Ameriven, a Phillips, Texaco PDVSA association working the heavy oil deposits of Venezuela have installed a real time data monitoring system. It provides the functionality of concurrent loading of real-time log and LWD data into Openworks databases at several widely separated locations using satellite communications. Geologists at the rig can request assistance from the headquarter staff when unexpected drilling results are encountered. With the high drilling rates, interrupting the drilling may wash out the formation, and so rapid decisions need be made using all the available data in the earth model. Since the wells are drilled so rapidly, updating and planning for subsequent wells required high level of interaction with the field.

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