NOV Today

Discover the people, places, and technologies that shape the oil and gas industry.


NOV Today is a podcast designed to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the oil and gas industry. Join host Michael Gaines as we explore the technologies and people that innovate our world.

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Episode: #15 - Not Your Average Garden Hose (Pt.2)

Guests: Marie Haahr, Michael Gaines

Date: 3/25/19

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In our last episode, we talked about how our subsea flexible pipe, manufactured in the Flexibles facility in Denmark, operates in some of the world's harshest, most demanding environments for 30 years with only one inspection. On the second episode in the series, we continue the journey, learning about the critical role metallurgy plays in making reliable, high-performance flexible pipe. Listen in as we explore how a deep understanding of the physical and chemical characteristics of metals helps us better understand how we can make pipe that survives through high temperatures, pressures, and sour service. We'll also discuss how our commitment to supply chain excellence and proper qualification and testing ensures our customers always get the very best product.

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Episode: #14 - Not Your Average Garden Hose

Guests: Søren Thustrup, Adam Rubin

Date: 3/19/19

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What if a technology used in the oil and gas industry had to operate flawlessly for 30 years in some of the harshest, most demanding environments on the planet, but it could only be inspected once during that period? On this episode of our "Four Corners" series, NOV Today host Michael Gaines travels to Denmark to visit our Flexibles facility, where he learns that our subsea flexible pipe is just that. Listen in as we explore how superior manufacturing and technical know-how are helping us to give operators peace of mind that their asset will survive for decades despite the challenging ocean conditions.

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Episode: #13 - In Plain Sight

Guests: Broddrick Stringfellow, Megan Phelps, and Jeremy Grzywa

Date: 2/26/19

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Have you ever been in a crowded place and let your mind wander, thinking about the lives of the people around you? What brought them there? What do they believe in? What's their story? In this episode of NOV Today, host Michael Gaines takes a closer look at the unique journeys that brought Broddrick Stringfellow, Megan Phelps, and Jeremy Grzywa all to the same place—a place they now call home.

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Episode: #12 - Technically Famous: Rig Census | 4D Cutters | Aquaterra Energy

Guests: Carlos Huerta, Dr. Reza Rahmani and Stewart Maxwell

Date: 2/11/19

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Listen in to the this first episode of a new quarterly NOV Today series that highlights leaders and technical experts who are helping NOV by writing technical articles and publications. Listen as we speak with Carlos Huerta (1:14) regarding NOV's 65th annual Rig Census, Dr. Reza Rahmani (6:49) on our new ION™ 4D cutters, and Stewart Maxwell (13:00) on the collaboration of XL Systems and Aquaterra Energy with their XLC-S-equipped Sea Swift offshore platform.

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Episode: #11 - The Best NOV Facility? (Pt. 2)

Guests: Bob Bruce and Will Dowell

Date: 1/29/19

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Picking up from our last episode, we continue to discover more about Will Dowell and Bob Bruce, and the inspiration behind one of NOV’s premier facilities. Come along in this Four Corners episode and listen in as we visit the Intervention and Stimulation (ISE) facility in Kintore, Scotland. Learn more about how human factors, technological innovation, and the people behind its inception make this such a unique facility.

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Episode: #10 - The Best NOV Facility? (Pt. 1)

Guests: Bob Bruce and Will Dowell

Date: 1/15/19

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Imagine taking the premier manufacturing best practices from every NOV facility, combining those with the automotive manufacturing experience of Toyota Corporation, and combining the two into one NOV facility. Sound too good to be true? Come along in this Four Corners episode and listen in as we visit the Intervention and Stimulation (ISE) facility in Kintore, Scotland and discover more about this experiment in human factors and technological innovation, as well as the people behind its inception.

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Episode: #9 - We Do More: Industrial Mixing Solutions in NOV (Part 2)

Guests: Irfan Rehman, Dib Dib

Date: 9/24/18

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We’re getting all mixed up in our industrial mixing technologies. Listen in as we discuss the history of our mixing products and how they play a vital role as the heart of many industrial processes.

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Episode: #8 - We Do More: Industrial Pumping Solutions in NOV (Part 1)

Guests: Vice President of Industrial Markets, Dib Dib and Director of Global Applications, Ian Horton

Date: 9/17/18

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Would you be surprised to know that NOV sells products into markets outside of oil and gas? Join us as we discuss our progressing cavity pump technologies in various industrial markets.

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Episode: #7 - A Week at the RDTC - Monday (1 of 5)

Guests: Chuck Wright

Date: 8/28/18

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On this episode, we talk about NOV's Research and Development Test Center (RDTC) in Navasota, Texas. Listen in to find out more about this purpose-built facility that allows us to integrate and test all of our technolgies together, and also hear from some of the people who help make it all happen.

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Episode: #6 - An Engineer's Dream House

Guests: Jon Barr, Bill Murphy, Tom Smith

Date: 5/22/18

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The Fiberglass Systems facility in Plymouth, England – formerly Pipex px- has produced imaginative solutions for a broad range of industries over the last 43 years. It is here where virtually any kind of answer to customer problems can be engineered. Listen in as we kick off the first episode in a new ongoing series called Four Corners that will explore what NOV is doing around the world.

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Episode: #5 - A Global Family Story

Guests: Billie Froggatt, Mark Froggatt, Kadie Rose

Date: 3/21/18

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For many at NOV, helping our communities and each other in times of need often comes as second nature. It's a part of who we are and what we do. So when you read or hear the phrase "Global Family," what does that mean to you? For some, it meant life change. Listen as two NOV employees share their experience with this powerful idea that impacts us all.

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Episode: #4 - NOV and SpaceX

Guests: Garrett Williams, Harris Allemand, Ronnie Hebert, Bernt Christian Egeland, and Eric Vasquez

Date: 2/22/18

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Creative innovation and helping shape the oil and gas industry has been a large part of NOV's DNA. Now we're adding space exploration to that equation. In this episode, we travel to infinity and beyond to discover how NOV is directly involved in the space exploration industry.

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Episode: #3 - Big Data

Guests: Carl Fehres

Date: 11/7/17

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Big Data. Two small words that have an enormous impact on businesses in almost every major industry. Listen in on this initial episode of our ongoing Big Data series, as we talk with NOV’s VP of Engineering Technology, Carl Fehres, and take a visit to Grant Prideco in Navasota, Texas, to begin our discussion on how different parts of our company are effectively and efficiently leveraging this powerful tool.

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Episode: #2 - Mexico

Guests: Robin MacMillan, Oscar Aguilar, Ruben Tiburcio, Hiram Carranza, Alan Frial, and Adriana Poches

Date: 7/25/17

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Mexico has undertaken a major shift in the opening up of their Oil and Gas market. Join NOV Today host Michael Gaines as he travels to Mexico to learn more about this vibrant region of the world.

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Episode: #1 - Inspirational Leadership

Guests: David Reid

Date: 5/25/17

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NOV’s Chief Marketing Officer David Reid sits down with host Michael Gaines to discuss NOV’s new podcast series NOV Today, inspirational leadership, and how failure can propel individuals and companies to achieve greater heights of future success.

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Episode: #0 - Hello World!

Guests: N/A

Date: 4/7/17

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NOV Today is – in its simplest and most basic form – a place where we’ll come to discuss the people, ideas, and technology that make up the oil and gas industry.