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Training providers seek new ways to teach, engage with students as well control training moves virtual

Companies look to smaller class sizes, pre-course system checks and mock teaching sessions to ensure effective delivery of training content By Jay Stracke, Editorial Coordinator When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11 March, it set into motion a chain of reactions that, in effect, shut down all travel and most types of in-person congregations, including classrooms. It seemed like well control training and certification – normally a well-oiled machine that works behind the scenes of day-to-day drilling operations – could be ground to a halt, potentially threatening the continuity of drilling projects around the world. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Within weeks of the COVID lockdowns, IADC had rolled out WellSharp Live, a remote and ...

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FlexRigs: A milestone in the evolution of modern land rig technology, safety

Same desire for continuous improvement that drove design of FlexRigs is now driving H&P’s pursuit of better wellbore quality through digital, automation technologies By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher In the annals of modern drilling history, the development of the Helmerich & Payne (H&P) AC-drive FlexRigs will surely go down as a key turning point in the evolution of modern rig design and technology. In terms of both safety and efficiency, these rigs proved to be a game changer that broke the prevailing “rigs are a commodity” paradigm in the US onshore market in the early 2000s. Up to that point, rig design was focused on drilling a specific well depth, said John Lindsay, H&P President and CEO. While companies ...

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