IRIS with three presentations at the Drilling Conference in Fort Worth
14.03.2016Eric Cayeux’s and Sigmund Stokka’s presentations gained a lot of attention at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference the first week of March.
Two of the presentations from IRIS were based on results obtained in DrillWell. The title of Eric’s presentation was “Use of a Transient Cuttings Transport Model in the Planning, Monitoring and Post Analysis of Complex Drilling Operations in the North Sea”, and he presented how the developed transient cuttings transport model had been used to provide quantitative information about hole cleaning conditions. Experiences from using the model for planning, monitoring and post-analyzing of different North-Sea wells were presented.
Sigmund’s talk entitled “Cement Placement with Tubing Left in Hole during Plug and Abandonment Operations” (DrillWell) was about reducing costs during P&A operations by leaving most of the production tubing in the well as this will save significant rig time. The results were based upon full-scale experiments at Ullrigg, and showed that it is possible to obtain good cement placement when tubing is left in the hole.
The second presentation given by Sigmund was introduced by the chair of the “Extended Reach Drilling” session, as the most innovative solution in the recent years. Hole in One Producer represents a new well construction method incorporating advanced completion technology. It enables drilling and completion of long reach wells and can operate in areas with complex pressure regimes. So far, a number of technical studies have been performed, and a prototype has been built and tested. The innovative concept attracted a lot of attention, and Sigmund has already been contacted by journalists eager to write about Hole In One Producer.
Around 1400 people had signed up for this year’s event. Although fewer people attended the conference compared to previous years, it is still one of the most important and best visited conferences. The SPE DSATS (Drilling System Automation Technical Section) workshop ahead of the technical program attracted a lot of interest. It is especially nice for IRIS to see the increased interest in drilling automation since it has been one of our targeted areas since 2008.