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More than the sum of its parts: how 20,000-psi subsea BOP stack was designed, developed

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, March/April

This article focuses on identifying and completing the GAP technologies necessary for the design and testing of a deepwater 20,000-psi subsea…

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Well control simulation software enhancing pre-drill planning, reducing risk of ‘big events’

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Simulation software is taking the steadfast methods of well control future forward. The industry is seeing a trend in demand by…

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RFID, open-hole packers advancing well interventions; gaps remain in subsea, batteries

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, March/April

Exploration drilling may rise and fall with the price of oil, but the clock is not stopping for well intervention. In fact, some believe a cost-conscious…

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Mexican, South American fortunes sway with the global tide

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Like many oil and gas regions of the world, and the many companies that operate in them, Mexico and many South American countries are not immune to the effects of the global economic downturn…

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Real-time geosteering software enhances data sharing, updating to optimize well placement

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The twin challenges of finding and producing hydrocarbons from increasingly complex reservoirs while meeting…

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To boost drillstring life, hardbanding reapplication specs could be more critical than initial specs

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

As the drilling industry evolves to accommodate the challenges of deep-well and horizontal drilling techniques, increasing demand is…

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Field tests show aluminum drill pipe can extend operating envelope for extended-reach drilling

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

One challenge for the industry is how to extend the limits of rig capacities without significantly increasing cost. A way to address this challenge is…

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Dynamic load expansion bench takes new approach to expandable connections testing

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Since the industry started installing solid wall expandable liners more than a decade ago, deployment systems have advanced more…

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Mono-diameter expandable drilling liner applications in deepwater – ready or not?

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Claims can be found in technical literature for using mono-diameter expandable liners in deepwater applications. In a technical review of the…

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Rotary steerables: Cost, reliability still key; higher dogleg capability, downhole motor integration also on asking list

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Once upon a time, the land drilling industry dreamed of a rotary steerable system that would replace the downhole mud motor…

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