Definition - What does Derrick Floor mean?
Derrick Floor, also known as rig floor, is a limited spaced work area (very small area) in which drilling rig crew operates and perform drilling operations. It is a floor on a drilling rig which mounts the equipment needed to drill a well. The most usual operations on a Derrick Floor include adding drill pipes on a drill string or removing the drill pipes from the drill string.
Petropedia explains Derrick Floor
The Derrick Floor is the lifeline of efficient drilling operations of a rig. It is considered to be the most important and most dangerous location on a rig because of the following reasons:
- It is located at an elevated height of up to two floor buildings or even higher.
- The circumference of the floor is very small and it houses machinery.
- Heavy iron is moved around continuously on the Derrick Floor.