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Petrel trajectory planning

Plan your well paths with confidence


The well path design and positioning capabilities in Petrel™ subsurface software are now fully coupled to perform wellbore stability evaluation, offset well analysis, and relief well planning.

The Petrel trajectory planning module enables collaboration between geologists and drilling engineers to efficiently deliver a drillable trajectory with constraints and sensitivity analysis. This provides a unified visualization, interpretation, and modeling workspace in which teams can collaborate more effectively to plan wells and evaluate and develop assets.

Reduce trajectory planning cycle time

Enhanced collaboration enables multidisciplinary experts to work more effectively to design the optimal trajectory, run anticollision analysis, and leverage 3D visualization tools. Extending well path design to geomechanics workflows substantially changes the way well paths are built, allowing geologists and drilling engineers to select the right trajectory and mud weight.

Trajectory planning cycle time is reduced by using a shared workspace to design well paths and run both anticollision and driller target analysis in the context of the earth model. The multiuser environment in the Petrel platform enables this integration across multiple domain workflows and data types.

Trajectory Planning
Optimize your trajectory design workflow by letting your cross-discipline teams collaborate in the Petrel E&P software platform.

Integrated trajectory workflow in 3D earth model

The well path design and well positioning workflows use industry-standard engines to enable you to quickly design and validate all well trajectories, drillable wells, sidetracks, and multilaterals, as well as perform drilling target and anticollision analysis—all in the context of your 3D earth model.

Once the wells are planned, attributes can be adjusted for cost, directional complexity, and platform locations, while ensuring maximum reservoir contact. All changes are viewable in geological context within a 3D window.

The well positioning workflow increases confidence in anticollision analysis by visualizing critical results within a 2D or 3D space: this is especially useful in congested offshore or land development environments. Calculating the no-go zone for each offset well steps down each ellipsoid of uncertainty of the offset well trajectory and computes the perpendicular cross section as well as the minimum allowable separation distance for each direction. The 3D no-go space is constructed by connecting all of the no-go cross sections on each offset well, from wellhead to TD.

Project or window anticollision scans can be run interactively while planning or drilling. Collision risk levels are highlighted in a window—high-risk level displayed in red, low-risk level in green—providing a quick indication of the success of the anticollision scenario.

Integrated geomechanics

The Mud Weight Predictor (MWP) plug-in for the Petrel platform provides advanced wellbore stability postprocessing for your geomechanical models. The purpose is to assist in choosing the density of drilling mud to keep the well mechanically stable and avoid influx of fluids, thus assessing drilling risks on the basis of a geomechanical model.

The workflows incorporate heterogeneous distribution of the mechanical properties and stresses from a geomechanical model and convert this information into mud-weight window limits and width for a given well direction. This enables you to choose the most stable path and, depending on the width of the mud-weight window, safe and unsafe zones for drilling can be identified, which allows well design to minimize drilling problems and mitigate risks.

Conduct offset well analysis

Offset performance can be analyzed and optimal drilling parameters identified for a planned well in a given formation or section by predicting rates of penetration on the proposed trajectory. Detailed data analysis is facilitated by crossplots, montages, and comprehensive data filtering tools, for example, by well, bit, depth, or other log data.

For risk management, a risk catalog can be constructed that combines all of the reservoir, borehole geomechanics, and drilling information, such as lessons learned, best practices, and risks encountered in offset wells. Events can be used to calibrate your models, which are then correlated to geology and visualized in both the 3D and well section windows, then migrated to a planned well so risk mitigation planning can be initiated and incorporated into the drilling program.

Perform relief well planning

With the Petrel trajectory planning module, the technology for validation of relief well plans is accessible to the drilling engineer early in the trajectory design stage. This shortens the iteration process by enabling a full range of parameter uncertainties to be used when planning and testing the well. Thus, rapid evaluation of key uncertainty parameters is possible early in the well planning process—as parameters are confirmed or as new data arrives, the simulations can be quickly updated.

Work in a real-time environment

The ultimate objective is to reach geological targets safely. The Petrel trajectory planning module helps achieve this by streaming depth-indexed data while drilling and comparing planned versus actual well paths in real time to immediately determine if there is a risk of missing a target.

  • Ensure objectives are met by designing well paths entirely within a shared earth model
  • Design optimal well paths and reduce cycle time
  • Ensure maximum reservoir contact using best-fit workflows
  • Understand challenges facing new well paths by visualizing information in 2D and 3D windows
  • Recalculate the mud-weight window interactively as the well trajectory is updated
  • Perform relief well planning during trajectory design phase
Single software platform for cross-domain, expert communication
Interactive 3D well path design and anticollision reports
Profiles and templates to optimize well path design
Survey management
3D visualization of well-to-well collision risks and no-go zones
Geological and driller target analysis
Calculation of the stable drilling direction and resulting mud-weight cube
Accurate well control analysis using the Olga* dynamic multiphase flow simulator
Offset well analysis
Real-time workflows enabled
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