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Table of Contents
 Definitions
 Applications of Directional Drilling
 Deflection Tools
 Mud Motors
 Types of Well Profile
 Directional drilling is the process of directing the
wellbore along some trajectory to a predetermined
 Deviation control is the process of keeping the
wellbore contained within some prescribed limits
relative to inclination, horizontal excursion from the
vertical, or both.
 History
 Interests in controlled directional drilling began about
1929 after new and later accurate means of measuring
hole angle was introduced during the development of
Seminole, Oklahoma field.
 In the early 1930’s the first controlled directional well
was drilled in Huntington Beach, California.
 Controlled directional drilling was initially used in
California for unethical purposes, that is, to
intentionally cross property lines.
 In 1933, during the development of the Signal Hill field
in Long Beach, California, several wells were drilled
under the Sunnyside Cemetery from locations across the
streets surrounding the cemetery.
 In 1934, it was used to kill a wild well, Madeley No.1, near
Conroe, Texas.
Typical offshore
development platform
with directional wells
Developing a field under a city
using directionally drilled wells
Drilling of directional
wells where the reservoir is
beneath a major surface
around a fish
Using an old well to explore for
new oil by sidetracking out of the
casing and drilling directionally
A relief well drilled to intersect the
uncontrolled well near the bottom
Salt dome drilling (direct the well
away from the salt dome to avoid
casing collapse problems)
Fault drilling through a steeply
dipping, inclined fault plane.
 Other applications include:
 To reach multiple targets
 Horizontal drilling
 To reach thin reservoirs (using horizontal and
multilateral drilling)
 To avoid gas or water coning problems
Deflection Tools
 The wellbore can be deflected from its current
position using any of the following:
 Whipstocks
 Jetting bit
 Bent subs with downhole motors
•It provides a controlled hole curvature
at the onset
•Can be run at any depth in any kind of
rock and very useful in hard rock
where others fail

•It is necessary to drill the pilot hole
and then trip out to change the smaller
bit to one of the wellbore diameter.
Jetting bit
•Several attempts can be made to initiate deflection without
pulling out of hole
•A full gauge hole can be drilled from the beginning

•The technique is limited to soft-medium formations
•Severe dog-legs can occur if the jetting is not carefully
•On smaller rigs there may not be enough pump capacity to
wash away the formation
Bent subs with downhole motors
 The bent sub is run directly above the motor and its pin is
offset at an angle of 1 – 3 degrees.
 Deflection of the wellbore occurs when drilling is carried
out with no surface rotation to the drillstring.
 The drill bit is forced to follow the curve of the bent sub.
 The degree of curvature depends largely on the bent sub
offset angle and the OD of the motor.
 When the required angles (inclination and/or azimuth) are
obtained, this BHA is tripped out to be replaced with a
rotary assembly.
Steerable motors
 The motor is designed with an in-built bent housing below
the motor section; usually the connecting rod housing.
 The bent housing angle is usually 0.25 – 1.5 degrees.
 The use of steerable motors with the correct drill bit and
BHA reduces the number of round trips required to
produce the desired inclination/azimuth.
 It can be used in either :
 Oriented mode (sliding)
 Rotary mode
Oriented (Sliding) mode
•The drillstring remains
stationary (rotary table or
top-drive is locked) while the
drill bit is rotated by the

