Safety requires constant monitoring of the drilling process. If drilling problems are detected early remedial action can be taken quickly, thereby avoiding major problems. The driller must be aware of how drilling parameters are changing (e.g. WOB, RPM, pump rate, pump pressure, gas content of mud etc.). For this reason there are various gauges installed on the driller’s console where he can read them easily.

Another useful aid in monitoring the well is mudlogging. The mudlogger carefully inspects rock cuttings taken from the shale shaker at regular intervals. By calculating lag times the cuttings descriptions can be matched with the depth and hence a log of the formations being drilled can be drawn up . This log is useful to the geologist in correlating this well with others in the vicinity. Mudloggers also monitor the gas present in the mud by using gas chromatography.

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