3D toolface wellbore steering visualization

  • US 10,672,154 B2
  • Filed: 02/24/2016
  • Issued: 06/02/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/24/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A drilling apparatus comprising:

  • a drill string comprising a plurality of tubulars and a drill bit;

    a top drive unit configured to rotate the drill string;

    a first sensor system connected to the drill string and configured to detect one or more measurable parameters of the drill bit;

    a controller in communication with the first sensor system, wherein the controller is operable to generate a three-dimensional depiction of a location of the drill bit based on the one or more measurable parameters of the drill bit, wherein the controller is further operable to generate a three-dimensional depiction of a drill plan; and

    a display device in communication with the controller, the display device configured to display to an operator a visualization of an underground environment from a viewpoint looking down the drill string, the visualization comprising the three-dimensional depiction of the location of the drill bit down the drill string from the viewpoint and the three-dimensional depiction of the drill plan from the viewpoint in real time, the visualization comprising a positional difference between the three-dimensional depiction of the location of the drill bit and the three-dimensional depiction of the drill plan, the visualization further comprising a first indicator extending from the three-dimensional depiction of the location of the drill bit from the viewpoint and indicating a direction toward the three-dimensional depiction of the drill plan, the visualization further comprising a second indicator showing a range of acceptable deviation from the indicated direction toward the three-dimensional depiction of the drill plan.

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