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Turning Point USA engages with students to promote limited government, free market

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Turning Point USA was founded in 2012 with a focus on developing student advocates for small government and free markets. The organization’s Founder and Executive Director, Charlie Kirk, spoke about the economic and social benefits of the oil and gas industry at 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston. He futher encouraged the industry to be more active in public engagement. In this video from the conference, Mr Kirk explains how his organization is working to engage with college and high school students and what he hopes to achieve from this engagement...

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Regulatory update: Executive orders are favorable to oil and gas industry

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Four of the 36 president executive orders issued so far in 2017, including an order to review the five-year-plan for offshore drilling, will have a direct impact on the oil and gas industry. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 18 May in Houston, IADC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Liz Craddock outlines these executive orders and what their impact could be on the oil and gas industry...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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Halliburton introduces comprehensive wellbore cleanup, displacement service

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Halliburton has launched CleanWell Solutions, a wellbore cleanup and displacement service that addresses the critical stage of well construction between drilling and completions. It combines filtration services, wellbore cleanup fluids, mechanical wellbore cleaning tools and software modeling to ensure a clean wellbore, thus facilitating a smooth completion installation and protecting the reservoir from potential damage. In this video from the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on 3 May, Gavin Munro, Product Manager, discusses the development of the service and a Gulf of Mexico case history where 500 lb of debris were recovered from the wellbore, saving the operator an estimated $400,000.

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Collaborative co-development yields innovative, disruptive technologies

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While the oil and gas industry can be cautious about change, the industry’s appetite for disruptive innovation has grown over the past two years. In a presentation at the 2017 OTC, Dr Patrick Sullivan, Founder and CEO of Oceanit, explained the concept of corporate co-development, which is his company’s approach to collaboration. In this video from the conference on 3 May, he explains how this sort of partnership between technology companies and oil and gas companies can foster the development and timely deployment of disruptive technologies. He also discusses Oceanit’s recent corporate co-development project with Shell, which resulted in a steel cement interface nanobond (SCIN) technology that has been successfully deployed onshore Pennsylvania and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

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NOV expands Tektonic drill bit platform for harsh applications

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Since launching the Tektonic drill bit platform in 2015, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has been expanding the platform to include bits for a variety of drilling environments and formations. The latest expansion targets harsh rock, Hector Barocio, NOV’s Global Product Line Manager for Drill Bits, said at the 2017 OTC. In this video from 3 May, Mr Barocio outlines some of the technical advancements, including new nozzles and cutters, that enable the Tektonic bit to drill in harsh rock, including carbonates...

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