Intelligent Drill Pipe Creates the Drilling Network
This paper discusses the drill pipe for creating drilling network. Drill pipe capable of transmitting high-bandwidth downhole data and surface control signals has been developed and successfully tested. The system incorporates a high-speed data cable protected in a high-pressure conduit that runs the length of the joint. The cable terminates at induction coils that are installed in protecting grooves machined in the secondary torque shoulders of double-shoulder tool joints at each end of the pipe. The system is virtually transparent to standard rig procedures and offers robust, reliable operation.