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Football coaches devise game plans to exploit favorable matchups. Yet the action after kickoff rarely unfolds as predicted. In the same way that great coaches win with in-game adjustments, the lead story in this month’s Fluid Imaging & Chemistry section considers how oil and gas producers can use advanced electromagnetics technology to evaluate in-reservoir fracture fluid behavior during treatment and speedily adjust their completion designs. Elsewhere, the Tubulars Technology section surveys the latest in OCTG markets, and features a special Q&A about new technology. Part three of the Horizontal Wellbore Architecture series conveys some of the key points Hess Corp. has learned from a Bakken/Three Forks project to evaluate well spacing effects. AOGR’s Independents’ Guide to LAGCOE previews a premier industry event making its New Orleans debut, while a companion Gulf of Mexico report focuses on optimizing subsea flow assurance strategies. Association news includes Official Convention Sections for AIPRO, NMOGA and INOGA, and coverage of the KIOGA and IPANM conventions. Cover photo courtesy of Deep Imaging. Issue photography by Jim Blecha.


COVER STORY: The oil and gas industry’s history has been one of continuous challenges, matched by uninterrupted adaptions and innovations. Sometimes, technological advancements made within the industry have found broader application outside oil and gas. More often than not, however, game-changing innovations have been adapted from other sectors for specialized use in oil and gas. Such is the case today with biological and chemical technologies. Many of the ingredients that consumers use in their daily lives are making their way into upstream oil and gas, where they are shaping the future of drilling, completion and production operations. Examples include enzymes, bio-based polymers, green solvents, and biosurfactants. | by Amir Mahmoudkhani and Jonathan Rogers

  • Chemistry Solutions Lower Cost, Improve Performance | by Colter Cookson


  • Independents Continue to Find Success in Eagle Ford | by Al Pickett
  • Eagle Ford Operators Not Forgetting Austin Chalk
  • Study Evaluates “Huff-n-Puff” EOR in Eagle Ford | by Leizheng Wang and Wei Yu


  • Drivers Shape Permian’s Future, Define Independents Role | Special Q&A with Jim Henry
  • Giving, Service Define Henrys’ Legacy | by Tim Beims
  • DAS/DTS Shed New Light on Wolfcamp Stimulation | by Vikram Jayaram, Robert Hull, Jed Wagner and Shuang Zhang
  • Infrastructure Keeping Pace with Permian Production | by Allen Gilmer and Jesse Mercer