Tong, Fangchao (Yanchang Petroleum) | Tang, Mingming (Yanchang Petroleum) | Chen, Gang (Yanchang Petroleum) | Wang, Ningbo (Yanchang Petroleum) | Liu, Peng (Schlumberger) | Yan, Gongrui (Schlumberger) | Lin, Wei (Schlumberger)
Drilling horizontal wells in YB gas field in Ordos Basin presents significant challenges due to severe wellbore instabilities problems in drilling through Permian Lower Shihezi and Upper Shanxi formations, where laminated shales overlies with sand and coal seam. In first phase of horizontal wells drilling, most wells encountered severe wellbore instabilities including pack-off, stuck-pipe, over-pull, drilling pipe lost in hole and even side track. Post-well analysis showed that these horizontal wells instabilities mainly occurred in Permian Lower Shihezi and Upper Shanxi formation where most cavings and drilling events (stuck-pipe, over-pull) were observed. In contrast, vertical exploration wells have no such instability issues in same interval. To analyze and understand the mechanism of wellbore instability issue and provide optimal mud weight and better drilling practice to reduce the risk of wellbore instabilities, an anisotropic wellbore stability modeling using Plane-of-Weakness (PoW) failure criterion was carried out in this study. The PoW failure criterion is adopted to compute the onset of rock shear sliding and/or fracture along a weak plane (bedding or fracture) and identify the potential wellbore instability risk in drilling through anisotropic rock formations. The influence of bedding orientation, rock anisotropic elastic and strength properties, and wellbore trajectory on the wellbore stability are all included in the model.
This paper describes the process and workflow of conducting PoW wellbore stability modeling for YB field wellbore drilling. The proposed drilling parameters (stable mud weight) from the modeling and its application and improvement for next wells drilling, are also included. The analysis showed that the laminated shale and coal intervals were very prone to fail when well drilled with deviation between 600 to 850. The stable mud weight computed from PoW for drilling through these intervals is 1.40-1.45 g/cc, where as it is 1.20-1.25 g/cc from conventional isotropy wellbore stability model, which was not enough to keep wellbore stable. Based on results from PoW modeling, drilling mud weight scheme was updated and applied to another 3 horizontal wells planned at nearby location. All these three wells were drilled and completed safely without severe wellbore instability issue. In these wells’ 216mm (8.5 in) section, wellbore instability related non-productive time (NPT) was reduced about 11.5 days per well and section time was reduced about 26 days per well.
This PoW modeling was first time applied in wellbore stability analysis for horizontal well drilling at Ordos Basin and the results are satisfied and encouraged. The insights provided in this paper suggests that, for drilling in other locations with similar instability challenges, PoW modeling will be a better choice to provide solution and recommendation to ensure drilling safely, improve drilling efficiency and reduce drilling costs.
Lin, Ming (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project General Office) | Lin, Wei (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project General Office) | Van Stee, Joel (Trelleborg B.V.) | Peng, Xiaopeng (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project General Office)
The immersed tunnel of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) contains 219 segmented joints, 60% of which are placed at water depth over 40m and each segmented joint is of circumferential length of approximately 90 m. To ensure the watertightness, the improvement of using the injectable waterstop was attempted and no leakage was found in the 5.664 km long tunnel up to now. The ways of improvement were elaborated in this paper and the conclusion drawn is that the effectiveness of watersealing can be achieved by looking at the system covering the structure and foundation of each tunnel element. Further, the elongation of the injectable waterstop that may lead to water passage was controlled by using permanent prestressing tendons longitudinally to confine the opening of the segmented joint
The waterproofness of the segmented joint of HZMB immersed tunnel has been a challenge, for over 3 km long section is located in water depth of over 40m (maximum water depth is approximately 46 m). Further, the segmented joints amounts to 219 in total and the length of each joint is as long as 90m. Comparatively, other immersed tunnels in the world has either shallower water depth or smaller cross-section (Rasmussen and Grantz, 1997); some minor leakages were reported by (Grantz et al., 1997), and as per the third author's experience of over 20 immersed tunnel, leakage through segmented joint has always been a concern. Nevertheless, no leakage has ever occurred at the segmented joints in HZMB tunnel from the commencement of installation of tunnel element in May 2013 to the completion of all installation in March 2017, and to now (June 2018).
