Estimating wellhead loads from lower stack motion measurements is a practical and cost-effective approach. In this paper, a new method is proposed, which is based on system identification techniques rather than Newtonian mechanics, thus omitting reliance on uncertain and variable quantities such as lowerflex joint stiffness/damping, riser and drill pipe tension etc. The proposed method is simple and easy to apply, while maintaining accuracy. Both simulation and real-world measurement data are utilized to demonstrate and evaluate the method.

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