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Staying Ahead of the Curve

Staying ahead of our own unpredictable curves professionally and personally is impossible, but the result is generally and thankfully a mix of highs and lows. JPT’s editorial and production staff wish you the best in 2022.

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JPT’s editorial and production staff wish you the best in 2022!

We are planning our year’s content to continue to bring you the latest deep technical insights and industry updates with an eye toward all disciplines. Our industry’s technology, goals, and business priorities are continually adjusting and changing. Our goal is to stay ahead of the curve. The editors of JPT, Oil and Gas Facilities, HSE Now, Data Science and Digital Engineering, and TWA work together to ensure our content provides SPE members with forward-thinking concepts, technologies, and applications to help you also stay ahead of the curve.

We have you to thank for many of the ideas and technical expertise you share with us despite your own busy schedules and other commitments. Your time, effort, and willingness to share information are much appreciated.

This issue of JPT debuts our refreshed design. We’ve made the presentation of the content “cleaner” and “easier on the eyes” by increasing the spacing of letters and lines of text, using two columns instead of three, and presenting graphics and captions more attractively. While we realize technical content does not demand “being pretty,” we also appreciate in our own reading how the creative presentation of content can be inviting.

We’ve also changed the digital edition to a more user-friendly flipbook. When you move your cursor to the bottom of each page, you’ll see a toolbar where you can elect to zoom in or out, download the issue as a PDF to read offline, search within the issue, click to display the Table of Contents and click to go to a selected article, and view in full screen mode.

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Our industry is starting the year with a rebound and outlooks of guarded optimism. Wood Mackenzie’s Fraser McKay, vice president, upstream research, wrote in mid-December, “At a Brent price of around US$70/bbl, oil and gas cash flows will be at near-record levels. At US$80/bbl, it would soar towards US$1 trillion … Despite this, for many stakeholders and even some chief executives, the sector’s risks outweigh its upsides. This tension will define 2022.” The positive outlook will be tempered by concerns about its future as pressure grows to respond to COP26 pledges. In other words, 2022 is likely to deliver a mix of ups and downs.

If you are the type who makes New Year’s resolutions (and remains committed to them), you are on your way to making changes, be they large or small. For others (like myself), resolutions fade all too quickly. But for all of us, a new year brings with it the anticipation of what lies ahead, be it joy or sorrow. Staying ahead of our own unpredictable curves professionally and personally is impossible, but the result is generally and thankfully a mix of highs and lows.

Here’s to much more joy than sorrow, many more highs than lows.