5 - 7 March 2019 | World Forum | The Hague



Take a look into the conference programme of the 2019 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition and the selected technical papers that will be presented at the conference.



“The wellbore position is critical for delivering safe and productive wells. New approaches to drilling are required as the traditional method of wellbore position surveying when the drill string is stationary has shown to be cost- and time-inefficient.  Our paper discusses drilling-mode surveys which aim at eliminating rig time associated with wellbore magnetic surveying."

Ross Lowdon, Surveying Head of Domain, Schlumberger

SPE Paper 194057 - Wednesday March 06, 1345-1415 in the Well Placement session.


“This project was an attempt to change the game in terms of how we look at new product development as a direct result of changes in the market over the last few years and the kinds of technical solutions that will succeed in the future, not just for RSS or LWD but across the board.”


John Clegg, Director RD&E, Drilling & Evaluation, Weatherford

SPE Paper 194170 – Thursday March 07, 1200-1230 in the Directional Drilling session


While the phenomenon of high-frequency torsional oscillations and its effects on tool reliability and drilling efficiency has been discussed in recent years, there is a general lack of awareness in the drilling optimisation community. An understanding of load measurement and the associated definitions of vibration and physical interpretation, is critical in the monitoring and mitigating process. This understanding is especially needed to establish meaningful vibration mitigation strategies, and the presented work shows this dependency for the case of HFTO.”


Andreas Hohl, Technical Project Lead, Research, Baker Hughes a GE Company

SPE Paper 194071, Wednesday March 06 1445-1515 in the Understanding Stick Slip and Torsional Dynamics session


“As part of the digital transformation in drilling, the industry moves towards automated monitoring of the operation using real time data. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate how advanced real time monitoring utilizing advanced hydraulic and mechanical modelling of the drilling process provides early detection of anomalies and can minimize non-productive time and maximize value of operations.”


Maryam Gholami Mayani, System Engineer, eDrilling
SPE Paper 194178 – Tuesday March 05, 1415-1445 in the Innovative Technologies for Measurement, Modeling and Communication session


“Most of the existing knowledge concerning mud displacement for primary cementing is based on experimental or numerical studies that assume regular and smooth annulus geometries. Our paper is motivated by the need to understand how geometric irregularities in the well affect the displacement process and potentially the quality of the hardened cement.”


Hans Joakim Skadsem, Research Director, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre

SPE Paper 194091 – Thursday March 07, 1530-1600 in the Well Cementing and Zonal Isolation session


“We decided to write this paper due to the significance of directional drilling automation on improving efficiency. We hope professionals, both in the industry and academia, learn about the current state of the steering advisory system, which they can then integrate into their own drilling processes and/or improve their current advisory capabilities. This system is an important step towards a fully autonomous drilling system that will drive efficiency and quality.”


Umut Zalluhoglu, R&D Mechanical Engineer, Principal, Halliburton

SPE Paper 194077 - Thursday March 07, 1130-1200 in the Directional Drilling session


“We decided to write this technical paper to highlight the implications and operational benefits of the recently launched solid state gyroscopic tool for wellbore placement. For the first time, there is a cost effective way to independently quality control MWD data as well as advanced magnetic models and corrections like IFR and MSC. We hope the professionals attending the presentation will gain a good understanding of the technology, its advantages over current tools and practices, and the value it adds to the wellbore placement.”


John Weston, Senior Technical Advisor, Gyrodata

SPE Paper 194130 – Wednesday March 06, 1415-1445 in the Well Placement session


“Riser gas unloading is a particular concern in deepwater well construction and understanding the phenomenon better through simulation and then finding ways to control it and mitigate any hazardous escalation was a powerful motivator for us to address the riser gas unloading topic. We hope our work will stimulate new ways of thinking about deepwater well control and help pave the way for novel solutions that will contribute to deepwater drilling safety.”


Qifan Gu, Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering - The University of Texas at Austin

SPE Paper 194163 – Thursday March 07, 1130-1200 in the Managed Pressure Drilling session


The paper was written in conjunction with the Drillbotics competition of 2018, where our team won against several other attending universities. We want to help inform professionals of some of the research being conducted on autonomous drilling, and that students are getting a hands-on project within autonomous drilling and the many challenges it poses. Hopefully, it sparks an interest in others and they will be inspired by some of the ideas to develop viable autonomous rigs in industry scale.


Mikkel Leite Arnø, Department of Engineering Cybernetics Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, NTNU

SPE Paper 194226 – Wednesday March 06 1000-1030 in the Drilling Automation I session