Drilling: Automated Kick Detection During Connections

Speaker Brian Tarr
Brian Tarr is a Senior Well Engineer at Shell based in Houston, Texas. His long career has included assignments in both drilling and completion operations and he has managed several significant technology projects related to well construction process safety, including the first surface BOP implementation for a deepwater subsea develop ...

Brian Tarr is a Senior Well Engineer at Shell based in Houston, Texas. His long career has included assignments in both drilling and completion operations and he has managed several significant technology projects related to well construction process safety, including the first surface BOP implementation for a deepwater subsea develop (offshore Brazil) and the design and construction of compact, modular, subsea capping stacks (for deployment in the North Sea and offshore S.E. Asia).


Mr. Tarr has previously served as both a review committee chairman and a technical editor for the SPE Drilling and Completion magazine. He has also been active in both IADC and API well control related committees, including contributing to the 2nd edition of the IADC Deepwater Well Control Guidelines and to API RP 96, Deepwater Well Design and Construction.


 


He has a Master of Petroleum Engineering degree from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Full Description

In 2010 Shell began investigating how to automate the initial response to a well control incident.

Since at least 25% of kicks in deep water GoM wells occur on connections it was quickly realized that robust kick detection during connections was important but especially challenging due to the associated transient flow and pit volume signatures.  A work stream was kicked-off to develop new software based on pattern recognition technology and machine learning. The resulting IDAPS (Influx Detection at Pumps Stopped) software has now been implemented as a real-time monitoring application for all Shell operated GoM deep water wells.  Presentation will include IDAPS development roadmap and implementation results, including adding a ballooning discriminator.

Organizer Tom Wick

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When?

Wed, Jan. 11, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. US/Central

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Petroleum Club
1201 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

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