Society of Petroleum Engineers, Wellbore Positioning Technical Section / Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA)
The 45th general meeting of the ISCWSA will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands in conjunction with the SPE/IADC Drilling and Exhibition Conference 2017. The main meeting will occur on Friday, March 17th, with sub-committe meetings on the 15th and 16th of March.
As with past meetings there will be a series of sub-committee meetings, if you are a member of a sub-committee we will be grateful if you can plan to attend. Contact the sub-committee chairperson if you are interested in serving on a committee. A contact list is available on the ISCWSA main website.
Elections for Officers at Large and most of the Committee Member positions will take place at the meeting: Please email or speak to the current Officers at Large if you wish to run for election.
If you or your organization can offer sponsorship for any of the options mentioned above please contact Son, ISCWSA Chairperson. We are indebted to the many past sponsors who have contributed to sustain our technical community work which has been running for almost 20 years and we look forward to continuing our good work for many years to come.
The ISCWSA Committee
See the ISCWSA Meeting Minutes 1-44, Docs and Publications, the updated ISCWSA Joint Industry Project e-book "Introduction to wellbore positioning" link and the associated Training Video
Education Sub-committee Update
The ISCWSA wellbore surveying, on-line competency course is now open for registration. Just to let you all know, the website is live. Details at www.uhi.ac.uk/iscwsa. You can watch the promotional video there and see the course details. It is just an introduction to the workings of a typical drilling rig and a quick tour of a working rig site. Introduction video
ISCWSA Elected Committee members:
Son Pham, ConocoPhillips: Chair Person
Jonathan Lightfoot, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation: Program Chair
Chad Hanak, SuperiorQC: Secretary
Robert Wylie Independent: Treasurer
Philip Harbidge, Schlumberger: Webmaster
Carol Mann, Dynamic Graphics Inc.: Director at large
Andy McGregor Tech21: Director at large
Ludovic Macresy, Pathcontrol: Director at large
AnaS SIKAL, Pathcontrol: Director at large
The ISCWSA Work Group / Sub-Committies:
Pete Clark, Chevron: Operator Wellbore Survey Group, (OWSG) Chair, site link:- Operator's Wellbore Survey Group; Son Pham, ConocoPhillips, Secretary
Andrew McGregor Tech21 Engineering Solutions: Error model Management Work Group Chair site link:- Error Model Management / www.iscwsa.net andwww.iscwsa.org / BGS BGGM link
Steve Sawaryn, Independent Consultant: Collision Avoidance Work Group Chair site link:- Collision Avoidance
Steve Mullin, Gyrodata: Industry Education Work Group Chair site link:- Education
Roger Goobie, BP: Well Intercept Work Group Chair site link:- Well Intercept
For any suggestions for the ISCWSA web page please contact Phil Harbidge, ISCWSA webmaster
If you would like to be added to the ISCWSA e-mail distribution list please contact Chad Hanak, ISCWSA Secretary.
Wellbore Positioning Technical Section, Society of Petroleum Engineers website
The Wellbore Positioning Technical Section has existed since 1995 as the Industry Steering Committee for Wellbore Surveying Accuracy (ISCWSA). The committee was established following the SPWLA Topical Conference on Measurement While Drilling, held in Kerrville, Texas, USA, in late 1995 and became an SPE Technical Section in 2004.
- To produce and maintain standards for the industry relating to wellbore survey accuracy
- To set standards for terminology and accuracy specifications
- To establish a standard framework for modeling and validation of tool performance
- To raise awareness and understanding of wellbore survey accuracy issues across the industry
The Way We Work
The ISCWSA work has resulted in the publication of technical papers, leading technical work shops, multiple SPE “Hits and Misses” workshops, the Wellbore Positioning e-book and the soon the standardised anti-collision papers and API project. We have comprehensive cross-industry representation with regular attendance from a wide variety of service companies, operators, and consultants, academia and software companies.
The Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy was founded to dispel the confusion and secrecy commonly associated with wellbore surveying and to enable the industry to produce consistent, reliable estimates of survey-tool performance in today's wells. We achieve these goals through the production and maintenance of standards covering the construction and validation of tool error models.
Work focused initially on MWD systems. They provide a large proportion of the total directional survey data world-wide and, because of their similarities between suppliers, are more amenable to specification standardisation than other types of survey tool.
There is no formal membership enrollment to join the ISCWSA and its meetings are open to all who wish to attend. The committee generally holds twice yearly meetings and has held 44 meetings internationally to date. The ISCWSA is also affiliated with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, as the SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section.