Over the last few years, multiple wells have been drilled in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) using wired drill pipe (WDP). This paper captures highlights from using real-time downhole measurements provided by WDP, for improved drilling operations. It presents learnings on how WDP measurements have been used in the operator's decision process.
As part of WDP, along-string measurement subs (ASM) are equipped with temperature, annular/internal pressure, rotation and vibrations sensors. Data is transmitted to surface at high speed and is available in real-time, even when flow is off. The data provide great insight into the hole conditions along the drill string and at the bottom hole assembly (BHA). Based on this insight, drilling parameters at surface can be accurately adjusted, resulting in increased overall efficiency.
Large data amounts can be communicated to and from surface with negligible time delay and independent from fluid circulation. Displaying the downhole measurements in real-time, both at the rig site and in remote operations centers has proven essential when optimising well construction activities. All parties need to access the same information in real-time. Moreover, the data need to be presented in an intuitive manner that enable improved operational decisions. To maximize WDP values, the Operator has learned that downhole data must be used to adjust drilling operations in real-time.