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Drilling in on drilling data – faster insights without the wrangling

Drilling in on drilling data – faster insights without the wrangling

Data – it’s generally accepted that its real value can only be achieved when it provides actionable insights at the right time to help inform decision-making. Otherwise, data and the time and energy to collect and organize it are simply wasted. This is true of any type of data, not just drilling and completions data.

As an industry veteran and Senior Drilling Advisor for Well Data Labs Dicky Hall puts it, “Drilling an oil or gas well produces millions of data points in a short amount of time. For operators and the drilling engineers who manage the drilling operations, taming such a large and unruly data set is time-consuming and not typically the highest priority.” He continues, “In most cases, the data cannot be used while drilling because it lacks structure and cannot be easily nor quickly analyzed and visualized. During drilling operations, engineers must be able to make fast, more proactive decisions. If that data can be captured and provided in a unified and structured format to enable near real-time decisions, then it becomes hugely valuable.” read more…

How to make the most of Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring and Offset Pressure Analysis: a guide to two fracture diagnostic options

How to make the most of Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring and Offset Pressure Analysis: a guide to two fracture diagnostic options

You wouldn’t use a hammer and a scalpel for the same job, and you shouldn’t use the same fracture diagnostics either.

There is no shortage of fracture diagnostic options in the market today.  In fact, by our count, there are approximately 50 different methods (not providers, mind you, but technologies) that can be used as fracture diagnostics.  These range from proppant tracers to microseismic and everything in between.  A full analysis of the differences between these technologies and applications in the field could fill the pages of a textbook.  Today, we will dive into two specific fracture diagnostics options that are near and dear to our hearts here at Well Data Labs: Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring (SWPM) and Offset Pressure Analysis (OPA), with an examination of the type of data each technique provides and rough guidelines on when each makes the most sense to apply in a given situation. read more…

The PPE (Passion-Perseverance-Expertise) you need for a career in oil and gas

The PPE (Passion-Perseverance-Expertise) you need for a career in oil and gas

Jessica Iriarte, Karen Olson, and Mary Van Domelen share their insights and advice for thriving in a career in oil and gas

With a combined 85+ years of experience in the industry, Jessica, Karen, and Mary certainly have their fair share of stories and advice for navigating a career in oil and gas. From living and working in places like Italy, Norway, Cairo, and Latin America to balancing careers and personal lives, these three leading ladies of completions share some of their lessons learned and best advice. read more…

The numbers game: are more perforation clusters better?

The numbers game: are more perforation clusters better?

You know what they say; more is better. But is it always?

For many years now, the most common method for horizontal multistage fracturing in tight rock formations has been Plug-and-Perf (PnP), utilizing several perforation clusters along the lateral section of the well in an attempt to create multiple fractures in any single stage. The basic assumption initially was that all clusters receive equal stimulation. However, irregularities in production performance and post-frac evaluations have led to the conclusion that the placement of these perforation clusters is critical. The number of perforation clusters has a significant impact on how effectively fractures can be created in the formation. read more…

No time? No problem! AI-enabled event picking for the win!

No time? No problem! AI-enabled event picking for the win!

Automation, artificial intelligence, AI-enabled, machine learning – these words have become a part of our vernacular. And, when it comes to enhancing how we live and work, the possibilities are boundless. The Apple Watch, for example, has an app that checks for changes in heart rate. If it detects something out of the norm, it sends an alert to the doctor and patient enabling them to make informed and timely decisions about the care or action needed.

Turning to completions operations, using technology to automate manual tasks such as selecting stage start and end times can greatly benefit workflows, operational efficiencies, and decision making.  First, it frees workers up to focus on higher-value, higher-impact tasks. And when adding real-time data, it can also arm teams with timely information and alerts about potential problems so they can make more proactive on-the-fly decisions. read more…

Making historic fracture design evaluation easier with machine learning

Making historic fracture design evaluation easier with machine learning

At the most basic level, hydraulic fracturing’s main objective is to fracture the rock to stimulate the flow of hydrocarbons. When completion engineers design a frac job, their priorities are to optimize that flow while adhering to operational, budgetary, and reservoir development constraints to maximize well performance and economics. Of course, it is much more complicated than that, and looking to the past can provide context and a better understanding of performance, which can be applied to the future. Such is the case with hydraulic fracturing data. read more…

Alert: Real-Time Machine Learning is here!

Alert: Real-Time Machine Learning is here!

Fracture-driven interactions, or FDIs, can be tough to detect in real-time even with the trained eye, but real-time machine learning now makes this possible.

FDIs are not a new menace in the oilfield.  They have been a challenge since the beginning of time, and are becoming even more commonplace as operators look to tap every aspect of the reservoirs within their reach1. These impacts cause economic harm in three key ways: read more…

The revolution has arrived: Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring

The revolution has arrived: Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring

The newest fracture diagnostic on the market: how it works and what it can do for your completion operations

The Upstream Oil & Gas Industry has seen its share of innovation and revolution over the past several decades. From the shale revolution allowing operators to efficiently access tight formations to the adoption of data-driven approaches to completion operations, there is no shortage of examples. The driving force behind these changes has always been a relentless push toward operational and capital efficiency. In an industry that has seen its share of boom and bust cycles, those that are most streamlined have the best staying power. It is with this central tenet in mind that the patent-pending Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring (SWPM) process was born through the efforts of innovative completion engineers at Devon Energy. read more…

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