In recent years, our ability to record and share information about risks and events affecting rig operations has improved significantly. An important enabler in this has been the development, and broad adoption, of the risk object within the WITSML standard. However, the ability to effectively share data on a broader scale between wells, fields, and blocks has been a challenge. This is particularly important during the planning phase of a well, when access to all available offset risk information is crucial for a successful safe well design.

This workflow, developed within a drilling engineering center, aims to better address this challenge through an integrated 3D approach, using functionality already available on the drilling engineer's desktop. The introduction of a WITSML-based workflow enables efficient and complete data transfer of risk and event data between different users and software applications with the result that the right data is available to the right people, at the right time.

In recent years, our ability to record and share information about risks and events affecting rig operations has improved significantly. An important enabler in this has been the development, and broad adoption, of the risk object within the WITSML standard. However, the ability to effectively share data on a broader scale between wells, fields, and blocks has been a challenge. This is particularly important during the planning phase of a well, when access to all available offset risk information is crucial for a successful safe well design.

This workflow, developed within a drilling engineering center, aims to better address this challenge through an integrated 3D approach, using functionality already available on the drilling engineer's desktop. The introduction of a WITSML-based workflow enables efficient and complete data transfer of risk and event data between different users and software applications with the result that the right data is available to the right people, at the right time.

Drilling risks and events are defined throughout the planning and execution of a well, for example, during surveillance operations within an operations support center or at the rig. Although risk data is generated in predominantly well-centric software, a WITSML server is used to aggregate the data and populate a regional, 3D master risk project. In this project, intelligent filtering and 3D visualization tools are used to target offset data relevant to the current operation. Relevant risks are integrated into a 3D evaluation of the proposed well design, incorporating the geological model of the current prospect. As the well is drilled, the 3D evaluation is used to alert the rig and remote support teams of potential issues ahead of the bit. This approach streamlines the evaluation of risks in the planning stage of wells and enables more effective collaboration between the drilling and geological and geophysical team during execution.

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