Systems Approach to Product Design for Ultradeepwater Completion Systems

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This paper describes how a systems-engineering approach was used to develop completion technology targeted for the ultradeepwater Lower Tertiary Trend. The paper describes how an integrated completion system was developed for this market from concept through qualification by an integrated product team (IPT). The IPT is a cross-functional team that was assembled with the objective of developing a sandface-to-safety-valve integrated completion.


The traditional approach to developing completion tools is to create requirements for each individual component. These tools form the portfolio of products from which a completions engineer would design a completion to meet the well requirements. The onus of developing the completion as an integrated system falls upon the operator’s completion engineering team. If there is a gap between well conditions and tool-performance specifications, the completion engineering team would contact a service company to seek an augmented product.

This paper describes the approach used to understand market needs for the ultradeepwater Lower Tertiary Trend and the development of an integrated completion system to meet those needs.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper OTC 26937, “Systems Approach to Product Design for Ultradeepwater Lower Tertiary Completion Systems,” by Robbie R. Pateder, Kirby G. Schrader, SPE, Jason Allen, and Michael Manera, Baker Hughes, prepared for the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 2–5 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2016 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Systems Approach to Product Design for Ultradeepwater Completion Systems

01 April 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 4