Paper: See how closed-Loop drilling optimization reduces drilling costs through any formation

SPE PAPER: Published on One Petro, August 31, 2020

Large-Scale Deployment of a Closed-Loop Drilling Optimization System: Implementation and Field Results

On a land-based rig, the driller has many responsibilities and is rarely able to adjust the main process controls—weight on bit (WOB) and revolutions per minute (RPM)—on a continuous basis. The result is suboptimal drilling and longer spud-to-target depth (TD) time than necessary. Automatic, closed-loop optimization removes this burden and results in better and more consistent drilling performance. In this paper, a closed-loop drilling optimization system is presented with results from more than 1,700 wells in the field.

The closed-loop system builds on industry-proven advisory technology and is designed uniquely for petroleum drilling. Because formation characteristics can change rapidly with depth, a fast optimization algorithm based on input signal dithering is used to continually adjust drilling parameters to search for the highest possible rate of penetration (ROP) and lowest possible mechanical-specific energy (MSE). Drilling dysfunctions, such as stick-slip and formation stringers, are treated as discrete time events and mitigated using software protocols triggered by accurate detection algorithms. Also, operation of the inner loop autodriller is of critical importance and controlled using a specialized set of autodriller management protocols.

Over the past 2 years, the system has been deployed on more than 270 rigs for construction of more than 1,700 land wells in North America. One of the main deployment challenges was the need for full organizational buy-in from both rig and office personnel. Another major challenge was the need for parameter limit roadmaps that define reasonable, but nonconservative, optimization limits to be used during the drilling of each well. Drilling performance on approximately 90 wells was analyzed and compared with equivalent offset wells. The result was an ROP improvement of 7.2% and 8.0% (2-year average) and 9.7% and 17.3% (last year average) for the vertical and lateral sections, respectively. A case study is presented highlighting improved ROP and decreased nonproductive time (NPT) when the optimization system was used.


Pason Systems: Stephen W. Lai,James Ng, Aaron Eddy, Sergey Khromov, Dan Paslawski,Ryan van Beurden,Lars Olesen

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company: Gregory S. Payette, Benjamin J. Spivey 

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Method Of Controlling A Drilling Operation, And Rotating Control Device Mitigator

PATENT: Published on Canadian Intellectual Property Office, August 25, 2020

There is described a method of controlling a drilling operation. A pipe joint is determined to be entering a rotating control device (RCD). In response to determining that the pipe joint is entering the RCD, a weight-on-bit (WOB) setpoint is increased so as to increase a measured WOB. After increasing the WOB setpoint, the pipe joint is determined to be exiting the RCD. In response to determining that the pipe joint is exiting the RCD, the WOB setpoint is decreased so as to decrease the measured WOB.


Scotvold, Sean William (Canada)

Ng, Choon-Sun James (Canada)

Hepburn, Quinn Harrison (Canada)

Eddy, John Aaron (Canada)

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Drilling intelligence

Detecting a Mud Motor Stall

PATENT: Published on Canadian Intellectual Property Office, August 11, 2020

There is described an automated method of detecting a mud motor stall. During a drilling operation, a potential mud motor stall is determined to have occurred, based on drilling parameter data. In response thereto, potential mud motor stall data obtained from the drilling parameter data is compared to stored mud motor stall data associated with mud motor stalls. Based on the comparison, the potential mud motor stall may be confirmed or not confirmed as a mud motor stall.


Ng, Choon-Sun James (Canada)

Scotvold, Sean William (Canada)

Eddy, John Aaron (Canada)

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How Pason Support keeps rigs up and running

PDF: Published on Pason, July 16, 2020

Drilling rigs contain a staggering amount of complex equipment working in unison to keep your rig active and efficient. With so many tools and technologies working together, sometimes one equipment failure can bring a rig to a halt. How does Pason make sure it doesn’t happen again?

Pason uses Splunk, a data analysis platform, to monitor, record, and report metrics related to your rig’s activity and performance. Learn more about some of the metrics we monitor.

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How Pason makes WITS simple

PDF: Published on Pason, July 3, 2020

Wellsite Information Transfer Specification (WITS) can be intimidating, but with Pason, navigating WITS is made easy and reliable. Our easy-to-use software makes Pason the simple solution for our customers’ energy technology needs.

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Pason talks optimization in IADC Drilling Contractor Magazine

ARTICLE: Published on Drilling Contractor, July 1, 2020

IADC Drilling Contractor Magazine, July/August 2020 Issue, pages 35-37.

Parameter limit roadmaps played key role in ROP/MSE optimization, while automated protocols allowed for mitigation of drilling dysfunctions.


Pason Systems: Stephen Lai, James Ng, Aaron Eddy, Sergey Khromov, Dan Paslawski, Ryan van Beurden, Lars Olesen

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company: Gregory Payette, Benjamin Spivey

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New patent issued to Pason for detecting influx and loss events (USA)

PATENT: Published on United States Patent, June 16, 2020

Method and System for Detecting at Least One of an Influx Event and a Loss Event During Well Drilling

Methods, systems, and techniques for detecting at least one of an influx event and a loss event during well drilling involve using one or both of errors between 1) estimated and measured pit volume, and 2) estimated and measured flow out, to identify or determine whether the influx or loss event is occurring, or to sound some other type of related alert. These determinations may be performed in a computationally efficient manner, such as by using one or both of a time and depth sensitive regression.


Torrione; Peter (Calgary, CA)
Morton; Kenneth (Calgary, CA)
Unrau; Sean (Calgary, CA)

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Pason DataLink: a faster, more streamlined drilling data solution 

STORY: Published May 5, 2020

Although we’re currently in uncertain times, Pason has remained a reliable energy services and technology provider to our customers.

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