(26) Vertical vs. Deviated Wells: Balance of Forces & Equations

Presentation Information

Thu 1:00PM - 1:50PM, Room 108
Fri 9:00AM - 9:50AM, Room 106

Victoria Pons, Pons Energy Analytics


In sucker rod pumps, accurate downhole data is necessary for control and optimization of wells and assets. Downhole data is calculated from data measured at the surface. 
In the 1990s, Sandia National Laboratory was contracted to conduct a series of tests using downhole dynamometer tools on vertical wells. This data validated the use of the wave equation and gave rise to most of the models and programs used today. In today’s Oil & Gas world, where a great majority of wells are deviated, operators have difficulty controlling and designing their wells due to inaccurate downhole data and key parameters.
This presentation will focus on comparing the conditions and equations relating to vertical and deviated wells. In a first step, the vertical case will be studied, and the wave equation derived. Challenges to using the wave equation and therefore shortcomings of today’s methods will be discussed. In a second step, the deviated case will be explored and compared to the vertical case.