In the North America Land market, drilling operations are typically conducted by a selection of different service companies. Each is responsible for a different aspect of the well construction process, and they must work together to deliver a successful well for the operator. This operational model can lead to overlaps and gaps across the various providers in terms of responsibilities and tasks. Due to differing skill sets across rig and directional personnel, integrating rig and directional execution has practically translated into drilling contractors establishing a directional company and providing both services. While this provides a single accountability point for both, it does not fundamentally change the operational model. A new approach to integrated operations is now possible with the assistance of directional advisor software, coupled with changes in rig driller capability and accountability.
This study demonstrated that by utilizing directional advisor software directional operations could be integrated with rig operations without negatively impacting well construction performance. Through the course of a fast-paced, twenty-two (22) well program in western Canada, directional operations were transitioned through a series of steps from a traditional model of two rigsite directional drillers and two rigsite measurement-while-drilling (MWD) engineers to an integrated and reduced crew model where all directional operations were directed from a remote operations center and directional steering was executed by the rig crew.
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Hildebrand, G., Torre, A., Hopewell, J., & Olesen, L. (2017, March 14). Transitioning the Directional Driller Off the Rig. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi: 10.2118/184682-MS.
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