Power-pulse, seismic-while-drilling technologies tested

Researchers used TerraTek Inc.'s full-scale drilling rig and simulator to conduct experimental tests on hydraulic power pulses through the mud-circulating system. This work may provide breakthrough developments in seismic look-ahead technologies (Fig. 1). Photo courtesy of TerraTek.Click here to enlarge imageEngineers at the Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory have begun to study the use of hydraulic power pulses through a drilling rig's mud-circulating system. This technology, funded partly by the US Department of Energy, promises to provide an enhanced "look" ahead of the bit in seismic-while-drilling operations. In turn, this work complements studies conduct...

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