Schlumberger 2010 Annual Report - page 12

Modeling on a Small Scale
Modeling provides rapid testing of research
theory. Scientific Advisor John Cook uses
scale models of the drilling assembly in the
Schlumberger Cambridge Research Center
to advance understanding of the complex
vibration characteristics encountered while
drilling. The physical properties of the model
components are chosen to faithfully mimic
those of a full-size drillstring.
Testing the Big Picture
The horizontal drilling facility in Stonehouse,
Gloucestershire, UK, gives research engi-
neers the flexibility to perform practical
drilling tests using full-scale equipment in a
variety of horizontal well trajectories. Tests
that previously took months of preparation
and planning can now be completed in a
matter of days, shortening the time to
market for new technology.
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