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Old 07-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #4126
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As was mentioned by mlee who works in a monitoring center for drilling operations world wide, and by Carbon8, who is a tool pusher on land rigs... There is one way of doing it, called sliding in our terminology... you do not rotate the pipe so much as you use a mud motor right above the drill bit... it you want to go a specific direction, you turn the pipe just enough to face the bend in the direction you want to go... Then alternating brake and release action on the drillers handle allows it to slide in the direction you want it to go...

That's a bit older school for us...

As Skooter alluded to... and was quite close... We use a directional head...Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and several other companies build these. I happen to know where two of them are buried side by side in the Mediterranian... You can't drill a horizontal section 5900 ft and then stop rotation and slow the pumps to a back fill rate only and pull it 5900 feet back out of the hole... You will bulldoze the cuttings with the tool and very soon after pack it off to a point where the pipe parts...

There is a gimbaled head on the BHA, Bottom Hole Assembly, that recieves signals via either pressure or accoustic signals sent via the mud being pumped down the drill pipe... These signals tell the head which direction to gimbal the bit and the rest of the assembly follows along...

We have actually drilled sections uphill at times, not entirely on purpose... The guidance is the responsibility of the directional driller, a high priced underworked hand that couldn't hack it as a tool pusher... Kudo's to you carbon8... Tool Pusher...
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:25 AM   #4127
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Ok... so how do you keep the rig at a fixed point in space?
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:16 AM   #4128
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:59 PM   #4129
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Ok... so how do you keep the rig at a fixed point in space?
That would depend on the type of rig it is... Land rigs, ask carbon8... I think they set tyhe brakes on the trucks...

Offshore rigs...

Jacketed rigs... these are permenantly attached to the sea floor rigs. The legs they stand on are driven into the sea floor and the rig is installed on top...

Jack-up rigs.. These are rigs that are floated into an area, and the legs are spudded in, drived into the sea floor via bubbling the can, big feet on the bottom of the rigs, and then the rig is jacked up to a working height...

Semi-Submersible... Like the rigs I work on are floating rigs...

Moored or Anchored... Like the rig I am currently on, we are towed into location and then an anchor boat pulls our anchors out and sets them. We then pull tension and exactly locate the rig where the oil company wants it...

Some of these rigs are self propelled, but only for travel from one location to another, then an anchor boat helps them get the ancshors out...

Then we get to the bad boys...

DP rigs... DP is Dynamic positioning... These rigs are self propelled and basically hover over the drilling location under their own power. These rigs will have an entire Marine Crew Contingent from the Captain to the Chief Engineer on down... Chief Mate, Bosun's Mate etc...

These are the newest and generally the biggest rigs working the oil fields... Typically they are used in deeper waters where it isn't so practical to use anchor moorings, and due to their size, they are capable of handling the greater weights of deep water runs of riser and the bigger BOP stacks... Some of these rigs have stacks weighing close to if not over 1,000,000 lbs...
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:15 PM   #4130
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As far as land rigs go we just move them from one location to another piece by piece. All my rigs (as I am a drilling superintendent over 5 rigs now) are to big to be mounted on trucks. My rigs range in size from 500,000lb Derricks to 1,000,000lb derricks which can drill wells up to 20,000 feet deep.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:29 PM   #4131
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That would depend on the type of rig it is... Land rigs, ask carbon8... I think they set tyhe brakes on the trucks...
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What keeps the boat from rocking when the storm blows thru? And height changes? Do you just anchor it so tight it can't move or heave up and down?
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As far as land rigs go we just move them from one location to another piece by piece. All my rigs (as I am a drilling superintendent over 5 rigs now) are to big to be mounted on trucks. My rigs range in size from 500,000lb Derricks to 1,000,000lb derricks which can drill wells up to 20,000 feet deep.
I thought the derrick was the vertical frame...

There's been a pretty good size rig northeast of Chicasha for a while, off of I-44... were you out there?
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #4132
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It is the tall section. No all my rigs are in northern Oklahoma right know.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:40 PM   #4133
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:47 PM   #4134
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It is the tall section. No all my rigs are in northern Oklahoma right know.
Oh you were talking about the weight of the derrick?
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No that's how much the Derrick is capable of lifting.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:49 PM   #4136
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I have two rigs that work for Sandridge.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #4137
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Oh, congrats on the promotion...
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Fixed I don't know what happened there. And thank you.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:50 PM   #4139
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Fixed I don't know what happened there. And thank you.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:29 PM   #4140
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I have two rigs that work for Sandridge.
Cool. I'm currently designing a transmission line for them that runs from Alva to Cherokee to Wakita and then to north of Medford. I think it's supposed to provide a more reliable power feed for the new drill rigs being set up in northern OK.
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Cool. I'm currently designing a transmission line for them that runs from Alva to Cherokee to Wakita and then to north of Medford. I think it's supposed to provide a more reliable power feed for the new drill rigs being set up in northern OK.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #4142
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As far as land rigs go we just move them from one location to another piece by piece. All my rigs (as I am a drilling superintendent over 5 rigs now) are to big to be mounted on trucks. My rigs range in size from 500,000lb Derricks to 1,000,000lb derricks which can drill wells up to 20,000 feet deep.
5 rigs... you are a busy guy then. Sandridge is a good group. I meet up with some folks from there each year at the WellView user group conference. Also have some buddies up there w/ Chesapeake
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What's up with all this oil rig crap!? Get back to the cool car stuff.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:36 AM   #4144
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Gotta say this: learning cool stuff about drilling; hearing names of places I used to know. (born in Chickasha, raised in Anadarko). Seen alot of drilling in my Early years, just never understood it! Thank you all!
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Meh... don't mind him... unless you want to know about cool cell phone assessories..
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Guns, ok, go!

Larue tactical ar? Worth the price?
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Well duh, I was one who asked or that section. Thought you had info to share! Lol

So oil rigs, huh guys? ;-)
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