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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: Operators are deploying a number of advanced technologies to monitor the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing treatments and make on-the-fly decisions. One of the newest additions to the toolkit brings powerful analytical capabilities of surface-based electromagnetics into the realm of stimulation monitoring. It tracks well stimulation in near real time as proppant-laden frac fluid propagates throughout the reservoir during pressure pumping operations. By mapping fluid movement, the electromagnetic data provides unique insights into how the formation is responding to treatment and how the stimulated reservoir volume is developing. With this knowledge, completion engineers can quickly make necessary adjustments to completion designs, pump schedules, frac fluid chemistries, and proppant densities. | by Drew Jones and Sam Young

  • Advancements in Chemistry Optimize Well Stimulation Results | by Colter Cookson


  • Trends Point to Flat Domestic OCTG Demand | by Rick W. Preckel and Paul E. Vivian
  • Technical, Operational Drivers Shape OCTG Innovations | Special Q&A with Charles R. “Rick” Stone, Darren Santeler and Luca Zanotti


  • Williston Basin Project Evaluates Well Spacing Issues | by Apiwat “Ohm” Lorwongngam, Craig Cipolla, Jose Gil Cidoncha and Bruce Davis
  • Method Characterizes Cross-Well Pressure Communication | by Justin Mayorga and Erica Coenen
  • Single-Plane’ Approach Improves Perforation Quality | by Thilo Scharf


  • Schedule of Events
  • LAGCOE Welcomes America’s Independents | by Greg Stutes
  • Technical Sessions, Special Events Highlight 2019 Program | by Julie Gauthier
  • Technology Awards Laud Innovation


  • Technologies Optimize Flow Assurance | by Phaneendra Kondapi, Jefferson Creek, Y. Doreen Chin and Randi Moe