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WBM Series – Ep. 6 | Thinners
May 29 ,2024

WBM Series – Ep. 6 | Thinners

One of the main culprits of thick water-based mud is flocculation. Thinners are one of the solutions for this issue. Tune into this episode of The Flowline – WBM Series as Matt and Justin delve into thinners’ properties and use cases.

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Episode 248 | Culture
Apr 03 ,2024

Episode 248 | Culture

In this episode of The #Flowline, we answer a listener’s request. What is “AES Culture” and what makes us unique? Tune into this exciting episode as Matt and Justin share their perspective on our company’s culture.

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Episode 222 | Esters
Sep 27 ,2023

Episode 222 | Esters

Grab your lab coats and safety goggles for this episode, it’s time for a little chemistry refresher. Join Matt and Justin as they delve into the chemistry behind esters as a lubricant.

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Episode 208 | Product No Go’s

Why do we always feel the need to try new things and change our current products? How do we decide which alternative products to explore and which ones to resist the temptation of?

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Episode 206 | Particle Size Distributions and LCM
Jun 07 ,2023

Episode 206 | Particle Size Distributions and LCM

When you’re talking loss circulation and loss prevention materials, how do you measure and describe the size of the blend? Justin and Matt break it down.

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Episode 205 | Green Fluids
May 31 ,2023

Episode 205 | Green Fluids

Is there a clear way to define if a drilling fluid additive is environmentally friendly? Justin and Matt shed some light on how to be data-driven regarding the environment – and why it’s so difficult.

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Episode 204 | Calcium Carbonate
May 24 ,2023

Episode 204 | Calcium Carbonate

Calcium carbonate is a common drilling fluid additive. What makes it so useful and how is it used?

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Episode 202 | Drilling Salt with OBM
May 03 ,2023

Episode 202 | Drilling Salt with OBM

What happens when you get sodium chloride with your calcium chloride internal phase? Justin and Matt break down the two-salt titration and why you need it.

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Episode 201 | Supply Chain Crisis
Apr 26 ,2023

Episode 201 | Supply Chain Crisis

Join Matt and Justin as they explore the oilfield’s current supply chain challenges. Discover the impact of global economic trends on product availability and investigate whether decreasing oil prices could lead to lower prices for drilling fluids.

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Episode 200 | Dewatering
Apr 19 ,2023

Episode 200 | Dewatering

Listener Request! Justin and Matt discuss the basics of dewatering and how it enhances solids control performance.

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Episode 199 | AADE NTCE 2023 Recap
Apr 12 ,2023

Episode 199 | AADE NTCE 2023 Recap

Matt and Justin spill the tea on their experience at last week’s AADE National Technical Conference in Midland. They give our listeners insights into drilling technologies, induced seismicity, and drilling fluid automation. In addition, they discuss the fantastic networking opportunities, the involvement of students from across the country, and AES’ unforgettable afterparty attended by people […]

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Episode 198 | Ditch Magnets
Apr 05 ,2023

Episode 198 | Ditch Magnets

Ditch magnets are a common yet underappreciated debris removal tool. Justin and Matt discuss their applications, placement, and provide a few pointers for their use.

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Episode 197 | An Interview with Christian Grimes
Mar 29 ,2023

Episode 197 | An Interview with Christian Grimes

In this episode, Justin and Matt talk to Christian Grimes, a graduate student at Colorado School of Mines headed to the “real world” of drilling. Christian shares his story and outlook on the future of the oilfield.

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Episode 196 | Conferences
Mar 22 ,2023

Episode 196 | Conferences

Conferences offer a lot of opportunities to meet people and learn a few things. Justin and Matt break down different types of conferences, how to prepare, and why you might want to attend.

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Episode 195 | Third Party Products
Mar 15 ,2023

Episode 195 | Third Party Products

What is a specialty product? Are they really all that special? Justin and Matt break down the ups and downs of using products that your mud company didn’t make when they’re on location.

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Episode 193 | Casing Drilling
Mar 01 ,2023

Episode 193 | Casing Drilling

What’s casing drilling and what problems does it solve? What impact can casing drilling have on drilling fluid properties and selection? Justin and Matt discuss…

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Episode 191 | pH

What is pH anyways? Justin and Matt run through the basics and how they apply to drilling fluids.

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Episode 179 | OBM Lubricants
Oct 12 ,2022

Episode 179 | OBM Lubricants

Are invert emulsion lubricants snake oil? Matt finally found one he likes – and he tells Justin why. 

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Episode 173 | Xanthan Gum
Aug 24 ,2022

Episode 173 | Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum is a staple of water-based drilling fluids (and fake cheese). What makes it so special? Are there any cheaper alternatives?

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Episode 170 | Why Matt Hates the Capillary Suction Timer
Aug 03 ,2022

Episode 170 | Why Matt Hates the Capillary Suction Timer

The capillary suction timer, or CST, is sometimes used to test shale inhibitors. And Matt hates it.

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Episode 155 | Technical Conferences

What’s the makeup of a typical technical conference? Matt and Justin discuss what a conference is like and the different ways you can learn and grow professionally when you attend.

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Episode 138 | Total Cost of Ownership

There’s the price of something, and then there’s the actual cost. What are factors that help determine the total cost of a drilling fluid solution relative to overall drilling costs?

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Episode 135 | Reactive Additives in Drilling Fluids
Nov 24 ,2021

Episode 135 | Reactive Additives in Drilling Fluids

Normally, when a chemical reaction occurs with drilling fluid, there is probably a lot of work required to get the mud back into shape. Are there situations and additives where we can use chemical reactions to our advantage?

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Episode 126 | Plant vs Rig Mud Mixing
Sep 15 ,2021

Episode 126 | Plant vs Rig Mud Mixing

You’re ready to start the job, but is it better to mix everything at a liquid mud plant or at the rig site? Like everything else, it depends. Justin and Matt run through the decision factors. 

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