ERA Software

ERA software is built to solve well construction problems that engineers face every day. It is the first software built that allows visualization of the impact of design changes on the well as a holistic system.

In 2012 K&M embarked upon an aggressive software development project to replace our legacy TAD software. Key objectives for the project were to dramatically improve utility, accuracy, and speed.

The result of our efforts is a commercial software platform dubbed Extended Reach Architect (ERA). ERA creates a dynamic and user friendly environment that allows engineers to gain a better understanding of the loads, stresses and pressures encountered during the well construction process.

Key Advantages

K&M’s Extended Reach Architect (ERA) software platform offers a dynamic and user-friendly environment that allows engineers to gain a better understanding of the loads, stresses and pressures encountered during the well construction process.

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Usability

ERA was built to solve well construction problems that engineers face every day.

Speed

ERA is now over 100 times faster than our previous generation software.

Accuracy

ERA algorithms are field-proven and used on a daily basis on the most challenging wells in the world. When it has to be right, would you trust anything other than field-proven drilling software?

Sophisticated Hydraulics Modeling

A drilling fluid's properties can change significantly under downhole conditions, especially for deepwater and HTHP and wells. ERA allows users to easily model this behavior using its extensive fluid library or by entering their own custom fluid. This results in more accurate ECD modeling to help navigate narrow mud weight windows.

Integrated Geomechanics

When log data or earth stresses and rock properties are input, ERA will compute geomechanical limits for any wellpath. Calculated limits include breakdown and breakout thresholds for several different failure criteria and variable risk levels. ERA will also compute wellbore damage (via pseudo-caliper and/or pseudo-image logs) for planned operating conditions, or post mortem.

Holistic Design Structure

ERA’s unique configuration keeps the user centered over the entire well. This approach allows the user to develop the well as a system, rather than focusing on piecemeal components only.

Downhole MSE

Also unique to this platform, ERA will infer downhole mechanical specific energy (MSE) using surface parameters by backing out the drill string’s contribution to surface-measured loads. ERA can also utilize downhole measurement, allowing users to compare two independent methods of calculating MSE at the bit. This approach yields unique opportunities to prevent and/or correct destructive conditions from occurring downhole.

VME Limits

 Unique to ERA, maximum permissible surface tension and surface torque limits are plotted alongside expected loads to give engineers and field personnel confidence that operations will not exceed specified pipe limitations, even under complex loading situations.

String Builder / String Rolodex

Drill string design is an iterative process. ERA allows users to graphically interact with the string by dragging/dropping, stretching/shrinking, and manipulating string components and instantly seeing the impact on loads. Never before has drill string design been this much fun.

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