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New Release Highlight - Survey Upload and Motor Yield Projection to Bit
New Drakewell software release notes highlights

This blog kicks off a new series of posts where we’ll cover particularly notable feature releases which we feel deserve more attention than the standard release notes we create. These features may be highly requested by our users, solve reoccurring user issues, were complex technical challenges, or too useful to pass under the radar.

Today we’ll cover two revisions to existing features; Survey Upload and Motor Yield Projection to Bit.

Survey Upload

SWhen importing surveys on a new or existing well path, instead of defaulting the survey's date/time to when they were imported, you can now specify this date/time so that they show up in the correct order on the directional page and in reports. To help prevent the accidental deletion of well paths, we have made the warning a little more obvious and descriptive. There is also an added layer of protection to confirm that you want to delete the selected well path.

What Changed

Instead of simply deleting existing well path data when uploading surveys to that path, we have added multiple options for how to handle the new data.

Why We Made the Change

Previously when a user uploaded surveys to an existing well path it would do two things that were potentially unexpected to our users.

  • 1. The start and end times of the surveys would all be set automatically to the time of upload. While this seemed like a good approach, as Drakewell has progressed, the drilling timeline has become increasingly important to how data is organized and displayed. At one point the drilling activity was ordered by MD but after usage and feedback from the field, it was determined that ordering this data by date and time would make much more sense.
  • 2. Previous surveys, slides, and rotates on the path would be deleted when a new set of surveys was uploaded. This approach was taken to prevent strange situations where duplicate survey data could result in an incorrect well path. For example, if the current well path had a tie in starting at 950 FT but surveys were uploaded to 1000 FT, there are 50 FT of duplicate drilling data which may result in an incorrect well path. To make it simple to avoid these errors the original feature was implemented so that it simply deleted the previous path. This caused a variety of mistakes to be made as this was not always the desired result for our users.

How We Changed the Feature

The revised survey upload feature has a number of improvements both visible to our users and a number of technical improvements. We’ll highlight the user related features.

  • 1. You now have the option to set a start and end time. This will ensure the surveys are uploaded in the right order of the drilling timeline.
  • 2. Instead of overwriting existing well path data you now have three options; Replace Only Surveys and Targets, Replace Surveys, Slides, Rotates, and Targets, Replace Nothing. This improves the flexibility of the upload system so that you can choose how you would like to handle an upload instead of the system choosing for you. Note: in the scenario where you replace nothing there is the possibility that you will have duplicate surveys on your well path. If that is the case you can delete the duplicates through the Directional Screen.

Motor Yield Projection to Bit

What Changed

The Motor Yield Projection to Bit option now only requires one survey with motor yield in order to calculate the projection.

Why We Made the Change

Previously this projection required three continuous surveys which had motor yield in order to calculate the running average. This was done to ensure accuracy of the projection and closely model what might be happening down hole. While this was a good choice from a purely academic approach, it proved to be less useful in real-world usage.

How We Changed the Feature

To improve real-world usage we’ve made the Motor Yield Projection to Bit only require one survey that has motor yield in order to automatically calculate where the bit is currently.

We hope this series of blogs proves helpful to you. Above all else we want to make sure you know that we listen to your feedback and are constantly improving Drakewell to meet your needs in the field, at the warehouse, and in the office.

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Shane Kempton

Chief Technology Officer

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