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Industry must raise the bar in standards development to push drilling automation

Posted on 17 July 2012 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News

The shift toward automation isn’t likely to usher in a new generation of standards, but it will provide the drilling…

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Aker Solutions launches dome simulator at Katy training facility

Posted on 17 July 2012 in Drilling It Safely, News, Videos

As a result of increased rig activity in the Gulf of Mexico, Aker Solutions has recently added a dome simulator and three classrooms to its training facility…

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Vantage Drilling uses new training tool to expand e-learning

Posted on 17 July 2012 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Vantage Drilling Co is planning to roll out the IADC SkillSTICK technology for its entire rig fleet after implementing the device for the Titanium Explorer…

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Atwood Oceanics, KCA DEUTAG and Noble Corp secure contracts for rigs, drilling services

Posted on 17 July 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Atwood Oceanics, KCA DEUTAG and Noble Corp recently were awarded contracts for their rigs and drilling services…

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Statoil makes gas, condensate discovery in North Sea

Posted on 17 July 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Statoil and its partner Total E&P Norge recently made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the King Lear prospect…

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New bits look beyond design at overall wellbore

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

In the wellbore, drill bits lead the way through formations to achieve longer wells more efficiently and quickly. The latest developments in drill bits share a common goal: optimize bit performance in the wellbore to save time and money…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Departments, July/August

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, a businessman and philanthropist whose business spanned multiple continents and industries, from Europe to North America, from the airline industry to oil and gas, died 16 April in Copenhagen at the age of 98…

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Guest Editorial: BSEE – Safety must permeate all levels

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, July/August

As anyone who works on the Outer Continental Shelf knows, offshore safety is everyone’s responsibility. Every company, every worker, every day. At this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, I unveiled…

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Continuous circulation system keeps ECD steady on Kvitebjørn

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

To construct new wells and continue production, Statoil decided to include the Continuous Circulation System (CCS) on the Kvitebjørn field of the North Sea…

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Lifting guide: Hoist safety tips every rigger, operator should know

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, July/August

All too often, hoisting-related accidents in North America could have been prevented simply by properly training operators on the operation, safe rigging, inspection and…

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