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Operator takes proactive approach to human-factors evaluation of equipment

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

Safety within the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil and gas industry has become the focus of attention around the world after the Macondo incident in April 2010. However, preceding this incident, safety had already been a priority throughout the industry…

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Perspectives: Brady Long, Ensco – Dynamic drilling industry best experienced from the inside

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August, Uncategorized

Listening to Brady Long’s story of how he found himself working first at Pride International and now at Ensco, you realize that he’s telling you he feels more at home working among drillers than among lawyers. Considering his law degree background, it seems slightly ironic…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

Paradigm Oilfield Services has secured a $400,000 contract to supply equipment, including stabilizers and its dual-stage hole-opener called “The Beast,” for a drilling operation in…

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Merged multilaterals system cuts time, risk

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, July/August

Inherent risks in component alignment and open-hole exposure time during conventional multilateral casing junction operations spurred the need for an innovative…

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Guest editorial: Who broke this? The fine art of finger-pointing when a rig fails

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August, Videos

Driven by the natural desire to identify what went wrong, blame is the predisposition of our dysfunctional industry. Instead of being grounded in a model of continuous improvement, we structure our organizations around the protection of proven business models and motivate ourselves by successfully adjudicating blame…

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JIP rethinks BOP leak detection for deepwater

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, July/August

To advance the technology of BOP leak detection through a software development initiative, operators, service providers and drilling contractors established…

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Steel-body PDC bit targets shale drilling

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Many Marcellus operators drill the vertical sections of their horizontal wells using an air rig. Contractors are experienced in this technique, which has proven cost-effective in the northeastern US. When the kickoff point is reached…

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Drilling mud solutions: Cracking the shale code

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

A trend afoot in the world of drilling fluids is further evidence of the importance of shale plays in North America today. Every shale play is not created equal; so it stands to reason that the ideal drilling mud solution needs to match the unique requirements of each play…

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Multilateral completions on rise but still a niche

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, July/August

Have multilateral completions finally come of age? Proven to maximize reservoir production, horizontal multilateral completions have witnessed growth in numbers and in complexity. However, while these completions have become more prevalent over the past decade, hurdles remain to widespread…

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No longer niche: Expandables finally going mainstream

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since they came onto the scene nearly 15 years ago as the game changers that were going to revolutionize drilling and completions, expandables are finally coming of age…

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