Conventional wells traditionally have vertical and deviated profiles, but more recently, horizontal wells are becoming the norm. A large number of conventional horizontal boreholes are drilled as infill development wells, often in older fields that have experienced reservoir depletion and are therefore more prone to mud losses. This type of operation requires an understanding of present-day pore pressure, fracture gradient, and wellbore stability mechanisms — as well as the resulting safe-drilling margin.
Managing the relationship between hydraulics and borehole geology
Reducing risk of stuck pipe and lost downhole tools
Monitoring vibration, torque, and drag values to ensure they stay within safe operational limits
Determining and navigating the safe operating window
Achieving maximum ROP without compromising wellbore integrity
After recognizing the challenges and risks of conventional drilling, the critical task is how to avoid, manage, and/or mitigate them. The Drilling Advisor solution — which combines drilling optimization, wellbore stability, and drilling hazard management — offers a proven methodology that is effective in all types of fields.
The Drilling Advisor solution is a collaborative effort with our clients that results in an in-depth knowledge of the drilling risks and solutions associated with a given well or field.
Due to the typically close placement of infill wells, directional and anti-collision analyses as well as effective well mapping are critical. Historical well‑data analysis is equally important to identify drilling hazards and to build geomechanics and drilling-optimization models. These analyses enable us to create an enhanced drilling plan. Drilling within the appropriate margins is critical to avoid kicks, losses, and hole problems when drilling infill wells.
Effective execution of the drilling program requires good drilling practices combined with industry-leading technologies — from imaging services to directional-drilling equipment to managed pressure drilling systems — to provide valuable downhole feedback and deliver a cost effective well. Situational awareness through real‑time monitoring and evaluation enables our team to identify deviations between models and actual drilling data. This comparison provides early warnings of possible drilling hazards before they happen, and enables us to make appropriate adjustments as necessary to minimize non-productive time.
Knowledge management is critical in all well types. This process captures the lessons learned in an end-of-well report that outlines key performance indicators (KPI), details opportunities for improvement, and makes recommendations for future projects.
Technology is at the heart of our approach to meeting clients’ needs. We constantly update and refine our technologies to solve new challenges encountered in the field.
The Revolution RSS suite includes directional‑drilling tools with industry-leading dogleg and high-pressure, high-temperature capabilities. With the ability to execute deep kickoffs and high-angle builds, the Revolution RSS delivers maximum reservoir exposure in less time.
Our mud motors incorporate WorkWise® power sections, which are rated for high pressures and temperatures. With a proprietary elastomer and a track record of more than 1 million operating hours, these motors help our clients reliably maximize ROP in challenging wells.
The JAMPro Net system enables remote, real-time monitoring of torque, turns, and speed data during tubular makeup. When combined with TorkPro 3™ software, the same data can be recorded, analyzed, and evaluated from anywhere.
Our patented processing technique reconstructs gaps in wireline logging images, replacing missing data with values consistent with the structural and textural information in the measured parts of the image. Even in varied and complex geologies, the technology provides a complete picture of the wellbore.
As deviated and horizontal drilling has become the norm, so has the industry’s need for cost-effective, reliable MWD systems that can deliver accurate directional azimuth, inclination, and toolface data in all types of drilling environments.
The combination of our industry-leading technologies and our disciplined approach has produced measurable value for our clients.