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DI Geology at Work: Unconventional Play Quiz


There are many unconventional plays in the US and the number will continue to rise as more studies are done and technology advances. These unconventional plays became popular with the invention of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which allowed for their economic development. There are so many unique plays located throughout the country that it can be difficult to keep all the plays straight!

Below is a fun quiz to see how well you know your unconventional oil plays in the United States. Given the following information and images it is up to you to determine each play. At the end you can tally up your score to see how savvy you are.

The point system is as follows, remember to keep track as you click through the questions and answers. If you like, post your score in the comment section on the blog so everyone can see how well you did.

Less than 2 – Nice Try!
2 to 4 – You know a thing or two about unconventional resource plays
5 to 7 – Good overall understanding of unconventionals
8 or greater – Impressive! (hopefully you did not cheat)

Are you interested in a play? If so, let us know. The DI Geology team is currently studying unconventional plays throughout the country. The data you need to begin or extend a project is available. These studies are dynamic and the DI Geology team will continue to add to and update unconventional plays each quarter.

What DI Geology Playbooks are available?

DI Geology Playbooks

What is included in DI Geology Playbooks?

Purchasing a playbook is like hiring the entire DI Geology team. These dynamic data sets have undergone rigorous review and quality control to make sure you are getting the best possible information. Each quarter additional data is added and the existing data is updated. The data in the project includes; LAS files, correlated stratigraphic tops, directional surveys, well header information, and maps. The LAS files have been QC’d, outlier data trimmed, and the gamma rays logs have been normalized. The correlated surfaces are manually picked by a geologist and reviewed by the DI Geology team. These surfaces are used to create structure and isopach maps to aid in visualizing the subsurface. In addition average property maps are created for each type of well log. This data can be uploaded into any type of interpretation software which allows you to easily expand upon your own models or jump right into a new play.

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Tiffany Guiltinan

Tiffany Guiltinan is a geologist at DrillingInfo. She works with the DI Geology team modeling unconventional oil plays. After obtaining her degree in geology from Cal State University Long Beach she worked in the oil industry in California focusing mainly in the Huntington Beach and Sunset Beach oil fields.

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