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Study simulates kick responses during MPD

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

According to IADC, managed pressure drilling is defined as “an adaptive drilling process used to precisely control the annular pressure profile throughout the wellbore.”…

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Tubular fracturing: Pinpointing the cause

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Brittle fracture of oilfield tubular components can occur due to the material having low fracture toughness – such material often presents low Charpy V-notch impact energy values…

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Reservoir drives choice of RSS vs mud motors

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The ratio of directionally drilled wells to vertically placed wells is increasing. Access to progressively harder to reach reserves is driving more complex well geometries…

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The ABC’s of RFID: physics, oilfield usage

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Non-military application of RFID gained momentum in the last 20 to 30 years as the availability of small, low-cost semiconductors (chips) for the tags became possible…

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Wired pipe delineates safer drilling margins

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In the post-Macondo world, government agencies have promulgated significant new safety standards to ensure the safety of workers, environment and assets…

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Rig design shift would put MPD at the ready

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The rocks being drilled today demand more than a better set of tools; they require a different approach to well construction. That change is occurring in the form of MPD…

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Niobrara wells prove BHA for coiled tubing

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

A recent five-well drilling program in the Niobrara formation along the Colorado-Kansas border has demonstrated a new bottomhole assembly (BHA) for coiled-tubing drilling…

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Outsmarting Mother Nature

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The oil and gas industry has conquered many a force of nature in its history, but management of wellbore pressures remains among the trickiest challenges still being confronted on a daily basis in drilling operations around the world. From increasingly depleted land and offshore fields to the growing number…

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Behind the buzz: How to apply manufacturing methods to well construction

Posted on 09 March 2012 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, News

A shift in focus from services to deliverables and products would help the industry to apply manufacturing…

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Automation: What the drilling industry can learn from aviation

Posted on 09 March 2012 in Innovating While Drilling, News

As drilling automation is becoming more common, it is placing greater demands on training of rig…

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