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Exclusive video: IADC ART Committee provides forum to advance drilling technology

Posted on 24 September 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

David Reid, chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, reviewed the group’s work of the past seven years…

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IADC to develop KSAs for well-servicing positions

Posted on 11 September 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

The IADC Well Servicing Committee kicked off a project to develop KSAs for the well servicing industry on 9 September. “Ensuring employees are…

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Flying high

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Despite its perception as a mature market, Europe continues to yield valuable finds for those prepared to invest in new technologies and have a knack for capitalizing on smaller-prize discoveries…

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Dropped blocks: OMV gets to root causes, zeros in on prevention

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Over the past years, OMV E&P has experienced several incidents in its drilling and workover activities related to dropped blocks…

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Bit of best fit

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, July/August, Onshore Advances

When TOTAL E&P UK drilled an exploratory well last year in the remote Tomintoul field, located west of the Shetland Islands, the event marked a milestone in the company’s quest to access the potential reservoir in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean…

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Turning vision into value

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

When Chesapeake Energy had the opportunity to be one of the first operators to test an automatic drilling system on a rig in Ohio’s promising Utica play earlier this year, the company took a forward-thinking view of what it might mean…

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Editorial: Progress made since Piper Alpha, but industry must keep pushing for openness

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

I recently attended the incredibly moving rededication service of the Piper Alpha memorial in Aberdeen, 25 years to the day after the North Sea tragedy took the lives of 167 offshore workers…

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Fixing human error

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

“It took us several weeks to complete and lots of effort, but we can now most definitively say that the root cause was categorically linked to “human error…”

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IT, standards can help aggregate well data for high-level automation

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Automated systems are commonplace in many industries but remain a challenge for the oil industry’s drilling domain…

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Messages from the machine: Maintenance process goes smart

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

It has previously been discussed how to make predictive asset maintenance a reality in the drilling industry (SPE/IADC 128865)…

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