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IADC to open Supply Chain Committee to wider industry participation

The IADC Supply Chain Committee has expanded membership participation to include non-drilling contractors to widen the exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing in upcoming meetings. Ensco’s Jorge Lebrija, who serves as Chairman of the committee, hopes to see increased committee engagement in 2018 from service providers, equipment manufacturers and onshore drilling contractors, he said at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas on 9 November.

The IADC Supply Chain Committee, established in 2013 as a drillers-only group, is now inviting non-drilling contractors to participate in upcoming meetings and bring new ideas for projects, said Ensco’s Jorge Lebrija, who serves as Chairman of the committee. The purpose of the Supply Chain Committee is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge sharing and interaction amongst drilling contractors, suppliers and other IADC groups, with the aim of implementing best practices for the betterment of the drilling industry. “It’s about the implementation of best practices and standardization,” Mr Lebrija said at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November. “We’re not here to reinvent the wheel.”..

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Thomas Burke named 2017 IADC Contractor of the Year

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Dr Thomas Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has been named 2017 IADC Contractor of Year in recognition of his leadership and service to the industry. He accepted the award at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 10 November in Austin, Texas. “It’s been an absolute delight to be involved with IADC,” Dr Burke said in accepting the award. “What’s special about our industry is that it’s highly competitive – being competitive is important, it makes us all better and change with the times – but it’s also a collaborative industry.” Dr Burke thanked the other members of the IADC Executive Committee, as well as IADC staff, noting that “it all seems to work like magic, but there’s ...

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Halliburton, Akwa Ibom open oil & gas training and research center in Nigeria

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Halliburton announced that it worked with the Akwa Ibom state government to inaugurate and open Nigeria’s first oil and gas training center fully-equipped with oilfield operations tools. The Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas Training and Research Center will provide courses in field development, drilling and completions engineering, well intervention solutions and digital technologies to local energy employees and students. Halliburton Landmark will provide the training curriculum, instructors, software, workstations and tools to be used in the classroom. The Akwa Ibom state government provided the facility infrastructure...

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IADC Exemplary Service Awards honor Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee

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Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee were honored with IADC Exemplary Service Awards (ESAs) at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 9 November in Austin, Texas. The ESAs recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, in the course of their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology....

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Global land rig demand recovers, offshore still seeking inflection point

Figure 6: The active rig count in Canada rose to 155 in 2017, up from last year’s 91. Utilization improved to 24%.

One year after setting record lows for utilization, the land rig markets in North America have seen a remarkable recovery. In the US, onshore rig demand surged by 105% to 976 active units, compared with 476 in the previous year. In Canada, there were 155 active land rigs during the census period, an increase of 65% over last year’s 94 units. Nevertheless, fleet utilization in both countries remain below normal at 46% (US) and 24% (Canada). Many lower-spec rigs are expected to exit the available fleet next year, as operators continue to give preference to higher-specification pad-capable rigs for development of onshore unconventional resources...

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LWD sonic sensor technology can complement wireline CBL evaluation to validate top of cement

Figure 3: The same waveforms in Figure 2 are presented, along with a representative waveform shown as the green trace, which was recorded in the open-hole environment from the same closest receiver to the transmitter tool arrangement.

Evaluation of cement placement is an important part of the majority of deepwater wells. Cement placement confirmation is a critical step following the cementing operation. More than one technique can be used to provide information about the top of cement (TOC) and the depth interval of a good bond between the formation and the casing. Determining the length of annular cement coverage, which is an indication of correct cement placement, is useful knowledge before drilling and/or completion operations can proceed...

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HSE&T Corner: Supervisors should seek to understand internal, external factors that influence employee behaviors affecting safety

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Performance management and feedback play a critical role in developing and instilling a safety culture within a company. Too often, however, when an incident occurs, supervisors and managers forget that behavior does not occur in a vacuum, Michael LeBlanc, Consultant Manager for Intertek, said on 17 October at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. “When we think of performance management, we have to take into account what goes into an employee’s decisions,” he said. Understanding both the internal and external factors that influence an employee’s thinking and decisions can help a supervisor learn to change how they think about and approach safety...

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Operators double down on Permian, seek solutions to operational, downhole and reliability challenges

A panel of operators with assets in the Permian shared their perspectives and outlook on the challenges and opportunities at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop on 13 September in Midland, Texas. From left are Steve McCoy, Latshaw Drilling (moderator); Mike Hollis, Diamondback Energy; Joe Wright, Concho Resources; John Willis, Occidental Oil and Gas; and Joey Hall, Pioneer Natural Resources.

If the rising rig count has made US shale the brightest spot in the global exploration and production market, then the Permian Basin has been the supernova. Of the 916 rigs working in the US onshore market as of late September, 385 were in the Permian. No other US basin even comes close – the Cana-Woodford in Oklahoma sits in a distant second with only 62 rigs. In fact, the Permian has been a major driver of growth in US oil production since 2010, Joe Wright, Executive Vice President and COO for Concho Resources, said during a panel session at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop in Midland, Texas, on 13 September. He pointed out that US oil production grew by 4 million bbl/day from 2010 to 2017, and 40% of that growth came from the Permian. “You can see that it’s very much been a revolution,” he said...

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Virtual, augmented reality adoption on the horizon for drilling industry

Figure 1: The hype cycle, produced by information technology consultant Gartner, is a tool used to forecast the promise of a new technologies’ adoption within the context of the industry and individual adoption for risk. The time for VR and AR to reach the “plateau of productivity,” or mainstream adoption, is estimated at five to 10 years from 2016, with VR reaching that stage before AR.

The technologies of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are increasingly in the news. At the same time, many are wondering how much of this is marketing and whether projects using these cutting-edge formats are providing early adopters a return on their investments. This article will provide an overview on the current status of VR/AR as applicable to the drilling industry...

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