Although the oil and gas sector has garnered a sometimes unfair reputation as being technology averse, in the last decade the modern oil field has transformed into a hotbed of innovation. In the name of efficiency and increased output, unconventional drillers have embraced all sorts of technology—from “walking rigs” to multi pad drilling. The downhole environment is no exception, with complex MWD and LWD sensors guiding the drilling team by transmitting critical data to the surface in real time.

It is this very downhole data that has allowed the modern marvel of directional drilling to happen; however, it is also data, or the lack thereof in this case, that has led to a variety drilling challenges, from costly delays to lost drill strings.

Tolteq’s innovative Tool Tracker™ software, now in its third major iteration, addresses a glaring need: the ability to analyze and archive MWD logged tool data. Historically, much of the tool data not required for immediate drilling decisions or formation analysis was often skimmed or even ignored. This was understandable, as this data was not easy to analyze. Nevertheless, there was a price to pay: shortened MWD life and a higher potential for downhole tool failure.

By analyzing logged data, however, a drilling team can virtually reconstruct the downhole drilling environment through the eyes of the MWD tool string, which typically resides a scant 30 feet behind the bit. Tool Tracker will archive downloaded data into downhole sessions, correlate the data from the various tools on the same MWD string, then provide the user with a Data Analysis Summary for the selected job.

The Data Analysis Summary displays a variety of parameters associated with the job, including trip duration information, warnings that occurred during drilling, text explanations of the presented information, and automated recommendations based on the circumstances of the job. Any aspect of the summary can be expanded into a graph with the zoom feature. In just a few minutes, a user is able to gather enough tool information to make informed decisions prior to the next job.

The power of Tool Tracker lies in its ability to generate a multitude of multi-plot charts based on selected variables, with easy scalability to pinpoint areas of interest. With this easy zooming, a chart can be tailored for any need, then printed or saved as a PDF for convenient sharing. In addition, Tool Tracker archives tool life data—critical for ascertaining the condition of a tool—such as total hours, hours at specific temperature ranges, and exposure to shock and vibration.

Tool Tracker is infinitely flexible, and can be adapted into a number of workflows based on the needs of the fleet operator. It can even be used to ensure that the MWD tools are used within their operating limits by a contractor, and not overexposed to destructive conditions.

Because Tool Tracker is a patented software solution, it really has no equal in the industry. In conjunction with Tolteq’s line of MWD tools, all of which include extensive logging capabilities, Tool Tracker transforms raw data into truly useable information—the downhole intelligence that is indispensable for any service provider operating toda

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