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Building a solid group of active or interested users
07 June 2019
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Update 08-Jun-2019: Thanks to the many of you who just introduced friends to SPREAD.  It's very easy with options:
  • 'Invite a Friend' feature - which goes on file as your helping us help the industry
  • 'Forward the Discussion' feature
  • Just forward the alert email that you receive, along with a few words of introduction
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06-Jun-2019:

Dear all

We are making good (and slow) progress as we work through our membership list to:
  • Determine who is still interested in being a member
  • Who has perhaps moved on and their membership email address is out of date; for each and every member, we conduct a search on LINKED-In and/our use of network to locate them
  • Update each person's profile
  • Where requested, inactivate the membership
So far, the membership has dropped by about 50, mainly people who have retired, no longer interested or we have not been able to locate.  We allow about 10 days to respond to our "request-to-see-if-your're-still-interested", and then - if no reply - we inactivate the account.

It has been pleasing to see how many people enjoy reading the discussions, although they may not feel best placed to write a response.

You may not realise, but I have been personally screening every applicant (we reject 10-20% of all applications; after contacting the individual and checking profiles such as Linked-IN).  I also moderate every discussion, often changing the grammar and/or putting the post on hold until the originator has helped make the request or response more clear.

Typically, we remove email contact details, to encourage ALL members to benefit from the interaction.
  1. We have a student section, whose posts (currently) do not get sent out in email alerts.  However, we are thinking of changing that, so that the "next-generation" feel more included.
  2. We have built a 'Private Section' where fee-paying clients can ring-fence discussions within a particular group.  For the companies that do not already have their own internal networks-of-best-practice, we believe this would be a really cost-effective option.
  3. We have advertising platforms, largely used for SPREAD (David Messler is a regular for his Fluids Training Courses) but we will also accept advertorial blogs on our other platform, drillers.com
  4. All blogs and SPREAD discussions are heavily syndicated on Social Media.  This ensures widespread audiences and also raises the profile of the contributor.

It would be good to hear what current members think about this.

Please consider this discussion a 'poll' of user attitudes as well as an opportunity to contribute to non-technical discussion.

Best regards

Dave

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Update 08-Jun-2019: Thanks to the many of you who just introduced friends to SPREAD.  It's very easy with options:
  • 'Invite a Friend' feature - which goes on file as your helping us help the industry
  • 'Forward the Discussion' feature
  • Just forward the alert email that you receive, along with a few words of introduction




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9 answer(s)
admin
Managing Director (rp-squared.com)
Relentless Pursuit Of Perfection Ltd.
Total Posts: 435
Join Date: 10/01/05
Dear members

Thanks to all of you who have invited friends to sign up to SPREAD.We have about 50 new members, but lost about 400 so far who did not reply to the email and//or Linked-IN that I sent.

We seem to be building a solid group that is more active.

We have also developed our Student section to allow students to state which institute they are studying at.

Don't forget that:
  •  You can use the attached 'Introduce' a friend options - more people like YOU
  • You can change the frequency of alerts
Next week we will be issuing advice on this

Kind regards

Dave
Documents uploaded by user:
Invite a friend.pdf
ADunsmuir
Mud Engineer
MI-Swaco
Total Posts: 1
Join Date: 10/11/16

Hi Dave,

I wholly endorse comments made by Scott. None of us in the industry started with 40 years of experience. We have a tremendous broad spectrum of knowledge within the group so it is vitally important we pass that on.

I am sure we are all learning from the various discussions and responses within and outwith our own field of expertise.

Great work all round.

Scott_McNeil
Consultant
SPREAD Associates
Total Posts: 133
Join Date: 05/03/08
Hi Dave,

Firstly, keep up the good work with Spread.

With respect to posting out queries from Students, I absolutely would encourage this.

The only codicil I would add is that while there is no such thing as a stupid question, it is easy for a question to be unintentionally asked which is so broad or vague ("they don't know what they don't know") as to be almost impossible to answer in a few paragraphs.

If those can be clarified before posting, then I think that would be more likely to generate replies from Spread members.

All the best!

Scott


garrym79
Night Drilling Supv
CNR International
Total Posts: 8
Join Date: 16/07/16
Hi,

I read all posts received by email and wish to continue doing so.

Thanks for all your work.

Regards,
Garry.
Regis STUDER
General Manager
DrillScan
Total Posts: 17
Join Date: 27/02/16
Hi Dave

Your initiatives as outlined through point 1 to 4 are welcome.

Regards
Régis
rmathew
Vice President , Maintenance
ADNOC
Total Posts: 3
Join Date: 30/12/15
Fully supported. Let's get the next gen involved.
RuariTruter
Norwell Engineering
Total Posts: 23
Join Date: 17/09/07
Afternoon Dave

With respect to Item 1, I agree that we need to encourage & include student members but would like to throw a few things out for discussion.

Firstly it should be students, graduate / new hires, up to and including completing an industry qualification (Round 1&2, WEC or equiv for example?).  Bit like a P plate, you might not like being labelled but I am much more likely to help if I think I am mentoring rather than feeling resentful that I am answering a question her/his SDE should have taken the time to answer.

Secondly, it needs to be marked as such, there are no such things as stupid questions but asking an open question like "What is a good completion" is tricky if I don't know the context.  If it is a associate member, then I can fire off links to articles and help them refine the question.  It needs to be clear when we are mentoring, not doing their coursework.


As an aside, one of the things I do look out for is when a member comes back with a summary/ outcome /way forward.  Discussions on casing shoe and leaking DV collar being good examples.

Thoughts?

Cheers

Ruari
admin
Managing Director (rp-squared.com)
Relentless Pursuit Of Perfection Ltd.
Total Posts: 435
Join Date: 10/01/05
Hi Eric

There is a group called Geothermal-specific, but it hasn’t been contributed to since 2016.

There are overlaps with HPHT and so on, so we made it specific to geothermal.

We’d certainly welcome a few discussions on this topic.

We have set the site up to easily create new groups and relocate discussions, but members need to ask admin to do this, otherwise we risk chaos.

I hope that helps.

Cheers

Dave
ericvillepreux
Fluids and Cement Superintendent
N Operating Company
Total Posts: 10
Join Date: 19/10/14
Hi Dave,

Geothermal:
I am puzzled not to find a chapter or section related to geothermal drilling (High Temperature and Deep Geothermal) when challenges are really specific in term of Rock Mechanic, Corrosion, and obviously adaptation of Drilling Fluids chemicals as well as down hole tools and equipment to temperatures above 170°c.
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Dave Taylor - SPREAD Moderator

Managing Director (rp-squared.com)

Relentless Pursuit Of Perfection Ltd.

Total Posts: 435
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