March 2017

Cover Story

As downhole conditions continue to become more difficult and well profiles more complex, some contractors and operators are introducing systems that aim to move the drill floor from mechanization to automation.

The industry is developing 20K drilling systems to tackle challenging reservoir portfolios.

System uses tiered approach for challenging wells.

New developments in drilling technology are keeping bits spinning in the most complex formations.

As I See It

It depends on whom you ask.

Industry Pulse

Working together is essential in a lower-forever environment.

World View

BP’s Leigh-Ann Russell is chairing this year’s SPE-IADC drilling conference with hopes for an industry resurgence.

Market Intelligence

Crowd-sourced data reveal significant increases in well completion metrics.

Exploration Technologies

Scientists are attempting to explain the fast relaxation times in unconventionals.

Drilling Technologies

E&P investments in North America are expected to increase by about 30% in 2017, according to industry surveys.

Completions and Production

Resilience, disruption and collaboration will pave the road to recovery.


CT deployment and no drill-out requirement saves days of rig time while delivering the well to its full production potential.

Automated artificial lift system offers operators a solution to the challenges of maximizing productivity and reducing costs.

A study indicates that 4-D noise levels are sensitive to the quality of correlation between data volumes.

Time-lapse seismic still provides important information. But it’s getting harder to make the value proposition.

Tool uses pressure in CT to generate movement in the tubing and reduce friction.

Reduced fuel costs, lower emissions, less maintenance and improved reliability are available from scalable automation systems.

GWD avoids sensor inadequacies.

Market conditions and cost-cutting give Norwegian player renewed confidence.

A plug-and-play CNG solution, when combined with trucks, creates an alternative to the traditional pipeline system.

Downturn helps uptick in project progression.

Shale Solutions

Untapped riches could lurk in the western U.S.

Operator Solutions

The use of automated logic controls helps ensure compliance in the collection of emissions data necessary to meet reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Advanced AIM is made simple with satellite technology.

Unconventional Report

Turnaround to double-digit growth is just around the corner for the South Texas play.

As the Trump administration began assuming the reins of the federal government, a number of executive and legislative actions were initiated impacting the oil and gas industry.

R&D Spotlight

With backing from a major, a startup is providing quality seismic at vastly reduced rates.

Tech Watch

Certain tools are ready for additive manufacturing.

Digital Solutions

Electronic field ticketing expedites processing and payment for services rendered.

The oil and gas industry adopts a data-driven mindset to optimize production.

Organizations that plan and assess their digital needs have the greatest chance of capitalizing on its potential.

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technology releases, including products and services, in the indsutry.

Regional Report

Monetization might be challenged if more large discoveries are made.

International Highlights

Check out the latest news briefs from around the world.

On The Move

Check out the latest new hires, promotions and company briefs.

Last Word

There are dangers to being skeptical to new technology.