What’s going on with OPEC+? Are things getting more expensive for the long haul or just re-balancing from disruptions due to COVID 19? This week, we sit down with Josh Young, Chief Investment Officer of Bison Interests, to discuss the state of the oilfield and many of the factors that are impacting the oilfield and the world today.
We have lightly touched on Amines when talking about shale inhibition in other episodes. This week, we dive deeper into the details from a chemistry standpoint, discussing reactions and how Amines apply to drilling fluids.
Mud engineers just watch TV and perform mud checks, right? Definitely not. Justin and Matt walk us through a day on location as a mud engineer – minus the bologna sandwich Justin likes to eat.
Hot or Cold? Let Justin and Matt warm you up with some banter about Temperature Modeling. There is a lot of information that can affect your drilling outcomes, we discuss the complexities that come with temperature modeling in this episode of the #Flowline.
Why is it important to properly collect, categorize and label mud samples? What happens to that sample once it gets to the lab? Matt and Justin discuss sampling and why correct procedures make all the difference.
It’s not anything fancy, but let’s discuss Relaxed Filtrate Systems. In episode 114 of the Flowline, Matt and Justin give a quick history of filtrate systems, what they are and why they work.
Justin and Matt revisit brine fluids in this weeks episode of the Flowline. Part 2 of this series touches on different applications and functions on brine in the drilling fluids world.
The term ‘surfactant-based’ is thrown around a lot when discussing drilling fluid materials – but what does that actually mean? In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss different types of surfactants, why they are used and key aspects in relation to drilling fluids.
PHPA does some great things for shale inhibition. Matt and Justin discuss what it is, how it is used, and offer a few pointers.
Uintaite, more commonly known as Gilsonite®, is a natural, resinous hydrocarbon found in the Uintah Basin in northeastern Utah. It is used to reduce fluid loss, is efficient at mitigating stuck pipe, and enhancing wellbore stabilization. In this episode, we dig into its properties and drilling fluid applications further.
In this episode, Matt and Justin had the pleasure of chatting with Nicolas Acuna, 2021 Petroleum Engineering graduate of the University of Houston & President of the UH AADE Chapter. They gain his perspective on the industry, what it is like entering the job market and his positive advice for future P.E. students.
In this episode, Matt and Justin revisit what a “mud weight window” is, the key elements, and why mud weight is important for well control.
This week, we talk with Josh Nordquist of Ormat, a fully integrated geothermal energy company. We discuss geothermal concepts how oil and gas technology contributes to geothermal energy production. Josh also takes us through the story Geothermal Rising, an organization designed to connect and educate everyone in all things geothermal.
Geothermal drilling has become a hot topic for renewables across the energy industry. In this episode, we discuss geothermal drilling fluids and as Justin so cooly put it, “the United States is sitting on a good bit of heat and it’s picking up steam” (no pun intended). Let’s dig in.
Scavenger Slurries – Occasionally mentioned in a mud manual, they can affect us and need to be part of the drilling fluids conversation… Matt breaks down what scavenger slurries are and what they’re used for in Episode 105 of The #Flowline
In this episode, Matt and Justin had the pleasure of chatting with Alexander Davis, Petroleum Engineering Student at Texas Tech University & President of TTU AADE Chapter. They gain his prespective on the industry, what the vibe is leading up to graduation, and the changes this graduating class had to endure over the year that was 2020.
Reach out to Alex via his LinkedIn or at email@example.com
A case study is a research method to gain a better understanding of a subject or process. They are an example of using something, whether it be a product or method to solve a challenge. In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss what case studies are and what makes a good one.
Solids control is an important part of running a cost effective drilling fluid system. In this episode, we’ll talk with our solids control expert, Leonel Lujan, who helps our customers make sure their equipment is running efficiently.