With the consideration of tunnel's large scale and risk of this project, four rounds of waterstops were initially made for the segmented joint in the beginning of works, namely, polyurea + injectable waterstop + water expansion adhesive belt + Omega gasket. As a matter of fact, the work of water expansive adhesive belt is hard to be executed and is thus cancelled. The polyurea layer is vulnerable to fall off under the wave effect during towing of tunnel element. Therefore, the two key rounds of waterstops are injectable waterstop and the Omega seal.
Of these two, the injectable waterstop (also named after rubber-metal waterstop) is positioned outside thus being the initial round of waterstop of the segmented joint. The waterstop product of Trelleborg B.V. has been selected and applied. This type of waterstop has been developed and applied in immersed tunnel for around 30 years (Janssen, 1978: Grantz et al., 1997). The Omega seal is the secondary waterstop; its function is to stop the possible seepage water. In HZMB tunnel to improve the water sealing effect of the injectable waterstop a series of attempts have been made; they were introduced in this paper.
Lin, Ming (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Lin, Wei (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Su, Faqiang (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Ning, Jinjin (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Wang, Xiaodong (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project)
In Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project the immersed tunnel element reached up to 76 000t in mass for sea transportation. The true water resistance during towing for such a large element had never been studied to author's knowledge. By the time 30 elements were installed, the towing team had formed a good cooperation and gained confidence in safe work. The first author, taking advantage of this rare opportunity, proposed and organized the towing test to find the actual water resistance and the corresponding velocity of tunnel element. Five tunnel elements transportation were involved. The test results of the water resistance and the relevant velocity were reported in forms of table and graph. It was also found that tunnel elements, being towed in the limited navigation channel, had its velocity increased with the increased towing force. However, when the velocity reached a certain threshold value, it ceased to increase. In addition, the test results were compared to that of the physical model test of scale 1:40, it was found that the results of the physical model testing underestimated the water resistance; the main reason of the difference is the scale effect.
The immersed tunnel of Hong Kong-Zhuhai Macao Bridge (HZMB) is made of 33 tunnel elements, each has a typical length of 180m and a mass of around 76,000 t (Lin, 2017; Lin, 2018).
Four tugboats were planned to tow thirty-three immersed tunnel elements at the early stage of the HZMB project, based on the findings of the scaled physical model test. Trial towing of a large barge, which has a similar mass of the tunnel element, was conducted as a construction preparation, it was found that six tugboats were needed rather than four. Then, for the first time towing, the author used eight tugboats, even with the “redundancy”, in the halfway the tunnel element and the tugboats did not advance but fell backwards by around 700~800m due to current. Obviously, the water resistance was underestimated and there is a difference of water resistance of the real towing work and that of the scaled physical model test.
This paper introduces a novel approach to the joint inversion of gravity and magnetic data based on multinary transformation of the model parameters and Gramian constraints. By combining these two concepts, the joint multinary inversion using Gramian constraints not only makes it possible to explicitly exploit the sharp contrasts of the density and magnetic susceptibility between the host media and anomalous targets in the inversion of gravity and magnetic data, but also provides consistent spatial boundaries of the anomalous targets in the distributions of density and magnetic susceptibility. We demonstrate that, this method can be effectively used for the joint inversion of the full tensor gravity gradiometry (FTG) and the total magnetic intensity (TMI) data by applying the developed algorithm to the field data collected in the area of the McFualds Lake in northwestern Ontario, Canada. The joint inversion results provide a geological model with high resolution for the exploration of magmatic chromite deposits.
Presentation Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Start Time: 8:30:00 AM
Location: 213B (Anaheim Convention Center)
Presentation Type: Oral
Lin, Ming (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Lin, Wei (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Huang, Weimin (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project) | Ning, Jinjin (CCCC HZMB Island and Tunnel Project)
Thirty-three immersed tunnel elements of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge project had been installed in offshore condition without major accident: each typical element has a mass of around 76,000 t. In this paper, the author elaborated the special solutions and the critical details developed behind the work of plan, out-docking, towing, and mooring for immersion. Three work principles were learnt from this project, the redundancy design to the solutions, the rehearsal before real works, and the selection of appropriate timing and location in accordance with the detailed work plan.
In Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project (HZMB), thirty-three (tunnel) elements with a large mass of 76,000t had been installed in offshore condition one after another from the year 2013 to 2017 (Lin, 2017) without a major accident. The HZMB tunnel is the longest roadway tunnel that has ever been built, even for shorter one accident during installation was not rarely seen; Walter (1997) presented some accidents learnt from US experience and Lars (2000) Øresund link. The thirty-five times installation (Lin (2017) reported that E15 had been installed for three times) with safety was thus not a coincidence. This paper elaborates the special efforts behind this good ending.
Among the works of installation of element in the HZMB project, the three steps of docking (warping) out, towing, and mooring for immersion were regarded as challenging works. To explain, the description starts with the completion of element production. Firstly, by inundation, element floated up with its position controlled by mooring lines that were connected to the winches on land. In times of installation, the element was then winched out through the dock gate. Then, to transport the element on the sea, the tugboats were used and tied to element by nylon ropes. Meanwhile, the mooring lines fixed on element were released to let element go. The towing distance is around 11 km. When element was towed to site, it needs to be moored again (i.e. connected with mooring lines which are anchored to the sea floor) for the subsequent operations of immersion and underwater connection. It can be seen that each element has to experience a transition state from the mooring in prefabrication yard to the mooring in tunnel site, the latter exposed to current and waves. Further, the natural water depth is shallow, so the element can only be towed in a confined channel (Fig. 1). If the element was out of control, severe consequence is expected: the project could suffer great loss in terms of cost penalty and time-delay, and the stranded element could block the already busy ship channel at Pearl River estuary.
MIPT Summary This paper develops a method of joint inversion of seismic and gravity gradiometry data based on the concept of a Gramian stabilizer, which enforces the linear relationships between the different model parameters and their attributes or transforms. We take into account the existence of empirical linear relationships between the log density and log seismic velocity according to Gardner's equation, and use this relationship in the construction of the corresponding Gramian stabilizer. At the same time, the developed algorithm does not require a priori knowledge of the specific parameters of the correlation between the density and velocity, and instead provides the means to find these parameters from the inversion without actual measurement of the physical properties of the rock samples. The developed algorithm of joint inversion is based on modeling the seismic responses using the integral equation (IE) method. Introduction Seismic imaging is primarily based on the depth migration, which requires an accurate 3D velocity model for accurate time-to-depth conversion.
Although there are a great many researches on vortex-induced vibration of a rigid cylinder either only in 1 DOF or 2 DOF, the problem still exists that the good accuracy by CFD method is often time consuming but solution by many algorithms of semi-empirical method are not accurate enough for the low mass ratio systems. A new time-domain approach is developed for vortex-induced vibrations prediction of single cylinder strip in a 2D plane, including the cross-flow and the inline oscillation. The governing equation was established by classic theoretical derivation, where the intrinsic behavior of self-excitation and self-limitation is involved. The early proposed frequency relationship of vortex-excitation in synchronization is applied with local modifications by experimental measurements, through which the vortex shedding characteristics could be identified as well as the regimes of responding branches. Through comparison with published experimental observations, the solutions have the capability of reproducing important quantities such as the peak amplitudes, the trajectories in crescent-shape and 8-shape, etc. This approach can provide not only accurate but effective solution with the timeconsuming less than 10 seconds in steady current. It is a great enhance compared to the CFD simulations in tens of hours.
In this paper, m is the mass of the circular section in strip. The added mass, mA, is given by mA = CAmd, where md is the displaced fluid mass and CA is the potential added-mass coefficient. Generally, CA = 1.0 for a circular cylinder as the potential component, but not taking the viscosity into account.
