COMPUTERIZED FLOW MONITORS DETECT SMALL KICKS

Dominic McCann, David White Sedco Forex Paris Gerard Rodt Sedco Forex Bombay A "smart" alarm system installed on a number of offshore rigs and one land rig can detect kicks more quickly than conventional systems (Table 1). This rapid kick detection improves rig safety because the smaller the detected influx the easier it is to control the well. The extensive computerized monitoring system helps drilling personnel detect fluid influxes and fluid losses before the changes in flow would normally

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