Over the past two decades the Geomechanics community has made substantial contributions to the petroleum industry in reducing well construction costs, maximizing production and increasing the life of the well. Borehole (in)stability, lost circulation, stuck pipe, sand production, casing collapse, well failures, and sub-salt related issues are real and can happen unannounced when we are not vigilant and proactive in avoiding them. Prevention is always better than the cure and we all should strive towards preventing these geomechanics related non-productive time (NPT) crises. This paper will be focused on the sustainable technology deployment to bridge the gap and realize the rewards associated with it.

The technical issues that are addressed in this paper are:

  • Deployment of technical resources to solve borehole (in)stability-related problems, which cost the industry billions of dollars.

  • Using the right resources (i.e., man power, budget, data, etc.) to bridge the gap. However, in order to bridge the gap, geomechanics technologists should be more proactive in capturing the value of technology successes and continuously educating management about the value it creates.

In summary, the industry cannot afford to lose billions of dollars on geomechanics-related NPT and associated lost revenue. Hence, it is critical to manage the available geomechanics resources in the optimum manner. It is important to identify challenging wells and get the right geomechanics resources committed. This commitment needs to be made early in the planning stage of the well construction, and sustained throughout the well delivery cycle. The paper will describe how geomechanics related technology deployment has saved millions of dollars in reducing NPT and achieving business objectives.

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