new technologies, crews and regulations are affecting the way companies are approaching training and development. Competency assurance programs (CAPs) are gaining popularity and guiding a shift from a culture of training to a culture of competence. “It’s really about demonstration,” Martin Payne, technical director – Americas for Petrofac Training Services, said at the 2012 IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition on 7 February in Houston. “It’s not just about going and doing training. It’s really about ‘Don’t tell me, show me.’ ”

HSE&T corner: Eight steps to grow the right people

Posted on 16 January 2012 in 2012, Departments, January/February

To increase retention of new employees, Patterson-UTI Drilling set aside traditional training approaches and implemented a multifaceted program to grow their own…

HSE Corner: Communication, participation among simple steps to boost JSA effectiveness

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

Redundancy can lead to complacency, and often, it takes a careless mistake and avoidable event to remind people to treat an everyday task with the utmost care…

Drilling Ahead: Today’s interesting times spawn puzzles, challenges

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

An apocryphal Chinese curse threatens, “May you live in interesting times.” Curse or no, few would argue that today’s E&P industry does not epitomize interesting times…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

TAQA Bratani recently awarded a three-year contract to KCA DEUTAG to supply platform drilling and maintenance services to four North Sea drilling platforms…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

Landing Strings Solutions and Trelleborg Offshore have developed and manufactured the world’s first buoyancy module system deployed on a drill pipe landing string…

Perspectives: Dustin Torkay, Archer – On the fast track, setting technological goals within reach

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

In the race to the finish line, it was the hands-on experience that stuck with Dustin Torkay, project engineer at Archer. At 27, Mr Torkay is taking the fast route…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

Houston-based AmeriMex Motor and Controls recently developed the industry’s first single 2,000-hp drilling motor. It is designed to work with small and mobile equipment…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Departments, September/October

Petrobras’ Brazilian natural gas output increased by 8% in July compared with the same month a year ago …

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