•The course of the well is only

changed when drilling in
sliding mode as the drill bit
will now follow the curvature
of the motor bent housing.
Rotary mode
•Steerable motor becomes
“locked” with respect to
trajectory and the hole
direction and inclination are
maintained while drilling.
Bit offset:
Steerable motor
vs. PDM with bent
Mud Motors
 There are two types of mud motors:
 Turbines
 Positive displacement motors (PDM)
Turbine motor
 The turbine motor consists of:
 A multistage blade-type rotor and stator sections. The
number of rotor/stator sections can vary from 25 to 50.
 A thrust bearing section and a drive shaft.
 The rotor blades are connected to the drive shaft and
are rotated by mud pumped under high pressure.
 The stator deflects the mud onto the rotor blades.
 Rotation of the rotor is transmitted to the drive shaft
and drill bit.
Positive displacement motors (PDM)
 A PDM consists of:
 Power section (rotor and stator)
 By-pass valve
 Universal joint
 Bearing assembly
 Power section
 The PDM consists of a helical steel rotor fitted inside a
spirally-shaped elastomer moulded stator.
 Mud flowing under pressure fills the cavities between
the dissimilar shapes of the rotor and stator and under
the pressure of mud, the rotor is displaced and begins to
 The rotor actually moves in an elliptical shape. This
eccentric movement is converted to true circular motion
by a universal joint assembly.
 By-pass valve
 This valve allows the drilling fluid to by-pass the mud
motor allowing the drillstring to fill during tripping in
and drain when making a connection or pulling out of
 The valve operates by a spring which holds a piston in
the upper position.
 In this position, ports in the by-pass valve are open
allowing mud to flow in or out of the drillstring.
 At 30% of recommended flow rate, the piston is forced
down, closing the ports and directing flow through the
mud motor.
 Universal Joint:
 A Connecting Rod assembly is attached to the lower
end of the rotor.
 It transmits the torque and rotational speed from the
rotor to the drive shaft and bit.
 Universal joints convert the eccentric motion of the
rotor into concentric motion at the drive shaft.

 Bearing and Drive Shaft Assembly

 The drive shaft is a rigidly-constructed hollow steel
 It is supported within the bearing housing by radial
and axial thrust bearings
Types of Well Profile
 Type I
 Build and Hold
 Type 2
 Build, Hold and Drop.
 Returns to vertical after dropping – S-shape.
 Does not return to vertical after dropping – Modified S-
 Type 3
 Continuous Build



Type I – build and hold
 Information needed:
 Surface co-ordinates
 Target co-ordinates
 TVD of target
 TVD to KOP
 Build-up rate
Type II – build, hold and drop
 Information needed:  Because Type II have 2 curves,
 Surface co-ordinates 2 radii need to be calculated
 Target co-ordinates and compared with the total
 TVD of target departure, D3.
 TVD to KOP  These quantities are then used
 TVD at end of drop- to calculate the maximum
off (usually end of possible inclination angle at
well) end of build-up curve.
 Build-up rate
 Drop-off rate
 Final angle of
inclination through
D3 > (R1 + R2) D3 < (R1 + R2)
Type III – continuous build
 Used for salt dome
 For planning appraisal
 Information needed:
 Surface co-ordinates
 Target co-ordinates
 One parameter from:
 Maximum
inclination angle
 TVD to KOP
 Build-up rate
Design a directional well with the following
• Total horizontal departure = 4,500 ft
• True vertical depth (TVD) = 12,500 ft
• Depth to kickoff point (KOP) = 2,500 ft
• Rate of build of hole angle = 1.5 deg/100 ft
• Profile type: Type I well (build and hold)
(i) What is the maximum hole angle

(ii)What is the total measured

depth (MD)?
r1   3,820 ft
1.5 

r2  0

D4  D1 
 12,500  2,500
 10,000 ft

x 4  4,500 ft
 D  D  x 2  (D  D )2  2(r  r )x 
qmax  2 tan1  4 1 4 4 1 1 2 4

 2(r1  r2 )  x 4 

 10,000  4,500 2
 10,000 2
 2(3,820)4,500 
 2 tan 

 2(3,820)  4,500 

qmax  26.3 

Measured Depth of

x Build  r1(1  cos q)

 3,820(1 - cos 26.3 )

 395 ft
 x Hold  4,500  395
 4,105 ft
 LHold sin q  4,105
 LHold  9,265 ft
MD  D1  r1qrad  LHold

 26.3  
 2,500  3,820    9,265
 180 

MD  13,518 ft