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Technical Paper: New Approach to Geomechanics Solves Serious Horizontal Drilling Problems in Troublesome Unconventional Plays

Society: SPE
Paper Number: 168675
Presentation Date: 2013
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Abstract

A new risk-based approach to geomechanics analysis, called ‘depth of failure,’ is having game-changing results and solving serious problems when constructing horizontal wells in troublesome unconventional shale plays. This approach combines technically sound engineering with drilling and geomechanics integration and provides a solution that is more valuable to the drilling community. This workflow is being implemented to allow complex wells to be drilled successfully, where failure had previously been a high risk

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