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Case study

Shell U.K. Limited Enhances Well Planning

and Cross-Discipline Collaboration
Petrel drilling workflow improves parameter prediction
and multidisciplinary communication

Fully integrate workflow so that the drilling

and G&G teams can access all information
to collaborate and better anticipate
drilling issues.

Use Petrel* drilling workflow to gather

knowledge and lessons learned to perform
well planning and optimization tasks.
The following modules were used.

Shell U.K. Limiteds G&G team and reservoir engineers were routinely using the Petrel workflow
for drilling, but the drilling engineers were not.
Schlumberger proposed implementing a single multidiscipline solution to be used by all. The power
of Petrel seismic-to-simulation software enables collaboration by all partiesincluding geologists,
geophysicists, drillers, reservoir engineers, and production engineersin the same shared earth
model. Schlumberger demonstrated that the solution would be very useful for the drilling engineers
and that including them in the unified workflow would benefit the entire team.
Using a single workflow process powered by Petrel software improves the planning workflow as
well as optimizing well placement and drilling operations.

Solution requirements

Petrel geology core

Petrel drilling visualization

Shell U.K. Limited articulated its requirements, which included the following points.

Petrel petrophysical modeling

Facilitate data/knowledge transfer across the whole subsurface team

Petrel data analysis

Help the drilling team to work in a proactive mode using real-time data

Promote remote experts involvement in operations and decision-making process

Support both proprietary Shell technology and third-party technology

Enable using a single database for all applications


Fully integrated valuable information from

various areas of expertise, ultimately reducing
risk and improving drilling performance.

Three-dimensional drilling model and KPI analysis.

Seismic-to-Simulation Software

Case study: Shell U.K. Limited uses Petrel drilling workflow to enhance multidiscipline collaboration
To test implementing the process for all its disciplines, Shell U.K. Limited
carried out a project to generate 3D models for various individual drilling
parameters, extract synthetic logs, and determine the optimal drilling
window. The project created 3D models for unconfined compressive
strength, weight on bit, rate of penetration, drilling rate, time to drill, and
drilling events.
The Shell U.K. Limited subsurface team and Schlumberger Information
Solutions carried out the project, collaborating with personnel from
Schlumberger Drilling & Measurements, Geoservices, and Smith Bits.


The project was accomplished in 11 days, delivering great added value

in a short time. The Petrel drilling workflow helped the drilling team to
work in a proactive mode and better anticipate problems that could lead
to nonproductive time or less-than-optimal reservoir contact. It also
enhanced collaboration between disciplines, including the drilling
engineering staff, because it provided a common collaboration platform
for the subsurface team. The platform offers

powerful drilling parameter predictions with automation capabilities

well path optimization and drilling time estimation

KPI analysis capabilities.

ROP-WOB prediction versus real-time acquisition.

During the execution phase, real-time data was superimposed on the

modeled data, which showed very good agreement, indicating that
models were quite predictive of the actual reservoir drilling conditions.

Schlumberger Information Solutions

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Schlumberger that provides software, information management, IT, and
related services. SIS collaborates closely with oil and gas companies to
solve todays tough reservoir challenges with an open business approach
and comprehensive solution deployment. Through our technologies
and services, oil and gas companies empower their people to improve
business performance by reducing exploration and development risk
and optimizing operational efficiencies.

Real-time monitoring.

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