The authors will show how a unique combination of real-time R&D coupled with strong asset team project alignment has the potential to result in significant improvements in the execution of Shell's Hydrocarbon Development (HD) and Integrated Reservoir Management (IRM) global processes in Shell's Deepwater Gulf of Mexico fields. The solution embodies technology enablers (Scenario and Options Evaluation, Decision Support Systems, Collaborative Environments), and organizational change (Intelligent Workflows, Research and Development, and new Business Models)

The solution consists of a Smart WorkFlow System (SWS), an Uncertainty Management Tool (UMT) and a Smart Collaborative Environment (SCE), all applied in the context of new collaborative work practices. The authors will elaborate how this integrated solution enables the asset teams to optimize their expenditure of scarce resources on the right reservoir scenarios and most relevant sources of risk, such as reservoir continuity or channel sand/shale geometries, all driven by group consensus. The collaborative environment improves execution of the HD and IRM processes through establishment of a common real-time team view. This view increases transparency of technical work, allows for real-time updates on progression of the risk mitigation plan, and allows for playback and critique of decisions in the context of an evolving shared earth framework. Rework is minimized, the efficiency and effectiveness of technical and business reviews are improved, and best practices are captured for global re-use.

The business model establishes a foundation for both Shell and Schlumberger to share the project risk and reward as the solution progresses from sandbox to prototype to commercialization. The authors will also elaborate on critical success factors in such a new collaborative R&D setting.

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