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Why Collaboration is the Most Important Piece of Your Well Plan


Well planning is one of the most critical elements for a successful drilling operation, and one of the most demanding as well. It involves multiple actors and decision makers across a diverse set of disciplines, such as Geology, Engineering, Executive Management, Legal, and more. There is not one, clean formula for planning an oilfield; rather, the set of engineering methods specified for a plan must cohere to the geology of the formation, requiring geoscience and engineering teams, in particular, to be connected at the hip. The fastest way for this to happen is the use of common software to develop one well plan simultaneously. When a well plan is allowed to come to life on a single platform, with real-time touchpoints by multiple teams, the workflow becomes the catalyst for collaboration and engagement across disciplines.

Drillinginfo is excited to announce a new workflow specifically for oilfield planners, enabling field planning exercises from a single application.

We’ve also added other new workflows and enhancements in DI Transform, our all-in-one geological, geophysical, and engineering (GG&E) platform where geoscience meets analytics. Keep reading to learn about these new features and how they work!

Pad and Field Planning Workflow

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Field Planners must use multiple software packages for each step in the field planning process, and unfortunately, these applications simply don’t provide enough detailed analytics for determining optimal drilling parameters. Our new Pad and Field Planning workflow enables you to simultaneously plan an entire field of well pads with precision. The ability to assess potential pad placements using the consistent template in DI Transform serves as a baseline to reduce variability and margin of error in your final plan.

Well Interference Workflow

Drilling additional wells in productive acreage is a no-brainer, but determining where to put them is a challenge – and anticipating their impact on existing wells is even more difficult. With the new Well Interference workflow in DI Transform, you can easily predict the effect of nearby wells on current production. Rapid visual analysis of key factors such as production, water cut change, well separation, reservoir depletion, and reservoir quality can be combined in a composite production prediction map.

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Well Targeting Workflow

It’s difficult for engineers to determine which drilling parameters will affect the production without manually looking at every well or poring over a complex spreadsheet. The Well Targeting workflow gives you an in-depth look at wells that have already been drilled. Apply attributes of successful wells to your reservoir models, and study the factors that may have contributed to production.

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Exploratory Data Analysis

Multivariate statistical modeling is hard enough to pronounce, not to mention actually do! The analytical steps that a geoscientist must complete in this workflow are rife with the potential for error at every corner. Our updated, modern user interface and new plot types ease the tedium of such complex analysis, providing even more powerful capabilities that are displayed in simple, clean visualizations.

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We hope that these new workflows and enhancements continue to streamline the many analytical needs of our customers even further. Check out the DI Transform product page to learn more about this all-in-one GG&E platform.

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Nikki Sein

Nikki Sein is a Product Marketing Manager for Drillinginfo. She is responsible for go-to-market strategy, sales enablement, and the creation of customer facing materials for several products across the Drillinginfo portfolio. Nikki has deep expertise in B2B data space, playing a critical role in dozens of feature and product launches. Nikki holds BS & BA degrees from UC San Diego and an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.