In the above group, f is the vortex-excited frequency of oscillation in the cross-flow direction, f0 is the vortex shedding frequency in flow pass stationary cylinder, fNW is the natural frequency in still water. Meanwhile, k is the spring constant and c is the structural damping, A is the amplitude of response, D is the cylinder diameter, Δl is the length of the cylinder strip, ρ is the fluid density, U is the free-stream velocity, and μ is the dynamic viscosity coefficient.
Lin, Wei (CCCC HZM Island and Tunnel Project General Office) | Zhang, Zhigang (CCCC HZM Island and Tunnel Project General Office) | Liu, Xiaodong (CCCC HZM Island and Tunnel Project General Office) | Lin, Ming (CCCC HZM Island and Tunnel Project General Office)
The paper presents how the detailed design of immersed tunnel was conducted to ensure a reliable construction in a design-build contract. Hongkong-Zhuhai-Macau (HZM) immersed tunnel is determined to be a concrete-type tunnel with no external waterproof membrane in preliminary design, crack prevention is highlighted. Further, foundation was re-designed, and negative buoyancy during immersion was specified for safety. The unusual siltation on the gravel bed makes it impossible to place the tunnel element E15. Various monitoring work were carried out to find out the cause, and design report was made to client to solve the problem.
The Hongkong-Zhuhai-Macau (HZM) island and tunnel project is a design-build contract belongs to the 35.6 km Hongkong-Zhuhai-Macau link across sea. The project is for a vehicle highway of 100km/h design speed with double way six lanes. The design is required to meet the standards of both Mainland and Hongkong China whoever is higher. For example, design life is taken as 120 years as per Hongkong requirement rather than 100 years, lane width is taken as 3.75m from roadway standard of Mainland rather than Hongkongߣs. The contract mainly includes a 5.7 km long immersed tunnel and two artificial islands. The islands are for transition between undersea tunnel and bridges. A building is also included in the west artificial island, aiming for a landmark.
The immersed tunnel is made of 33 tunnel elements, each has a typical length of 180m and a mass of around 76,000t. The detailed design and construction starts in parallel from November 2011 and the project has a tight schedule of only 6 years. For, unlike bridge construction that can have as much work face as possible, there is usually only one work face for immersed tunnel, i.e. the tunnel element must be installed one by one. And the installation work exposed to sea loads, time window selection was needed, it was considered extremely challenging to complete the project on time.
One of the major problems in mineral exploration is the inability to reliably distinguish between economic mineral deposits and uneconomic mineralization. While the mining industry uses many geophysical methods to locate mineral deposits, until recently, there was no reliable technology for identification and characterization of mineral resources. The main goal of this paper is an application of the generalized effective-medium theory of induced polarization (GEMTIP) to studying the complex resistivity of typical mineral rocks. We collected representative rock samples from the Cu-Au deposit in Mongolia, and subjected them to the mineralogical analysis using Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy (QEMSCan) technology. We also conducted an analysis of the electrical properties of the same samples using the laboratory complex resistivity (CR) measurement system. As a result, we have established relationships between the mineral composition of the rocks, determined using QEMSCan analysis, and the parameters of the GEMTIP model defined from the lab measurements of the electrical properties of the rocks. These relationships open the possibility for remote estimation of types of mineralization using spectral IP data.
Presentation Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Start Time: 3:35:00 PM
Location: Lobby D/C
Presentation Type: POSTER
Lin, Wei (University of Utah) | Burtman, Vladimir (University of Utah) | Zhdanov, Michael (University of Utah) | Endo, Masashi (TechnoImaging) | Takakura, Shinichi (National Institute For Rural Engineering)
Summary This paper demonstrates that the generalized effectivemedium theory of induced polarization (GEMTIP) can correctly represent the induced polarization (IP) phenomenon in the artificial rock samples. These samples were manufactured using pyrite and magnetite particles. The results of our study show that the conventional Cole-Cole model cannot adequately describe the IP effect in artificial rocks containing both the pyrite and magnetite. However, the GEMTIP model not only predicted the IP response correctly, but it also opens the possibility of discriminating between rock samples containing pyrite and magnetite, based on complex resistivity (CR) data. Based on the GEMTIP inversion results for a total of 35 artificial rock samples, we demonstrate that the GEMTIP model best represents the CR response of the artificial rock samples.