Addressing the Paradigm Shift in the Oil & Gas Industry 2019 January-February 

Addressing the Paradigm Shift in the Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry operates in some of the most physically and politically challenging environments imaginable. Volatile market prices, fluctuating demand, stringent compliance and regulatory regimes, and depleting resources are all heaping pressure on operators as they strive to succeed and thrive. There are reasons to be optimistic, however. The industry is now a far cry from 2015’s precipitous… Read More
2019 January-February Mark A. Stansberry 

America’s 2019 Energy Watch List

The beginning of 2018, my column- “America’s 2018 Energy Watch List” presented the “moving parts” which I believed would be the main focus regarding energy issues and policies: At that time among the moving parts were President Trump and the Republican led Congress, OPEC and the supporting non-OPEC countries, jobs, investments in the oil and gas sector, IPOs/mergers and acquisitions,… Read More
AI & Machine Learning: The Next Transformation for Oil & Gas 2019 January-February 

AI & Machine Learning: The Next Transformation for Oil & Gas

Since its inception, technology has driven the development and transformation of the oil and gas industry. Technologies to locate and extract oil and gas reserves enabled the shale revolution, and a new revolution is around the corner for oil and gas exploration and production companies. While it might sound like something from science fiction, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning… Read More
Revolutionizing Pipeline Safety with Midstream Oil and Gas Inspections 2019 January-February 

Revolutionizing Pipeline Safety with Midstream Oil and Gas Inspections

It seems that initial impressions and preliminary promises of the efficiency gains from utilizing UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) has lost its luster in recent years due to bureaucratic bottlenecks and increased safety concerns. The promises from the UAS industry about taking over every use case they could think of from commercial package delivery to industrial inspections has faded as these… Read More
Fall Protection and Training in the Oil and Gas Industry 2019 January-February 

Fall Protection and Training in the Oil and Gas Industry

Protecting workers from falls is an important aspect in the extraction, transportation, and fixed facility refining of oil and gas. The hierarchy of fall protection specifies that hazards should be eliminated or protected by passive systems such as guardrails; when that isn’t possible. Fall Restraint and Fall Arrest systems help keep workers safe. Arrest systems typically include an anchor, body… Read More
Constructing a More Efficient Research Model Through Electronic Courthouse Records 2019 January-February 

Constructing a More Efficient Research Model Through Electronic Courthouse Records

The oil and gas industry has evolved tremendously over the years — and so too has the landman profession. Yet until recently, landmen remained bound to their local courthouses for their research needs. The title research process may have been effective, but it was decidedly inefficient. Today, we’ve reimagined the way landmen carry out their day-to-day jobs through the implementation… Read More
Key Focus Areas in Pipeline Safety 2019 January-February 

Key Focus Areas in Pipeline Safety

The pipeline industry continues to advance its processes to address the ever-changing risks to pipeline infrastructure, and when it comes to pipeline safety, the work is never done. By growing and maintaining a skilled workforce, increasing process safety, maturing risk management programs, increasing operational efficiencies and searching for innovative ways to obtain and use pipeline data, pipeline operators can raise… Read More
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