Well planning and drilling support

When drilling production wells, we are dealing with a fairly short (by the standards of the oil and gas industry) cycle, which includes selection and justification of targets, geosteering and post drilling model update. Right time application of modern computer models at all stages, from target selection to post drilling analysis and model update, has shown their highest efficiency at hundreds of wells where PetroTrace specialists participated in design and drilling support. We have developed an integrated workflow for cluster drilling design, optimization and support based on evergreen seismo-geological, geological. flow simulation and geomechanical models.



Designing the optimal trajectory of the horizontal section, selecting the target interval in the 3D geological model with respect to flow simulation results.


When selecting and justifying geological drilling targets, the main tool is a combination of evergreen  geological and flow simulation models.  On their  basis the spatial localization of residual reserves, assessment and optimization of production profiles of planned wells, evaluation of their influence on each other, as well as on already existing wells are carried out. In the case of sidetracking, candidate wells are also selected using models. In cases where surface infrastructure and/or production technology constraints are a limiting factor, an integrated model is used along with a three-dimensional flow simulation model. This allows a more accurate assessment of the technological and economic effect of drilling by taking into account the influence of newly introduced wells and well pads on the filed infrastructure.

As production drilling is connected with geological risks (structural uncertainty, lack of net pay thickness, getting into drained or flushed reservoir zones, etc.) when selecting targets, measures to minimize uncertainty impact are defined: choice of drilling sequence and definition of dependent wells, optimization of pilot borehole locations, selection of alternative completion options, etc.


Well trajectory optimization based on information from the geological and geomechanical models.


Planned well trajectories are created for selected geological targets. This process takes into account existing technological constraints, including those related to the possibility of complications predicted by the geomechanical model. Well trajectories and pad locations and distribution of geological targets between pads are adjusted to satisfy the interests of drillers, geologists and reservoir engineers. At the end of the day planned trajectories are both drillable and optimal in terms of both subsurface uncertainty and feature production. Integrated well planning is aimed to reduce the cost and timing of drilling while respecting the “interests” of the field development.


Support of horizontal section drilling using synthetic logs, stratigraphic geosteering and control of the wellbore position in the seismic section.


At all stages of modern well construction (pilot well, transport section, horizontal section) LWD and MWD channels provide valuable G&G information, which can be used to refine the existing reservoir model ( first of all geological) in order to steer  the drilling direction. PetroTrace specialists have accompanied the drilling of more than 500 horizontal wells and sidetracks. Our experience shows high efficiency of drilling monitoring based on comparison of the model data with LWD and MWD data in real time – this improves wellbore to reservoir contact and hence well productivity.

Upon completion of drilling, we carry out fast track log interpretation and update both geological and flow simulation models of the field to refine predictions for the next wells and, if necessary, adjust their targets.


Real-time monitoring of the drilling process.


In parallel with geological support while drilling, technological support (technological monitoring) is also carried out, to prevent emergency situations throughout the entire drilling interval. Modern methods of monitoring imply continuous acquisition of mechanical drilling parameters and their comparison with model parameters calculated on the basis of geomechanical model parameters, data on drillability of rocks and results of previous wells.

The tools used for drilling monitoring enable, among other things, pre-drill modeling (to predict risk of incidents) and retrospective analysis of previously drilled (to take lessons and make adjustments to the drilling program for subsequent wells).