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Hydrostatic Isolation Depth

In this document we describe the external profile, Hydrostatic Isolation Depth in Oliasoft WellDesign.#

Fluid gradients with pore pressure is an external profile, where the unknown is the external pressure profile of the tubing. The pressure profile consists of the hydrostatic pressure from a fluid above and a the pore pressure from top of cement (TOC).

In this documentation we denote any tubular as casing or tubing. All calculations however encompass any tubular, such as tubings, casings, liners, tie-backs etc.


The, so called, hydrostatic isolation depth (HID) is [usually] assumed to be the top of cement. The external pressure is found, by first identifying the fracture pressure at the previous shoe or weakest formation above HID, and then calculated as the hydrostatic pressure relative to this above HID, and the pore pressure below.

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Oliasoft Technical Documentation - Hydrostatic Isolation Depth


The following inputs define the hydrostatic isolation depth external profile:

  1. The true vertical depth (TVD) along the wellbore as a function of measured depth. Alternatively, the wellbore described by a set of survey stations, with complete information about measured depth, inclination, and azimuth.

  2. The true vertical depth / TVD of

    a. The hanger of the tubing, TVDhanger\text{TVD}_{\text{hanger}}

    b. The shoe of the tubing,TVDshoe\text{TVD}_{\text{shoe}}

    c. The shoe of the previous tubing, if any, TVDprev.ย shoe\text{TVD}_{\text{prev. shoe}}

    d. The hydrostatic isolation depth, TVDHID\text{TVD}_{\text{HID}}

  3. The pore- and fracture- pressure profile from hanger to shoe.

  4. The mud weight/density, ฯmud\rho_{\text{mud}}

  5. A fracture margin of error, ฯตfrac\epsilon_\text{frac} added to the fracture pressure.


The external pressure profile of the tubing is calculated as follows:

  1. If there is a prior shoe, calculate the fracture pressure there. If not, calculate the fracture pressure at the weakest formation (WF) in the open hole above HID. Denote this pressure by pfracp_\text{frac}, and the corresponding depth by TVDwfd\text{TVD}_\text{wfd}.

  2. Calculate the external pressure profile of the tubing in three steps, from hanger to prior shoe/WF, then from prior shoe/WF to HID and finally from HID to the shoe. Precisely:

    pe={pfracโˆ’ฯmudโ€‰g(TVDwfdโˆ’TVD),TVDhangerโ‰คTVDโ‰คTVDwfd,pfrac+ฯmudโ€‰g(TVDโˆ’TVDwfd),TVDwfd<TVDโ‰คTVDHID,ppore(TVD),TVDHID<TVDโ‰คTVDshoe,โ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šโ€…โ€Šย (1)p_e = \begin{cases} p_\text{frac} - \rho_\text{mud}\, g (\text{TVD}_\text{wfd} - \text{TVD}), \quad &\text{TVD}_\text{hanger} \leq \text{TVD} \leq \text{TVD}_\text{wfd}, \\ p_\text{frac} + \rho_\text{mud}\, g (\text{TVD} - \text{TVD}_\text{wfd}), \quad &\text{TVD}_\text{wfd} < \text{TVD} \leq \text{TVD}_\text{HID}, \\ p_\text{pore}(\text{TVD}), \quad &\text{TVD}_\text{HID} < \text{TVD} \leq \text{TVD}_\text{shoe}, \end{cases} \;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\ (1)

where ppore(TVD)p_\text{pore}(\text{TVD}) denotes the pore pressure at the TVD under consideration.