JPT Online Technology Briefs

New technologies are being introduced to drilling and completions professionals. Check out these briefs from JPT Online for the latest!


Don’t miss the PD2A Technical Section Reception at ATCE

You are invited to join us for a reception to launch the NEW SPE Technical Section whose aim is to foster the application of data-driven modeling, data mining and predictive analytics in the upstream oil and gas industry, and it’s all at ATCE in San Antonio, Texas, USA. RSVP by 1 October.


Higher Resolution Subsurface Imaging

It is hard to read road signs if you have poor eyesight, which is why driver’s licenses are issued with restrictions requiring that corrective lenses must be worn. Likewise, it is hard to find and exploit subsurface resources if you can’t clearly see your targets or monitor the movement of fluids in the reservoir. [Click the title to access the white paper, read comments, or leave a comment.]


CO2 Applications

John D. Rogers, SPE, Vice President of Operations, Fusion Reservoir Engineering Services

Last year in this focus on CO2 applications, I (as others have) connected enhanced
oil recovery (EOR) as an enabling business foundation and a possible way forward
to accomplish carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a business investment.


Unconventional Resources

Simon Chipperfield, SPE, Team Leader, Santos

“Geology drives technology,” and “the best solutions are multidisciplinary.”

Understanding the best way to develop an unconventional reservoir requires an
understanding of the rocks and a close interaction between the geosciences and engineering.


Artificial Lift

Shauna Noonan, SPE, Staff Production Engineer, ConocoPhillips

Calling all technology champions! A few years ago, I ran across the seven steps to stagnation,
which was a list originally compiled by Erwin M. Soukup. I got a feeling of déjà
vu reading through this list because I had heard these same words spoken from many
managers and peers over my career. If you search for these seven steps on the Internet,
you will find different variations; however, the message is the same.


Reservoir Simulation

Martin Crick, SPE, Chief Petroleum Engineer, Tullow Oil

This year, there were approximately 200 papers on simulation to select from–and that is after a separate feature on history matching. So, the discipline continues to be active. A noticeable feature is the growing number of simulation papers that use different technology, in the broadest sense of the term–for example, using concepts from signal processing and electrical engineering to model subsurface flow or related phenomena. However, the dominant technology remains finite different representations of Darcy’s law, conservation of mass, and a fluid model.

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