Creating Contour Plots in Spotfire for Drilling Optimization

Utilizing contour plots in Spotfire to simplify drilling plans

With custom contour plots in Spotfire, drilling engineers can change the values of any two independent parameters (X & Y axes) to find the combination of those values that produce the best results for a third (Z). In this case, we look at the combination of bit RPM and weight on bit to see which combination produces the best rate of penetration for this type of formation.

Contour plots in Spotfire for drilling engineers

Typically, in order to recognize patterns that would help optimize the plan to drill a new well, drilling engineers need to compare two variables across multiple Excel spreadsheets to determine an intersect value. Additionally, they have to create a new spreadsheet for each set of variables. This works, but it takes a lot of extra time that the engineer could spend making decisions. This can delay the start of drilling a well, and the manual manipulation of the data introduces the risk of errors that could create problems during drilling.

Using a visualization tool like Spotfire paired with TERR Engine, we can use the information gathered from previously drilled wells in the same/similar formation to create Spotfire contour plots which help us evaluate similar drilling parameters and formulate an ideal drilling plan for a future well. There’s no question that this helps reduce the amount of time it takes to start producing both prior to and during drilling.

The uses for a contour plot in Spotfire extend well beyond typical drilling parameters. Our clients find that they can use this for evaluating other performance variables for things like health & safety of workers by looking at the number of hours on the job versus the number of accidents to determine correlation and reduce risk in the future.

The initial creation of the contour plot in Spotfire usually requires advanced understanding of the Spotfire platform. Entrance’s Spotfire consultants can typically get this set up for a client in a couple of weeks, after which it will be incredibly easy for you to swap out variables for new drilling plans.

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Data Management: Measuring Quality

Data Management for Upstream

In the world of data management, there are two factors that are important to account for: quality and access.

Measuring data quality was the topic of a PPDM presentation by Jeremy Eade, a Subsurface Data Lead at BP. His approach to data management specifically surrounded the consistency of data surrounding wells.

Data Rules and Business Rules

To start out the discussion, Eade covered data rules and business rules. For those Data Management and Qualitywho are unfamiliar, a data rule should only be checking one point of quality at a time. For example, whether the well rig release date must be on or off the spud date.

There should be a data rule for each piece of data that the company cares about. A quality data management program should also have business rules that dictate the governance of the database.

The Four C’s

Eade also covered some more specific data quality dimensions, called the Four C’s. Below are some examples of how they apply in an Upstream situation.

Completeness: Can well data stand on its own? Is relevant data from each system included for each well?

Consistency: Is formatting the same across records? Is the same data recorded for each well? Across databases, is data also consistent?

Correctness: This is where data rules comes in. Some thought should be given to how accuracy can be checked for each type of data.

Currency: When was the last time frac data was loaded into the database?

Quality Measurement in Action

Eade went to describe what happened when they started to examine the specifics of data quality at BP. One observation was that G&G spent far too much time on the quality control side.

In addition, after implementing data rules, the team learned that 20 of BP’s wells had null data. They also found many instances where the spud dates was listed after the rig release date.

Best in class data quality data is not useful to any company if they can’t get to it with an intuitive interface. Read this blog post on data management and presentation for more!

Custom Software: Game Changers for Oil & Gas Service

Custom Software for Service Companies

In the oil and gas industry, every company has a different need for custom software. Every business faces unique issues that can only be addressed by custom software.

Custom software: Oil and Gas Service Companies

Custom software applications can provide oil and gas companies with a variety of benefits, including:

  • More effective inventory tracking
  • Automation of repetitive and error-prone tasks
  • Easier access to information

More effective inventory tracking

It’s no secret that equipment used in the oil and gas industry is expensive. Knowing how much is spent on equipment and how effectively equipment is being utilized can be a key factor in determining profitability.

One major equipment rental company was able to use a custom inventory tracking application to make sure that they weren’t paying for more equipment than their customers could use.

In addition, the company used the application to provide inventory tracking services to their customers, so that the customers could plan ahead to make sure they were renting the right amount of equipment. The customer-facing portion of the application became a key differentiator for the company by providing value to its customers.

Automation of repetitive and error-prone tasks

Any software solution that requires just as much work to complete a task as it would to do the task manually is an example of bad software. Effective custom software solutions can automate repetitive tasks like copying and pasting or exporting data, decreasing the amount of work that employees must perform.

Automating repetitive tasks makes employees more productive, and decreases the likelihood of human error.

Easier access to information

In the oil and gas industry, having access to the right information at the right time is key. One company that specializes in pipeline logistics needed a solution that could provide needed information in the event of a pipeline accident.

If this were to occur, the company’s customers would need access to information on the history of individual pipes, and finding this information was very time consuming for the company. They used custom software to provide easy access to this information, helping them become more efficient and provide a better experience for their customers.

No matter what challenges a service company is facing, a custom software solution can probably be developed to overcome them.

For help assessing how to evaluate what software solution would fit your business’s needs, check out our series on software selection.