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Perspectives: Mary Dimataris, M-I SWACO: Capturing expert knowledge with IADC Tech Pubs Committee

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Departments, September/October

When Mary Dimataris began her career in the late 1970s, the copy machine was just becoming a common piece of office equipment, and a modem was…

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Automation, software, mobility lead advances in drilling packages

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

The drilling industry is on the cusp of big changes, with improved automation packages and new equipment designs emerging from manufacturers…

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Complex environments call for better navigation of the human terrain

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

The success of operators and drilling contractors in low-capacity countries depends on their ability to “navigate the human terrain” in difficult operating environments…

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Adaptive automation facilitates efficient, safe tripping operations

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Automation consists of the use of control systems to manage processes, reducing the need for human intervention. There has been considerable progress made…

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Recipes for success

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, September/October

Just as no two reservoirs are alike, completion fluids are formation-specific concoctions engineered to provide the proper degree of density and flow characteristics that enable production…

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Leading process safety KPIs enhance barrier management on NCS

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

“Personnel shall be aware of which barriers are not functioning or have been impaired.” This is the sentence wherein the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has…

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Drilling Ahead: Crystal-clear focus on asset integrity, reliability

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Departments, September/October

Asset integrity and reliability are hardly new concepts, but today they are more important than ever before…

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Noble Energy announces successes with Katmai, Dantzler wells in deepwater GOM

Posted on 03 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, The Offshore Frontier

Wireline logging in two Noble Energy wells in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico indicates a total of 154 net ft of crude oil pay was discovered in multiple reservoirs…

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FMC vocational technical training recognizes importance of non-technical skills

Posted on 02 September 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News

The oilfield service business is a people business, and when you deal with human beings, there are no absolutes. In the world of vocational technical training, this means…

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Drilling the distance

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

The drill site has physically evolved with the advent of horizontal drilling and multiwell pads. No longer is a rig confined to drilling a single well before having to rig down, move to another location and rig up again…

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