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Drilling Ahead: ‘Interesting times’ well met by IADC leaders

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

It’s with mixed feelings that I write this column, fondly and sadly bidding farewell to my longtime boss and friend Dr Lee Hunt, while welcoming with cheery anticipation his successor Stephen Colville. Lee has served this industry as IADC president since 1990, and as an IADC staffer for six years prior. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to work with Lee for more than 21 years…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, Microsites

Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre (KOMtech) and ConocoPhillips are jointly designing a first-of-its-kind “ice-worthy” jackup to operate in the Arctic seas…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, Microsites

AGR has completed its first Brazilian operations using the EC-Drill technology, which is based on the riserless mud recovery system that has been modified for use on Petrobras’ jackup wells…

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HSET Corner: Shifting gears from a culture of training to a culture of competence assurance

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

The introduction of new technologies, crews and regulations are affecting the way companies are approaching training and development. Competency assurance programs (CAPs) are gaining popularity and guiding a shift from a culture of training to a culture of competence. “It’s really about demonstration,” Martin Payne, technical director – Americas for Petrofac Training Services, said at the 2012 IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition on 7 February in Houston. “It’s not just about going and doing training. It’s really about ‘Don’t tell me, show me.’ ”

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, Microsites

FMC Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Control Systems International (CSI), which supplies control and automation system solutions…

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Preserving our license to drill – IADC president Stephen Colville is ready to take the association to the next level

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April, Videos

Preserving the energy industry’s license to operate in an era of increasing tendency toward much tighter regulations and perhaps unnecessary…

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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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IADC developing KSAs for oil/gas positions

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April, Videos

Drilling Contractor editorial coordinator Katherine Scott speaks with Mark Denkowski,vice president of accreditation and certification for IADC, on the KSA project. IADC has initiated the development of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for all oil and gas positions, with assistance from Petrofac in the implementation of the current KSA review and development of new positional […]

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What the shales have taught us

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

When the industry cracked the code on shales, it unlocked a wealth of unconventional resources, introduced new methods of drilling and completions, and made “fracturing” a household word. Technology sparked the shale boom that began a decade ago in the dry gas reservoirs of the Barnett play…

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Perspectives: Gregers Kudsk, Maersk Drilling – Industry’s joint efforts lead to advances in technology

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Drilling Rigs & Automation, March/April, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

At the forefront of advances in offshore drilling technologies, Gregers Kudsk, vice president and senior technical advisor for Maersk Drilling, pursues ideas from the beginning, even when the majority of people have yet to come on board. In the early stages of his career, he found himself working on technologies that would lead to improved rig efficiency and automation at a time when resources and knowledge were limited…

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