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Quintero: Industry should look to storytelling techniques to ensure lessons are learned from incidents

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Storytelling is a powerful device for helping humans to remember lessons learned. For ages, it’s a primary method of communication that humans have used for passing on knowledge and history. In the drilling industry, storytelling can play an important role, as well. In particular, companies can use this method to help employees retain lessons learned from incidents by linking the reasoning behind safe drilling procedures with real-life stories of tragic accidents that caused the need for such procedures. To learn more about this training method, watch DC’s video with Alan Quintero, Partner at Trenegy Inc, from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston.

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IADC kicks off first student chapter to connect students with professionals

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IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter at the Petroleum Club on 31 January. “When you’re a student at a university and you’re in your last few years, you don’t always know what’s out there,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC 2017 Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to really understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry.”

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SPE/ICoTA conference to demonstrate essential technology for production optimization

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IADC will be exhibiting at Booth #909 at the 2017 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference, which will celebrate technology and innovation as the keys to surmounting challenges in production optimization. The event is co-sponsored by SPE and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA). The conference convenes 21-22 March in Houston.

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IADC launches workgroup to develop advanced well control certification

One of the questions IADC’s enhanced well control workgroup is weighing is how much high-fidelity simulation should be required as part of the course. Mark Denkowski, IADC Executive Vice President of Operational Integrity pointed out that there are a limited number of facilities in the world that have top-of-the-line simulators. However, scenario-based exercises, if facilitated properly, can offer realistic training even without high-fidelity simulation equipment.

IADC has kicked off the development of a scenario-based well control certification that will cultivate both technical and human factors skills through interactive exercises and simulations. “The industry came to IADC with a recognized need for well control training that would build upon an individual’s WellSharp training,” said Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology.

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Chevron tests, compares single-cluster and multiple-cluster completion methods in Antelope Shale wells

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Creating multiple clusters per frac stage using the plug-and-perf method has been a common completion method for many years. However, this method can leave something to be desired when it comes to efficient treatment of each cluster, Amit Singh, Well Stimulation Specialist at Chevron, said in a presentation at the 2017 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 25 January in The Woodlands, Texas.

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US House votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM rule on methane emissions

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The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38, a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response...

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