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July/August 2020

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Special coverage: COVID-19
Pressures amp up as rig counts keep falling
Amid low prices and a vast oil oversupply, drilling industry may need to look to strategic partnerships and diversification for survival

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Crew health, availability prioritized as companies strive to ensure proper incident response readiness
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Digital Transformation
Digital twins drive remote monitoring, integrity management
Virtual models of physical assets are not new, but industry is finding new ways to leverage them on rigs and in the wellbores they drill

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Unlocking the power of machine learning
Predictive algorithms and natural language processing are fast becoming valuable tools fueling improvements for operators and drilling contractors in remote BOP monitoring, human decision making, safety

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
The future of drilling automation: transforming a vision into reality
By Matthew Jackson, Moumien Ali and Vinesh Rambally, NOV Rig Technologies; Sukanya Romyanon, Kyle Sneed and Panu Boonwattanopas, Chevron
Closed-loop drilling optimization system: implementation and field results from large-scale deployment
By Stephen Lai, Lars Olesen, James Ng, Aaron Eddy, Sergey Khromov, Dan Paslawski and Ryan van Beurden, Pason Systems; Gregory S. Payette, Benjamin J. Spivey, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Industry 4.0: Oil & gas could benefit from outward search for innovations
By John Barratt, Oil & Gas Innovation Center
Automated steering system aims to improve directional drilling across multiple US onshore basins
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Blockchain may pave the way for easier, more transparent execution of performance-based contracts
By Andrew Bruce, Data Gumbo
Drilling fluid digital twins developed to monitor rheological properties, cuttings transport functionality
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Environmental, Social and Governance
The 7 sins of ESG management
By Kosmas Papadopoulos and Rodolfo Araujo, FTI Consulting
Unlocking Deepwater Efficiencies
SIMOPS, dual-activity rig enable best-in-class well offshore Nigeria
By Jessica Whiteside, Contributor
Drilling Fluids
Risk-based approach, novel fluid solution enable narrow-margin drilling in deepwater Australia
By Gordon Holmes and Paul Baker, Newpark Fluids Systems
IADC Connection
From the Chair: Just as drillers have survived tough times in years past, we will be resilient this time
By Julie Robertson, 2020 IADC Chair
News Cuttings

Wirelines

Departments
Drilling Ahead: In crisis, operators must lead to protect their supply chain
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

News Briefs: Environmental, Social and Governance

HSE&T Corner: Communication, trust cited as key factors for HSE performance during pandemic
By Jay Stracke, Editorial Coordinator
People, Companies and Products

Products

Perspectives: Andrew Barry, Wild Well – Multigenerational roots in oil & gas laid foundation for career spanning design/testing, marketing, training
By Jay Stracke, Editorial Coordinator