February 2019 | Volume 71, Number 2
Shale’s Big Sand Switch Is Delivering Dollars, but Not Eroding All Concerns
Producers in Texas have claimed an economic victory with their transition to local sands that they once avoided using in horizontal wells due to their low-quality.
The Oil and Gas Chat Bots Are Coming
The technology is being proven in millions of phones and homes across the world. Now, a small group of software startups wants to introduce chat bot technology to oil and gas professionals.
Managing Occupational Disease—The Journey Toward Prevention
Occupational diseases of employees can have a significant impact on workplace productivity and exact an unmeasurable emotional and financial toll on the workers and their families. It is important to design programs that will put the workplace on a journey toward prevention of diseases.
Critical Skills for a Successful Career
Adjusting to a new environment is part of the modern world of working. To sustain and build trust and harness personal and professional integrity, soft skills are vital.
Looking Inside the Well: An Interview With Visuray CEO Kambiz Safinya
Visuray is using its unique X-ray technology to improve downhole imaging.
In memoriam: Charles Oliver (Doc) Stokley
18 January 2019
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02 January 2019
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Total Begins Production From Nigeria’s Giant Egina Field
The French major is racking up barrels of deepwater production as part of its large-scale West African push.
Oil Prices Take a 2014-Size Hit
Oil prices have fallen since early October in lockstep with the plunge in 2014. But this time oil companies appear better able to deal with a tough situation.
CNOOC, Several International Firms Sign Agreements for Areas Offshore China
Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Shell, and Total are among nine firms looking to explore the Pearl River Mouth Basin.
How Does Vaca Muerta Stack Up vs. US Shale? Data Tell the Tale
Vaca Muerta production is on the upswing. Will increasing activity propel the Argentine play to the ranks of US shale? Data suggest it is both already there and has a ways to go.
Global Oil and Gas Exploration, Project Sanctions Expected to Rise in 2019
Financially healthier than in years past, operators are prepared to stave off the negative impacts of volatile oil markets in 2019 and advance their exploration and development programs.
Michael H. Weatherl
Engineering Consultant and President, Well Integrity
Examples of evolution in well construction during the past several years include new horizontal-well applications, breakthroughs in bit and directional-drilling technology, synthetic fluids, fracture-stimulation advancements, managed-pressure drilling, and the digital revolution.
Senior Engineer, ExxonMobil Production Company
Senior Technical Adviser for Drilling Services, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Drilling Systems Automation and Management
Drilling systems automation requires a digital backbone. One segment of that backbone is the interval between the drill bit and the surface. Wired pipe removes both the bandwidth and latency barriers of the available measurement-while-drilling telemetry systems.
Specialist, Production Technology, Equinor
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