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Houston Community College begins global training program

Posted on 11 March 2014 in News

Houston Community College (HCC) has started its program to train the next generation of entry-level roustabout. The first four classes to kick off the Global Oil and Gas…

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Redesigned RSS improves reliability, saves operator 9 days

Posted on 10 March 2014 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

In a recent Latin American project, an operator was able to overcome challenges related to shock and vibrations by deploying a redesigned rotary steerable system (RSS)…

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OMV plans roll-out of real-time operations support workflow after success in Tunisia

Posted on 06 March 2014 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, News

A protocol for delivering real-time operations support for small-scale, geographically dispersed drilling campaigns is giving crews in far-flung fields easier…

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Baker Hughes’ AutoTrak Curve RSS drills 10 million ft in two years

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, Videos

Baker Hughes’ AutoTrak Curve rotary steerable system (RSS), launched two years ago at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, has drilled 10 million ft onshore North America…

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Streamlined procedures, intelligent rig design among keys to efficient rig move

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, The Efficient Rig

A project to measure and improve land rig moves identified four key fundamentals and their integration as the path to efficient rig moves: streamlined procedures…

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Exclusive video: IMax drill bits target hard, abrasive formations

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Varel International launched the IMax series of diamond-impregnated drill bits this week at the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The IMax bit targets formations…

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S-shaped profile for relief wells may reduce risk of missing target well

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News

Relief well planning has become a required safety measure for the drilling industry to ensure readiness in the event of a blowout. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental…

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Predictive analysis software identifies mud motor failures in high-intensity drilling environments

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Videos

The manufacturing approach to drilling is delivering greater efficiency in US unconventional plays, but intensified campaigns in more abrasive formations are pushing downhole…

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H&P secures contracts with YPF to deploy 10 FlexRigs to Argentina

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Helmerich & Payne (H&P) has entered into new drilling contracts with YPF Sociedad Anonima. The company plans to deploy 10 existing FlexRigs from the US to work in the Vaca…

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Environmental concerns, infrastructure and economic viability challenge global unconventional markets

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Onshore Advances

A world map of the total unconventional reserves that have been found illustrates a broader potential beyond the US, although that market…

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