Round trip ton-miles Calculation

All types of ton-mile service should be calculated and recorded in order to obtain a true picture of the total service received from the rotary drilling line. There are several types of ton miles as follows;

1. Round trip ton-miles
2. Drilling or “connection” ton-miles
3. Coring ton-miles
4. Ton-miles setting casing
5. Short-trip ton-miles

For this time, I will show how to calculate round trip ton-mile.

Round Trip Ton-Miles Calculation


The formula for round trip ton-miles is listed below;

RTTM = (Wp x D x (Lp + D) + (2 x D) x (2 x Wb + Wc)) ÷ (5280 x 2000)

RTTM = Round Trip Ton-Miles
Wp = buoyed weight of drill pipe in lb/ft
D = hole measured depth in ft
Lp = Average length per stand of drill pipe in ft
Wb = weight of travelling block in lb
Wc = buoyed weight of BHA (drill collar + heavy weight drill pipe + BHA) in mud minus the buoyed weight of the same length of drill pipe in lb
** If you have BHA (mud motor, MWD, etc) and HWDP, you must add those weight into calculation as well not just only drill collar weight. **
2000 = number of pounds in one ton
5280 = number of feet in one mile

Note: One ton-mile equals 10,560,000 foot- pounds, and is equivalent to lifting 2,000 pounds a distance of 5,280 feet

Example: Round trip ton-miles

Mud weight = 10.0 ppg
Average length per stand = 94 ft
Drill pipe weight = 13.3 lb/ft
Hole measure depth = 5500 ft
Drill collar length = 120 ft
Drill collar weight = 85 lb/ft
HWDP length = 49 lb/ft
HWDP weight = 450 ft
BHA weight from directional driller = 8,300 lb
BHA length = 94 ft
Travelling block assembly = 95,000 lb


a) Buoyancy factor:
BF = (65.5 – 10.0) ÷ 65.5
BF = 0.847

b) Buoyed weight of drill pipe in mud, lb/ft (Wp):
Wp = 13.3 lb/ft x 0.847
Wp = 11.27 lb/ft

c) buoyed weight of BHA (drill collar + heavy weight drill pipe + BHA) in mud minus the buoyed weight of the same length of drill pipe in lb (Wc):

Wc = {[(120×85) + (49×450) + (8300)] x 0.847} – [(120+450+94) x13.3x 0.847]
Wc = 26,866 lb

Round trip ton-miles = [(11.27 x 5500 x (94+ 5500)) + (2 x 5500) x (2 x 95000 + 26,866)] ÷ (5280 x 2000)
RTTM = 258.75 ton-mile

Please find the excel sheet for round trip ton-miles calculation via click this link.
Ref book: Drilling Formula Book Formulas and Calculations for Drilling, Production and Workover, Second Edition

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9 Responses to Round trip ton-miles Calculation

  1. Necesito por favor que me ayude con las formulas de toneladas millas
    se lo agradezco. Espero respuesta.
    (Please I need help with formulas tons miles I appreciate it. I hope to answer.)

  2. davin jackle says:

    hey there. do you know how to convert ton-miles to megajoules?

  3. tony says:

    it is more than you can get on ton miles and make your cut


  4. Patrick Tabone says:

    Is this formula good for any drill line size? and does it apply for any number of lines in the derrick? If not what’s the formula for 2″ drill line with 16 lines in the derrick?

  5. G.medok says:

    Valuable and ezy for caculation.csn put up formulae on microsoft excel sheet too.

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