May/June 2019

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DC 75th Anniversary Retrospective
In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we look back at some of our archived covers from years past. In this issue, 1976 to 1985.
Onshore Drilling
Land market steadies after late 2018 dip
High-spec rig market recovering well, with both rig demand and dayrates expected to remain healthy for remainder of 2019, although contractors may delay rig upgrades as cash flows tighten
by Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
Rig count rising: Bakken drillers appear positioned for fresh growth
by Julie Francis, Wood Mackenzie
Data-driven underbalanced CTD improves real-time decision making in Texas Panhandle re-entry wells
by Adam Miszewski, Antech
Rotary steerable technology helps operators to beat AFE timelines in Granite Wash, Midland Basin wells
by John Evans and Brian Jansky, Gyrodata
Offshore Market & Technologies
A rising tide for offshore drillers
Cost cutting, technical innovations and better all-around efficiency position the offshore market for growth, even at lower prices

by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Friction reduction system aids optimized bent-motor BHA to drill Vietnam’s longest basement section
by Son Bui, Thang Long Joint Operating Company; Ngo Huu Hai, Petrovietnam Exploration Production Corp; Nam Nguyen, Geoff Blackwell and Jake Tretheway, National Oilwell Varco
Landing string buoyancy technology allows deployment of longer, heavier casing while reducing rig time
by Chris von Eberstein, Trelleborg
Cost-per-barrel focus propels frac advances
Adoption of dissolvable plugs grows as operators seek to eliminate drill-outs; switch to lower-cost in-basin sand also moves into high gear
by Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
Overcoming learning curve leads to successful deployment of dissolvable plugs in Chinese shales
by Jack Wang, Vertechs Oil & Gas Technology
IADC Connection
From the President: IADC strengthens next-gen engagement with new student chapter, YP Committee
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
News Cuttings


Drilling Ahead: To build better future, industry must do more to collaborate
by Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: Simulator-based training can help crews better prepare for complex MPD operations
by Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
People, Companies and Products


Perspectives: Ben Ramduny, Seadrill – Drilling contractors seek support from industry suppliers for cost-effective, retrofittable security solutions
by Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
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