Data-Driven Optimization of Drilling Parameters Considering the Interaction Between Formation and Borehole Assembly

Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

A major challenge during drilling is to identify the sub-formation change and near real-time adjustment of the drilling parameters to enhance the performance. An algorithm, which determines sub-formations, optimizes drilling parameters as formations change and updates itself, solves this problem. 

The presented workflow leverages drilling and geological information, statistical analysis, and physics-based models to identify sub-formations and transition zones in active wells. Rock drillability is calculated and used to identify the formation change. Simultaneously, optimal drilling parameters for the formation are generated, using an approach, which relies on the concept of mechanical specific energy (MSE).

The workflow was successfully applied to a significant population of wells in multiple fields. Analyzing the results, the main observations were as follows: reduced cumulative MSE and drilling time on average, improved consistency, and expedited learning curve. These achievements to a large extent are due to improved downhole dynamics, the reduction of input variability on the drilling system and the compound effect of the statistical analysis of the algorithm.

The power of the algorithm comes from the fact that it considers geological effects along with surface controls and BHA on the performance. This enables it to determine the formations that affect drilling operation and the optimum drilling parameters for that formation zone. Quantifying the effects of formation change, along with surface controls for a given BHA, significantly improves the performance.

This webinar is categorized under the Drilling technical discipline.

All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Reza Asgharzadeh Shishavan and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Reza Asgharzadeh Shishavan.

Dr. Reza Asgharzadeh Shishavan

Senior Analytics Engineer, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Reza Asgharzadeh has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Utah. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for 8+ years. He is currently working at Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a senior analytics engineer. His interests include using analytical techniques for optimization, control, and modeling of oil and gas processes.

SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the



Data-Driven Optimization of Drilling Parameters Considering the Interaction Between Formation and Borehole Assembly
09/24/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
09/24/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
20 Questions
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available