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Analysis of competence assurance programs reveals best practices, evolving policies, common challenges

In 2009, IADC initiated a Competence Assurance Accreditation (CAA) program to provide a means and a model for oil and gas related companies to establish an industry standard to maximize the impact of competence assurance programs. This standard is designed to define effective ways to develop and maintain employee competence, such that every employee is competent to perform his or her job role successfully and consistently. CAA has become a global standard for the structure and management of these programs, and 22 companies’ Terms and Definitions...

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5 principles for upgrading your behavior-based safety programs

Imagine using a piece of technology from last century to solve a problem in this century. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening for too many organizations in the world of safety. By some accounts, behavior-based safety was introduced into the American workplace as far back as the 1930s. Since then, it has become a mainstay for many US organizations trying to keep their workers safe. The problem is that times have changed, but behavior-based safety hasn’t. It’s still largely a pencil-to-paper system of peer-to-peer observations that leans too heavily on identifying and disciplining bad worker behavior...

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Wirelines

Following the conclusion of two recent court cases – USA v. Black Elk Energy Offshore, and Island Operating Co v. Jewell – the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will no longer be able to hold contractors liable for violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)...

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People, Companies & Products

Noble Corp has announced the retirement of Chairman, President and CEO David W. Williams and the election by the board of directors of Julie J. Robertson to succeed Mr Williams in such roles. The leadership succession plan calls for Mr Williams to remain with the company through February 2018, serving in an advisory capacity...

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2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference abstracts

Apply a unique approach and workflow to transform data into usable knowledge supporting multi-rig deepwater operations to aid the reduction of well cycle time and remain economically competitive during low cost oil environment. Maximize the utilization and concise visualization of surface digital data providing invaluable insight to achieve reliable, efficient and world-class performance excellence. Establish data-driven well construction optimization process to achieve rig operations consistency closer to the technical limit. ...

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Process automation may provide next performance differentiator in ultra-competitive shale market

Right now, it’s survival. There are a lot of people struggling to make the money that is required for their businesses, and we have to think about how our businesses are going to evolve going forward. Everyone is having to work out how they can make money with minimal investment. One way is consolidation, which we’ll likely see more of in the coming years. Another way is to find lower-cost and more innovative ways to do things...

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Critical issues in drilling & completions

In North America, drilling contractors have become so good at what they do that it seems remaining improvements can only be incremental – measured in hours, minutes or even seconds. So where can companies look for the next step-change, the next differentiator that will set them apart from the competition? The consensus: automation and digitalization...

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