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Horizontal and Vertical Drilling Monitoring System

Stop throwing capital down the hole by tracking individual drill pipe usage!

Each piece of pipe that makes up a drilling rod has a finite life that is based on the time it is in active use, and thus, it is not unreasonable to think that there should be an accurate way to determine its activity. Yet until now, there has been no effective way to get this information. Most companies use an overly simplistic estimate - after a set amount of time, the pipe is replaced. The pipe may have been used 10 times in that period of time, or 1,000, but with no way of knowing the number, it gets tossed away. Furthermore, since most pipe segments are kept in groups of pipe racks, it's not a matter of one singular pipe segment being replaced at the end of the time period, all the pipes in that grouping are replaced in one go. Companies are literally throwing away thousands upon thousands of dollars every time pipe racks are replaced.

The answer to this problem seems straight forward. If you know how long each individual pipe segment has been in use, you can determine which individual segments need to be replaced.

Libramation's DrillSys system does just that! By utilizing RFID technology, DrillSys allows you to track each individual pipe and exactly when it was in use. Each segment of pipe has an RFID tag that is programmed with the pipe's serial number embedded into it. A specially designed round reader fits onto you directional drill, and as pipe segments pass through the reader, the tag is read and logged in the software. This enables the solution to track when the pipe entered the ground, and when it was removed, which allows the usage of the specific pipe to be tracked for an individual project, as well as a cumulatively over the span of many projects. The tag number is also associated to specific racks and groups. At a glance, the software can tell you not only which pipe is nearing the end of its cycle, but can track the usage of specific racks and groupings if required.

  • Accurately tracks the active duty time of pipes,racks and groups.

  • Improves record keeping.

  • Improves efficiency.

  • Decreases costs.

  • Eliminates waste caused by disposing of pipes that have not reached their end of life.

  • Easily deployed.

  • Does not interfere with drilling machine operation.

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RFID based Drilling Operations Tracking System

In the Oil & Gas Industry, every second counts. Since pipe failure can result in multi-million dollar losses, deriving the greatest return on your investment requires maximum uptime. The Drilling Operations Tracking System (DOTS®) developed by Trac ID™ in Norway, and distributed by Libramation in Canada, reduces operational downtime by preventing drill string failures that can rapidly ruin your bottom line. Drill string components must perform under the harshest conditions, with high loads and heavy wear incurring significant losses through drill pipe failures. By attaching a small RFID tag to each joint of drill pipe, the Trac Tag solution tracks the individual life cycle of these components through real time data, allowing for proactive maintenance, optimized operations, and improved logistics. Trac Tags have been rigorously tested on offshore rigs, and have been proven to withstand the extreme temperatures, pressures, and chemical exposures of the drilling process.

Monitoring fatigue damage during drilling operations allows either a specific section, or the entire drill pipe length to be evaluated under real-time operating conditions. Analysis starts at spud, and is performed on each joint of pipe as it travels along the well path to TD. This allows a quantitative evaluation of relative fatigue damage, accumulated joint-by-joint for the drill string.

It also provides the opportunity to manage logistics, forecast pipe inspections and position pipe sections to mitigate cumulative drill string fatigue damage. The solution also allows for you to know when a tagged piece of equipment has been used, as well as the temperature, chemicals, pressure and depth to which it has been exposed.

RFID is a robust, time-saving technology with a host of benefits:

  • Reduced drill string failures, downtime, and loss of equipment

  • Increased drill pipe lifespan

  • Improved historical profiles of pipe wear

  • Automatic drill pipe tally, improved equipment utilization and data quality

  • Stops the accidental use of quarantined drill pipe

System Component

Passive RFID Responders

The enabler for DOTS are the RFID transponders mounted in the tooljoint of the drill pipes and other drill string components. These transponders enable the unique identification of each individual drill string component as they enter the well through the rotary table. The transponders are passive and are proven to withstand temperatures and pressures present in oil & gas exploration and production wells (177C / 350F at 1 050 bars / 15 000 PSI.

RFID Well Center Reader

The DOTS well centre reader system identifies all RFID equipped items entering the well, at velocity up to 2 m/s. The data is sent to the TRAC Rig server for generation of an electronic tally and calculation of usage parameters and fatigue development.

The system is easy to install, does not interfere with the ongoing drilling operation and requires low level of maintenance. All adjustments and tuning can be done electronically through remote onshore support.

The well centre antenna is placed below the rotary table, and can be customized to fit with the specific rig configuration. The reading performance is not affected by steel, mud, temperature or other challenges in the well centre environment.

DOTS Reg Server Software

The "DOTS- RIG Server" is the heart of the system. It connects the different system components together and manages the flow of data between the well centre reading system and the real time drilling control system.

This software provides an automatic drill tally, inspection advisory, fatigue predictor, operational error alerts and drill pipe logistics.

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