This paper presents the development of an Integrated Engineering/Geoscience Desktop and a description of the software available for evaluation and development of hydrocarbon prospects, from basin-wide studies down to specific reservoir targets. The Desktop was built using landmark's data model, with POSC-compliant extensions to build an Engineering/Geoscience project database. Software for populating the project database from corporate databases was also developed and is described in detail. Phillips petroleum engineering software was then integrated with geoscience software, sharing data and results in a seamless computing environment.
Some of the most time consuming tasks that geoscientists and petroleum engineers perform are accessing and analyzing field data; sharing seismic, geologic and engineering data during the reservoir characterization process; and transferring reservoir characterization studies into a reservoir simulator. In the past this exchange has been done by essentially "throwing processed results over the fence" from the geoscientist to the engineer or vice-versa and in many cases has been a one way exchange. Considerable progress has been made in this area during the last decade, first by transferring data and results using text files and more recently by connecting specific applications programs to a common database.
This paper describes the development of an Integrated Engineering/Geoscience Desktop that is designed to facilitate the sharing of data and results between geoscience and engineering applications. The Desktop results from the synergy of several groups, including Phillips Reservoir Engineering, Geology Geophysics and Petrophysics; landmark, and the Phillips Work Station Data Base (WSDB) development team. Merging the computing capabilities of these disciplines in a common, user-friendly work environment allows easy and rapid sharing of data and results throughout the reservoir exploitation process. This eliminates duplication of effort, provides better inter-disciplinary communication, and ultimately increases profitability through more accurate results and shorter turnaround times.
Phillips geoscientists and engineers use both internal and external software packages in their work. The primary applications are presented in Figure 1. Previously, connections between the engineering software, geoscience software, and corporate databases were possible through transfer of text files. While adequate for the power users, these connections require knowledge of diverse access methods and file transfer protocols, and proved to be significant impediments to casual users. To provide a work environment to evaluate and develop prospects from discovery to depletion it was necessary to more closely integrate the geoscience applications with the engineering design and analysis software.