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Use of digital twins in well construction and drilling operations

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

eDrilling, a leading provider of drilling and well performance solutions announced the results of a study researching the value of using digital twins in well construction and drilling operations.

We researched 60+ wells where eDrilling's digital twin technologies was used in i) preparations for well, ii) automated monitoring of well, and iii) real-time optimization of well - or a combination of these.

And found that these wells had no hazardous incidents nor any non-geological sidetracks, both key priorities and key objectives for most E&P companies around the world.

As the software at a very early stage detects anomalies, crews are provided diagnostics messages and notifications in good time to make the necessary adjustments.

'People and safety has always been our guiding principle when developing our software solutions, but our customers are also happy about ridding themselves of the considerable costs associated with having to do sidetracks, said Sven Inge Ødegaard, eDrilling's COO. 'In our mind, digital twins represent the biggest opportunity available today for performance optimization, avoidance of NPT, and hazard prevention in the oil and gas industry.'

We analyzed 60+ wells where our technologies had been actively utilized in preparation and/or operation, and where we had correct and sufficient data to conclude on the hypothesis. Thus, 40+ of our digital twins in the period were omitted, due to availability (contractual, geographical, policy) of data.

Sidetracks, or avoidance thereof, was the focal area of the study, although the study also found that there had been 0 hazardous incidents on the 60+ wells analyzed.

«Geological surprises» as reason for having to do a sidetrack were omitted. Cuttings build up, collapse, washout, and packoff leading to plugging the well, were included.

We have had 5000+ participants in drill well in simulator prior to operations, with 150+ well specific scenarios.

Automated Monitoring and Real time Optimization is used in all drilling operations. This includes Tripping, Drilling, Casing/Liner operations and Cementing. It is also used in advanced operations like MPD and DGD.

About a Digital Twin
A Digital Twin is the digital representation of your actual well. Used in preparation it enables you to pre-drill your well. Used in real-time operation it enables you to do forward simulations and what-if simulations to detect mismatch and give input to change the drilling plan - to avoid problems, see and detect operational mismatches, and change parameters for optimal drilling (drilling the perfect well).

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