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SKUA-GOCAD Well Planning

Embedded well planning in the SKUA-GOCAD modeling environment.

The SKUA-GOCAD™ Well Planning tool is used for planning both onshore multi-lateral wells and offshore wells or platforms.  Integrated with AspenTech Subsurface Science & Engineering (SSE) reservoir engineering tools, it provides complete well planning and reservoir optimization capabilities in one package.

SKUA-GOCAD Well Planning offers an easy-to-use workflow that guides the user through the planning of platforms, individual wells or side-tracks. 

Multi-lateral well planning or SEGD planning is performed directly inside a SKUA-GOCAD model, in order to control the position of the wellbores with the formation top and thickness.

Drilling parameters are defined in templates which can be set for each project by the drilling engineer. All well plans will then follow these templates.  The drilling parameters, together with the directional tools, allow the computation of well path uncertainty as well as collision risks.

A cost model is also included in the drilling parameter template, to allow the cost analysis of different drilling scenarios. 

Planned wells can be interactively edited to remove potential collisions by modifying kick-off angles or other parameters.

Targets are interactively picked inside the 3D model, and any interactive target modification will induce an automatic re-computation of the well plan.

Planned wells can be used in SKUA-GOCAD Reservoir Engineering modules to compute potential production at the well locations.

SKUA-GOCAD Well Planning Benefits

  • Optimized trajectories and surface location positions minimize cost and maximize accuracy.
  • Saves time by providing a quick evaluation of the drilling plan and optimal side track well design using the side track reach analysis.
  • The drill plan can be simultaneously merged with all available seismic, petrophysical and geological data.  3D well trajectories of planned wells can be viewed alongside existing wells in conjunction with drilling targets and drilling hazards.  The ability to quickly assess drilling hazards mitigates risk.  
  • Identifying hazards before drilling begins enables users to perform contingency planning.  Real-time model updates from operational data can be used to manage ongoing drilling costs and take corrective action when required, thus improving the chances of success.