This week we’re celebrating a milestone as we release the 101st episode of The Flowline. We’ve had so much fun recording each episode to share with you, our loyal listeners, each week. For this special episode, Matt and Justin talk about the infancy of The Flowline and its growth to where it is today, touching on some of their own favorite moments from the past 100 episodes.
In this episode, Justin and Matt talk to Justin Disney, Director of Laboratory and R&D Services at Jacam Catalyst. They’ll talk about Jacam Catalyst, Justin’s history and role, and how AES Drilling Fluids and Jacam Catalyst work together as sister companies to support our customers.
It depends. When asked, “what is the best drilling fluid?” the answer is, “it depends.” Nothing is cookie-cutter: every drilling formation, environmental and regulatory specification varies from one well to the next.
During the drilling process, it is possible to encounter formations that contain H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide). In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss operational concerns, precautions to take, and treatment applications if you come in contact with this poisonous, corrosive, and flammable gas.
Nanotechnology – one of those ‘buzz words’ you hear around the industry, but what is it and how is it applied when it comes to drilling fluids? In this episode, Matt and Justin bridge the gap between the term and how it relates to drilling fluids and the potential it has.
Be sure to listen for details on an exciting giveaway opportunity leading up to our 101st episode milestone!
There’s lots of anxiety around the words and actions of a new administration. Matt and Justin share a few thoughts about energy and the practical reality that makes oil and gas essential for a healthy and thriving world.
Whether we know it or not, we are always collecting data that can be an indicator of how well we are performing. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) provide a focus for strategic and operational improvement, create an analytical basis for decision making and help focus attention on what matters most. As Peter Drucker famously said, “What gets measured gets done.”
History has taught us a lot of things, but as things change, we have to remember our old habits had a rationale that may no longer apply. Matt and Justin discuss some expensive distractions that continue to limit how we move forward.
“Automation” is a buzz word that has been flying around the industry for a few years, but how does it apply to our day to day drilling operations? In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss automation in drilling fluids, touching on the technology available to the market and the properties of drilling fluids that can be measured.
In this episode, Matt and Justin dig into ‘weird’ mud tests. Justin brings up different mud tests and checks, things that are not common in the drilling process, but do pop up occasionally. Matt explains what scenarios these tests are for, why we do them, how we do them.
Managed Pressure Drilling or MPD, comes up often enough, so it’s important to be aware of it and what the implications are. In this episode, Justin picks Matt’s brain on what MPD is, what the different applications are, and why we use it.
Our first Special Guest of 2021 is Elizabeth McNeill, VP and General Manager of AES Drilling Fluids. In this episode, she joins us to discuss the culture at AES. She takes us through how we’ve adopted our culture, why it’s important for building a successful company, and how we’ve kept that high standard through several acquisitions.
In this episode, we end 2020 with one last technical topic… Tracers. A type of nonreactive, easily differentiated material placed in a small portion of a circulating mud system at a certain time to be identified when it later returns to the surface from downhole. We dig into what they are, how are they applied and measured, and why we use them from a drilling fluids perspective.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks for all your support of the Flowline throughout the year. All the best for 2021, fingers crossed!!
What would a podcast in the oilfield be without a DRW episode?
In this episode, we are joined by a special guest David Ramsden-Wood, Host of #hottakeoftheday podcast, Author, and Principal at Prevail Energy. David dives into his views on the future of the oil and gas industry, his passion for the ever-evolving technologies, and what roles service companies play in the success of the operators.
In this episode of the Flowline, Matt and Justin sit down with Gary Lankford, aka the legend of the Permian. Gary discusses how the Permian oilfield has evolved throughout the years along with his journey in the oil and gas business. Gary also shares his thoughts on the outlook of oil and gas along with providing a positive message that everyone can benefit from during these challenging times.
All year long, but especially during this season, we’re grateful for wonderful followers like you! May your table be filled with family and gratitude this season. Happy Thanksgiving from AES Drilling Fluids and The Flowline!
