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ULL Student Chapter members complete training In August, members of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) IADC Student Chapter completed the IADC WellSharp well control level 3 (Driller) course after an extensive four-day training, held 6-10 August. The following month, 28 members of the chapter toured Parker Drilling’s 2,000-hp Rig 55B in Amelia, La. The students had an opportunity to witness first hand drilling equipment discussed in the classroom, including accumulators, BOPs, top drives, pumps and solids control. Representatives from Parker Drilling were on hand to guide the students on their tour, including Perry Landry, Operations Manager; Ronal Savoie, Rig Manager (Pusher); Roger Wellbrock, Maintenance Manager; Rick Henley, Special Projects Manager; and Kent Gerdsen, US Sales Manager. Drilling Matters Module Encourages ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Halliburton sets record depth for expandable liner hangers on Stampede project in Gulf of Mexico Halliburton’s XtremeGrip liner hangers were recently installed to a depth of 30,924 ft in the Gulf of Mexico Hess-operated Stampede deepwater development. This set a record depth for the system. To facilitate the completions, the company installed 37 XtremeGrip expandable liner hangers across seven wells, with no liner-top leaks or remedial work required. The challenge on the Stampede project was to isolate multiple hydrocarbon-bearing sands across the drilling and production liners with cement. The XtremeGrip system’s unrestricted flow path prior to setting, and its ability to rotate while cementing, provided effective isolation without costly cement remediation. Each Stampede well includes up to five XtremeGrip liner ...

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IADC: Paving the path to better, safer industry

By Jason McFarland, IADC President In the following pages, you will be able to read through a snapshot of IADC’s activities over the course of 2018. It’s an impressive list of accomplishments, and ones that I am personally proud of in my role as president of this association. I hope that you are able to see the value of your membership in the activities of our Government and Industry Affairs, Accreditation and Credentialing, International Development, Communications and Drilling Services divisions.  Maximizing the value you receive as a member of IADC is something that is of utmost important to me. While the accomplishments in 2018 have been impressive, there are even more important projects that we are excited about looking to ...

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People, Companies & Products

Ensco, Rowan Agree to Merge in All-Stock Transaction Ensco and Rowan Companies jointly announced that the companies have entered into a definitive transaction agreement under which Rowan will combine with Ensco in an all-stock transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors. The Saudi Aramco partner to the ARO Drilling joint venture has consented to the combination. Rowan President and CEO Tom Burke will serve as President and CEO of the combined company, which will have a rig fleet of 28 floaters and 54 jackups. Ensco President and CEO Carl Trowell will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined company. David Williams Joins Precision Drilling Board of Directors Precision Drilling has announced the addition of David ...

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2018 IADC efforts in advocacy, training, safety all providing direct, positive impact

By Steven Brady, 2018 IADC Chairman It has been my honor to serve as your IADC Chairman in 2018. As Chairman, I have had the opportunity to talk with and meet a diverse slice of our membership. As we close out this year, I am thankful for those experiences. They showed me that, as an industry, we share the same goals of safety and efficiency. I began the year with a promise that our association would continue to focus on things that our industry has identified as key to our continued success – safety, environmental stewardship, technical resources and advocacy. It was an ambitious and lofty goal, as each of these areas is vast and technically difficult to achieve. Yet, through ...

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Celine Martin, Total: Sidestepping life’s ‘disappointments,’ turning differences into strengths can help to build diverse career

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor For Celine Martin, not being selected for an engineering program with the French Navy when she was a teenager came as a huge disappointment. She had undergone three years of post-secondary studies in specialized military classes in preparation for a selective entrance exam to the elite national engineering school, Prytanée National Militaire. She also dreamt of piloting the type of fighter jet she had seen soaring in the skies above her hometown of Hyeres in southeastern France. In hindsight, however, it was that “disappointment” that set Ms Martin on a path to something bigger and better – offshore oil and gas. “I didn’t perceive it that way at the time because I couldn’t do what I ...

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Shell bolsters well control training with incorporation of human factors principles

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor Shell is forging ahead with its Leading Advanced Well Control and Front-line Barrier Manager programs, which both incorporate human factors/crew resource management, as the operator seeks to reach its goal of working without any incidents. Such training courses have come a long way since the late 1990s, when they used to focus on topics such as deepwater or high-pressure, high-temperature operations; always purely technical in nature. Now, the courses are still technical, according to Mark van de Velden, Wells Learning Advisor, Shell Global Solutions. But they encompass much more simulation exercises where participants can be observed and coached on their human factors skills. These courses have been developed based on the International Association of Oil and ...

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Putting people first: Oil and gas industry should consider a system thinking approach to IIoT revolution

Leaders must realize that digital transformation will be 20% technology and 80% how people work together By John F. Carrier, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Michael Fry, Deepwater Subsea “Are you digitalizing your business?” This is the question that people working in the field are being asked at every available opportunity. But is this the right question that the industry should be asking? While it is a good question, perhaps a better question is: “How do we lead our organization through the current digital transformation?” Unlike previous waves of innovation, there is little in the way of proprietary technology or access to capital that may be used to gain a strategic advantage. Instead, the winners will be determined by ...

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Risk aversion shouldn’t be used as excuse not to innovate

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The drilling industry stands at the doorstep to a vast digital transformation. Yet, in many ways, it remains hesitant to fully cross the threshold. On the other side is Industry 4.0, characterized by things like smart machines, artificial intelligence, data-enabled efficiency and decentralized decision making. To take that great leap, it’s become apparent that leadership commitment to change will be key. So it was exciting when the head of an onshore drilling contractor stood up at a recent IADC conference and delivered a definitive call to action: Let go of old mindsets; don’t be a “smart follower” but an “early adopter.” Not only that, but he also laid out a path forward to Drilling 4.0 ...

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NOV rig census shows global rig market entering expansion cycle

Onshore, tightness of top-tier rigs will drive new rig orders, upgrades; offshore drilling growing modestly, but oversupply to sustain pressure on fleet utilization By Carlos Huerta, National Oilwell Varco As rig demand grows across land markets and offshore drilling recovers from its cyclical bottom, the industry will look to reactivate, upgrade and add rigs to suit market requirements. Although all rig market segments saw improvements in drilling demand, the biggest adjustment took place on the supply side. In some regions, as many as 30% of rigs were removed from the available fleet for being inactive for more than three years. US land rig demand in 2018 grew 11% to 1,209 rigs, compared with 1,089 units a year earlier. Canadian rig activity ...

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