Oilfield Service Patent Contests Get Heated
From the highest courts of the US judicial branch to the C-suite, contests involving patents have recently come to the fore in the innovation hungry US oilfield services industry, even as filings and litigation have declined in recent years.
Dog Food, Subs Feed Technology Development at Halliburton
Seeking out, experimenting with, and ultimately embracing technologies from other industries have proven crucial to innovating at oilfield service firms such as Halliburton, which has tried everything from dog food to submarine tech to improve its work downhole.
Technology R&D Shifts Gears To Achieve Faster Rollouts, Better Data
R&D may be the key to the survival of companies as the new economics of the industry take hold.
Key to Oil and Gas Future May Be Adapting Known Ideas Intelligently
Even as the oil and gas industry looks for the next great idea to propel it forward, it should constantly reconsider past innovations for inspiration, the CEO of a major operator said Monday on the opening day of 2017 SPE ATCE.
R&D Technical Section Dinner Discusses Unlocking the Next Billion Barrels
The R&D Technical Section dinner at ATCE drew varying perspectives as the panelists discussed, and sometimes debated, a range of approaches to safeguarding industry viability and growth in the years ahead.
Fifty Years of TUDRP
One of the oldest drilling consortia in the world, The University of Tulsa Drilling Research Project, celebrates 50 years and is poised to continue its tradition for another 5 decades.
Statoil and Techstars Launch Global Energy Accelerator Program
Techstars is partnering with Statoil to select the world’s 10 most promising energy innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in the Techstars Energy Accelerator program. Selected companies will be tasked with compressing 2 years of development work into 13 weeks.
Renewable Energy Tech Is Now Priced To Reduce Upstream Spending
Renewable energy is often framed as being at odds with the oil and gas industry, but new price developments in the wind and solar sectors may be changing this paradigm, according to one US energy expert.
Online Digital Rock Portal Launches
In an effort to foster collaboration in an area where there is currently very little, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) created a new web-based application for storing and sharing CT images of rocks.
Unconventional Resources Will Require Unconventional EOR
The Bakken Petroleum System, which includes the Bakken and Three Forks shales in North America, is estimated to hold as much as 900 billion bbl of original oil in place.
Olga: A Subsea Evolution
Created by the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway in 1979, Olga was the oil and gas industry’s first transient multiphase flow model. A source of national pride, the program has been declared one of the country’s most important innovations in recent decades.
Offshore Industry Gets a Fresh Look at Foamed Cement
An ongoing research project started nearly 3 years ago by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is shedding new light on what really happens to foamed cement as it is pumped deep down offshore wells during completions.
STAR Program Seeks Better Testing for Separation Technology
A project spearheaded by ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been established to advance separation technology through improved testing methods and collaboration between users and suppliers.
FIBER OPTICS: Downhole Fiber-Optic Monitoring: An Evolving Technology
It has been an impressive comeback for a technology that once stood on the brink of failure. The upstream oil and gas industry has largely resolved crippling technical challenges that shortened the life of fiber-optic cables in downhole applications and is now working on a big encore.
DuPont Touts MEOR Technology
DuPont is ramping up the commercial-scale implementation of its microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) method after nearly a decade of development and testing of what it says is a low-risk way to improve production from mature fields.
Wintershall Sees EOR Promise in New Biopolymer
After a year of field testing, a new type of biopolymer developed by Wintershall, Germany’s largest oil and gas producer, is showing promise as an effective enhanced oil recovery (EOR) tool in one of the country’s longest producing oil fields.
Developing Long-Distance Power-Distribution Systems
Over the next decade, the number of electrically powered subsea systems in operation around the world will increase as companies adopt new technologies to produce oil and gas offshore more efficiently.
Pioneering Subsea Gas Compression Offshore Norway
The world's first full-scale subsea gas compression system is the final stages of construction and is on schedule to be installed in the Åsgard gas field offshore Norway by year's end.
Dry Tree Semisubmersibles: The Next Deepwater Option
Offshore engineering companies are taking existing technologies and lessons learned from floating rigs to create a new platform design that will allow drilling in deeper waters.
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