Sunday, October 24

How Downhole Cameras Benefit Wellbore Operations

As oil and gas wellbores age, owners must invest in a new and better way to collect and understand intelligence a bout their assets’ condition. They can use a downhole camera to find restrictions in a wellbore during completions and locate areas where casing and other tubulars are corroded or damaged. Also, they can use the camera for measuring splits and cracks.

Evolution of Downhole Camera Technology

Before, downhole cameras could just look straight down; however, some can image a side view. Improvements resulted in a lighter and smaller version and extra LEDs help control lighting downhole. Some cameras deliver color or other capabilities like 3D. Existing unique fish eye camera technology makes it impossible to log the whole well in a series of 185/360 degrees seamless high-resolution color images. This makes it possible to get a full view of the wellbore without switching from front to lateral view.

Moreover, previous generations of these cameras from other companies were capable of measuring wellbore integrity problems in terms of height and width and applying filters that eliminate fluid debris or particles. Advanced models bring measurements into 3D and bring wellbore analytic to the operation.

The Right Technology and Solution

Downhole camera service and technology can offer the perspective you need for more effective intervention strategies, which save you both money and time. By being able to see the issue, you can fix it right away. Downhole cameras and imaging technology offer a first-hand look at what is going on in your well. They are proven in a wide range of water, gas, and oil well conditions, letting you see borehole conditions. A picture says a lot for dependable quality inspection. Aside from giving you the visual information you need, they offer you the confidence to take proper remedial action in your well.

By running a tool with a down- and side-view camera, you can detect and investigate possible downhole problems with greater precision. For instance, of the camera sees gas bubbles coming tubing’s sidewall, a switch to side vie at the depth enables a 360-degree turn to help determine what is happening in this area. With the camera, you may discover a crack in the pipe or learn about the possible cause of a leak path.

Wireline service providers use this camera for their completion services. They carry out the camera service and perform the fishing operation as an integrated solution. As they specialize in intervention, they can enter the well, survey the issue, and provide a solution directed at the discovered issue,