Hydraulics management focuses on:
- maintaining annular pressures within wellbore pressure boundaries
- optimizing hole cleaning and clean-up cycles
- optimizing circulating system pressures
- maximizing ROP without exceeding mud weight windows
- optimizing tripping time
The ADT service specialist models static and real-time hydraulics and torque and drag to predict the expected drilling conditions. Advanced drill-ahead hydraulics software is used to model the location and severity of cuttings bed build up and hole cleaning efficiency. Hydraulics models can predict the effect of temperature, pressure and compressibility on downhole mud properties and resulting hole cleaning efficiency and system pressures.