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New cementing method uses pipe movement to maximize displacement

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Well cementing is one of the most critical steps of the well completion procedure. However, as the last step in well construction, cementing is sometimes not given the attention…

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Steering capabilities broaden drilling with casing/liner applications

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

To drill conventionally or not to drill conventionally. As industry increasingly finds itself in depleted and unstable formations, reactive shale plays and…

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Upfront planning, operational strategy key to MPD success

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Unlike underbalanced (UBD), managed pressure drilling (MPD) operations are sometimes “taken lightly” due to its nature of being slightly above or at balance…

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Real-time capabilities, inspection systems fine-tune coiled tubing

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Improvements in coiled-tubing (CT) data acquisition are sharpening the eyes and ears of downhole operations, as real-time data allows operators to better monitor…

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50 frac stages placed in single well completion in Bakken

Posted on 12 March 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

NCS Oilfield Services, a company that specializes in multistage completions, recently announced the successful placement of 50 stages in a single well completion…

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Video exclusive: Schlumberger launches new technologies at Drilling Conference

Posted on 12 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Schlumberger’s Ian Falconer, marketing and technology manager, introduced technologies, such as the slim-hole PowerDrive Archer rotary steerable system and the Stinger conical diamond technology, at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, 5-7 March in Amsterdam. Starting with the drill bit, the new technologies are a part of the company’s integrated drilling system approach.

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Smart flowback tool targets automation of kick, lost-circulation detection process

Posted on 07 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

An automated flowback monitoring technology has been developed to detect well kicks and lost-circulation events earlier than conventional manual methods and to generate an alarm alerting drillers and drilling engineers to take appropriate action. A case study, SPE/IADC 163474, describing how the Smart Flowback Fingerprinting technology was developed and deployed in a field test, was presented by Sven M. Haberer, Baker Hughes, at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam this week…

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Exclusive video: Open-platform initiative pushing automation to new level

Posted on 07 March 2013 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Tony Pink, vice president of drilling automation applications for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), speaks with Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam on 6 March. Mr Pink discussed the company’s NOVA initiative, which NOV considers the next generation in drilling controls and automation. Integrated within operating systems, NOVA drives well execution plans from a single source, executing automatic control and connection to drill and to…

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Autonomous robotic drilling, man-machine interface remove people from drill floor

Posted on 07 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

In the realm of automation, the best potential for enhanced HSE and cost savings will be achieved through multiple robotic machines that are able to act as independent units or as a stand-alone machine, Kenneth Søndervik, Robotic Drilling Systems, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week in Amsterdam. In presenting SPE/IADC 163466, Mr Søndervik said that he envisions autonomous robotic drilling completely removing people from the drill floor. A test rig running the company’s robotic system in Stavanger, Norway, has demonstrated fully autonomous tripping. While “one…

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BOP facility designed with manufacturing principles for maximum efficiency, minimum lost time

Posted on 07 March 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling

As industry drills deeper wells in increasingly harsh environments, the upper limits of BOP equipment is constantly being pushed. Even under such conditions, a BOP and its sealing elements must perform flawlessly. Such high performance can be achieved only through aggressive development and testing, said Joe Liotta, National Oilwell Varco (NOV), at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition this week…

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