Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Resources Program)
Intelligent Casing-Intelligent Formation Telemetry (ICIFT) System
University of Oklahoma
The principal objective of this project is to identify reliable technologies that might be applied to make the production casing and surrounding formation "intelligent", allow safe and effective deployment, and ensure highly reliable and effective data transmission to the surface.
The Intelligent Casing-Intelligent Formation Telemetry (ICIFT) system will be developed in this project to enhance well control capabilities during cementing and completions operations by providing measurements from the external part of the production casing. The system will be able to provide real-time downhole pressure, temperature, stress and flow (fluid movement) measurements at different depths of a producing well. The ICIFT system effectively places and isolates the casing without damaging the instrumentation. To achieve the project objectives, an extensive literature survey and background studies will be carried out. Next, borehole telemetry systems we will be reviewed and evaluated. Then, the design and development of the telemetry systemís component prototypes will begin. Subsequently, laboratory testing to examine the prototypes will follow. Finally, the telemetry system and its components will be rigorously tested and improvements will be introduced to optimize the performance of the system.
Potential Impact of the Project
The proposed telemetry system is expected to cost less than the existing wired pipe measurement-while-drilling (MWD) systems. Mass production of casing rings and RFID stations will substantially reduce the cost of the system. This could encourage the use of the new system for different applications including MWD systems.
Principal Investigators: Harold Stalford and Ramadan Ahmed
DOE share: $474,935
Recipient share: $120,000
Project Duration: 1 year