managing risk in unconventional reservoir development

Managing Risk in Unconventional Reservoir Development Through Visualization of Geologic and Petrophysical Data

Data integration is key in managing risk in any oilfield endeavor, but unconventional plays present special challenges. CoViz 4D from Dynamic Graphics provides the data integration capability to meet these challenges. Above, we can see 3D seismic integrated with the reservoir simulation model and planned wellpaths. Data courtesy Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center and U.S.…

geomechanical and traditional subsurface data

Integrating Geomechanical and Traditional Subsurface Data Through Comprehensive Visualization of Unconventional Reservoirs

3D model with a digitized paper contour map (with horizontal well lines) draped on the reservoir surface with colored contours blended. Good correlation exists between the two sets of contours. Vertical wells are shown in yellow and directional wells are in green. A smaller detailed property model can be seen near the center showing gamma…

hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs

Using 3D Visualization of Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs to Maximize Recovery

Visualization and analysis of previous fracturing operations in adjacent wells can help guide planning and development of infill drilling and in new unconventional reservoirs. CoViz 4D offers the ability for asset teams to integrate, visualize and analyze relevant data to reduce cost and risk, and maximize hydrocarbon recovery. Hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs is not…

3D visualization of subsurface (data)

3D Visualization of Older Subsurface Data to Evaluate Unconventional Opportunities

Integrating subsurface data from existing vertical wells can greatly assist targeting and placement of infill horizontal wellbores. CoViz 4D enables a high degree of data integration and collaboration across the asset and adds value to analysis and decision-making. Data courtesy Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center and U.S. Department of Energy. Lithologic distribution—shale, sandstone, silt, etc.—has…

induced seismicity in geologic carbon storage

Monitoring Induced Seismicity in Geologic Carbon Storage

The interest in geologic carbon storage is on the rise. It’s proving to be an effective method to reduce CO2 emissions in an effort to mitigate climate change. Geologic carbon storage can serve several purposes—straightforward CO2 storage, injection into wells for enhanced recovery method, or storage of natural gas for commercial use. Injecting gas into…

Enhanced geothermal systems or engineered geothermal systems (EGS)

Modeling Enhanced Geothermal Systems to Minimize Risk

Enhanced geothermal systems or engineered geothermal systems (EGS) offer significant opportunities to take advantage of geothermal energy. EGS are different from conventional geothermal wells. They are located significantly deeper and require fracturing rock to create the artificial circulation system. Lessons learned from unconventional well development in the petroleum industry are benefitting the development of EGS.…

Mud Pulse Telemetry Provides Insight Into Drilling Operations

Integrating Mud Pulse Telemetry Data for Monitoring Drilling Operations

Because of the inherent uncertainty and risk in the process, drilling operations account for a significant share of expenses in the development of oil and gas reservoirs. However, the wealth of geological and petrophysical data available to reservoir engineers can significantly reduce drilling risks. Improvements in drilling technologies, specifically the instrumentation of bottom hole assemblies…

sagd well completion design

SAGD Well Completion Design Considerations

Steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) methods have proven their effectiveness in economic oil recovery in Alberta and California, frequently achieving a 60% recovery factor. The placement of horizontal laterals within a field and the vertical separation of well pairs (injector and producer) are critical decisions in any SAGD well completion design.  Every SAGD opportunity presents geologists,…

well spacing optimization

Well Spacing Optimization for Oil Well Design Completion

Well spacing is one of the most critical factors affecting onshore well production. Reservoir teams striving to optimize well spacing can utilize the wealth of data that describe subsurface environments to achieve that goal. In particular, geologists, well planners, and drilling and completion engineers can benefit from 3D visualizations of geologic and petrophysical data, existing…

subsea well completion

Managing Subsea Well Completions: Saving Cost and Time

Offshore well development brings added complexity and costs that vary depending on sea floor depth and distance from onshore resources. Offshore rig time is expensive, ranging anywhere from USD $250K-$300K per day in 2020. Anything that can be done to reduce rig time positively impacts costs. Consequently, every phase of an offshore development project demands…