Multiple literature studies have indicated that a significant amount of data collected during drilling operations is unreliable. To move towards better data quality, two critical hurdles need to be overcome. First, the case for the value of good data needs to be made, so that resources can be allocated towards improving data quality. Second, a process needs to be established within the operator company to measure and improve the quality of data. This paper is a case study in addressing these challenges. In this work, we focus on eight core surface sensor measurements essential to drilling operations (block position, hook load, rotary speed, rotary torque, pump strokes per minute, flow rate out, standpipe pressure and pit volume) and attempt to assess/improve their quality. The first step involves identifying how much of each measured data deviates from their accepted values. This is most economically accomplished using automated data validation software. Once the root cause is identified, steps can be taken to rectify the problem. Four rigs in North America were identified for this trial conducted over a six-month period. The goal is to establish a data quality improvement loop that continually accesses data, identifies issues, and implements corrective actions. This paper explains this process and how it has been applied to improve the quality of drilling data.

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