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Baker Hughes and Verdande drilling advisory service

Friday, March 2, 2012

Baker Hughes has launched a service to help drilling companies identify potential drilling problems in advance.


It compares current data with data in the past which was recorded shortly before a problem occured.

The service is built on the Verdande Technology "DrillEdge" software. Baker Hughes has bought a share in Verdande.

The Baker Hughes service enables remote monitoring of multiple wells simultaneously.

Baker Hughes engineers monitor the company's drilling operations continuously using real time data. The engineers investigate, validate and determine the best course of action. They then make recommendations.

The service aims to reduce the number of personnel required on the rig (leading to improvements in safety), and minimise non productive time on the rig.

The service was used by an independent oil and gas operator, drilling an ultra-deepwater well in a previously un-drilled block in the Gulf of Mexico.

The nearby (offset) wells had experienced pack-offs, stuck pipe, lost circulation and influx of water, and data about this was fed into the system.

While drilling, the service identified multiple events building up, including pack-offs, overpull, maxed-out torque, hard stringers, string stalls and changes in pore-pressure. These events could lead to problems such as stuck pipe, twist-offs, lost circulation and influx.

The service helped identify problems building up so that they could be fixed.



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