Abstract

This paper presents the procedure for the calibration of a soil model represented by P-Y curves in the global finite element model of a drilling riser system using onboard measured data.

In the case of lack of real data or data uncertainty regarding the soil properties of one specific well location, the soil model can be calibrated using measured data during the drilling campaign.

The calibration procedure improves the accuracy on the prediction of the wellhead bending moment and stresses along the conductor pipe based on global riser analyses performed during the operation to assure the integrity of the well structure and thus, safe operations.

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