In this episode, we sit down with special guest Tom Simons, CEO of CES Energy Solutions, the parent company of AES Drilling Fluids. Join us as we chat with this inspirational man who started as a mud hand and evolved his passion for drilling fluids into building a multi-faceted corporation.
H2S: it’s out there, we need to be aware of it and know how to plan around it. In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss what Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) is, how it impacts drilling programs, and what mitigation plans can be put in place for when it is encountered.
And, we’re back with Part II of this exclusive interview with Fred Dupriest! Check out his presentation on our AES Drilling Fluids YouTube channel.
If you’ve listened to more than a few episodes of The Flowline (AES Drilling Fluids Podcast), you’ve probably heard Matt and Justin talk about Fred Dupriest and everything he’s done to educate the industry on critical fundamentals of drilling concepts – including drilling fluids. In Part II of this interview, we continue the conversation with Mr. Dupriest on Limiter Redesign: Fluid Management to Maximize Drilling Performance.
If you’ve listened to more than a few episodes, you’ve probably heard Matt and Justin talk about Fred Dupriest and everything he’s done to educate the industry on critical fundamentals of drilling concepts – including drilling fluids. Over the next two episodes, we have the pleasure of joining him to discuss Limiter Redesign: Fluid Management to Maximize Drilling Performance. Try not to laugh as we geek out at all the knowledge Fred has to share.
Water Flows or Water Intrusions can happen in intermediate sections, lateral sections, or anywhere the formation contains water-bearing zones. When these events occur, the large amount of water that ends up contaminating your drilling fluid system can cause havoc on the rig. In this episode, Matt and Justin talk about what happens in these scenarios, causes and effects, and dig into specifics about water intrusions.
In this episode, Matt and Justin sit down to discuss Formation Integrity and Leak Off Tests. Being the most common diagnostic tests, they dig into what they are, why they are important, and what mitigation strategies that can be put in place if things are not going so smoothly.
Resource Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6ywHCJkqbo
Why are some people so fixed on the yield point focusing on the 6RPM reading? What’s the difference? Is one more reliable than the other when trying to determine if the mud has sufficient suspension capabilities?
International Podcast Day – September 30 – is an international celebration of the power of podcasts! The Flowline has grown so much in the last two years with 21K+ downloads, 75+ episodes, and countless sarcastic comments from Matt. We want to thank our listeners because, without you, we wouldn’t still be here and having this much fun sharing the world of drilling fluids.
In this episode, Matt and Justin get back to talking mud, specifically liquid versus dry product additives. They dig into advantages and differences and what to consider when adding these products to your mud.
This episode concludes a two-part series on Drill Bits, with our special guest Sterling Robinson from Varel International. Sterling takes us into what bit hydraulics are and why they’re important. We also touch on what kind of technology and improvements have been made with respect to bit hydraulics, drilling performance, and more.
This episode kicks off a two-part series on drill bits with Sterling Robinson from Varel International. Tune to learn the ins and outs of drill bits with, of course, some banter on the side.
Going through a full mud school can be a lengthy process when covering such a wide range of high-level drilling fluid concepts. In this episode, Matt and Justin break down what a typical mud school consists of and share some stories of their own experiences.
What is a TCC Rotomill and how does it work? How does it open up more options for drilling waste management? We interview Andrew Morris with TWMA to learn more.
In this episode, Matt and Justin host Aylin Villalobos, a special guest and recent graduate from the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTBU). Aylin describes her journey and experience as a recent Petroleum Engineering graduate, her involvement in AADE and the importance of joining industry organizations, and why she firmly believes that there is a bright future for her in the oil and gas industry.
Times are changing, the oilfield included. In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss transitions and shifts in job roles and taking on more or different responsibilities. How do you gauge your success and determine the expectations of you during these times?
People mention API Recommended Practices as standards all the time, but what do they tell us about drilling fluids? How do we use them? Justin and Matt will discuss an overview of the fluids-related API Recommended Practices and how they standardize many of the tasks we perform daily.
