​New coiled tubing software aims to improve longer wells and bigger fracs

Baker Hughes, now owned by GE (BHGE) has launched new coiled tubing simulation software it says has been built and refined over three decades to enable service providers to build better job models for more predictable results in well interventions.

The company, says the software, called CIRCA, is particularly applicable as wells drilled in North America continue to get longer and more complicated.

“Operational guidelines for coiled tubing applications are typically based on experience rather than on hard data. Applying these methods in today’s more complex wells—particularly in unconventional wells with longer laterals and numerous stages—can compromise job performance and even damage downhole equipment,” BHGE said in a statement.

“Historically, coiled tubing simulation software has lacked real-world feedback and adequate support, producing inferior models that fail to adequately identify risks, especially in complex environments. The CIRCA software suite validates theoretical models with empirical data from the field to help coiled tubing providers move from experience-dependent operations to data-driven execution.”

BHGE vice-president Tayo Akinokun said the software “gives coiled tubing operators the ability to know what will happen on a job before it starts — and the flexibility to make critical corrections when conditions change, all in real time.”

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