History of Oil Well Drilling
Back by popular demand, a reprint of this artfully illustrated and historical publication records the beginning and development of the oil well drilling industry from early water and brine drilling to the vast oil industry of today. More than 1,700 illustrations and 1,500 pages trace the evolution of equipment and methods used in drilling for oil. Every major tool and method is described in detail. From the simple spring pole to the cable tool, rotary and portable rigs, Dr Brantly recites the origin, the development and the accessory tools of these major implements and compares them with modern equipment innovations. There is a comprehensive report on marine drilling and the vast offshore oil fields. Directional drilling, blowout prevention, formation testing and well instruments are other pertinent topics covered in this pictorial history. Dr Brantly also tells the story behind developments, relating interesting and little-known highlights alongside personal experiences of the leaders and pioneers of the industry. To make this history complete, he makes interpretations when facts could not be found, basing his hypotheses on available data. For persons in the oil industry, especially those involved in the oil well drilling and manufacture of drilling equipment, this book supplies a thorough background of knowledge about the tools and methods used today. This book was carefully written to avoid technical terms, which makes it a valuable source of information for the reader who does not have a technical background.