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Real-Time Data From Wired Drillpipe Leads to Improvement in Drilling Performance

This paper shows how high-frequency, real-time drilling data from wired drillpipe has helped optimization of drilling performance and achievement of additional improvements in the New Mexico Delaware Basin.

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This paper shows how high-frequency, real-time drilling data from wired drillpipe has helped optimization of drilling performance and achievement of additional improvements in the New Mexico Delaware Basin. The real-time downhole data provided increased understanding of the occurrence and mitigation of common drilling dysfunctions such as torsional vibration, whirl, axial vibration, motor microstalls, and pipe buckling. Both the data explaining downhole performance and the successful practices that resulted from the data analysis are discussed in the complete paper. The data and results have contributed to improved performance in this area of high activity and are useful for other areas with similar drilling practices.

Background

Since 2012, on-bottom drilling performance in the New Mexico Delaware Basin has improved steadily through insights gained from downhole memory data and a series of bit and BHA design modifications.

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