Intelligent Fields Technology
Over the last couple of decades, we have seen a steady stream of “intelligent” innovations go from ideas to infancy to catalog solutions. Advances in metering, measurement, control, automation, and modeling have changed our daily routine such that our decisions are better informed, and, as a result, we produce in more-challenging environments, at lower cost, and with better recoveries.
Whether deployed in the office or in the field, the majority of these advances have pertained to improvements in our organizations, in our production facilities, and in our wells. While still not routine, tools based on artificial intelligence, large-scale model integration, and automated data/model integration are finding their way into the typical practitioner’s toolbox. What is clearly emerging now are practical solutions that take the next step into the reservoir and across solution types and discipline boundaries. In the coming years, artificial-intelligence applications will steer our exploration and appraisal processes. While we push model integration (e.g., between static and dynamic and for entire production systems), artificial intelligence will be working behind the scenes to find model inconsistencies, to narrow uncertainties, and to improve our forecasts and option assessments.
These advances are coming at an opportune time in that they can support better decision making in some of our most-costly decisions (e.g., helping us to improve our productive drilling rates and demonstrating the real costs of deviating from reservoir-management plans). The papers highlighted in this section provide clear illustrations of how some of this will be achieved.
This Month's Technical Papers
Recommended Additional Reading
OTC 26209 Proactive and Reactive Strategies for Optimal Operational Design: An Application in Smart Wells by A.C.A. Abreu, PUC-Rio, et al.
SPE 176760 Leveraging Intelligent-Field Data for Full-Field Pressure-Transient Analysis by B. Al-Wehaibi, Saudi Aramco, et al.
SPE 177829 Smart Proxy: An Innovative Reservoir-Management Tool; Case Study of a Giant Mature Oil Field in the UAE by S.D. Mohaghegh, Intelligent Solutions, et al.
Intelligent Fields Technology
John Hudson, SPE, Principal Production Engineer, Shell
01 May 2016
Taking an Inside Look at Wellhead Monitoring and Metering
The data collected via monitoring and metering applications are increasingly viewed as central to assessing production performance and in decision making to optimize field development and operations.
Lessons From 10 Years of Monitoring With Chemical Inflow Tracers
Initial development of inflow tracers was designed to provide qualitative information about the location of water breakthrough in production wells. The proof of concept and application for water detection initiated the development of oil tracers for oil-inflow monitoring.
Reservoir-Surveillance Data Creates Value in Fractured-Carbonate Applications
The objective of this paper is to illustrate a methodology for identifying the value of information (VOI) in reservoir management—in particular, for deriving the conditional probabilities of success when new and imperfect data are acquired.
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