February 2018

Cover Story

Before deploying subsea development strategies, operators need to know where their equipment is going.

This month E&P takes a step back to the basics with a look at how operators are identifying the best locations to place subsea equipment during the field development phase.

A platform integrates robotics, AI and original predictive analytics to advance the inspection services industry.

Operators find subsea success by using existing infrastructure off the Norwegian coast.

An integrated SPS/SURF and alliance approach delivers sustainable improvement in field development value.

As I See It

A slimmer and trimmer offshore segment emerges in 2018.

Industry Pulse

Web tools enable effective piping vibration management.

Market Intelligence

The move to massive proppant loading involving finer mesh sands will boost 2018 demand even in a flat rig count environment.

Exploration Technologies

Maintaining discipline and patience can pay dividends in an R&D program.

Drilling Technologies

Digital solution reduces downtime and cost while improving productivity for offshore drilling operations.

Completions and Production

Maintenance programs can help save costs and enhance long-term production.

Offshore Advances

The new ‘normal’ is a catalyst for change.


An understanding of rock physics is crucial for reservoir characterization.

Formate fluids help slow pressure transmission in the wellbore.

A research study indicated that a facies-based seismic and CSEM inversion provides useful information.

A drilling fluid system combines chemistry, software and logistics to deliver solutions for challenging deepwater wells.

Improved products and expanded services deliver gains for subsea production.

Sand-handling technologies protect equipment and reduce costs.

Novel approach saves time and reduces risk for offshore casing installations.

Altering the surface chemistry of resin-coated proppant delivers improved oil flow rates in the Eagle Ford Shale.

As usage grows, technologies emerge to face new completion production challenges.

A new software program helps operators model multiphase flow.

Shale Solutions

The upstream oil and gas industry has managed its operations the same way for decades because ‘We’ve always done it that way.’

Offshore Solutions

A concept using small FLNG vessels for stranded fields will save the industry billions of dollars.

Operator Solutions

Intuitive analysis helps prevent slow or inaccurate predictions.

Predicting equipment downtime through IoT solutions can save operators time and money.

Unconventional Report

This region’s gas production equals predownturn levels.

Tech Watch

A new photocatalytical process promises to reduce greenhouse gases.

Digital Solutions

A robust technology system delivers directly measured multiphase metering data for improved operations.

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technology product releases.

International Highlights

Check out the latest activity highlights from around the world.

On The Move

Check out the latest new hires, promotions and appointments.

Last Word

Four critical automation areas are paving the road for longer-term AI.