Wellbore Ranging Technologies, Intercept, Applications and Best Practices

Recorded On: 03/22/2018

The subject of Well Intercept has frequently been dealt with in best practice manuals, guidelines and check sheets. This eBook will attempt to capture in one document the main points of interest for public access through the Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE) Wellbore Positioning Technical Section (SPE WPTS) or otherwise commonly referred to as the, Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA).

This eBook was written by the SPE WPTS (aka ISCWSA) Well Intercept Sub Committee (WISC) and is intended to develop good practice in wellbore intercept applications and promote its understanding within the oil and gas wellbore construction industry.

The intent of this document is to help engineers determine the appropriate ranging methods and technologies for a given positioning objective. Depending on the objective complexity, there may not be a silver bullet or one technology on its own that may provide a complete solution. In many applications, a combination of ranging technologies and methods, involving multiple industry expertise may be required to achieve the desired objectives.

Benny Poedjono

Schlumberger Petro-Technical Expert

Mr. Poedjono is a Schlumberger Petro-Technical Expert, an Advisor in Wellbore Positioning, Interception and Relief Well Operations based in Sugar Land, Texas. He started his career with Schlumberger in 1982 as field engineer and has held various positions in operations, management, engineering, technical, support and business development and has worked in more than 29 countries. His recent areas of expertise are in Geomagnetic Referencing, Advanced Wellbore Positioning, Acoustic Ranging, Collision Avoidance Management, Wellbore Interception, Relief Well Operation, Platform and Pad Design and Robotics for Oil and Gas. Benny is also serving on the SPE, EAGE, ISCWSA, ATC and API RP 78 Recommended for Wellbore Positioning. He has published more than 50 technical papers and holds many various patents. Benny is a graduate of Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia with a Bsc and Ir degree in Digital Electronic Engineering.

Chad Hanak

President, Superior QC

Dr. Hanak has an extensive background in navigation and automated systems. He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, specializing in statistical estimation and control theory. Chad spent the first decade of his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he designed guidance and navigation systems for both manned and unmanned spacecraft. Some of his design work includes aerocapture guidance at Titan and Neptune, low thrust trajectory optimization to Mars and Jupiter, crater-based lunar navigation, and autonomous navigation flight software for the Orion manned spacecraft.  Chad left NASA in 2011 to go work for Baker Hughes, where he worked in the R&D department. His work at Baker Hughes and elsewhere includes both active and passive magnetic ranging system developments, among other technologies. 

Pete Schiermeier

Global Technical Advisor, Survey Management/Survey/Ranging, Halliburton

Mr. Schiermeier is a Global Technical Advisor for Survey Management/Survey/Ranging services with Halliburton and is currently based in Houston Texas. After graduating from the University of Idaho in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology,  Mr. Schiermeier was employed as an underground mine geologist and specializing in geologic mapping, underground mine design and mine surveying. His introduction to the oilfield started in 2007 where he has spent the last 11  years within Sperry Drilling management and operational roles  specializing in advanced wellbore placement, magnetic referencing (time varying field, crustal field), ranging technology, product development/management and global technical services for engineering solutions . Mr. Schiermeier is active within the SPE, Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA) and API RP 78 groups.

Roger Goobie

SME/Well Placement Technical Specialist, BP GWO

Mr. Goobie joined the oilfield over 23 Yrs ago, after graduating from the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. Hons in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He started his career working for a major service company (Schlumberger) in 1995 and joined BP in 2011.  Over the years he has held several technical and managerial positions and have worked in several countries and areas around the world including; Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, India and the United States. 

He has been a member of the SPE for the last 17 years and have authored and presented over a dozen technical papers on a wide variety of Drilling Optimization topics.  A few of his SPE publications have been peer reviewed by the SPE to assure delivery of the highest technical integrity. 

In 2014 Roger received the SPE North America Gulf Coast Regional Drilling Engineering Award which recognizes and rewards him for aligning himself with the SPE’s vision and goals of technology dissemination. 

Roger is an active member of the SPE Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA).  The primary aim of this group is to produce and maintain standards for the industry relating to wellbore survey accuracy.  He is also serving on the Operators Wellbore Survey Group (OWSG) and the API RP 78 Recommended Practice for Wellbore Positioning working group. 

Roger currently works for BP GWO as an SME and is the Well Placement Technical Specialist for their western hemisphere operations.

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