Understand complex, diverse properties.
Unconventional prospects, especially shale, often contain complex and highly variable properties, making it much more difficult to initially determine the location of sweet spots, as well as the quantities and quality of the resource. To gain the best possible understanding of the prospect, teams need to integrate all surface and subsurface data available. Using the DecisionSpace® environment, teams can integrate and share available GIS, geologic, geophysical and engineering data to characterize and high-grade possible prospects. Using Dynamic Frameworks to Fill™ technology, they can generate and update sealed structural models to facilitate early assessment.
Identify potential risks.
Misunderstanding key seismic attributes and production parameters in the exploration phase can set up unconventional plays for disaster in later stages. Landmark integrated DecisionSpace environment helps teams gather and share accurate seismic and log data for shale intervals, facies heterogeneity, faults, and basin scale mapping of the tectonic framework and depositional systems. And tools for seismic inversion and pre- and post-stack analysis quickly provide a more accurate picture of seismic attributes, saving time and reducing risk potential for gas, condensates, or liquids in a play.
Appraisal & Development
Accurately and collaboratively plan for field development.
Low-permeability resources like shale and coal bed methane can require field plans with several thousand wells to be productive and profitable. And with each well costing considerably more than conventional wells, teams need to justify the prospect's viability and optimize pad placement before beginning full field development. Landmark software helps teams quickly move from detailed earth models to precise, effective well trajectories with collaborative tools for modeling, measuring and optimizing the asset. Integrated real-time planning keeps your plans up to date, and automated scenario-based planning helps your teams quickly and accurately plan for large fields.
Stay in the sweet spot.
Resources such as shale gas, coal bed methane and tight sands have smaller sweet spots than conventional oil resources, requiring precise, responsive geosteering for optimal well paths. When they actively geosteer wells, teams need to rapidly integrate microseismic data and other forms of geophysical and petrophysical data into the well path planning process. Landmark horizontal well correlation software leverages real-time data sources, including logging-while-drilling (LWD) data, to project more accurate paths and dynamically update target maps.
As unconventional plays are much more costly than conventional plays, exploring all possible scenarios in field development is particularly crucial for safe and profitable exploration and production. Teams can use DecisionSpace Well Planning and DecisionSpace Earth Modeling software to develop alternate scenarios along with their full-field well plans, ensuring that every possible scenario is taken into account before drilling. And drillers can use the DecisionSpace InSite® platform to continually optimize the drilling plan using real-time data from the rig.
Development & Production
Produce more with shorter well lives.
Unconventional resources have much shorter well lives, making it critical for teams to optimize their producing time and apply learnings to future wells. The DecisionSpace environment helps teams cross-plot all zone-based attributes and look for diagnostic factors that drive production, including well placement, spacing, fracture, stimulation and completion techniques. And well review management tools highlight underperforming wells based on your custom criteria, helping teams focus on the most productive wells and reducing non-productive time.
Monitor a high volume of wells.
Unlike more conventional plays, shale plays require hundreds of accurately placed wells over a large surface area to produce effectively. To effectively monitor production from each well, teams need an automated solution. Landmark powerful, advanced multi-well planning workflows integrate geophysics on the fly to help you steer each well path, analyze field history more rapidly and make better decisions.
Manage a diverse database.
The complex, high-volume nature of unconventional plays can generate massive amounts of data in multiple repositories, with no standard workflows and inconsistent data quality. Our OpenWorks® enterprise data management solution helps you get the most out of your data. As the industry's only business rules repository, OpenWorks software consolidates data in a single database shared dynamically across teams and projects. With fewer data sets to manage, maintain and synchronize, you eliminate data duplication and improve collaboration within projects and transfer knowledge to optimize future projects.