Drilling advances ///

Scientists at a federal laboratory in Oregon believe geophysical measurements, usually consigned to some data dustbin, hold a key to making drilling a bit safer, and cheaper. Simply put, intra-wellbore data streams, entrained within while-drilling measurements and tossed aside as useless background noise, possibly can be filtered out and re-processed to alert drillers to a potential kick, and well before it gets out of hand. So say researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Albany, N.Y., who have backed up the concept in the patent-pending “Kick Detection at the Bit Using Wellbore Geophysics.” However, to transition from the conceptual to a field-proven reality, NETL says it wants to hear from anyone willing to share un-scrubbed real-world data sets.

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