What is the process of running a retort and what are the components? When is this type of analysis applicable and why do we do it? In this episode, Matt and Justin run through the basics of a Retort Analysis and more.
Automation in the Oil and Gas industry; How do we get to the point of automation, what is the road map, and what does that look like? In this episode, we dive into these questions and more on The Flowline.
Stuck pipe is common enough where most of those in the drilling sector have come across this expensive issue. In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss the fundamentals and what can you do as a fluids expert to make a difference.
In this episode, Matt and Justin dig into Suspension and Packer Fluids. They discuss corrosion mitigation with respect to well suspension and what that looks like on the drilling side and how it ties into the completion side.
In this episode, AES’ Montana Farnum joins us on the Flowline to discuss his technical paper for the 2020 AADE Fluids Conference: A Comprehensive Fluids Engineering Approach to Deep Devonian SWDs Reduces Cost
Charles Welker, Business Intelligence Developer at AES, sits down with Matt and Justin to discuss his technical paper for the 2020 AADE Fluids Conference: A Data Analytics Platform Dedicated to Drilling Fluids.
Matt and Justin sit down with AES’ Andrew Hewett to discuss his technical paper for the 2020 AADE Fluids Conference: New Treatment Reduces Direct Emulsion Drilling Fluid Cost By Recycling System Components, Minimizing Dilution.
AES’ own Richard Toomes might have thought he was off the hook to present his paper when the 2020 AADE Fluids Conference was canceled… he thought wrong.
In this episode, we sit down with Ricky and discuss his AADE Technical Paper: Horizontal Openhole Completion Techniques Revitalize Fields on the Texas Gulf Coast
Data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence…what are they and why do people keep talking about them? How could these tools help the oilfield and how could they improve drilling fluids?
In this episode, we dive into filtration testing. It may seem a tad lab-intensive, but this type of testing can end up in the field on extreme wells or those that are a little more challenging. We run through some tests that you may have or have not heard of, so feel free to send in questions and your own personal experiences to us!
Aphrons are a method used to get a really low-density mud by using encapsulated micro-bubbles to lower the mud weight. Questions remain about how such fluids work, so in this episode, we will debunk some of the myths and discuss why you would or would not want to use them.
In this episode of the Flowline, Matt and Justin sit down with AES’s VP James Strickland to discuss what it’s like to run drilling fluids in an offshore environment. All three gentlemen have a unique experience of being offshore which helped provide insight on how drilling fluids are applied offshore along with their respective challenges.
Did you know that air is a fluid? You might not have a mud engineer, but sometimes we drill intervals on air. We’ll dig into what air drilling is and some concepts that are applied throughout the process.
Do you need a little encouragement through these tough times? The media has several sources that are predicting the “future”… do we have reasons to believe they are right? Do we have reasons to believe they are wrong? There is a lot to dig into when predicting what our future will hold, let’s talk through it and see what the positives could be!
What are the considerations required for a good logging run? Tight fluid properties are one thing, but sometimes data acquisition requires a lot of consideration.
Going back to the fundamentals, we discuss the significance of engineering equations to help keep you on your game. Tune in to this week’s episode, as Matt and Justin break down Engineering Basics.
The size and distribution of particles in a drilling fluid can impact fluid performance. You may need big solids for bridging or wellbore strengthening. Small particles might result in poor fluid loss and progressive gels. How do we measure particle size distribution and why does it matter? Matt and Justin discuss this and more in this episode of the Flowline.
What do we put in mud to increase fluid density? In this episode, Matt and Justin dive into Weight Material 101, touching on barite and other additive options.
Organoclays, also known as Organophilic clays, are essential additives for many oil-based muds. Organophilic clays and their function can vary widely given their application and environment. Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more!
