June 2019
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Schlumberger has released the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling (LAWD) service, providing the industry’s first application of electromagnetic (EM) technology for detecting formation features ahead of the drill bit.
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New LAWD service detects formation features ahead of the drill bit

Schlumberger has released the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling (LAWD) service, providing the industry’s first application of electromagnetic (EM) technology for detecting formation features ahead of the drill bit. The service uses EM-based resistivity measurements more than 100 ft ahead of the drill bit, which are then compared to a prepared model that integrates offset and other data to reveal a true downrange representation of the formation while drilling. This allows operators to make proactive decisions, rather than reacting to measurements at or behind the bit while drilling. According to Schlumberger, more than 25 field trials have been conducted in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe. The trials successfully detected reservoirs and salt boundaries, identified thin layers and avoided drilling hazards, including high-pressure formations that can lead to wellbore stability issues.


Frac sleeve improves reservoir access, promotes efficiency

Halliburton has introduced the Elect frac sleeve, a monobore sleeve solution that enables unlimited stage count in multi-stage fracturing operations. Elect reportedly supports greater flexibility for highly optimized reservoir access with pinpoint well stimulation options. It provides no inner diameter or flowrate restrictions, to optimize zonal stimulation treatment and contact with the reservoir. By removing these internal restrictions, more frac treatment options and longer laterals can be achieved. Additionally, the sleeve reduces planning associated with other mechanical tools required for sleeves today. Hardware, firmware and software work together to convert the sleeve into a useable downhole solution.


New software delivers data-driven geomodeling

Ikon Science has launched its latest software, RockDoc 6.6.2. The software features new technologies and workflows that enable users to deliver critical subsurface understanding to make strong exploration drilling and field development decisions. It delivers the new Deep QI technology, a swiftly expanding portfolio of authoritative workflows and solutions for the application of modern machine learning and deep neural networks to subsurface problems. Deep QI train both deep neural networks and support vector machine algorithms to predict discrete and continuous properties seamlessly across 1D to 3D and 4D domains. Additionally, the software sees 3D reservoir characterization workflows fully in depth, with auto generation and rendering of all objects in both the time and depth domain. RockDoc 6.6.2 also features depth domain Joint Impedance and Facies Inversion (Ji-Fi), enabling users to interactively invert post- and pre-stack seismic data to geological facies images and corresponding rock properties.


Wearable camera improves safety in hazardous locations

Librestream and ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, have collaborated on the development and release of the Onsight Cube-Ex wearable camera. The camera was specifically designed for asset analysis and safety inspection for oil and gas workers in harsh environments. By coupling the camera with the ecom 4G/LTE smartphone Smart-Ex or tablet Tab-Ex, workers can remotely control the camera, view HD video and thermal imaging, as well as capture and annotate pictures or recordings from a safe distance. The camera’s versatile design gives workers the ability to wear it on hardhat, attach it to a monopod, or mount it to equipment.


AI module provides predictive analytics without a data scientist

Rockwell Automation has released the FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module, the newest addition to its FactoryTalk Analytics portfolio. It uses AI to detect production anomalies and alert workers so that they can investigate or intervene as necessary. The technology, formerly known as Project Sherlock, fits directly into a control chassis and streams controller data over the backplane to build predictive models. It continuously monitors production operations, essentially doing the job of a data scientist. Workers are notified of problems by configuring alarms on a human machine interface (HMI) or dashboard. According to Rockwell, future features of the module will go even further, helping workers focus their problem-solving or automate the optimization of a process.


New subsea well access solutions ensure safe operations, optimized production

Expro has expanded its subsea intervention capabilities with two new well access solutions—the Intervention Riser System (IRS) and the Riserless Well Intervention (RWI). The IRS (pictured) safely establishes and maintains well access throughout the riser to surface operations, imitating the functionality of the BOP and providing a safe, reliable means of well control that is directly connected to the production tree. With increased coil tubing cutting and disconnect competence, the system provides an alternate dual-barrier, through-tubing system. Likewise, the RWI system offers a reliable wire-through-water integrated solution for carrying out cost-effective intervention and/or abandonment operations on subsea wells. With a dedicated intervention vessel, all operating, deployment and retrieval efficiencies can be delivered safely and efficiently, according to the company.


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