Offshore Drilling and Completion
On occasion, there is a tendency to equate new advances in automation and intelligent systems with an inevitable workforce reduction, to an extent that people can begin to resist their application. However, as we all know from our own oilfield experiences, intelligent systems require well-prepared and creative engineers to deliver a successful and economic outcome and a synergetic relationship enhances the business and opportunity set as a whole.
These technology advances offer a newer dimension to those options for qualified engineers to select, develop, and apply effective applications to ever-more-complex issues. As the resources that the industry develops become increasingly challenging, access to a broader range of options and new and developing approaches allows more-efficient and -effective recovery.
This month, I have selected a suite of papers that considers intelligent systems, all clearly demonstrating that these approaches are becoming increasingly mainstream in their selection and use. All the papers presented and suggested here demonstrate that the equipment, the techniques, or the systems alone cannot deliver the solutions. Instead, the systematic and innovative ways considered in their applications are responsible.
In time, the use of intelligent and automated systems will mature further into just another set of tools that the engineering community uses with increasing frequency to deliver the most-efficient development solutions. When that occurs, the industry preoccupation will have moved on to the next wave of innovations, technologies, and advancements, which no doubt will raise new and specific challenges.
This Month's Technical Papers
Recommended Additional Reading
OTC 28103 Intelligent Completions Used During Extended Well Test of Exploratory Wells in Brazil by L. Costa, Halliburton, et al.
OTC 27748 The Qualification Methodology Behind an Integrated Multizone Frac-Pack and Intelligent Completion for the Lower Tertiary by R. Jannise, Halliburton, et al.
SPE 187071 Real-Time Downhole Measurements During Deepwater Frac-Pack Completions in the Gulf of Mexico by A. Hawthorn, XACT Downhole Telemetry, et al.
Offshore Drilling and Completion
Martin Rylance, SPE, Senior Adviser, BP
01 April 2018
Autonomous Valve Controls Excess Water, Gas Production To Increase Oil Recovery
Autonomous Inflow Control Valve technology demonstrates significant benefits within first year.
Testing Tool Conveyed by Coiled Tubing Enables Multiple Tasks in One Run
Some well-testing operations are executed by performing multiple runs in hole using slickline and coiled tubing (CT). A technology has been developed that combines many of these operations, including contingency stimulation activities, into one run.
Offshore Enters Uncharted Waters
For the offshore sector, the collapse in oil demand and prices came just as the market was beginning to look up. Now many companies are focused on survival. This article discusses how various market segments, regions, and companies are faring in “the new reality.”
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