Selecting an optimum rig design is not easy, given the many different designs proposed for rough-weather areas, but the task has been simplified by a drilling vessel simulator that calculates down time and pinpoints operations sensitive to weather-caused interruptions. Two interacting parts simulate offshore drilling operations and weather interference. While the operational model "drills" a well, the weather model generates wave heights and periods that determine vessel motions which are checked against operating limits. The weather model simulates both wave height and period, whereas previous simulators generate only wave height.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Petroleum Engineer Publishing Company

    Box 1589
    Dallas, TX  United States  75221
  • Authors:
    • Shell, R C
    • Masso, A H
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.
  • Serial:
    • Petroleum Engineer
    • Volume: 50
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Petroleum Engineer Publishing Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178992
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1978 12:00AM