September/October 2018

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Drilling, Rigs, Equipment and Automation
Land drillers usher in era of super-spec rigs
Operator demands for repeatability, predictability lead contractors to push ahead on horsepower, pressure ratings, hookload and pipe-racking capacity while adding smart, data-analytic functions to control systems
by Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor, and Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Modularity, scalability prioritized in automated pipe-handling systems as industry charts path to fully autonomous, hands-free drill floor
by Karen Boman, Associate Editor
Automation of directional drilling system with remote supervisory control allows mile-a-day wells to be achieved in Appalachian Basin
by John Macpherson and Sheldon Knight, Baker Hughes, a GE company; and John de Wardt, De Wardt & Company
Industry/academia collaboration results in rapid development of intelligent, self-learning drilling app
by Claire Kennedy Platt, National OIlwell Varco, and Eric Van Oort, University of Texas at Austin
Mud pump cavitation: Routine inspections, maintenance can prevent ‘silent killer’ from reducing rig efficiency, equipment reliability
by Adam Avey, Gardner Denver
Health, Safety, Environment and Training
BP, partners develop guidelines, scenarios for activation of diverter, EDS in deepwater operations
by Alex Parmenter, BP; Matias Machum, Seadrill; and Evelyn Baldwin, Maersk Training
2017 IADC ISP data show increases in lost-time incidents, recordables, fatalities amid rise in drilling activity
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Application of digital checklists helps KCA Deutag to drive culture of procedural compliance at rig site
by Annejifke Andrew and Adebayo Aremu, KCA Deutag
To effectively manage major hazard events, companies must routinely measure key barriers, look beyond corrective actions at the front lines
by Peter Bridle, Pegasus Risk Management
Completions: Zonal Isolation and Well Integrity
Pursuit of life-of-well integrity propels zonal isolation evolution
Increasingly harsh downhole conditions necessitate advances in cement spacers, packers and elastomers, boost use of barrier diagnostics
by Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor, and Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Low-density, lightweight cement tested as alternative to reduce lost circulation, achieve desired top of cement in long horizontal wells
by Andy Jordan, Roderick Pernites and Lucas Albrighton, BJ Services
Regional Focus: Mexico
Mexican president-elect expected to demonstrate pragmatism around energy reforms despite outspoken opposition, vow to ban fracturing
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor, and Karen Boman, Associate Editor
IADC Connection
Guest Editorial: Through international chapters/staff, IADC at work around the clock, around the world
by Mike DuBose, IADC Vice President of International Development
News Cuttings


Drilling Ahead: ‘Vanished’ deepwater poses serious oil shortage threat
by Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: Renewed focus on dropped object prevention needed as cost pressures, rig reactivations and personnel turnover amplify risks
by Mike Rice, Dropsafe
People, Companies and Products


Perspectives: André Alonso Fernandes, Petrobras — Collaboration, sharing of lessons learned key to creating better MPD solutions
by Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor
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