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Industry must engineer for simplicity, standardization

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

For those of us who work in the drilling business, we know that the industry’s image among the general public is a misrepresentation, that it doesn’t reflect the emphasis we put on safety or efforts…

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Strategy, engagement, execution: 10 secrets to raise your company’s safety quotient

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

What do great safety organizations do that others don’t? Drawing on our experience with hundreds of organizations around the world, we have identified 10 characteristics shared by great safety organizations. These…

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Drilling and Completion News

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, March/April

Seadrill has signed a three-year contract with Chevron Thailand E&P for the T-12 tender rig, with a two-year option period. The contract is expected to commence in Q2 this year. T-12 will be the fifth such unit operating for Chevron…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, March/April

A 40-stage open-hole completion has been successfully installed in the Williston Basin by Baker Hughes for Whiting Petroleum Corp, marking the most number of stages performed in a single lateral frac sleeve/packer…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, March/April

John Thorogood received the 2011 SPE Drilling Engineering Award on 2 March at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, the advancement of the engineering discipline or field…

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Joe Eustace, Pioneer Drilling: Making a difference in well servicing, safety

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

As the sun set in the West Texas town of Sonora in 1975, a young man in his sophomore year of college had a decision to make. Would he continue to help his father on the ranch during the summer or would he go work for a well…

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Minimizing uncertainty: Geosteering advances keep wellbores in sweet spot

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Videos

Deviated, ultra-deep and unconventional have become bywords of the complex and complicated nature of oil and gas drilling today. Underlying this new vernacular is another challenge…

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UBD unlocks pay in North Sea wells

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article reviews an offshore underbalanced drilling project in the Danish sector of the North Sea undertaken during summer 2010. Two oil wells were drilled from a jackup, with produced oil and gas transferred to the accompanying…

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Brazil: On the straightaway in an energy marathon

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Any casual observer in Brazil could say that, with helicopters transporting modular rigs on land in the Amazon and the huge ultra-deepwater rigs dotting the seascape, it looks as though the country has met with an…

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Low-force shear adds value to today’s BOPs

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, March/April

With the increased use of stronger and tougher tubulars in today’s well construction, the ability to shear in the blowout preventer (BOP) without turning to larger operators is an…

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