New Software Release

Drillbench 2022.1 Now Available

Monday, 25 April 2022

Product overview

Dynamic multiphase simulations for well control tasks including thermo-hydraulics, dynamic kick tolerance, worst-case discharge and dynamic kill simulations. 

The successful drilling of challenging wells requires an in-depth understanding of the well margins and well control risk during all phases of the operation. The drilling process is extremely variable and complicated to model, so much of the dynamics involved have traditionally been neglected. However, with diminishing operational margins and increasing well construction costs, modeling the dynamics has become more essential and strategically important than ever before.

Drillbench* dynamic drilling simulation software has a range of applications organized into three modules. The main applications within these modules are: 

  • Dynamic Hydraulics (Primary): for evaluation of the drilling window with respect to dynamic hydraulics and temperature
  • Dynamic Well Control (Secondary): for dynamic kick tolerance evaluations
  • Blowout Control (Tertiary): for dynamic kill calculations and blowout contingencies

Simulations performed in Drillbench software replicate a real-world drilling operation and provide a level of accuracy that would not be possible with simpler, steady-state models. Drillbench software provides a user-friendly tool that can be employed by all drilling engineers involved in challenging wells. The software is built around the well-control workflow, covering pressure control, well control, and blowout control.

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Release updates

The 2022 release of Drillbench is a major upgrade with several new features and improvements, which will continue to support our customers in their efforts to reduce well-control risk and improve drilling efficiency. 

In addition to some significant improvements in Dynamic Well Control and Blowout control (described in more detail below), the whole interface has been improved and modernized with an updated graphical profile. This means new colors, fonts and icons to provide better contrast and visibility on modern high-resolution monitors. Plotting of input and result data has also been improved both in functionality and visual appearance. 

Improved Blowout Control (2022.1)

Blowout Control has been improved in many areas. Performance improvement has been a key objective for the new release. Optimized model building and updated internal communication between interface and engine, makes the new version around 10 times faster than previous versions. 

Upgrading to the latest 2021 version of the OLGA* dynamic multiphase flow simulator has also led to better accuracy, and alignment with other workflows based on OLGA simulator technology.

The installation and use of the new version are improved and it is no longer necessary to elevate the session to be local administrator to run a simulation.