March/April 2023

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Innovating While Drilling
Going the distance: Drillers push innovations to drill extended laterals
Extreme depths necessitate solutions to handle high torques and lateral vibrations, ensure accurate horizontal wellbore placement
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Preventing lost circulation, instability offshore Malaysia
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Combination of extended-reach drilling, maximum reservoir contact wells and artificial islands helps ADNOC access offshore reserves with land rig
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Drill pipes, BHAs evolve as wellbore geometries push existing boundaries
Industry steps up downhole performance by giving connections greater fatigue resistance and enhancing BHA steering capabilities
By Stephen Forrester, Contributor
Case study: Laser measurements, machine learning help operator improve its motor performance
By Lonnie Smith, Turnco
Digital tools streamline design, testing process during drill bit selection
Digital twins, in-bit sensors among innovations shortening the iteration cycle to help operators get bits into the field faster
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Hydraulic Fracturing Advances
Sensor-based system allows real-time detection, monitoring of emissions in frac operations
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Centralized start-stop system helps reduce fuel consumption, emissions from idling engines in hydraulic fracturing operations
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Metal-seal dissolvable frac plugs use simplified design to improve reliability during plug and perf
By Jinlu Wang, Vertechs Group
Global Workforce Development
ExxonMobil’s Guyana project provides blueprint for building local workforce, infrastructure in emerging E&P markets
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Gender equality study explores barriers women in Persian Gulf still face in oilfield careers
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
IADC Connection
News Cuttings

From the President: Next-gen engagement and enthusiasm continue to flourish
By Jason McFarland, IADC President

Drilling Ahead: Talent report: Industry will need to compete on more than salary
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

News Briefs: Environmental, Social and Governance

Oil & Gas Markets

People, Companies and Products


Perspectives: Richard Grayson, Nabors – Being flexible is critical to a long career in an industry of constant change
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
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