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Geomechanics

Reduce risk from well to reservoir to basin

The state of equilibrium of a rock formation is disturbed by drilling, production, or injection resulting in changes to the mechanical state of the rock. Such changes can seriously impact drilling operations, completions infrastructure, and production performance, all of which can result in unexpected cost and time overruns. Geomechanics related issues are thought to cause almost half of drilling-related NPT in HPHT, deep water, and other challenging environments.

Without a strategy for avoiding or minimizing potential geomechanical problems, your project may cost millions more than budgeted. Today, most operators consider geomechanics analysis and planning a necessary strategic component of exploration and field development activities. Identifying potential issues, planning for, and managing them saves time and improves safety at the wellsite.

Geomechanical factors affect every part of the life cycle of an oil and gas reservoir. It is important to assess and manage these, from predicting drilling risks in the first well to maximizing recovery from mature assets.

Geomechanics Management - Drilling

Geomechanics Completions

Once in the reservoir, geomechanics is an important component of the completion design, whether to avoid sanding, or to develop a stimulation strategy to enhance production.

Geomechanics for the Reservoir

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Accurate Pore Pressure Prediction Reduces Risk in HPHT Well

3D velocity model
Operator carried out 3D pore pressure analysis to avoid drilling related cost overruns. Read case study

Mechanical Earth Model Defined

Geomechanics 3D model
Mechanical Earth Models are used for many well-centric and field wide geomechanics applications. They are fundamental in providing parameters for planning and decision making. Visit the Mechanical Earth Model page