November/December 2017

2018 Global Drilling Outlook
No quick recovery in the cards for 2018
Most forecasts call for oil prices to stay within the $45 to $55 range next year as global oil production stays high despite OPEC’s agreed cuts
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Workforce outlook: Industry must consider new strategies to attract, retain next-generation employees
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
Deepwater drilling segment reaches nadir in 2017, may see beginnings of a steady recovery in 2018
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
Operators double down on Permian, seek solutions to operational, downhole and reliability challenges
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
Virtual, augmented reality adoption on the horizon for drilling industry
by Jeff Sattler, Contributor
National Oilwell Varco 64th Annual Rig Census
Global land rig demand recovers, offshore still seeking inflection point
Onshore North America leads drilling activity gains, with international land drilling following modestly; global offshore utilization is still under pressure, with rig demand stabilizing and new supply coming to market
by Carlos Huerta, National Oilwell Varco
Regional Focus: Middle East
Resilient Middle East holds its ground in face of low oil prices
New Saudi Aramco/Rowan JV plans to order first of 20 newbuild jackups in 2018, while PDO focuses on accelerated monetization and Lebanon pushes forward with its first offshore licensing round
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Completions: Cementing
LWD sonic sensor technology can complement wireline CBL evaluation to validate top of cement
by Franck Michel, Ben Robbins, Steven Kizziar and Nasreddine Laroussi, Halliburton; Michael Ehiwario, Rivers Fike, Jonathan Garrett, George A. Fuller and Glenn Donovan, Shell Offshore
Drilling Rigs and Technologies
Caspian Drilling, Keppel overcome myriad challenges to construct Heydar Aliyev semi in Azerbaijan
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
Unsynced time measurements can lead to data aggregation challenges
by Matt Isbell, Hess Corp
Asset Integrity
Failure analysis provides critical input for thorough root cause analysis
by Sri Chimbli and Scott Harding, Stress Engineering Services
IADC Connection
IADC: Collaborating to make us all stronger
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
2017 in review: IADC advances member interests through worldwide advocacy and engagement, accreditation programs, technical resources
by Amy Rose, IADC Director of External Relations expands with games, interactivity
Despite difficult downturn, IADC members, staff find ways to go above and beyond
by Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman
Guest Editorial: Texas oil, gas production disrupting global energy landscape, requires new mindset
by Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton
News Cuttings


Drilling Ahead: In planning for the future, don’t overlook human capital
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: Supervisors should seek to understand internal, external factors that influence employee behaviors affecting safety
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
People, Companies and Products


Perspectives: Roy Mills, Noble Drilling – Training now ensures drilling contractors will have skilled personnel ready when the next upturn comes
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate editor
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