Acronyms and Abbeviations

This article presents the main acronyms/ abbreviations used in the oil industry

A
AH

Along hole

API

American Petroleum Institute

B
bbl(s)

Barrel(s)

bbls/min

Barrels per minute

BDF

Below drill floor

BHA

Bottom hole assembly

BHS

Bottom hole sample

BOP

Blow-out preventer

bopd

Barrels of oil per day

BPM
bpm

Back pressure manifold
Barrels per minute (also bbls/min)

BS&W

Base sediment & water

B tot

Total magnetic field strength

BWOC

By Weight of Cement

C
oC

Degrees Centigrade (deg C)

CaBr2

Calcium bromide

CaCl2

Calcium chloride

cc

Cubic centimetres

CCL

Casing Collar Locator Log

cP

Centipoise

cSt

Centistoke

C/L

Center Line

C/W

Complete with

D
DC(S)

Drill collar(s)

DDR

Daily Drilling Report

DE

Drilling Engineer

DFE

Drill Floor Elevation

DHSV

Down hole Safety valve

DMS

Drilling Mast and Sub Structure

DP

Drill pipe

DS

Drilling Supervisor

DST

Drill stem test

E
EMMS

Enhanced Magnetic Multishot

EMS

Electronic Magnetic Surveyor

EUE

External upset ends

EMW

Equivalent Mud Weight

F
oF

Degrees Fahrenheit (deg F)

FINDS

Ferranti Inertial Navigation Directional Survey

ft

Feet

G
GEMS

Gyrodata Electronic Multishot System

GFH

Total Gravity Vector

GMS

Gyro Multishot System

GMT

Greenwich Mean Time

GP

Gravel Pack

GPM

Gallons per minute

GOR

Gas/oil ratio

GR

Gamma ray

G tot

Total Gravity Field Strength

GWD

Gyro While Drilling

GWS

Gyrodata Wellbore Surveyor

H
HDIS

Hydril drop in sub

HFH

Total Magnetic Field Vector

HHP

Hydraulic horse power

HP

High pressure

HO

Hole opener

HPHT

High pressure high temperature

HWDP

Heavy weight drill pipe

I
IADC

International Association of Drilling Contractors

ID

Internal diameter

IF

Internal flush

IOEM

Invert oil emulsion mud

IPS

Improved plow steel

ISC

Integrated Drilling Services Contractor

IWRC

Independent wire rope core

K
KCl

Potassium chloride

kg

Kilogram(s)

KOP

Kick off Point

L
l

Litres

LAT

Lowest Astronomical Tide

lb(s)

Pound(s)

lhk

litres per hundred kilo

LCM

Lost circulation material

LH

Left hand

LP

Line pipe

lpm

Litres per minute

LPR

Lower pipe rams

LT

Long threaded

M
m

Minute(s)

M(m)

Metre(s)

m BDF

Meters relative to Drill floor level

MBO

Mass Balance Offset

MBT

Methylene Blue Test

MESC

Material & Equipment Standard & Code

MD

Measured Depth

MF

Marsh funnel

ML

Mud line

MODU

Mobile offshore drilling unit

MORV

Multiple opening reversing valve

MPR

Middle pipe rams

MSL

Mean sea level

MSS

Magnetic single shot

mSS

metre(s) Sub sea

MT

Metric ton (tonne)

MW

Mud Weight

MWD

Measurement while drilling

N
N

Newton

NB

Near bit

NM

Non magnetic

NMD

Norwegian Maritime Directorate

NMDC

Non Magnetic Drill Collar

NPD

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

NSP

Nominal seat protector

O
OD

Outside diameter

OIM

Offshore Installation Manager

P

PA

Personnel address (system)

PBR

Polished bore receptacle

PBTD

Plug back total depth

PCT

Pressure controlled tester (valve)

PDC

Polycrystalline diamond cutter

P/N

Part number

POB

Persons on board

ppb

Pounds per barrel

ppm

Parts per million

POOH

Pull out of hole

ppg

Pounds per gallon

psi

Pounds per square inch

PV

Plastic Viscosity

PVT

Pit volume totaliser

PVT

Pressure/Volume/Temperature

Q
QA

Quality Assurance

QC

Quality Control

qt

Quartz

R
RCC

Rescue coordination centre

RH

Right hand

RIH

Run in hole

RKB

Rotary Kelly Bushing

RLL

Resistivity Latero Log

ROP

Rate of penetration

ROS

Required on site

ROV

Remote operated vehicle

RPM

Revolutions per minute

RS

Rig Superintendent

RTTS

Retrievable test, treat & squeeze (packer)

S
SCR

Slow circulating rate, also
Silicium Current Rectifier

SDC

Scientific Drilling Controls

SDS

Senior Drilling Supervisor

SFP

Survey Focal Point

sg

Specific gravity

sec(s)

Second(s)

SICP

Shut in casing (annular) pressure

SIDPP

Shut in drill pipe pressure

SPM

Stand pipe manifold, also
Side pocket mandrel

spm

Strokes per minute

SRG

Surface Recording Gyro

SS

Sub sea

SSC

Sub surface control

SSSV

Subsurface Safety Valve

STAB

Stabiliser

SWL

Safe working load

T
TD

Total depth

TDS

Top drive system

THP

Tubing head pressure

THS

Tubing head spool

TOC

Top of cement

TTOC

Theoretical top of cement

TV
TVD

Television
True vertical depth

U
UBHO

Universal bottom hole orientation

UGF

Universal guide frame

UPR

Upper pipe rams

UTC

Universal Coordinated Time

UTM

Universal Transverse Mercator

V
VAM

Registered trade name for Vallourec's premium connection

W
WOB

Weight on bit

WOC

Wait on cement

WOW

Wait on weather

WP

Working pressure

WSDE

Wellsite Drilling Engineer

WSG

Well Site Geologist

WT

Wall thickness

X
XO

Tubular crossover

Y
YC

Y-Type of casing elevator

YT

Y-Type of tubing elevator

Z
ZnBr2

Zinc Bromide