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Drilling automation: No more a pipe dream, not yet a practicality

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

When it comes to automation of the drilling process, the industry is at once eager yet timid, excited yet uncomfortable. We seem to be right at the…

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Learning from the past, looking to the future: IADC ART Committee reports on activities, survey

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee confronted the issues of past, present, and future…

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Precision compares super single, triple rigs’ performance

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

If you think that a single rig that drills with single joints of range III pipe can’t match a larger triple rig in drilling 20,000-ft horizontal wells, Precision Drilling…

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Shell’s Davie Stewart is 2011 Drilling Conference chairman

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

Davie Stewart, vice president of well discipline for Shell E&P, has been named chairman of the 2011 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference, to be held…

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Statoil amps up recruiting

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

As a recovering energy industry re-focuses its efforts on recruiting and training new workers, Statoil has announced that it plans to take on 184 apprentices in 2010, 16 more than last year…

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DOE ultra-deepwater, unconventionals committees seek members

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

The US Department of Energy is soliciting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee or the Unconventional Resources Technology…

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HARC, University of Leoben to promote low-impact drilling

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Austria’s University of Leoben are forming a research collaboration to promote advanced…

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People & Company News

Posted on 08 February 2010 in News

Scorpion International, a subsidiary of Scorpion Offshore, has received a letter of intent for a drilling program offshore Brazil utilizing the Offshore Mischief. The program has an estimated…

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Plenary session: Bridging the generation gap with young professionals

Posted on 04 February 2010 in News

As the “big crew change” continues to unfold, it’s inevitable that today’s leaders will have to pass the baton to the…

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Technology in the drilling industry: Holy Grail or Oxymoron?

Posted on 04 February 2010 in News

In an interview with National Oilwell Varco’s David Reid, vice president of business and technology and Frank Springett, vice president of…

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