Technical Limit Workshops

Are Learning Curves Acceptable? They Can Be!


The application of sound engineering principles to the planning and execution phases of operations are critical to rapid improvement in learning curves. Why re-learn when many of the same engineering principles apply in all dynamic operations – anywhere in the world. All wells are different, but the fundamental principles remain the same.

The purpose of the Technical Limit workshop is to action the results of the Technical Audit, enabling a quality assured drilling plan and efficiently executed operations.

The Technical Limit workshop focuses on the engineering aspects which govern all dynamic drilling operations. Global Best Practices and experiences are integrated into the workshops. The workshops are primarily designed for engineers, and directed at drilling operations execution. The goal is to develop well plans capable of execution minimize the learning curve, and rapidly approach world class Technical Limit drilling performance.

In each case where Technical Audits and the Technical Limit Workshop have been conducted, dramatic changes in well construction design and implementation criteria have identified dramatic changes required to improve well construction efforts.

The Technical Limit workshop is designed for the planning engineers, but also involves multidisciplinary team members, operations personnel, and brings the service providers into the planning phase. Hands-on, team effort is a fundamental precept. The workshop challenges all facts of the planning, design and execution phases of well construction.

The workshop utilizes data collected from the Technical Audit, specifically the area and regional data. It also brings proven global best practices to bear. The data is thoroughly analyzed, by hole section, with problem areas delineated.

Major areas for consideration in the analysis phase of the workshop are:

  • Proper Application of Technical Fundamentals ARE Necessary to Ensure SAFE operations.
  • Dynamic events – Weighting and Circulating events
  • Well Control avoidance
  • Stuck Pipe Avoidance, customized for the specific operation.
  • Hole Cleaning
  • ECD management – Prevention of Losses and Kicks
  • Tripping Guidelines, Swab and Surge
  • Flat Time Synergies, Simultaneous Operations.