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Directional Drilling Software

Directional drilling is the practice of deviating a well path to a target located at a given lateral distance and direction away from the vertical. The practice requires trajectory control and precise well placement using many advanced tools and equipment that includes rotary steerable systems, mud motors, LWD and MWD, etc.

Directional drilling software refers to the engineering computer programs. These programs normally belong to 2 groups: tubular mechanics and hydraulics. Tubular mechanics models calculate the torque and drag, buckling, hook load, etc. Hydraulics models involve drilling fluid, pressure drop, cutting carrying capacity, etc.

These software packages streamline time-critical decisions to accurately drill extended-reach, horizontal, vertical, and complex directional wells and sidetracks.

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