Halliburton's Real Time Centers™ allow subject matter experts and other scarce human resources to be everywhere they need to be at once, without having to be physically there. They enable experts to collaborate and work on multiple wells located in different parts of the world concurrently, minimize HSE issues by reducing the number of staff who need to be on site and decrease the time it takes to the make the right decisions by facilitating collaboration in real time. They also provide the ideal environment for experienced people to train and mentor the rising generation and speed their development to facilitate knowledge transfer, a key issue to our industry.
Since 1996, when Edgar Ortiz, Halliburton's retired Energy Services Group CEO, first introduced a vision for real-time operations, Halliburton has built over fifty Real Time Centers (RTCs) around the globe. About half of these were constructed for national and international oil companies and are usually manned by our experts, as well as our clients'. The rest were built as internal RTC "hubs" for our own service quality and operational excellence control. They are fully staffed by Halliburton personnel and support wells within their respective regions.
Fully adaptable to the needs and conditions of a particular location, RTCs can integrate all aspects of a project, from prospect generation to well planning, drilling, evaluation, optimization, field delineation, reservoir modeling and production enhancement. The real-time feedback available in these centers can enable collaboration among experts around the world, without the need to travel to remote or dangerous locations.
As operations expand and move increasingly to offshore and other challenging environments, RTCs will provide the ability to monitor rig operations remotely while fostering efficient collaboration among team members, improving safety, helping reduce costs and, ultimately, enabling our customers to make better decisions.
The operator of a gas well in the Haynesville Shale wanted to acquire real-time well surveys with positive pulse mud telemetry without having measurement-while-drilling (MWD) personnel situated at the rig site.
To capture maximum reserves in the Primrose field of northern Alberta, Canada, an operator had resorted to “tagging the shale” bottom to position horizontal wells as close as possible to the base of the reservoir. The result was often a drill bit stuck in the shale, and either poor wellbore placement and lost reserves, or having to pull back and re-drill the section.
An operator drilling through complex shale and sand formations required accurate real-time information to navigate to a sandstone target zone of a mere three feet true vertical depth, sandwiched between two shale zones.
In the Nubi Field, offshore Indonesia, a gas development well in 226 feet (69 meters) of water required the critical 12-¼-inch section to penetrate a limestone formation with hard cemented stringers. Typically, in this section, various modes of vibration and problems with sensor pulse detection would damage drilling equipment and hinder formation evaluation data acquisition, slowing progress
and raising costs with excessive tripping.
To reduce costs by improving drilling time, an operator drilling through complex shale and sand formations in a remote Colombian field, where the oil-water contact can reach to within 10 feet (3 meters) true vertical depth (TVD) below the top of sand, required accurate
real-time information to navigate to the target zone.