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Weld County Update: Recent Trajectories In The Niobrara’s Oil Core

In the current oil-price environment we have all seen the tremendous decline in the number of active rigs across the country, in part led by steep attrition in the far-from-market Bakken and the less bountiful non-core acreage in the Eagle Ford. But there have been a few play areas that,…

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The Subsurface Factory – Better, Faster Hydrocarbon Development Through Collaboration

The oil and gas industry has always had to adapt to changing market conditions through supply change improvements, to the point of beckoning a factory style approach to resource play development. There is a clear correlation between adaptation or innovation and success in growing revenues across any industry. Optimizing oil…

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New Oilfield Technologies You Should Keep An Eye On

The unconventional oil boom and off-the-chart production increases that occurred between 2008 and 2014 in the U.S. were driven mostly by technology, and chief among these technologies were horizontal drilling (which allowed E&P operators to follow the prevailing formations laterally), hydraulic fracturing (which allowed the operators to increase the permeability…

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Why Collaboration is the Most Important Piece of Your Well Plan

Well planning is one of the most critical elements for a successful drilling operation, and one of the most demanding as well. It involves multiple actors and decision makers across a diverse set of disciplines, such as Geology, Engineering, Executive Management, Legal, and more. There is not one, clean formula…

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Production Decline Curve Analysis — The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” concludes with the lines: “two roads diverged in a wood and I—I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” Having just returned from my Dartmouth Class of ’71 45th reunion I suppose I can be forgiven for tapping into…

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