Engage Management

Project Success Stories

Factory Mode Drilling

by Scott Ratchinsky

​The energy sector is moving most land drilling projects towards a factory mode drilling approach. This makes sense since the technology focus resides at the completion level during fractionation. This requires intense focus on performance learning during all phases of the operation from rig up to rig down. Keeping in mind that day-to-day operations are very complicated, specifically if 2 or more rigs are in operation simultaneously. Cross pollination of learnings becomes paramount, and requires a performance learning coach to heighten effectiveness.

Incorporating a Performance Learning Coach will allow for the following focus:

  1. Commitment to establishing team rapport, open communication.
    • Involvement in Pre-Tour meetings
    • Involvement in Plan Forward / AAR meetings / BAR meetings
    • Presence on the rig floor - all crews (without stopping operations)
    • One on one communication and idea capture
    • Keep the end in mind - factory mode drilling
  2. Maintain Plan Forward Sheets for all operational phases with Rig Manager and Drill Supervisors
  3. Best Practice documentation
  4. Champion Safety
  5. Help to establish good clear communication links at the rig sites.
  6. Lessons learned database.
    • Feedback to crews. (Sharing success and failure is a positive attitude)
    • Communication to engineers for subsequent well programs
    • Communication to other rigs on project - ensure cross pollination
  7. Ensure lessons learned are posted in central database. (Morning meetings with the site coordinators while calling head office.)

Example of immediate learnings or modifications which happen on the fly:

People & Process
  1. Night Rig Manger created portable paper model to demonstrate how both rigs would be set up on the new pad. Plan forward created with pad supervisor.
  2. Properly plan modifications with written procedures to strengthen the opportunities to further optimize future drilling activities.
  1. Change out the manifold shack and have a bigger Strata vessel to handle. With a manifold built in, will have to have built right away. (time to have Strata built 2 units)
  2. Mud tanks moving side by side, or a horseshoe system, allowing the tanks to be put back to original schematic at the end of project.
  3. Scalping tank dressed with shakers, (2) transfer pumps one usable (1) spare. 6" or 8" vs. Galligor pump? 18 cubes. Have tank mounted on wheels and pined to the sub for rig moves, it will follow the substructure and after surface hole it can be removed.
  4. Mud system. Have tank farm hard lined to mud tanks, valves installed in the bottoms of tanks for suction and discharge to and from the tank farm. This would also minimize the use of hoses.
Pad Layout
  1. Challenge to place one tank farm vs. two? Invert farm between both rigs? (Target Tank Farms has a system )
  2. New location could possibly be 15m wider on next location. (not available at this time)
  3. Casing staging area- loader operations on location with casing is a concern due to the limited spacing and the amount of equipment, sometimes having to lift over vehicles.
  4. Driving piles- cat walk side of cellar with plate on top to minimize the amount that the rig sinks, would minimize rig move time by not having to use large amount of stripping to level the rig or damage sub structure.