Adrilltech’s FlowIN service uses advanced flow sensors to measure actual drilling fluid consumption by the rig pumps in real-time. Traditionally pump performance, a key input for calculated hydraulics, is based on a presumed efficiency percentage. Not only can this disguise early indications of pump failure, but using an inaccurate assumption of flow per stroke gives misleading hydraulics, with potential for misplaced confidence in well balance, mechanical stability or hole-cleaning, and subsequent risk of unexpected well issues and costly NPT. FlowIN constantly measures actual fluid volume and flow being pumped, providing early indication of decreasing pump efficiency for pre-emptive maintenance, and reliable measurement of fluid flow driving confident hydraulics and downhole equipment operation.
FlowIN sensor installation is surveyed and managed by Adrilltech specialists, with minimal rig footprint required, and is suitable for use in any operating environment and fluid conditions. Measurement can be either upstream or downstream of the mud pumps depending on the service level selected. Physical measurement of FlowIN parameters is particularly valuable in HTHP/ERD wells with narrow-weight windows, and geomechanically/geopressured formations where effective hole stability and/or solids removal is essential.