Hydraulics are important when it comes to modeling a given fluids effect on wellbore pressures. The major goal of hydraulics optimization is to balance well control, hole cleaning, pump pressure, ECD and pressure drop across the bit. Tune in to this week’s episode as Justin and Matt dive into the details!
In this episode, Matt and Justin will take you through the different theories and techniques to make a good quality filtercake with the right particle blend.
Based upon a listener request, we are going to take you through the basics of drilling a well from spud to TD. Call it a DWOP, of sorts. We’ll talk intervals, casing, directional drilling, and even a little bit of mud.
In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss silicate mud. What it is, where can it can be applied and when to run it.
All oil systems provide extremely low mud weights – but they don’t come cheap. Are they even really 100% oil? Matt and Justin explain when you might use them and how they work.
Mud touches everything during the drilling process, including our tools. Matt and Justin discuss which tools are compatible with different drilling fluids and how we can address and plan for compatibility during drilling operations.
What are LCM squeezes? How are they applied? In this episode, Matt and Justin dig into these questions and discuss what to expect operationally and what to look out for.
What is coil tubing? Matt and Justin break down the basics and discuss some of the challenges of the process. Coil tubing is a topic worth knowing about if you are familiar with fluids. For our listeners, if you have experience with coil tubing, please feel free to submit your own stories and experiences!
As a mud engineer, you need to be good at getting along with all kinds of people. Justin and Matt share some of the best ways to get along with everyone on location
What do you have to account for when drilling under extreme conditions? We’ll go over the challenges and risks when it comes to drilling under high pressure and/or high temperature.
In this week’s episode, we discuss Life in Operations Onshore and Offshore. We dig into differences in rigs, equipment, scenarios and tell more stories along the way.
You ask, we respond! We received a listener question on a paper AES had published on MMH Technology. Matt and Justin walk us through what Mixed Metal Hydroxides are, its properties and its applications in the world of drilling fluids.
In this episode, Matt and Justin share some of their own oilfield experiences, dig into the development and the first year of The Flowline and hint at what lies ahead in 2020.
In the final episode of our 3-part series, we sit down discuss Solids Control Economics with the guys from Derrick Corporation. There are several factors to be taken into consideration when selecting solids control equipment, including methods for accomplishing the lowest total cost.
The folks from Derrick gave us a nice introduction to solids control, so now we’ll dig a little deeper in episode 2 of our 3-part series. This time around, we’ll talk about the layout of typical equipment, how it works, and what solids it can remove.
In this three-part series, we meet up with the guys from Derrick Corporation to discuss solids control. In this first episode, we touch on the detriments of Solids on Mud & Drilling Operations, API vs. “mesh” screen sizes, Factors that affect screen life/performance, and Shakers & Screens “Best Practices.”
Cementing operations are one of the more crucial aspects in relation to well integrity. In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss cement displacement and some of the challenges and solutions.
Direct emulsions are as old as the oilfield, but they have made a huge comeback lately. Matt and Justin will discuss what they are, what they do, and common misconceptions.
You can also learn more by visiting our EnerLITE page on the AES website.
This week we have the honor of interviewing Richard Baxter, President of AES Drilling Fluids. We dig into his 38 year oilfield career, product developments, and break down base oils with the molecular mastermind himself.
Bicarbonates? CO2? What’s the contaminant and how would you know? Does lime fix everything? We’ll take you through the signs on a mud check and a bit of the chemistry.
Lost circulation creates all kinds of drilling challenges. Treatment can sometimes feel like more of an art than a science. We’ll discuss different loss scenarios and some ideas on how to stop them.
With every drilling rig comes a whole lot of rust. Why does metal corrode and what can happen if downhole equipment corrodes? What can we do with drilling fluids to minimize corrosion rates?
In this episode, Matt and Justin discuss the application of drilling fluid sweeps and their respective functions as they relate to enhancing wellbore conditions. Drilling fluid sweeps are typically pumped to help clean the wellbore of cuttings that have not been removed with normal fluid circulation or to apply lost circulation material to the wellbore when lost circulation occurs.
