There is increasing pressure on service contractors and operators in the oil industry to improve the ROI associated with drilling wells. At the same time, rigorous safety standards and procedures are necessary to improve the protection of personnel, equipment and the environment.

An integrated approach using state-of-the-art tools and experienced, qualified personnel allows us to minimize and monitor the operational risk associated with the drilling process on a well-specific basis.

We describe how well planning tools, pressure simulation software, drilling parameter monitoring and kick detection methods can be used to plan and drill a well.

An operational example is shown where a sensitive kick detection technique coupled with a real-time safety application yields an improved understanding of the pore pressure profile and lithology associated with a specific well.

The right combination of tools and techniques applied to a specific well is the key to conducting a safer, more cost-effective drilling operation.

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