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On 3 February, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res. 38, which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation,” a rule from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands.

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IADC partners with Texas A&M to launch 1st student chapter

IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter on 31 January. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon.

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Fulfilling the need for speed: Drill bit designs drilling further, faster

Modern drill bits have improved exponentially over the past several years, but operators continue to raise the bar in terms of expectations for more efficiency and durability. From horizontal wells in North American shales to Middle Eastern wells with 3,000- to 6,500-ft sections and even some deepwater wells using rotary steerable systems, operators now oftentimes expect to drill entire hole sections without tripping out for a new bit. “More than 60% of the sections drilled around the world today are already done with one bit, which means that the primary way to reduce customers’ drilling costs in those sections is to significantly increase ROP,” said Allen White, Product Champion at Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company.

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Diamond Offshore training translates human factors to rig floor operations

“MUD WEIGHT GOING IN 14.3 WITH A 75 VIS!” screams the derrickhand from the intercom system. The driller and assistant driller look up from their trend screens at the pipe turning in the rotary. They have been drilling ahead for a couple of hours, and the conversation drifts from work to vacation plans for the next time they are home. They are interrupted as their floorhand – who has been difficult to deal with lately – bursts into the drill shack demanding to talk to them about why he didn’t get recommended for a promotion.

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IADC Gateway summit highlights importance of training entry-level employees for next market upturn

The US onshore drilling industry has been slowly putting rigs back to work, signaling that an upturn may be around the corner this year. Although this is a positive movement, it also means that the industry will likely need to kick up its recruiting and training efforts once again in order to put rigs back to work safely. Amid this backdrop, companies are now looking to the IADC Gateway Program to fill this need. Launched in 2016, Gateway accredits training programs for entry-level positions in the drilling industry, working through community colleges and commercial training providers.

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H&P analyzes high-potential incidents to identify precursors, enhance reporting

The drilling industry has made tremendous progress in improving its safety performance over the past few decades. However, most people recognize that there’s still more to be done because incidents are still occurring, even if much more infrequently than before. While the majority of incidents don’t result in a serious injury or fatality (SIF), many of them easily could.

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RFID technology applications help to improve efficiency, economics of completions, stimulation operations

Many conventional downhole tools, designed for the comparatively shallow and simple wells of past decades, are difficult to actuate from the surface in deep or complex wells. Mechanical or hydraulic actuation in these cases can require operators to make multiple intervention trips downhole, driving up operational expenditure (OPEX) and threatening the economic vitality of the wells. The industry’s search for more efficient and reliable downhole control systems and tools has led to a growing interest in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

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