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Autonomously Placing Reservoir Sections: Linking Automated Directional Drilling and Automated Geo-Steering

Friday, March 15, 2024

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Friday, March 15, 2024 | 09:00AM – 10:30AM CT

Automated drilling control (ADC) has been implemented at scale on the Norwegian Continental Shelf market over the course of the last five years. The return on investment for the stakeholders has been tangibly demonstrated through reduction in well construction cost, and ultimately the effect this has on the lifting costs for liquids produced from those assets.

2023, however, issued in a new era, with a new lens through which to realize the value-added from automation.

With the wide-spread adoption of automated control for rotary-steerable drilling tools in fixed geometric sections, the natural next step was to combine this technology with formation evaluation tools, and geo-steering workflows, for production reservoir sections. The operator and service company worked for over a year to develop interfaces required for the seamless flow of data from logging-while drilling resistivity measurements, through surface acquisition, processing, geo-steering workflows, real-time well planning and finally into steering commands passed back downhole to the RSS.

The presentation will present the results of the September D-3 well in the Johan Sverdrup field where ~70% of a 8-1/2” was autonomously drilled. The value will be quantified through demonstration of how this technology has played a role in reducing distance for producing sections to reservoir roof. This eliminates unnecessary residual attic-oil, increasing potential production from that section, while also reducing overall number of sections required to be drilled for the same total production and hence also reducing emissions associated with each barrel produced.

All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Matthew Forshaw and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Matthew Forshaw.

This webinar is FREE to SPE Members.

Webinar recordings will be available on-demand within 1 business day of the webinar completion.

For those who attended the live webinar, your certificate will be available in your “Learner Profile” within 1 business day of the webinar completion

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    • 1Autonomously Placing Reservoir Sections: Linking Automated Directional Drilling and Automated Geo-Steering
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      Friday, March 15, 2024 | 09:00AM – 10:30AM CT

      Automated drilling control (ADC) has been implemented at scale on the Norwegian Continental Shelf market over the course of the last five years. The return on investment for the stakeholders has been tangibly demonstrated through reduction in well construction cost, and ultimately the effect this has on the lifting costs for liquids produced from those assets.

      2023, however, issued in a new era, with a new lens through which to realize the value-added from automation.

      With the wide-spread adoption of automated control for rotary-steerable drilling tools in fixed geometric sections, the natural next step was to combine this technology with formation evaluation tools, and geo-steering workflows, for production reservoir sections. The operator and service company worked for over a year to develop interfaces required for the seamless flow of data from logging-while drilling resistivity measurements, through surface acquisition, processing, geo-steering workflows, real-time well planning and finally into steering commands passed back downhole to the RSS.

      The presentation will present the results of the September D-3 well in the Johan Sverdrup field where ~70% of a 8-1/2” was autonomously drilled. The value will be quantified through demonstration of how this technology has played a role in reducing distance for producing sections to reservoir roof. This eliminates unnecessary residual attic-oil, increasing potential production from that section, while also reducing overall number of sections required to be drilled for the same total production and hence also reducing emissions associated with each barrel produced.

      All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Matthew Forshaw and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Matthew Forshaw.

      This webinar is FREE to SPE Members.

      Webinar recordings will be available on-demand within 1 business day of the webinar completion.

      For those who attended the live webinar, your certificate will be available in your “Learner Profile” within 1 business day of the webinar completion

    Credits

    Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits

    Speakers

    Matthew ForshawBaker HughesMatthew is a global product manager responsible for growing Baker Hughes’ global digital and automation well construction product portfolio and business. Matthew started his career working offshore in the North Sea, and has moved through several operations, technology, and commercial roles. This included leadership of an automation development team, part of a cross-functional group responsible for the world’s first section to be drilled from an offshore installation in closed-loop control of directional drilling assembly. Matthew along with colleagues was awarded the World Oil Award in 2020 for the achievement, and development of this disruptive technology. In 2023 Matthew followed this achievement leading the team which delivered the world’s first autonomously drilled reservoir sections, linking both directional and geosteering automation technologies.

    Matthew is an active figure in several industry groups focused on how digital, automation and remote operations can reduce upstream well construction CAPEX for E&Ps as well meet sustainability targets through emissions reduction. He also contributes through publications, keynotes and as an organizer for SPE workshops and symposiums.