and Practical Problem Solving Using an Engineering Simulator for Drilling
This paper contains examples and case studies showing how a detailed drilling simulator can be used as a tool to help make decisions concerning bit selection, proper hydraulics, solids control, mud system selection, and the development of a comprehensive well plan. These studies demonstrate the value of the simulation process and how it can be used to weigh the options facing an operator and determine their effect on the final well cost,
The example results indicate not
only that the simulator is capable of modeling the drilling process accurately
and in great detail, but that each process accurately and in great detail,
but that each alternative that is simulated can have a cost calculated for
it so it can be compared against the other options. This ability to evaluate
different options is shown to be an integral part of the well planning procedure.
The use of the simulator can help procedure. The use of the simulator can
help develop and improve comprehensive drilling plans more quickly than the
use of conventional analysis. This allows faster learning and cost savings
in actual field operations.