Urging the audience to let their imaginations run free and to dream big, Rick Stone, chairman/CEO of Signa Engineering, began the first session of the 2009 IADC/SPE MPD & UBO Conference with this quote from author and playwright George Bernard Shaw: “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ ”
The future of MPD relies on the industry’s ability to dream up new concepts, he continued, and progress will be made with small accomplishments.
The Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference kicked off on 12 February in San Antonio, Texas, with a panel discussion on the future direction of MPD. Panelists were: Todd Durkee, general manager of drilling for Anadarko; Ken Smith, manager of dual gradient, drilling project implementation for Chevron; and John Kozicz, technology manager for Transocean.
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