The geophysical, geologic, engineering and operational data that makes up the digital spectrum of information in the energy industry certainly has value when analyzed within its respective discipline. Elevating this value to create attainable dividends in the context of the overall reservoir development will depend upon our relentless commitment to integration. This will be especially important as the targeted reservoirs become more complex, volumes smaller, environments more challenging and our need to intervene to enhance production becomes an integral part of field management.
An incomplete or incorrect understanding of the earth model (reservoir and overburden) can result if we fall short in utilizing all data gathered, or ignore or incorrectly interpret the information at hand. This is especially true in today's world of lean resourcing strategies and pressures of reduced decision cycles times. The value of integrating and rigorously interpreting the wide range of data collected from modern technologies and optimizing or automating the workflows can become a measured reality that serves to maximize reservoir performance during a field development program.
As scientists and engineers who are charged with responsibly exploring and exploiting earth's resources, understanding the geomechanical and flow dynamics and petrophysical rock character existing over the entire life-cycle of the reservoir, especially during production and field rejuvenation, positions us to better use modern drilling and completion technologies for optimal well planning and reservoir drainage. Constraints on how the reservoir, overburden, faults and natural fractures behave in time and space will be directly linked to how well we have integrated our data to understand the reservoir and how well we execute a fine-scale production monitoring program.
Integrating this expected influx of digital information will require an industry-wide paradigm shift in how we manage, evaluate and interpret information. The purpose of this paper is to use case studies to describe the critically important role geomechanics, petrophysics and reservoir performance analysis plays in an integrated interpretation with the intent to develop and execute effective management strategies.