By Lauren Wolfson, editorial assistant
Drilling hazards – such as wellbore instability, lost-circulation zones, overpressurized formations – can threaten the economics and operational viability of the well. Expanding industry technologies continue to drive the drilling industry to overcome such challenges.
The 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition, 4-6 March in Fort Worth, Texas, will bring together leading industry thinkers to discuss future advances and address solutions within the industry.
The program includes 18 technical sessions that highlight topics such as drilling dynamics, innovative bit technology, fluids and hydraulics, and more.
On 4 March, welcoming remarks will be provided by the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference chairman Kevin Neveu, president, CEO and a director at Precision Drilling; 2014 IADC Chairman, Jay Minmier, president of Nomac Drilling; and 2014 SPE president Jeff Spath, vice president of industry affairs at Schlumberger. The SPE Drilling Engineering Award will also be presented.
Doug Suttles, president and CEO at Encana, will host the keynote presentation on 4 March and will discuss critical issues in today’s energy world.
On 5 March, Mr Neveu will moderate the plenary session, “Eventually That Which is Unconventional, but Successful, Becomes the Conventional,” which explores the opportunities and challenges presented through the commercialization of unconventional resources and how the industry should respond to this source of growth.
The panel includes Jeff Flaherty from Helmerich & Payne, Karl Blanchard from Halliburton and Michael Power from Chevron.
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