Case History: Automated Performance Measurement of Crews and Drilling Equipment
- Ketil Andersen (StatoilHydro) | Per Arild Sjowall (StatoilHydro) | Eric Edgar Maidla (Nexen Data Solutions Inc.) | Buddy King (Nexen Data Solutions Inc.) | Gerhard Thonhauser (TDE Thonhauser Data Engineering GmbH) | Philipp Zollner (TDE Thonhauser Data Engineering GmbH)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, 17-19 March, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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- Conference Paper
- 2009. SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition
- 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 1.13 Drilling Automation, 1.6.1 Drilling Operation Management, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc), 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.10 Drilling Equipment, 1.6.1 Drilling Operation Management
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This paper describes the development and implementation of a unique new capability to automatically measure the performance of drilling crews, drilling equipment and downtime. The methodology and supporting technology make it possible to carry out a detailed comparison of the performance of equipment and crews across a large number of installations. The system was tested on 8 drilling units (fixed and mobile) in the North Sea.
When it comes to crew handling of the equipment the results show a performance improvement of 30%. There are potential time savings of between 40 to 60% in some individual drilling tasks such as slip to slip connection times and weight to weight connection times. This is achieved by performing each operation in a more efficient and consistent way. Optimizing a number of identified KPIs for drilling, including tripping and casing running times, shows a potential saving of between 8 to 15% of the total well construction time. Automated Drilling Performance Measurement (ADPM) has been proven in over 30 wells on 8 rigs in the North Sea.
One of StatoilHydro's objectives is to increase the number of wells delivered into production each year. It is the company's aim to reverse the dropping trend, shown in Figure 1, where drilling performance measured in meters per day for European wells, as reported by Rushmore, has dropped in the last 3-4 years. Our goal for the future must be to exceed the best performance delivered in any previous year.
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