A 24-well pad is planned to hit the geoscience targets all at once while adhering to engineering constraints. Anti-collision lines are shown and colored for the various collision risk thresholds.
(Courtesy CGG GeoSoftware)
PARIS – CGG GeoSoftware has launched WellPath, an interactive 3D well path planning solution for optimal well planning in unconventional and fractured reservoirs and offshore development platforms, as part of its InsightEarth 3D visualization and interpretation software suite.
WellPath shows the complexity of the subsurface drilling environment in 3D so that drillers can quickly plan and QC horizontal wells on high-density, multi-lateral pads, or large offshore platforms.
According to the company, drilling engineers now have the power to perform interactive directional well path planning while adhering to the constraints of geological targets and engineering design. Drillers can optimize plans based on fractures, facies, geobodies, and reservoir attributes while avoiding hazards, legacy wells, and recent completions prevalent in certain areas.
The new technology is said to be able to integrate all available geological and geophysical data and interpretations, locations and paths of planned and existing wells, and cultural data.
Planners can also use the functionality within the new technology to perform accurate anti-collision calculations and generate reports for all wells/scenarios. The company said this capability can dramatically reduce planning cycle time from several weeks to a single morning, enabling drillers to meet demanding rig schedules.