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Deep Water

Integrating project preparation, prospect definition, drilling performance, and informed completions and production

Deepwater project managers are required to juggle time, cost, and quality commitments. To combat expensive spread rates, you need to employ advanced drilling and evaluation technologies to most efficiently reach the well’s target depth and meet the project objectives. Deepwater programs are challenged to drill fewer wells while maximizing well information extraction. The numerous technical challenges coupled with the economics of deepwater projects make it essential to get things right the first time.

That’s where the people of Schlumberger come in. We have the unique combination of deepwater experience, expertise, personnel development programs, technology, and global presence to help operators deliver successful projects.

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Experienced people: The key to deepwater project success

Competent, multiskilled, certified people are a pillar of deepwater success. Our rigorous deepwater certification process ensures that only specially trained, experienced engineers are assigned to deepwater projects. We use an interactive system that records and tracks Schlumberger deepwater personnel from their first day of employment, mapping expertise and experience by

  • certification
  • training
  • customers
  • rigs
  • services
  • water depths.

This unique tool matches the best-qualified personnel to projects based on individual skill sets and experience rather than on personnel location. Familiarity with rig-specific activities and processes reduces the amount of learning required in the environment and improves service delivery.

And our deepwater-certified personnel never stop learning. They undergo a continual learning process in workshops and through hands-on experience to learn the latest domain concepts and theories.

Service coordination, project management, and operational continuity assurance

We apply our prior experience and local knowledge to your projects to help you navigate local regulatory requirements and take the best logistics decisions for working in remote locations. Breaking down communication silos and interfaces, one integrated service project manager (ISPM) coordinates activities, including with third-party providers.

Integrated services model that fits your needs

An integrated services model (ISM) is available when we work together on multiple services and extends to managing third-party services. There are multiple examples and variations of the ISM service and it is dependent on client and project needs and requirements.

Personnel and equipment continuity

We assign people, equipment, and resources according to the needs of each project. In some cases, dedicated personnel and downhole equipment will travel with the rig, and the local Schlumberger bases provide the technical support. This minimizes any equipment availability uncertainty and allows for full accountability.

Preparation and execution that accelerate startup

Proactive preparation reduces the potential for NPT and increases efficiency and safety of operations. Our project-startup guidelines define the steps required for your specific deepwater mobilization and encompass industry standards, regulatory requirements, operator specifications, and HSE operating standards. Operational aspects include

  • customer communication plan
  • specific deepwater project planning
  • equipment and people selection
  • Schlumberger business line and function interaction plan
  • service delivery and remote support
  • incident handling and escalation matrix
  • quality processes such as our Hazard Analysis and Risk Control Standard (HARC) and Drill the Well on Paper (DWOP).

We rank and plot risk exposure, complexity and processes, people and competency, and equipment on a readiness matrix. All parties are made aware of progress, which significantly reduces unplanned events, NPT, and operating costs over the long term.

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Deepwater Characterization

Improving reservoir characterization and knowledge management with 3D modeling of seismic and drilling data, formation evaluation logs, and well test data.

Full-Waveform Inversion

High-resolution velocity models

Derive high-resolution velocity and anisotropy models from seismic data using a two-way wave equation.

Pore Pressure Imaging & Analysis Services

Accurate pore pressure estimation during drilling

Optimize casing design, column height estimation, seal integrity analysis, and overpressure compartmentalization.


Formation pressure-while-drilling service

Monitor formation pressure while drilling to calibrate pore pressure models.

Rock and Fluid Analysis Services

Integrating the digital and physical to drive modeling and interpretation

Achieve accurate reservoir properties measurements and a better understanding of fluid and rock interaction.

Quicksilver Probe

Focused fluid extraction

Collect virtually contamination-free fluid in a fraction of the time.


3D radial probe

Perform formation testing where previously not possible.


High-pull wireline conveyance system

Improve safety, efficiency, reliability, and sticking avoidance with a conveyance solution for every well environment.

Deepwater Drilling

Enhancing recovery ratios and keeping surprises—and the downtime and costs they bring—to a minimum.


Real-time drilling intelligence service

Manage downhole conditions and BHA dynamics while drilling using actionable, integrated data displayed on a rigsite dashboard.

Directional Drilling Services

Reach and stay in the productive zone faster and more efficiently

Expert directional drilling services for high-quality wellbores that stay in the “sweet spot”—your optimal production zone.

Deepwater Integrated MPD Riser Joint

Higher service quality and lower cost of ownership

Enhance performance and reliability, simplify operations, and decrease both personnel requirements and equipment footprint.

Solids Control and Cuttings Management

Equipment and services to maintain drilling fluid integrity and minimize waste

Our solids control technologies and services maintain drilling fluid integrity and minimize waste.

Measurements While Drilling (MWD)

Surveying and telemetry technologies and services

Acquire formation evaluation and drilling optimization data during drilling operations.

Drilling Fluids

Customized fluid systems and associated additives

Improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and minimize HSE impact in demanding applications, including HPHT, deepwater, and depleted wells.

Deepwater Completions

Designing completion configurations for the long term to help ensure efficient recovery of deepwater reserves.

Intelligent Completions

Real-time reservoir monitoring and production control

Optimize recovery with digital data and production control that minimize interventions and help you manage water and gas production.

Sand Control

Reservoir sand and fines management

Extend well production with gravel- and frac-pack services, fluids, screens, ICDs, and tools for openhole and cased hole wells.

Subsea Landing String Services

Tools designed for extreme environments

Reduce risks with systems for deep water, high pressures, and extreme temperatures.

Permanent Downhole Gauges

Manage your reservoir with real-time digital data

Metris permanent monitoring systems represent a step change in real-time reservoir and production surveillance.

Distributed Permanent Measurement Systems

Insight for rapid reaction to reservoir changes

Monitor with distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) systems.


Perforating shock and debris reduction technology

Minimize fallout of shaped-charge debris and reduce perforating gun shock.

Deepwater Production

Using effective flow assurance and artificial lift strategies, plus real-time and remote monitoring and control technology.

Subsea Intervention

Industry-leading production systems

Increase recovery for the life of your field with integrated solutions that have reliability built in.

Subsea Equipment

Reaching new frontiers with subsea reliability

Increase recovery for the life of your field with industry-leading, reliable systems.

Artificial Lift

Integrated lifting solutions for enhanced well production

Expand the operating limits of conventional systems with a range of products and services for artificially lifted wells.

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