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2015

Perspectives: Rium Tapjan, NOV: Despite downturn, industry presents endless possibilities to adaptable young professionals

Like many college seniors, Rium Tapjan wasn’t sure what her next step should be when she started interviewing for jobs ahead of her graduation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Although she believed that the electrical engineering degree she was earning offered numerous possibilities, she was uncertain what career track to pursue.

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From the Chairman: Industry must focus on factors within our control to come out of difficult times stronger, better

We are approaching the one-year anniversary of the most recent market correction in our industry, slashing the active rig count by approximately 1,000 rigs over the same time last year. During the past year, I have witnessed numerous daily discussions regarding the price of oil and the price of natural gas, etc. There is no doubt that the commodity price is a key factor in our customers’ choices to invest through the drill bit, and the drilling activity that follows.

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Drilling Ahead: Collaboration key to RRC, BSEE interfaces

Collaboration with regulators and allied groups is central to IADC’s work in policy, government and regulatory affairs. You’ll read in this edition a perfect case history of this approach – IADC’s work with the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) to improve upon the RRC’s Rule 13. Rule 13 is the result of adopting the new API Standard 53 on well control equipment as the RRC’s well control regulation (Page 18).

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HSE&T Corner: From sage on the stage to guide on the side: Flipped classroom approach can turn well control training delivery into a more active learning experience

Traditional well control training has often employed a pedagogical approach in which an expert lectures students on his or her knowledge, creating a passive, rather than active, learning environment. “It places students in a submissive role that requires that students obey teachers, and it’s based on the assumption that students only need to know what the teacher tells them,” Michael Arnold, General Manager of Intertek Industry Services, said at the 2015 IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas in Galveston, Texas, on 25 August.

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Drillers’ Situation Awareness model identifies key cognitive skills needed to be a good driller

“Being a good driller is more than running equipment and drilling a hole. It is also having an accurate picture of what’s going on in the well and on the rig so you are able to make the right decision at the right time.” — Maersk Drilling OIM Considering the complex nature of a driller’s job, it may seem obvious that a good driller needs to have high-level awareness of the well, recognize the indicators of an escalating situation and be confident to take the decision to shut-in. Being a good driller is more than being technically competent. Yet, until recently, these vital thinking skills were not necessarily being trained or assessed across the drilling industry.

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2014 IADC ISP report shows global LTI rate fell by 11.5%, recordables rate down by 7.4%

The global drilling industry saw declines in both its lost-time incidence (LTI) rate and recordable incidence rate last year, according to the 2014 IADC Incident Statistics Program (ISP) annual report. The global LTI rate declined by 11.5% compared with 2013, going from 0.26 to 0.23. The 2014 rate for recordable incidents fell by 7.4% from 0.81 to 0.75. A total of 21 fatalities were reported for 2014, one fewer than the previous year.

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Despite challenges, lure of Latin America too strong to ignore

In 2014, an investigation by the Brazilian federal police, dubbed Operation Car Wash, raised suspicions that several politically appointed Petrobras executives had been accepting bribes in exchange for offering construction and engineering companies inflated contracts. Portions of these ill-gotten gains were allegedly paid to politicians and their political campaigns.

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Solids control automation on the horizon with autonomous shaker, ultrasonic sensor in development

If clean drilling mud is the life-blood of a drilling operation, then controlling the buildup of cuttings and solids inside the wellbore is paramount to maintaining its well being. But how well is the industry cleaning its drilling mud to feed back into the wellbore and ensure an optimized drilling operation? Some would argue that we don’t know – at least, not in as much detail as we should. As much as the industry has automated other parts of the rig and the drilling process, solids control equipment and process remain primarily manual. Technology advances under development may signal changes in the near future, however.

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