Principal stress pore pressure prediction: utilizing drilling measurements to predict pore pressure
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A novel method of predicting pore pressure has been invented. The method utilizes currently recorded drilling measurements to predict the pore pressure of the formation through which the bit is drilling. The method applies Mohr’s Theory to describe the stresses at the bottom of the borehole. From the stress state and knowledge of Mohr’s Envelope, the pore pressure is predicted. To verify the method, a test procedure was developed. The test procedure enabled systematic collection and processing of the drilling data to calculate the pore pressure prediction. The test procedure was then applied to industry data that was recorded at the surface. The industry data were composed of wells from different geographical regions. Two conclusions were deduced from the research. First, Mohr’s Theory indicates that the model is valid. Second, because of too much variation in the torque measurements the model cannot be proved and requires further investigation.
Richardson, Kyle Wade (2008). Principal stress pore pressure prediction: utilizing drilling measurements to predict pore pressure. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from