What is a mud logging recorder?
In the context of an oilfield drilling operation, mud logging is the practice of creating a detailed record of the depth of a borehole, which is a vertical or horizontal shaft drilled in the ground. Another purpose of mud drilling is to determine whether geologic formations exposed by the borehole contained hydrocarbons, one of the chief components in petroleum and natural gas. By creating a detailed record, or well log, oilfield operators can determine the viability of the borehole for the production of the raw fuel that sustains our daily lives.
These days, mud logging has expanded in scope to include a range of specialized services and advanced technology that help to monitor boreholes and maintain their stability. To that end, Laversab Oilfield has designed an Electronic Drilling Recorder (EDR) system that performs common data acquisition applications on the rig, including mud logging. Laversab’s mud logging recorder is able to deliver surface parameters in real time to drillers, operators, and offsite stakeholders. Also, thanks to the LINKS EDR software, these persons can also access key performance indicators, tour sheets, daily reports, and other invaluable information.
How is a mud logging recorder used?
Mud logging technicians in oilfield environments have several broad objectives, including identifying the positions of hydrocarbon-bearing formations and monitoring natural gas entering the drilling mud stream. Well logs for boreholes in an oilfield can deliver valuable real-time information about cuttings, or the types of minerals present. While this work can be physically and mentally taxing, equipment such as a mud logging recorder offer accurate readings that help promote productivity and safety.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of a mud logging recorder, it must have a software package capable of generating oilfield data at a moment’s notice. That’s where Laversab LINKS comes in: this rig-ready software, which is compatible with EDR systems produced by either Laversab or other companies, is able to acquire surface parameters and format them into well-site information transfer standard markup language (WITSML). Not only does this transmit well-site data to oilfield stakeholders, WITSML archives it for future use and calculates both time-based and depth-based measurements as needed.
The potential for volatility is ever-present in oilfield drilling situations. For this information, receiving swift, accurate information about well-site conditions is paramount. Not only does having this data facilitate effective drilling, it aids in maintaining a high level of safety around the site. When used in conjunction with a mud logging recorder, LINKS is responsible for distributing surface parameters and managing key performance indicators, tour sheets, and daily reports. LINKS also has modules for lithology, swab, well planning, and ton-mile calculations.
Key features of mud logging recorders
Among the major applications of a Laverab EDR system is that it can be used for mud logging. But it is equally effective in drilling and workover applications as well. As with many of the tools and equipment manufactured by Laversab, the EDR system is equipped with the latest software features, including the following:
- Hole Depth
- Block Position
- Pump Pressure
- Pits Level
- Well Model Hydraulics
- Tour Sheet / Daily Report
- Swab Analysis
- Well Planning
- Time and depth-based
- User configurable reports