Reservoir Data Analysis: Visualizing Reservoir Pressure for Asset Development

Understanding reservoir pressure over time in an integrated environment provided by CoViz 4D.

Understanding reservoir pressure over time in an integrated environment provided by CoViz 4D can greatly enhance oil field operations.

Nearly every asset management team contends with the difficulties in well pressure management. Thankfully, advancements in technology have made it easier to mitigate risk and manage potential hazards associated with reservoir pressure fluctuations. These same advancements have contributed to the increase in well completions over the past few years, as reported by the American Petroleum Institute.

By using technology to integrate multiple datasets, asset teams can conduct thorough reservoir data analysis to determine how best to handle pressure fluctuations in a reservoir. Most importantly, enhanced pressure analysis highlights potential issues early, ensuring operations that maximize the production of hydrocarbon assets.

The Power of Data Integration

Analysts tend to make the mistake of analyzing pressure data alone. Instead, they must view the temporal aspects of all reservoir data to achieve a more robust analytical acumen. The best analysis comes after the integration of a wide array of data streams with pressure data, such as production engineering, reservoir engineering, geophysical, and petrophysical data. Without the ability to view all associated data, analysts risk making the wrong decisions based on incomplete data.
The key to multidisciplinary visualization comes from integrating data streams and viewing the combined data on a single interface that’s accessible to all team members. Through models, displays, or animations, analysts can gain central takeaways from a hydrocarbon project, including the ability to further analyze separate data strands when necessary.

Overall, data integration and visualization give users the power to:

  • create reservoir simulations that guide the course of well production
  • monitor fluid production to ensure production levels remain on par
  • analyze microseismic data to further examine specific events in real-time

Integrating Dissimilar Formats for Thorough Analysis

Another factor that may cause a lack of oversight in pressure fluctuations is disparate data from different software packages. Many asset teams use a variety of software packages to analyze discipline-specific data. With the use of different software packages comes various formats that may fail to sync with the others, forcing analysts to spend valuable time on formatting imperatives. As a result, analysts stand the risk of losing valuable data due to incompatible formats, especially legacy data restricted to outdated formats from years past.

However, with a centralized viewing system, petroleum professionals can overcome formatting issues in the following ways:

  • reanalyze data from different software packages
  • examine data across different hardware devices, such as laptops or desktops
  • compare spatial and geometric data types
By using a single software package—capable of merging all datasets associated with reservoir analysis—users can integrate the different formats, freeing up more time to focus on data analysis instead of sifting through it.

Thorough Reservoir Data Analysis with CoViz 4D

Pressure fluctuations are a common problem in the industry, and while there is often no quick-fix solution, oil and gas companies stand a better chance of stabilizing well pressure with CoViz 4D. The software extracts data from diverse fields and creates a central visual schematic that simplifies reservoir data analysis. CoViz 4D also brings together geoscience and engineering departments that otherwise would not have been integrated were it not for multidisciplinary software that makes disparate data streams more accessible to colleagues and regulators of other disciplines.

By using a single software package—capable of merging all datasets associated with reservoir analysis—users can integrate the different formats, freeing up more time to focus on data analysis instead of sifting through it.

Reservoir data analysis via CoViz 4D doesn’t solely pertain to established wells; it provides a guiding mechanism for future asset development endeavors, ensuring the prime positioning of new wells. Most importantly, the integrated software solution provides an efficient mechanism that shortens the analytical process and produces solutions that improve extraction methods.

CoViz 4D, a data visualization analytics software from Dynamic Graphics, Inc., provides seamless cross-disciplinary data strategies that coalesce different datasets. It allows analysts to focus on finding solutions to issues that arise as a result of reservoir pressure changes. To learn more about CoViz 4D, contact our team.

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