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Dynamic Graphics, Inc. Releases WellArchitect 4.1

WellArchitect 4.1 by DGI Features New Interactive 3D Collision Avoidance Tool in the Well Path Designer

Dynamic Graphics (DGI) announces a new version of its well planning ⁄ directional drilling software, WellArchitect 4.1. In addition to numerous upgrades for the WellArchitect client-base, WellArchitect 4.1 offers a new tool to the industry: interactive 3D collision-avoidance ⁄ clearance-scan visualization available during planning and while projecting ahead during drilling. The new tools display collision-avoidance symbols and 3D MASD (minimum allowable separation distance) tubes in the Well Path Designer′s Viewer. The collision-avoidance symbols can be used to highlight areas of concern in the 3D Viewer that would not be readily visible by reviewing traditional reports. In addition, the new collision-avoidance symbols can remain displayed in the Viewer while the user modifies a plan, allowing revisions to be visualized against the clearance-scan information. Demonstrations of the new features of WellArchitect 4.1, along with other DGI software products, will be available at the Dynamic Graphics booth, 1925, at Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), August 25–27, 2014.

″WellArchitect greatly improves the well planning and directional drilling workflows. Traditional 1D reports and 2D traveling-cylinder plots are great. But seeing clearance scans in 3D with our new collision avoidance tools allows users to focus quickly on danger areas—areas of near misses—and easily investigate how to fix problems. These interactive tools make revising well plans much quicker, reducing iterations between running scans and changing the plan.″
Art Paradis, President, DGI

Dynamic Graphics WellArchitect Technology

WellArchitect, developed in conjunction with Baker Hughes, is an advanced well planning and survey management system for integrated planning and drilling of directional wellpaths with or without earth models. Devised to seamlessly accommodate the needs of sidetracking, multi-lateral wellpaths, and re-entry drilling, WellArchitect is used at both the office and wellsite, by all personnel levels in the industry. Trajectory calculations, target erosion by positional uncertainty, reporting, plotting, and 3D visualization are all included in this package.

Planning and monitoring of drilling can be done in an integrated visualization environment, especially when run with Dynamic Graphics′ CoViz 4D. On the right, wellpaths can be juxtaposed to earth models, reservoir models, and more.
Tubes displayed around each offset well show the minimum allowable separation distance (MASD) from the reference wellpath, and are colored by the pass (green) ⁄ fail (red; not shown) criteria of an ACR (anti-collision rule). Collision-avoidance symbols indicate the space available for steering away from nearby wells; each symbol can be queried as to its length (the amount of available space) and direction.

WellArchitect Features

  • Combines powerful directional drilling software with advanced 3D visualization and modeling capabilities—a major step forward for the drilling and oil and gas industries
  • Handles a range of applications from single wellpath survey calculation through multi-wellsite, multi-well planning, collision risk analysis, and data management
  • Visualize reference wellpath, offset paths, geologic and driller′s targets, ellipsoids of uncertainty, and collision avoidance scans in 3D, as well as the geologic or cellular model, for optimal wellbore placement
  • Safety-critical automated clearance calculations, using industry positional uncertainty models, on ″look ahead″ while drilling
  • Hazard avoidance: be alerted when a path intersects a horizon or fault below a user-specific angle, or comes within a user-specified distance
  • Target sizing based on positional uncertainty, special return-to-plan capabilities, trajectory planning in basic and advanced modes, as well as easy data transfer from the office to the wellsite (and back), are among the many features designed to improve the well planning and survey management experience
  • Sophisticated Graphic Editor facilitates plotting for wall maps and page-sized scale drawings
  • Complete reporting package covering data management and transfer reports as well as wellpath and clearance calculation reporting
Collision Avoidance.

Latest News

WellArchitect 4.1 Released

WellArchitect 4.1 offers a new tool to the industry: interactive 3D collision-avoidance ⁄ clearance-scan visualization available during planning and while projecting ahead during drilling.

DGI Debuts WellArchitect 4.0

Preview of WellArchitect 4 technology at the AAPG Long Beach 2012 Conference.

Articles and Papers

The Value of Integrating Geologic Information During Planning and Drilling

by Carol Eve Mann, Dynamic Graphics, Inc.

3D Representations of Clearance Scans

by Carol Eve Mann, WellArchitect Project Manager, Dynamic Graphics, Inc. Originally presented at ISCWSA, March 2011

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