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Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, Focused Microsites, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

FMC Technologies’ Enhanced Vertical Deepwater Tree (EVDT) is a slimbore subsea completion system designed to provide large-bore system capabilities. It can accommodate 7-in. tubing completions and pressures up to 15,000 psi within a 13 5/8-in. BOP stack. Among other features, it allows ultra-deepwater completions to be performed from a small drilling rig containing the surface […]

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Drilling Engineering Assocation opens opportunities to take part in cutting-edge technology research

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

Continuing research efforts into technologies that can help the industry drill increasingly difficult wells, the Drilling Engineering Association held its first quarter 2008 meeting on 27 March in Houston. DEA provides opportunities for researchers to present their ideas and work to the drilling industry. In turn, operators, contractors and service companies get the chance to […]

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Industry takes cautious but sure-footed steps toward hands-free drilling, automation

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

When it comes to risk-taking, this industry seems to suffer from a case of multiple personality disorder. On the one hand, it has a tendency to be big gamblers. It’s willing to spend millions or tens of millions of dollars…

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Innovations in MWD/LWD and drill pipe technologies address key operator concerns and needs, put previously impossible wells into reach

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Operators ask for a lot in their logging-while-drilling (LWD) and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tools. And why shouldn’t they, considering the sizable chunks these services can chew off of a budget?

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Case study: Hostile-environment LWD allows efficient oil recovery in HPHT field

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In the deep, high-pressure, high-temperature wells in the Villafortuna/Trecate field in northern Italy, LWD was planned to enable continuous correlation for casing and coring points…

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New litho neutron density tool features shorter length, wireless capability

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Aside from the GeoTap IDS, two new tools have been added to the InSite suite of technologies from Halliburton’s Sperry Drilling Services…

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Acoustic telemetry, with multiple nodes in drillstring, used to achieve distributed MWD

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Unattended acoustic telemetry in real-time drilling environments can now include multiple nodes in the drillstring. We utilize a primary tool near the drill bit that transmits telemetry and sensor/directional information with one or more acoustic transponding devices at other sites along the drillstring, these incorporating both the primary signal and additional information from their own local sensors…

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Along-string pressure, temperature measurements hold revolutionary promise for downhole management

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

It’s widely known that the majority of stuck pipe incidents occur while pulling out of hole. If we can detect where an incident might occur – for example, in a 20,000-ft well – that could mean a radical reduction in nonproductive time (NPT) related to wellbore stability or drillstring integrity…

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High-strength, thin-wall, all-steel drill pipe may provide solution for ultra-extended-reach wells

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In planning for ultra-extended-reach (uER) wells, projected torque & drag (T&D) loads exceed the capabilities of existing high-strength drill pipe. As operators continue to evaluate uER well options, they have been forced to consider using non-steel drill pipe materials (such as aluminum, titanium, composite or other) for reduced surface loads…

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Lightweight, ultra-high-strength drill pipe may meet demands of ERD, critical deep drilling

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Current and future extended-reach drilling (ERD) and other critical projects exceed the capabilities of conventional steel S-135 drillstring assemblies…

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