Optimizing Well Placement in Gas Shale Plays

Andrew Cook, Technical Sales Advisor, demonstrates a solution for optimal well placement. Andrew Cook, Technical Sales Advisor, presents a well planning solution that combines the efficiency of the constraint-based approach with the required level of well path editing, to deliver optimal horizontal well placement in a geologically challenging area in the Barnett Shale.



Topics Covered
  • Fully interactive well planning and display in a 3D interpretation canvas
  • Validation of well design against predefined drilling parameters to enable planning of drillable wells
  • Fast and efficient picking of multiple targets that incorporate all interpretation constraints
The challenge of producing hydrocarbons economically from increasingly complex unconventional resources drives the need for well path and engineering design optimization at every stage of the planning and drilling process. A typical constraint-based approach to well planning within the interpretation and modeling domain allows the geoscientist to quickly create initial well plans that have a high probability of acceptance by the drilling engineer. However, such embedded well planning tools do not always provide the level of flexibility required to fully optimize well placement with respect to all available geologic information within the 3D subsurface model.

This presentation demonstrates a well planning solution that combines the efficiency of the constraint-based approach with the required level of well path editing, to deliver optimal horizontal well placement within an integrated petrophysical, geological and geophysical model for a geologically challenging area in the Barnett Shale.

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