WA Overview

Developed in conjunction with Baker Hughes Company, and designed with collaboration at its heart, WellArchitect is an advanced well planning and survey management system for integrated planning and drilling of directional wellpaths with or without earth models, reservoir grids, and other geospatial surface and subsurface data

Quantitative Visualization

Wellpaths can be interactively designed in relation to 2D surfaces, a 3D geologic model, or reservoir grid, and in the context of offset wellpath data, using a variety of interpolation methods.

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Reservoir Monitoring

Automated alerts of collision risk ahead-of-the-bit can act as an early warning system, especially when combined with automated WITSML updates; integrated 2D tools interactive with advanced 3D visualization offer a better understanding for monitoring progress and assessing risk.

Image: Data courtesy of RMOTC and US DOE.


When combined with CoViz 4D, WellArchitect offers advanced directional wellpath planning and drilling in a truly collaborative environment where 1D ⁄ 2D ⁄ 3D ⁄ 4D data from across the asset team can be visualized and interrogated during the planning and drilling process.

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WellArchitect: Advanced Directional Well Planning / Survey Management

WellArchitect®, developed in conjunction with Baker Hughes Company, 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.

Wellpaths can be juxtaposed against earth models, reservoir models, and more (above). Data used with permission of owner.

3D Collision Avoidance: Tubes displayed around each off set 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. Data used with permission of owner.

  • Combines powerful directional drilling software with advanced 3D visualization tools and optional reservoir geo-data—a major step forward for the drilling industry
  • Handles everything from planning and survey calculations through data management and collision-risk analysis for a single wellpaths and multi-site/multi-lateral wellpaths
  • Visualize paths in context with drilling (e.g., offset wells, targets, ellipsoids of uncertainty) and optional geological data for optimal wellbore placement
  • Interactive 3D visualization of collision scans while planning and drilling
  • Safety-critical automated clearance calculations ahead-of-the-bit using industry-standard tool models and user-tailored anticollision rules
  • Analyze drilling performance against the plan with 2D/3D interactive tools
  • Automatic alerts to potential risks while planning and drilling
  • Proximity monitoring to faults and horizons while planning and drilling
  • 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
  • Technically advanced tools for managing collision risk with intuitive displays that respond interactively to new data
  • 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

Ellipsoids of uncertainty along a planned wellpath (in blue) shown with geologic targets (blue ellipses) and offset wellpaths (left image) and in the context of a geologic model, along with the driller’s targets (yellow rectangles interior to larger geologic targets in blue) and offset wells (right image).



includes several new advances in directional drilling ⁄ well planning software. Some of the major new features include 3D visualization of ahead-of-the-bit clearance results while actively drilling; ability to monitor simultaneous drilling while auto-clearances are run ahead-of-the-bit; constant toolface curves and “splitting” of profiles for more flexible well planning; a new database QA tool at every level; and support for the new SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Stop Drilling HSE Risk (2017) rule.


The Value of Integrating Geologic Information During Planning and Drilling

by Carol Eve Mann, WellArchitect Project Manager, Dynamic Graphics, Inc.

Traditionally, geoscientists determined their drilling objectives based on seismic, geologic, and reservoir models, displayed most recently in 3D visualization packages. The locations of these targets are passed along to well planners and drilling engineers, who create a proposed drilling path within the context of a spreadsheet: the geologic context is often lost resulting in geometric plans that may not be optimally placed in either the reservoir section or through the overburden, if not enough information has been passed along. These geometric plans ...


3D Representations of Clearance Scans

by Carol Eve Mann, WellArchitect Project Manager, Dynamic Graphics, Inc.


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