New wired-pipe telemetry system tested in Arkoma basin

John MacphersonRalf ZaeperBaker Hughes INTEQHoustonMike ReevesIntelliServ Inc.Provo, UtahBP America received real-time MWD data from Arkoma basin wells through new high-speed wired-pipe telemetry systems that use the Intelliserv network.The development of a method to transmit downhole measurements from a bottomhole assembly to surface, while drilling, made MWD services possible in the 1970s. The first commercial measurement-while-drilling systems used a train of mud pulses in the fluid- filled pipe bore to transmit data. These early systems were typically capable of transmitting information at data rates of about a half-bit/sec.Although other telemetry systems-such as electromagnetic tele...

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