In this paper we will discuss the results of a prototype software application to view the rig schedule generated by a reservoir simulator. Visualization of simulation rig schedules and comparing with planned rig schedule would help in identifying opportunities to improve operations. With the help of the schedule chart and rig movement data, we better the schedule generated by trying to reduce the net distance traveled by the rig and reduce the number of rigs utilized. We ensure that the overall field oil production is not affected for all the cases.

Using reservoir simulation as a tool to assist in the rig planning and scheduling process has the potential to foster team collaboration between reservoir engineering, planning and operations team and facilitate better Integrated field management. The teams would appreciate the challenges associated with planning and scheduling activities for the field.

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