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2011 IADC chairman: Industry leaders must walk the walk on safety

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Life takes us to unexpected places. For Matt Ralls, it was a rather circuitous route – including a botched roustabout attempt when he was 18, a decision to major in nuclear engineering rather than petroleum engineering in college…

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2011 IADC Officers

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Matt Ralls joined Rowan Companies in 2009 as president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer…

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From the Chairman: Leadership, not politics

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

After months of hearings and investigations, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released its report in early January…

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2010 IADC Contractor of the Year Scott Gordon: honored to serve the industry

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Scott Gordon, regional vice president of Unit Texas Drilling, was named 2010 IADC Contractor of the Year on 12 November 2010 at the IADC Annual General Meeting in San Antonio,…

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No more silos: Drilling optimization requires integrated workflow

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, January/February

Optimized drilling is a moving target that demands a careful balance of people, process and technology; holistic approach may also drive…

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No slump in sight for Asia Pacific drilling

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February

Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia among strong drilling markets keeping utilization, rates stable in this region. As 2011 begins, the Asia Pacific region is experiencing a change in the drilling climate. Deepwater, already driving increased expenditures in 2011, will figure more in exploration activity…

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For sustainable safety, leaders must do more coaching, less policing

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Working only to obey the rules and wear PPE typically creates minimal-effort safety cultures without proactive employees…

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Study: Employees intervene in only 2 of 5 observed unsafe acts

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Survey respondents say they often choose not to intervene because they do not believe they can do so effectively…

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How to ensure H2S safety on offshore rigs

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Features, January/February

Putting in place OSHA-compliant sour-gas preparedness program demands early, comprehensive planning. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a toxic, flammable and corrosive gas often encountered during hydrocarbon exploration and production. A byproduct of the decay of protein-containing substances…

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Intelligent wells: It’s not all or nothing

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, January/February

In the increasingly deep and deviated world of oil and gas recovery, state-of-the-art completions technology has pushed the industry into arenas once deemed unreachable. Among the…

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