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Posted on 02 July 2012 in 2012, Departments, July/August

Approximately 400 IADC members and guests attended the IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) annual safety awards dinner in Aberdeen on 11 May, celebrating what has been one of the safest years on record for offshore drilling contractors…

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Are we laggards in technology adoption?

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher We pride ourselves on innovation, but are actually laggards at technology adoption. “The oil and gas industry tends to have a technology adoption cycle of roughly 30 years from concept to 50% market penetration,” remarked Dustin Torkay, Seadrill, IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee vice chairman-Future Technology, adding that […]

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Latshaw Drilling Co recently added Rig 18 to its fleet. The rig is a 1,700-hp diesel-electric/SCR rig with a 500-ton AC top drive unit and is skiddable for multiwell pad drilling…

News Cuttings

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Brian Maness, Diamond Offshore Drilling, and Goran Andersson, Chevron, were honored on 7 March…

HSE&T Corner: Security programs must incorporate terrorism prevention, crisis management

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, Drilling It Safely, May/June

History has shown we cannot prevent terrorist acts from occurring. However, we can minimize the destruction…

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…

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…

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