The listeners have questions and we have answers. In this episode we answer the question of, “What are the key components of oil based mud and what are their functions?”
In this episode, we break down each product of what makes up an oil based mud and describe their functions and importance of each.
Wellbore ballooning or “breathing” is a topic often discussed but not properly understood. Ballooning or breathing is when fluid is forced into the rock’s micro-fractures while pumping which are open only enough to contain fluid but not enough to permanently fracture the rock. When we stop pumping and reduce the hydrostatic or equivalent circulating density, the overburden of the rock forces the fluid back into the wellbore.
Brine based drilling fluids are a widely utilized system for drilling and completions due to their ability to protect the formation. These fluids are formulated with a brine as the liquid phase and selected bridging solids and polymers. Listen to this week’s episode while we dive into the world of brines and their use in drilling and completions.
In this episode Matt and Justin discuss the topic of wellbore instability. As the name implies, wellbore instability refers to wellbore that has the tendency to cave or collapse due to unconsolidated formations, fractured formations and chemically/mechanically stressed shale. Drilling fluids have a key role in preventing such phenomenon.
Reservoir drill-in fluids are fairly special systems used to minimize formation damage. Matt and Justin review when a reservoir drill-in fluid is used, how they are designed, and how they are run in the field.
In this episode we discuss the true meaning of wellbore strengthening and how we can use this type of program to help increase a well’s fracture gradient. We also go through proper planning and lab testing to determine the right products and application for a given job.
Matt and Justin review the applications of conventional and low-clay/clay-free drilling fluids. They will discuss the differences in the products used and how low-clay/clay-free systems provide performance benefits in certain drilling environments.
We had a question about the difference between dispersed and non-dispersed water-based mud systems. In this episode, we will go over a brief summary of what they are and when we use them.
How do we determine the right chloride level for our invert emulsion systems? How can it relate to osmosis between the brine phase and the formation?
What makes a high performance water based mud so high performance? What are drillers doing with all that performance? We’ll talk about the chemistry elements and applications.
We hear about lubricants all the time. We’ll review lubricant options and how they are tested and selected.
Steven Segrest of Segrest Oilfield Consulting, has helped design and drill some of the longest horizontal unconventional wells (super laterals) in the United States. We’ll learn about his career and his design strategy, among other things.
There are a lot of complex chemicals in drilling muds, but there are also critical commodities required. We’ll talk about how global events can impact the mud supply locally.
What are the facilities required for a full service drilling fluids operation? From warehouses, mud plants, and logistics, AES Operations Manager Nate Castaneda reviews how products and mud are managed and delivered.
We’ll take a look at Electrical Stability in depth and try to explain a lot of the misunderstanding associated with this key property for invert emulsion fluids.
What is sag? What’s the relationship between low shear rate viscosity and sag? Listener James asked, and we answered!
Why do some wells require a really high mud weight while others can use a lighter one? We’ll talk about some of the factors in mud weight selection.
We’ve dedicated this episode to a listener question! What lies next when it comes to drilling fluid technology? Have you seen some neat technologies change the game where you work? We’ll discuss what we’ve experienced – and what we expect in the near to long term.
In this episode, we’ll talk a little bit about viscosity – a key property of drilling fluids. Hopefully we answer a few common questions and inspire a few more!
Who’s in charge on a drilling rig anyways? What’s a roughneck? We’ll discuss some of the key roles of the people you find at a drilling location.
In this episode, we’ll review the drilling fluid circulating system from surface to downhole and back to the FLOWLINE!
In this episode, we review some of the criteria used to select a drilling fluid.
In this episode, Matt and Justin review what a drilling fluid is and how it helps the drilling process.
In this episode, you’ll get to know our hosts, Matt and Justin, and the motivation behind The Flowline.
In this episode, we’ll talk to Vice President James Strickland, hear a few words of wisdom, and a story or two.