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MaxBHA Drilling Optimization Software

State-of-the-art BHA modeling software transforms the art of BHA design into science

The success of bottom-hole

assembly (BHA) design depends
heavily on the skill of directional
drilling engineers. With the
industry getting younger and the
drilling assemblies becoming more
complex, comes a challenge of
human factor reliability. When there
is no room for error, new
technology is required to mitigate
the risks. Sperry Drilling services
has added MaxBHA software to
the Sperry Drilling Optimization
software suite, thus transforming
the art of BHA design into science.
MaxBHA software provides a state-
of-the-art solution for improving

well placement, drilling
performance and tool reliability
through real-time modeling of MaxBHA application window (detail mode)

critical rotary speed and

sag correction.

Without the ability to model critical speed, dogleg severity (DLS) Predicts critical speeds to reduce harmful drilling vibrations
and survey data accuracy, the directional driller is forced to rely Assists in bit and reamer designs
solely on experience and conventional calculations to optimize Allows for post-run analysis that can be used for
complex BHA assembly designs. Drilling cost increases when a future planning
BHA is not optimally designed for maximizing steerability and
MaxBHA Software Features
minimizing vibrations, torque and drag.
Capable of modeling any complex BHA and well configurations
MaxBHA Software Benefits User-friendly interface makes software easy to run and
Helps configure the BHA to drill the optimal wellpath while intuitive
helping to reduce non-productive time and increase rate
Multi-hole model for drilling-while-reaming applications
of penetration
Real-time modeling capability
Helps improve downhole tool reliability by minimizing torque,
drag and bending stress Available through InSite Anywhere web delivery system for
24/7 data access with a standard Internet connection
Maximizes dogleg capability of drilling tools
Improves directional survey data accuracy by correcting for
axes misalignment, or sag, between the BHA and the wellbore

Static models available for: Speed and Accuracy for Best Results
Equilibrium rate: the dogleg severity capability Expanding upon the semi-analytical mathematical methods of
(build/drop/turn rates) of the BHA directional drilling pioneer Arthur Lubinski, Sperry experts have
devised an industry-first generic and robust algorithm that
Force analysis: permits the user to calculate instantaneous
forces acting on the bit and the stabilizers in a specified directly solves Lubinskis 4th order non-linear BHA equations
well condition with no approximation or numerical error. It can be applied to all
BHA configurations much more accurately than any existing
Formation index: allows the user to gauge the formation
effect to the BHA performance solutions. Additionally, MaxBHA software is considerably faster
than other methods, often modeling complex BHA and well
Predict ahead: projects BHA behavior during the break-
configurations in less than one-half second. Available through the
in period until it reaches the equilibrium rate position
InSite Anywhere web delivery system, MaxBHA software is
Sensitivity analysis: allows the user to make calculations
flexible, fast and simple enough to optimize directional drilling
over a range of values for the selected parameter
anytime, anywhere.
Survey correction: calculates and corrects the alignment
of the BHA relative to the wellbore at any point in the Today, Sperry directional drillers are actively using MaxBHA
assembly software to design drilling assemblies to meet directional
Formation index log: performs formation index requirements in difficult custom 3D wells, in soft formations, and
calculations automatically using survey and operating in high dogleg wells, delivering optimized drilling performance
conditions data from the InSite rig information system and reducing non-productive time.
Dynamic (WHIRL software) models available:
WHIRL single: performs whirl analysis on a set of well
data and outputs the critical speeds and their model shapes
WHIRL sensitivity: studies the effect of varying one input
parameter (weight-on-bit, hole size, or inclination) over a
specified range

WHIRL sensitivity analysis provides the critical speeds to be

avoided over a range of inclination from 20 to 50 degrees. In this case,
there are three critical speeds: 35, 120, and 180 RPM that would create
harmful resonant vibrations.

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