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IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges



On 27 May, IADC submitted a response to the US Department of the Interior’s proposed rule to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf seaward of the state of Alaska. The proposed rule was issued jointly by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on 24 February 2015.

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From the Chairman: Ensuring crew competency through WellSharp prepares industry for future growth in the next upturn


We are surrounded with warning systems as we go through our everyday routines. From those that are small – an alarm to wake us up in the morning, the low battery warning on our computers, the engine warning light on our cars – to the large, like tornado, hurricane and severe storm warnings. In all cases, we have, or should have, the knowledge, skills and abilities to react to the warnings we receive.

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Drilling Ahead: When we don’t tell our story, other people will


By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The drilling industry has always taken pride in its technical accomplishments, and rightly so. It takes pride in the innovative spirit that makes the industry so good at a lot of things – from building highly efficient and automated rigs for ultra-deepwater to developing horizontal drilling techniques that have enabled the North American shale revolution. On these and many other technical grounds, where we primarily look to only ourselves for progress, the industry is solid. Where we’re on shakier ground are areas where we have to engage and communicate with people outside of the industry – namely, regulators and the general public. This was made very clear in June at IADC World Drilling 2015 in ...

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IADC launches WellSharp well control training, assessment program


IADC unveiled WellSharp, the drilling industry’s new well control training and assessment program, during OTC in Houston on 6 May. A collaborative, industrywide, industry-led effort to redefine well control training produced WellSharp, which emphasizes rigorous training for every person with well control responsibilities, whether office-based or rig-based.

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