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Well Planning

Well target digitization in 3D, map and intersection views

Optimizing well placement in the reservoir requires careful consideration. RMS™ Wellplan makes it easy to digitize targets and create wells. The user can easily target locations, add alternative targets, and iterate quickly towards optimal well placement, taking risks and upsides into account.

Main Benefits of RMS Wellplanning

  • Iterate quickly towards optimal well placement, taking risks and upsides into account.
  • Easy 3D and 2D digitization of well targets
  • Intelligent and automated trajectory creation from target to wellhead, taking drilling constraints into account
  • Automated workflows for creating well prognosis, including complete export to simulator for making of flow prognosis.
  • Automated workflows and Big Loop concept allow sensitivity studies and well placement optimization.

Main Features of RMS Wellplanning

With all the data at your fingertips and a rich set of visualization tools for 3D, 2D, intersections and correlations, RMS Wellplan is an excellent platform for designing well targets. With 3D geological models and simulation models at hand, the rich postprocessing tools in RMS allow users to extract useful maps, such as HCPV (Hydro Carbon Pore Volume) maps. The well planning team can use these maps to identify the best drilling targets. Prognosis for the planned well may be part of the workflow. The well trajectory, extracted logs, picks and zone logs can be exported in various formats for more detailed well engineering work.

For testing the planned well with your simulator of choice, automated workflows can add perforations and flow simulation events to the planned well and export a simulation-ready deck to the simulator.

RMS Wellplan and automation of the workflow manager are especially useful for testing different well alternatives or doing optimization. Using the Big Loop™ workflow concept, geological modeling and simulation are run back-to-back and automatically include the planned wells. With uncertainty workflows and ensemble-based modeling, the well target and completion events (e.g. perforations) can be automatically calculated for each realization. RMS can work with Tempest™ ENABLE or other optimization tools to find the optimal well.

RMS Wellplan is powered by Roxar API, providing Python scripts or plugins with full access to target locations and completion events. This enables customers to parametrize planned wells and use their preferred optimization algorithm.

For planning several wells from a cluster or platform, optimization algorithms help find the best possible template position.


Field planning in RMS allows easy repetition of a template well in a given pattern. Its main use is for unconventional reservoirs like shale or SAGD.


RMS Geosteering

Geosteering in RMS is integrated into the geological modeling workflow so that models can be updated while drilling. This makes RMS a very powerful tool for landing and steering the well to its optimal position. Log responses from nearby wells are resampled geologically correct to the trajectory being drilled, so by comparing actual measured logs with estimated log response from nearby wells, the user can verify the drill bit position in the reservoir model. If there are discrepancies between measured and estimated logs, there are techniques to adjust the geological model to the measured logs. The geological model is continuously being updated with real-time logs received through WITSML, making it a great tool for optimizing the trajectory position within the reservoir.