Our proprietary simulation technology predicts downhole pressure variations caused by waves when drilling from floating rigs. This provides insights into risks and well pressure margins during well planning and operational phase

VALUE PROPOSITION

Early warning for possible mud losses, wellbore ballooning and kicks related to surge & swab during drill pipe connections on floaters

LOWER COSTS

SAFER DRILLING

LESS NPT

Less mud losses means lower drilling costs

Less waiting on weather in offshore drilling

Safer drilling operations with less emissions

Surge & swab simulation software

Surge & swab simulation services

 

PROBLEM

When the drill pipe is put in slips during break-out or connection of the next stand, the topside heave compensation of the drill string is disabled. The whole drill string starts to move up and down with the rig.

HEAVING DOWNWARDS

When the drill string moves downwards, there is a sudden increase in downhole pressure ("surge"), which can surpass fracture pressure and severely damage the well.

HEAVING UPWARDS

When the string moves upwards, there is a sudden decrease in downhole pressure ("swab"). If downhole pressure falls below the pore pressure it causes a well to start producing, which may lead to kicks and in the absolute worst case scenario a blowout.

SOFTWARE

Drill-I™

Our advanced simulation software is able to calculate anticipated bottom-hole surge & swab during drill pipe connections based on such inputs as rig type, drilling fluid data and well trajectory and geometry. Utilizing statistical data analysis for weather on a drilling location, we are able to provide an estimate of surge & swab pressure margins for your well.

Using our surge & swab simulations it is possible to determine a precise dynamic rig heave limit based on how much surge & swab your well can tolerate, not how much heave and waves the drilling rig you use can tolerate. This information will make you prepared for mud losses or kicks and can save weeks of NPT.

Surge & swab simulations and operability studies are available now – get in touch with us for an offer!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“No-one is offering a comparable commercial solution today, either for pre-planning or real time”

– Major operator company

 
 

SERVICES

Surge & swab "roadmap" for well planning

- Precise calculations of surge & swab on drill pipe connections and/or rig heave limits for different parts of your well

 

24/7 operational support

- Rolling rig heave limit forecast for data-driven decision support, minimizing the risk of breaching well pressure margins

 

Operability studies for floating rigs in harsh weather

 

Cost-efficient surge & swab simulation services

 
 

HISTORY

 

REFERENCES

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Surge & swab and flow calculations delivered to Shell in January-February 2020

- Downhole surge & swab calculations brought on by rig heave during completion operations. We also calculated the flow passing a packer element for different heave conditions. The work led to updated heave limits for the operation. Faster and safer operations!

Rig operability study, delivered to OMV Norway in September 2019

- We performed operability calculations for two different rig types in Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea. The calculations were based on fixed rig heave limits (conventional method) and on dynamic limits, dictated by the pressure margins of a model well. We used our proprietary software HeaveSIM™ to calculate the dynamic limits!

 

Surge & swab calculations for several wells in Norway and Brasil delivered to Equinor in January-August 2019

- We calculated downhole surge & swab induced by rig heave during drill pipe connections in several different wells. Calculations were performed using our proprietary software HeaveSIM™ based on such variables as well trajectory and geometry, drilling fluids data, weather data and rig heave measurements. 

Presentation at the SPE One Day Seminar (Bergen, Norway) in May 2019

- The title of the presentation was "Flow Loop Trial of an Autonomous Downhole Choke for Compensation of Rig Heave-Induced Surge & Swab" and the paper was co-authored by Techni, NTNU and Equinor. SPE-196641.

Presentation at the SPE Workshop on Innovative Arctic Technologies (Harstad, Norway) in March 2019

- The title of the presentation was "Influence of Well Geometry, Weather Conditions and Rig Type on Surge & Swab During Drill Pipe Connections in the Barents Sea" and the paper was co-authored by OMV, Vår Energi, NTNU and Equinor.

 

Presentation at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition (The Hague, The Netherlands) in March 2019

- The title of the presentation was "Verification of Downhole Choke Technology in a Simulator Using Data from a North Sea Well" and the paper was co-authored by NTNU and Equinor. SPE-194143, also published in the SPE Drilling & Completion Journal. https://bit.ly/2lmO4wV

White paper on the HeaveLock™ autonomous downhole tool published in SPE The First in August 2018

- This paper described the downhole choking concept and its utilization as an enabler for implementation of MPD on floating rigs in harsh weather environment. https://bit.ly/2lmqtwj

Presentation at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition (Houston, USA) in April 2018

- The title of the presentation was "Attenuating Heave-Induced Pressure Oscillations using Automated Down-hole Choking" and the paper was co-authored by NTNU, Techni and Equinor. SPE-189657. https://bit.ly/2mlK1Bg

 

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Visitor Address: 

Havnegata 7

7010 Trondheim

Norway

Postal Address: 

Heavelock AS

Postboks 1284 Torgard

7462 Trondheim

Norway                                                    

martin.kvernland@heavelock.no


Tel: +47 481 40 339

PARTNERS

 
 

JAN

BITI

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Chairman of the board

20 years of experience developing, financing and leading technology companies.  

OLE MORTEN

AAMO

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Board director and inventor

Professor of cybernetics at NTNU. Expert in drilling control and simulation.

SIGBJØRN

SANGESLAND

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Board director and inventor 

Professor of petroleum technology at NTNU. Expert in drilling and petroleum technology. 

DAG ALMAR

HANSEN

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Board director

CEO of Techni, one of the largest design & engineering houses in Norway.

ROBERT

GRAHAM

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Senior Adviser, Drilling and MPD

Rob has spent more than 30 years working with drilling in service and operator companies across the globe. He specializes in advanced drilling solutions such as UBD, MPD and Coiled Tubing drilling. Robert works with Heavelock AS as part-time advisor.

THOMAS

SPERLE

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Senior Adviser, Technology

Thomas graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from NTNU and spent the first 10 yers of his career with Statoil in various positions within R&D and projects. His latest position was CTO in Resman where he was responsible for all technology and development matters.

TORGEIR

RUSTEN

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Adviser, Downhole Tools

MSc in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU. Background from Schlumberger, where Torgeir had spent 7 years working as Mechanical Engineer developing downhole tools for drilling. Field experience from land-based operations in the US. Torgeir works with Heavelock AS as part-time advisor.

MARTIN

KVERNLAND

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 

MSc in Cybernetics from the NTNU and business studies at BI. More than 10 years of experience within oil & gas projects. Prior to joining Heavelock AS Martin had worked 8 years for Norwegian oilfield service company Reinertsen with maintenance and modifications on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

DMITRI

GORSKI

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

PhD in Process Technology and MBA in Technology Management. Background from working in various technical, project and operational roles for Norske Skog, Reinertsen, Equinor and Solids.Experts in Norway and abroad. Considerable offshore experience from NCS and South-China Sea. 

dmitri.gorski@heavelock.no

MATEUS

SANT 'ANA

  • Hvit Linkedin Ikon

Data Scientist

MSc in Simulation and Visualization from NTNU. Mateus comes from Brazil, where he had worked on student assignments for Petrobras during his studies. Excellent academic record.

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