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August 2017

The August issue of Oilfield Technology starts off by reviewing the opportunities and challenges facing the upstream sector of the North Sea. The issue then moves on to cover a variety of topics, including: Offshore Challenges, Drill Bits, Drilling Tools, Downhole Tools, Integrity Management, Digital Oilfield, Health & Safety, and more.

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What’s new in the North Sea?
David Bizley, Oilfield Technology, takes a look at the challenges and opportunities facing the upstream industry in the North Sea.

In-built adaptability
Jayesh Jain, Anthony Phillips, Greg Ricks, & Roy Ledgerwood, Baker Hughes, show how new self-adjusting bit technology can mitigate drilling dysfunctions and enhance performance.

Keeping up with completions
Dustin Lyles and Spencer Hendrix, PDC Logic, USA, examine new bit designs aimed at keeping up with advanced completions technologies and increasingly complex operations.

Extending the life of wells
Cody Roy, Blake Arabie, Luk Servaes and Katie Poché, Frank’s International, USA, consider ways of safeguarding well integrity.

A new direction
Peter Kaufmann, OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions, Germany, considers how lightweight aluminium alloys could pave a new path for drilling in challenging environments.

Rig Design Q&A
Oilfield Technology invited Nabors and Herrenknecht Vertical to share their insights on rig design. Their feedback covered areas including safety systems, automation technologies, jack-up designs, and more.

Going wireless
Kevin Buchan, Tendeka, UK, explores wireless intelligent completion solutions for digital oilfields.

Keeping clean
Gordon Hunter, Intelligent Drilling Tools, UK, examines an intelligent circulate and disconnect tool, designed to provide a solution for hole cleaning management and a reliable outcome should a stuck pipe situation occur.

Weathering the storm
Jim Menard, The Weather Company, explains how on-platform weather radar is critical to offshore safety and efficiency.

Cutting contingency costs
Morten H. Emilsen, Add Energy, Norway, and Brett Morry, Trendsetter Engineering, USA, review the development of a 15 Ksi kill spool.

Overcoming offshore obstacles
Steve Hiner, CLARCOR Gas Turbine Filtration Division (a PARKER company), UK, explains how turbines can be protected using next generation high velocity filters.

Digital insight
Paul Rijks, Choicce Associates, UK, and Mason Linden, Wood Group, Australia, show how optimising costs, asset integrity and production while assuring sustainable standards of safety and reliability are key when planning integrated activity.

Data: a powerful tool
Grant Eggleton, P2 Energy Solutions, Singapore, considers how predictive analytics and operational intelligence can make oil and gas production more efficient.

From the ground up
Michael Hall, Airbus Defence and Space, UK, explains how satellite imagery advances asset integrity management throughout an asset’s lifecycle.

Ticks all the boxes
Bill Noble, Verification Technical Authority, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division, UK, discusses why verification should extend beyond legal compliance.

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