Technology Focus

Congratulations! You are one of a select group to open your JPT and find this page!

For your effort, you deserve something special, and I know what you want. In 5 minutes or less, you want to know how to immediately make a step change in your business and improve your own promotion prospects in the process. You want to know the key technologies you should be implementing now. To develop your longer-term strategy, you want an awareness of future trends now. You don’t want just anyone to tell you these answers; you want it to come from the very best people in the industry.

Consider your wish granted. According to a poll of leaders with more than 220 years of collective experience (see JPT online for names), the top theme to have affected our industry in the past 2 years is

Fracture-Stimulation Optimization—Given the high cost, fracture design has gained its fair share of scrutiny in the downturn. The results of statistical production analysis have varied by play. Fluid types and chemical additives have been removed or modified. Alternative proppants have been evaluated and, in some cases, trialed successfully outside their previously specified safe-performance ranges. Nothing is sacred.

The top theme to affect our industry in the next 2 years is predicted to be

Intelligent Operations—The industry is moving toward increasing the level of automation in all activities. All areas from exploration to shipping will be touched by these technologies. This includes drones for safer, demanned operations as well as robotics on drilling rigs. The other key area of automation is predictive analytics, which allows us to analyze multivariant problems like never before. Fracture-design optimization, drilling analytics to improve rate of penetration, and optimized operator vehicle routing for field-staff and plant optimization are just a few areas that will be transformed.

Now, wasn’t it worth the effort to read this?

Recommended additional reading at OnePetro: www.onepetro.org.

SPE 182230 Issues and Challenges With Controlling Large Drawdown in the First Offshore Methane-Hydrate Production Test by S. Sakurai, Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation, et al.

SPE 180399 Petrophysical Evaluation of Natural-Gas Hydrates—North Slope, Alaska by Douglas Hupp, Schlumberger, et al.

SPE 180818 Proppant Management: A New Challenge To Develop Unconventional Reservoirs in Argentina by J.C. Bonapace, Halliburton

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