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Post Well Vibration Analysis in the North Sea: A Tool to Understand Drilling Performance

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M. F. Al Dushaishi, R. Nygaard

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO

E. Hoel

Lundin Norway AS, Oslo, Norway

S. Hellvik, M. Andersen

NOV Dynamic Drilling Solutions, Stavanger, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2015-42227, pp. V010T11A004; 10 pages
  • ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 10: Petroleum Technology
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, May 31–June 5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5658-1
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Severe drill stem vibrations could leads to excessive damage to the bottom hole assembly causing an increase in nonproductive time. Different drill stem vibrations models are used to predict and avoid resonance regions by optimizing the selection of bottom hole assembly components and operating parameters such as weight on bit, and surface RPM. In addition to avoid the resonance regions, specialized tools have been developed to reduce vibrations. However a complete understanding on how to mitigate vibration and its effect on drilling performance is still lacking. This study investigates the cause of drill stem vibrations, its effect on drilling performance, and the effect of including vibration reductions tools in the bottom hole assembly design in several recent drilled wells in the North Sea.

Vibration damping tools used in this study were able to reduce both lateral and torsional drill stem vibration compared to a well with no vibration damping tool. Torsional drill stem vibrations tend to increase through rich sand zones causing an increase in lateral vibrations. The impact drill stem vibrations have on drilling performance was identified through rate of penetration. As lateral vibration intensity increases, instantaneous rate of penetration decreases.

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