Technical Papers

Our dedication to innovation and leadership in the industry provides reliable and efficient operations for our clients. Read more about our technology and engineering in the technical papers below.


New Advanced High-Performance Ultrafine Micromaterials for Providing Superior Properties to Cement Slurry and Set Cement in Horizontal Wells


Roderick Pernites, Jordan Clark, Felipe Padilla, Andy Jordan (BJ Services)

Description: Wellbore cementing is critical for zonal isolation, bonding and supporting the casing downhole. In this paper, a novel high-performance micromaterial is presented for significantly improving the quality of the cement slurry and set cement tested in different API cements for horizontal wells. Its performance is compared to conventional Pozzolanic materials currently used in increasing cement properties.

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Perfecting Operational Execution: The Journey to High Reliability in the Oilfield


Patrick Tower, Austin Williams, Sam Sakievich, Tony Howdeshell, Patrick Kearley, Lonny Motruk, Tony McCullough (BJ Services)

Description: High Reliability Organizations (HROs) are organizations with systems that maintain exceptionally low failure rates while operating in environments where the nature of the risk and complexity of serious incidents would be anticipated. The aim of this paper is to illustrate how the principles, concepts, and processes of HROs, including Crew Resource Management (CRM), can optimize operational execution.

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Novel High Performing Non-Beaded Lightweight Cements with Enhanced Mechanical Properties for Enabling Faster Drilling


Roderick Pernites, Jordan Clark, Felipe Padilla, Christopher Jamison, Andy Jordan (BJ Services)

Description: This paper presents a novel lightweight cementing technology through application of advanced chemistry that shows high potential for faster completion of the cementing phase, decreasing the waiting time for the cement to set, thereby allowing continued drilling operations.

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Far-Field Diversion System Designed for Slickwater Fracturing


Leonid Vigderman, Andrey Bogdan, Lingjuan Shen, David Heller, Tony Yeung, and Diankui Fu (BJ Services)

Description: Fracture geometry control and increased fracture complexity have been recognized to be critical factors in optimizing unconventional well completion design. A major challenge of far-field diversion in slickwater fracturing is ensuring transport of material to the fracture tip or secondary fracture in a low-viscosity fluid. This paper will present an innovative far-field diverter system for fracturing with low-viscosity fluids composed of an engineered mixture of unique ultra-lightweight proppant and degradable material.

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Novel and High Performing Wellbore Cleaning Fluids with Surprisingly Flat Viscosity over Time and Different Temperatures


Roderick Pernites, Felipe Padilla, Jordan Clark, Angel Gonzalez, Diankui Fu (BJ Services)

Description: Cementing of the casing is critical in well completion and is highly dependent on wellbore cleaning of the drilling mud prior to cement placement. This paper presents a highly unique and cost-effective wellbore cleaning fluid, which provides superior wellbore cleaning and efficient mud displacement. 

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Can Friction Reducers Transport Sand During Fracturing Treatment?


Lingjuan Shen, Leonid Vigderman, David Heller, Diankui Fu (BJ Services)

Description:  This paper provides a comprehensive study of friction reducers as linear or crosslinked guar system replacement for transporting proppant. An in-depth understanding of the key factors controlling proppant carrying capability of FRs is critical to improved fracturing fluid design.

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Multifunctional Surfactant Provides Superior Post Frac Production by Enhancing Polymer and Load Fluid Recovery


Ronald Plasier, Javier Leguizamon, Kevin Cooney (BJ Services); John Delorey (Delorey Consulting Inc), Corey Thomson (Paramount Resources)

Description:  This paper illustrates how the use of a Multifunctional Surfactant (MFS) can improve initial production and sustain production in underpressurized, liquids-rich, tight sandstone (SS) reservoirs such as the Glauconite formation in West-Central Alberta.

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Gelled Isolation Fluid Makes Refracturing Well Feasible


Richard Wheeler, V. Williams, J. Mayor (Baker Hughes), S. Khan,  N. Everson (BJ Services), Steinhardt (BP America)

Description:  A gelled fluid offers the benefits of being both temporary and easily cleaned up after the treatment. The objective in this application was to use a low cost gelled fluid to fully isolate existing perforations along a lateral to stimulate new zones. The novelty of this work included the application of using a gelled fluid in conjunction with a sliding sleeve system.

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