March/April 2016

Drilling Rigs And Equipment
Diamond Offshore, GE pursue step-changes in subsea BOP reliability, uptime through 10-year performance-based agreement
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Innovating While Drilling
Beyond ROP: Industry taking systems view to drilling optimization
Better sensors and simulations that integrate real-time downhole data are being used along with torque-limiting devices and intelligent drilling systems
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor

Technology champions build up business case for MPD adoption while advancing automation, training
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Mechanical pressure relief system protects riser against overpressure during MPD, riser gas handling
by Brian Piccolo and Christian Leuchtenberg, Managed Pressure Operations
Flow loop testing verifies adaptive model-based choke control system
by Glenn-Ole Kaasa, Vinicius de Oliveira, Jon Åge Stakvik, Kelda Drilling Controls, and Urs Lehner, Reform Energy Services
New-design rotary steerable systems target higher doglegs, durability in high-temperature reservoirs, autonomous steering
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific
Competition for rig work ratchets up in Asia Pacific
Facing low demand, additional newbuild deliveries and local content challenges, contractors in Southeast Asia, Australia and India reexamine every segment of the business to identify cost-reduction opportunities
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
Data acquisition capabilities, durability enhanced in new crop of coiled-tubing, intervention tools
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Drilling Automation
After mechanization and automation, industry now looks to robotics
by Dieter Wijning and Ed Adams, Huisman Equipment
Software FMECA approach provides guidance for determining risks, probability of software failure
by Patrick Rossi, DNV GL
IADC Connection
From the President: As drilling contractors’ association, IADC will focus on listening to, responding to members’ needs
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead: If Greenpeace loves it, can we live with it?
by Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner – IADC Leadership Model identifies, measure X-factor to success
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives – Erin Welsh, Seadrill: Offshore work is not a career stepping stone but provides valuable opportunities for hands-on work, making real changes
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
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