Drilling complex wells, whether they be ERD, horizontal, deviated, or even deep vertical holes, can be quite challenging. Kicks, loss zones, unstable laminated shales, coal sections, depleted zones – it takes more than just a conventional design to successfully drill these types of wells and get pipe down.
It takes advanced modeling and engineering software to ensure a well has the best chance of success in the pre-drill phase. Rock mechanics, collapse and pore pressures, fracture gradients, drilling loads and pressures – all have to be taken into account to ensure the well design mitigates as many potential problems as possible. To do that, advanced software has been developed that allows for the wells to be accurately planned and modeled.
ERDPro® combines advanced drilling engineering and well design planning modules with calibrated field data inputs, allowing both client personnel, as well as our own on-site ERD Specialists, to make not only accurate modeling predictions for wells in the planning stages, but also to use actual parameters seen on the rig during the drilling operation itself to predict upcoming well conditions. Developed for HXR by Pegasus-Vertex, an industry leading supplier of advanced D&C engineering software, ERDPro® is one of the most powerful, user-friendly engineering and field-monitoring softwares available to the industry. Additional add-on modules, such as Circulating Temperature Modeling, Underbalanced Hydraulics, and Tube-Move, make ERDPro® the most capable software on the market today. Advanced features such as Managed-Pressure Drilling (MPD) SPP/ECD calculations, multiple borehole/drill string fluid swab & surge calculations, temp/pressure profile calibration on fluid weight/rheology, and hydraulic lift effect on buckling and available wob ensure even the longest stepout wells can be modeled accurately.
HXR’s in-house developed DEEPWATERRPro® Pore Pressure Prediction Software uses the unique method of integrating multiple seismic/sonic velocity stacks, offset LWD data, or client-provided PP/FG data, to predict pore pressure along a 3-D wellpath by constructing and utilizing a “pseudo-pressure” curve that is trajectory-dependant. DEEPWATERPro® takes into account the effect of formation temperature, making it especially useful for offshore development projects where ERD or highly deviated wells are planned, and for HPHT shelf or land projects where resistivity is the most accurate measurement used for pore pressure evaluation. DEEPWATERPro® Pore Pressure Prediction Software features a modeling library of both commonly accepted as well as proprietary and user-defined algorithms, and a LOT/FIT/MDT database for every block in the GOM. In addition to its pre-planning capability, DEEPWATERPro® Pore Pressure Prediction Software is designed for near-realtime density, sonic, gamma and resistivity inputs/calculations, with the capability to add d-exponent overlays and MSE calculations for simple visualization of transition-zone pressure changes.
Developed by GMI and Baker Hughes for the global geomechanics market, JewelSuite™ provides advanced, RT-capable 1D/3D Geomechanics modeling capability. Used in conjunction with SFIB (stress and failure of inclined boreholes), the software has the following capabilities:
• Predict abnormal pressure during drilling
• 1D and 3D full-field Geomechanics
• Bedding pane Failure Critically stressed fractures/faults
• PP/FG/CP MW Windows
• INC/AZI Wellbore Failure Calculations (in MW)
• Forward modeling of wellbore breakout and tensile wall fractures
• Thermal effects of rock strength anisotropy in weak bedding planes
• Critical stress fields
Advanced Engineering Software Modules
HXR offers, for lease, the entire suite of Pegasus Vertex, Inc., advanced drilling software modules. These modules are designed to be stand-alone and are tailored to those end users with a specific engineering need. All of our drilling software modules come with an available update and maintenance plan.