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The purpose of this paper is to alert people of the oil industry that the most people of the oil industry that the most important part of the "oil business" is the oil well. Without the oil well there is no oil business!
The oil wells are the most neglected branch of the industry, basically, because they are away out in the country - operated in most cases by the least educated, least trained and least supervised of the personnel. personnel. It may not be producing all that is possible but who knows the difference? This is possible but who knows the difference? This is the reason we must have Well Analysts instead of guys running Dynamometers and Sonologs and passing the charts on to some one else.
To become efficient we must have a "Well Analysis Department"! That may take a Vice-President of the department to make it work!
SHOULD IT BE WELL WEIGHING OR WELL ANALYSIS?
In the beginning we had an oil well! It was away out in the country where, at that time, there was no paved road - only muddy roads and muddy locations or hot dusty roads and hot dusty locations. To a city dude, either was repulsive.
At that time most thought that after a well was drilled and production hit the tank, that was the important thing and the only thing to do now was to sell the oil. The only trouble was that all wells were not that good and some had to be pumped. Then they found that even though the oil was there in the ground it was difficult to produce enough to pay all the debts.
Therefore, it became necessary to find some way to take a look at the problems. There have always been some technical people around and they were enlisted to try to find out some of the answers. It happened that they called these people Engineers.