Well placement and trajectory planning is a critical and challenging task in any Oil & gas field development plan. This has always been a task that requires a strong team effort to ensure the best predictions and estimations are performed to penetrate the desired reservoir development zones and achieve the expected production rates. Numerous iterations with a high level of interaction between Reservoir Management, Reservoir Simulation, Reservoir characterization, Geology and Geophysics are expected when planning a new well or a difficult sidetrack.

Each member of the well planning team has his/her own environment along with dedicated standalone software tools. Today, with the introduction of the Intelligent Field center to provide the collaboration environment for the involved expertise along with the proper tool to offer a strong integration of different data sources in a single software environment that allows a team of field geologist, geophysicist, reservoir and simulation engineers to evaluate the best prospects available in planning any new drilling opportunity, furthermore the team is able to choose the best well azimuth and inclination based on reservoir properties and performance.

This paper discusses a newly integrated well planning process utilizing a collaboration environment to review seismic, well log cross sections, historical production and simulation predictions enabling the well planning team to place their gas wells using a reservoir 3D viewer, incorporating the reservoir simulation model, and run various cases and sensitivities. In This paper, full examples illustrate how effective software integration can optimize the time required to plan a new well without overlooking any important aspect. In addition, the paper discusses the lessons learned from this experience and how this approach changes the mechanism of an integrated well planning team working together.

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