Roughnecks, Rock Bits and Rigs

Roughnecks, Rock Bits and Rigs

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Roughnecks, Rock Bits, and Rigs is a detailed study of an important and little-documented area of the history of oil and gas in Alberta a€“ it is the first comprehensive study to focus on the technologies that made Alberta's oil industry viable. Author Sandy Gow provides an in-depth look at the evolution of oil well drilling technology from 1883 through 1970, the era of conventional oil exploration in the province. During the early exploration years, the individuals working in the oilfield developed and adapted technologies, such as drill bits and power sources, to suit their specific needs, largely through trial and error. This spirit of innovation and ingenuity is captured in accounts of the evolution of drilling processes and equipment, as well as in the personal stories of those who worked on the rigs. Author Sandy Gow puts the technology of the oilfield into context with an overview of the history and geology of oil and gas in Alberta, as well as a look at the human side of this vital provincial industry.The Evolution of Oil Well Drilling Technology in Alberta, 1883-1970 Sandy Gow, Bonar Alexander Gow ... over his bit feed, Humble Oil and Refining Company engineers also built a device called a walking feed, which worked off an air brake and effectively regulated the drill pipe feed into the hole. ... Through the fifties and into the sixties, several manual or automatic feed control devices were in use.

Title:Roughnecks, Rock Bits and Rigs
Author:Sandy Gow, Bonar Alexander Gow
Publisher:University of Calgary Press - 2005


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