Industry funded project investigates jack up rig spudcan, footprint interactions

A group of 10 oil and gas industry participants that includes operators, contractors, and a government agency have funded a joint-industry project (JIP) to investigate and reduce problems associated with jack-up drilling rig spudcan interactions with footprints in the seabed from prior rig installations. Click here to enlarge imageWhen jack up drilling rigs move onto existing work locations, the companies say there is often a tendency for the rig spudcans to move towards seabed depressions or footprints that prior rigs had created (Fig. 1).The adverse lateral spudcan movement can cause structural damage to the rig, the platform, and the existing site infrastructure. Spudcan, footprint in...

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