Drilling Software: A Bridge between Research Efforts and Field Executions

The term R&D or research and development refers to a specific group of activities within a business. There are 2 main goals of an R&D project: develop new products and discover/create new knowledge.

In our drilling community, we have seen many R&D projects with various sizes and duration. Petroleum engineering departments of many universities receive grants from industry and conduct specific tasks. On a big scale, joint industry projects (JIP) gather resources from different companies, both operators and service providers. I was involved in some big JIP projects such as DEA-44 (Horizontal Technology), DEA-42 (Casing Wear Technology) etc. By the way, DEA here stands for Drilling Engineering Association, not Drug Enforcement Administration. Many R&D projects produce great know-how and sometimes prototype products. However, we need a vessel to package the knowledge from these R&D efforts.

Software naturally becomes the form to hold the knowledge. With graphical user interface (GUI), it can become a powerful tool for end users, who often are not involved in the project.

An R&D project without action is incomplete. A software package serves as a bridge between the gap of research results and field executions. For example, not many people understand how the equation of force balance is used to calculate torque and drag along a drill string or casing, but most drilling engineers understand the hook load and surface torque charts. As a matter of fact, we don’t have to be able to solve numerical equations to be drilling engineers. The advanced engineering and calculation capabilities are already packed in the ready-to-use software like TADPRO (torque and drag model).

If not for exercising purpose, you probably want to ride to office than walk. You probably want to take bridge than take boat to reach the other end.

Let our drilling software help you drill more efficiently.

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