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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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Verification of rig power systems critical in software testing

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

In offshore dynamically positioned (DP) drilling operations, power, thrusters and other systems are below deck and often out of sight…

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Video: Evolving asset maintenance requires quality data, input

Posted on 26 August 2014 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Exclusive Video, News

Asset reliability is a critical component to meeting business goals and expectations when it comes to safety, the environment and production. As the industry faces…

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Asset Integrity: Communication, collaboration make the difference

Posted on 26 August 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Predictive maintenance programs and process safety on drilling rigs are important elements of asset integrity. However, those protocols require collaboration, communication…

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Precision, Schlumberger partner to boost industrialization of North American unconventional drilling

Posted on 22 July 2014 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

Precision Drilling has entered into a strategic technology and service agreement and marketing alliance with Schlumberger. Utilizing Precision’s Tier 1 drilling rigs and…

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Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

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Ensuring reliability, and proving it

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

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Risk-informed decisions allow realization of rigs’ inherent reliability

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, July/August

Drilling rig operation, maintenance and management involves fast turnaround and high-pressure work with critical tasks. These tasks are performed by diversely skilled personnel…

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Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

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Tubular integrity begins with assurance of robust connections

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling Rigs & Automation, July/August

The integrity of the tubular string is only as good as the connection between each joint. Connection makeup acceptance and accuracy are critical to casing string integrity, which provides a secure mechanical…

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