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Summary of the SPE HFTC 2022 paper, “Automating a Breakthrough Technology for Real-Time Diagnostics: Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring”
The SWPM (sealed wellbore pressure monitoring) process is precisely what the name implies – measuring pressure changes on a sealed wellbore. This technique is simple, economical, and highly accurate. A surface gauge mounted on a sealed wellbore and the Well Data Labs Completions platform provides two essential tools needed to quantify different hydraulic fracturing parameters. With the added power of machine learning, we can move even closer to real-time analysis. So, before we dive in, below is a very brief summary of Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring.
- Patented by Devon Energy
- Made available through an exclusive partnership with Well Data Labs in 2020
- 13,000+ stages have been analyzed with SWPM
- 70+ projects in 16 major North and South American unconventional basins
- Validated against multiple diagnostics including cross-well strain and fiber-optic distributed temperature/acoustic sensing
Strategic alliance empowers operators to make data-driven business decisions for better well economics
May 26, 2021: Well Data Labs, Inc. announces it has entered into a strategic partnership with Ubiterra Corporation to provide E&P customers with a comprehensive solution for the analysis of real-time and post job completions, drilling, and geosteering data. The partnership is a significant step forward in enabling customers to leverage enhanced analytical insights alongside advanced visualizations. Access via a single platform to both companies’ data workflows allows operators to make more informed critical business decisions that improve operational outcomes and economics while mitigating risk. read more…
Find insights and create action faster with the right data visualizations
Visual communication skills are often an afterthought in the workplace. Still, they’re critical if your job relies on data-driven decision making. With the volume of data most industries collect these days, it’s near impossible to make sense of terabytes of data without leaning on data visualizations to abstract it.
With the help of visualizations, we can dive into tangled messes of data in a more methodical way. One main reason data scientists use visualizations is exploration or hunting for insights. Abstracting data by using visualizations can help us identify trends, spot outliers, evaluate performance, draw comparisons, and test hypotheses. We call this “data brainstorming” — a focus on discovering and testing strategic ideas through data viz. read more…
Don’t wait until plug drill-out to discover casing deformation
The trend in hydraulic fracturing has been to push the envelope on drilling longer horizontal laterals with an ever-increasing number of stages, clusters, proppant, and fluid volumes. As completion intensities have increased, there has been an associated increase in casing deformations leading to partial or complete restrictions in the lateral. Publications and poll surveys agree that the overwhelming majority of casing deformations occur during hydraulic fracturing operations. Until now, few case studies have examined the high-resolution fracturing treatment data to identify characteristic pressure signatures related to casing deformation or failures. read more…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…