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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Experiences from a virtual simulator environment

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Eric Cayeux
International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS)

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Talk Description
Virtual Rig is a drilling simulation environment which gives a realistic response from the well to actions from drilling machineries, drill-string and drilling fluid. Drilling incidents like component failures, mechanical restrictions, formation fluid influx and hydraulic restrictions are simulated in a realistic fashion and are a result of the actions applied to the well (non-determinism). The drillers are working in a familiar environment since the simulator is adapted to the drilling workstation of both NOV (IRIS) and Aker Solutions MH (iPORT at Aker Solutions).

The purposes of the virtual simulator environment are:
• Training of drilling personnel
• Commissioning of new drilling technology before implementation at the rig site
• Build new work procedures to adapt to new drilling technology
• Study the potential hazard in a complex drilling operation

The environment has been operational since 2009 and has been used in multiple instances and different contexts like:
• Training of all 6 crews (drillers, assistant drillers, tool pushers, drilling supervisors ) before taking the Drilltronics technology into use at Statfjord C
• Testing of new software and automation technologies
• Analysis of the effect of wired pipe telemetry for kick detection

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