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Peter Cunnion to take reins as IADC SAPC Chairman

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Peter Cunnion, Vice President at Northern Offshore, has been selected to take over the role of Chairman of the IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter (SAPC) in 2018. Mr Cunnion, who is succeeding Dave Formas, Senior Marketing Manager at Ensco, as SAPC Chairman, promised to continue to drive membership participation and involvement, which he says has been key to the success and growth of the SAPC. “The power of an organization like IADC is through its membership,” Mr Cunnion emphasized. As Chairman, he will be working to continue the annual golf tournament and gala dinner, which will be held on 21-22 March in 2018. The SAPC also will be working on a new Supply Chain Committee, as well as on reinstating the HSE Committee. For more information, watch this video with Mr Cunnion from the 2017 IADC Drilling Middle East Conference in Dubai on 4 October...

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IADC Permian Basin Chapter ramps up activity

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Although no regions in North America have been immune to the effects of the downturn, the Permian Basin has fared better than most. Particularly as US onshore contractors put rigs back to work, many of them are going to the Permian. The IADC Permian Basin Chapter has also been ramping up its activities, with the intent of connecting contractors, operators and service companies in the region to ensure the a safe and efficient recovery. One of the chapter’s major efforts on this front was the planning and execution of the first IADC Shale Energy Workshop, which was held on 13 September in Midland, Texas. In this video from the conference, Luke Crownover, Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter and Managing Partner for Robinson Drilling, explains some of the primary concerns and issues drilling contractors are facing in the Permian Basin and how the chapter plans to address those concerns...

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Industry should refocus on developing technologies to deliver long-term value

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor With funding being constrained across the industry due to the global oil downturn, investments in technologies that could deliver long-term value have suffered disproportionately, said David Blacklaw, Shell Global Drilling Automation Lead. “The bias has been toward projects which deliver short-term value. As a result, there’s probably a gap in the funnel of longer-term projects coming through,” Mr Blacklaw said. “Sooner or later, we’re going to need those new technologies to continue to drive performance improvements, efficiency gains and delivery of better wells.” Mr Blacklaw is among several speakers scheduled to speak at a symposium being organized by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS). The event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, ...

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Sola Falodun recognized with IADC Exemplary Service Award

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Sola Falodun, General Manager, Drilling and Completion Systems for Nigeria-based OES Energy Services, was presented with an IADC Exemplary Service Award at IADC World Drilling 2017 on 28 June in Amsterdam. Mr Falodun was recognized for his service as Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, as well other contributions to the organization, including serving on the Program Committee for IADC Drilling Africa...

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More onshore participation needed in IADC cybersecurity efforts

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Cyber attacks on industrial control systems are on the rise, and it’s estimated that 41% of cyber attacks target the oil and gas industry. Since the publication last year of the IADC Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Cybersecurity Risks to Drilling Assets, the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee has been working on new guidelines around minimum cybersecurity guidelines for drilling rigs...

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Regulatory update: Executive orders are favorable to oil and gas industry

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Four of the 36 president executive orders issued so far in 2017, including an order to review the five-year-plan for offshore drilling, will have a direct impact on the oil and gas industry. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston, IADC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Liz Craddock outlines these executive orders and what their impact could be on the oil and gas industry...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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