R&D programs yield advances in drilling technologies

Applied technology projects sponsored by government, academia, and industry offer improved tools and techniques for drilling. Collaborative projects have been successful, and integrating emerging technologies with accepted tools offers unique value. New research initiatives and collaborations will create additional tools and useful pairings of accepted technologies.Smart oil fieldsChevronTexaco Corp. is funding the Center of Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft) at the University of Southern California (USC), the company announced in August 2003. Faculty and other resources will come from the USC School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute, the Integrated Media S...

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