Drilling Contractor features the work of RAPID student Jian Chu working with Drs. Ashok, Chen and van Oort on bit image analysis and bit damage forensics. The work underscores the leading role that RAPID has played / is playing in improving bit bull grading and extracting useful information from bit… read more
Oil and Gas Drilling Innovations Could Fill Technology Gaps to Make ‘Geothermal Anywhere’ a Reality
An article by Stephen Whitfield in Drilling Contractor (link here) on making the Geothermal Anywhere concept, a topic of study by RAPID-GT, a reality.
Automated Mud Skid Holds Promise of Safety, Efficiency Improvements With Real-Time Fluid Monitoring
A series of 2021 articles in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (links here and here) and Oil and Gas Journal (link here) on the benefits of automated mud measurements.
Geothermal Well Construction: A Step Change in Oil and Gas Technologies
A 2021 feature by Judy Feder in JPT on the next steps in geothermal well construction. Link is here. See also Dr. van Oort’s recorded graduate lecture on Youtube here.
Working remotely is a cost-cutting reality for oil and gas companies amid COVID-19
On a traditional rig, dozens of workers assemble the oil pipes and carefully feed them down the well to get the oil out of the ground. Oil wells will always require some workers on-site, but robots will be doing more and more of the work, according to Eric van Oort,… read more
New Initiatives Positions Texas as Geothermal Leader
Views in Renewable Energy World by the UT-GEO team, including Dr. van Oort, on the leadership position of Texas in the geothermal domain. Link to 2019 article is here.
What the Movie Armageddon Got Right about (Space) Drilling Which Wasn’t Much
An interview with NPR at the occasion of the movie Armageddon’s 20th anniversary, where Dr. van Oort explains what is right (not much) and wrong (a lot!) about the movie, and how it paints a distorted, unflattering view of the drilling industry. Moreover, drilling in space is a real thing… read more
Roughnecks Becoming Data Analysts
Eric van Oort, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s petroleum engineering department, is at the forefront of the changing technology in the oil field. His classroom includes a room that feels something like an Imax theater. Three large chairs with joysticks face a huge video screen displaying… read more
Dr. Eric van Oort, Director of RAPID, receives the prestigious 2017 SPE International Drilling Award
Dr. Eric van Oort received the 2017 SPE International Drilling Award during the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition from SPE president Janeen Judah. This award is the highest technical recognition for drilling specialists globally https://jpt.spe.org/spe-honors-2017-international-award-recipients-annual-meeting.
Dr. Eric van Oort, Director of RAPID, receives the 2016 SPE Distinguished Membership award
Dr. Eric van Oort, director of RAPID, receives the 2016 SPE Distinguished Membership award. The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2016 International Award recipients at their recent meeting in Girdwood, Alaska. Sixteen international award committees selected these winners from a pool of first rate candidates. The recipients were recommended… read more