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A systematic evaluation of key geological risk elements—trap, reservoir, charge, and seal—to test exploration concepts from play to prospect.

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​Understand exploration risk

The industry still drills more exploration dry holes than discovery wells. To increase success ratios, Schlumberger software technologies focus on an integrated evaluation of trap, reservoir, charge, and seal. By eliminating information losses between geoscientists and engineers, exploration teams can better understand both risks and potential opportunities.

Analysis of available well data in exploration

The Techlog wellbore software platform allows teams to leverage detailed formation analyses to gain full understanding of reservoir potential. Integrated petrophysical, geophysical, geological, and geomechanical wellbore analyses are seamlessly assimilated in the Petrel E&P software platform for enhanced resolution of exploration concepts.

Advanced interpretation for exploration studies

The Petrel platform provides scalability to work on regional projects across multiple projection zones. Advanced interpretation allows geoscientists to rapidly interpret, map, and model from basin to prospect scale.

Play to prospect risk evaluation

The Petrel exploration workflow preserves connections with data and interpretations throughout play assessment to prospect generation. Combining subsurface uncertainty expressed as chance of success maps provides an objective comparison of alternative prospects within the same play.

Using GeoX exploration risk and resource assessment software, prospect generation teams can calculate risked volumes and geological chance of success. The link to data and interpretations is retained, enabling decision makers to understand factors that cause prospects to fail, and the parameters give rise to uncertainty in potential reward volumes. This systematic evaluation methodology allows objective comparison of alternative prospects within a portfolio. GeoX software provides an integrated decision support solution to evaluate expected economic value of resources, securing better exploration outcomes.

Optimize drilling programs

The Petrel platform enables offset well analysis and smart well placement against all available subsurface data. Geomechanical models—1D in the Techlog platform and 3D in the Petrel platform—provide predictions of pore pressure and fracture gradients. This helps determine the mud weight windows required to drill exploration prospects safely and efficiently.

Capture and reuse knowledge

By providing access to insight from peers and prior work conducted in a region, the Studio E&P knowledge environment gathers relevant information for geoscientist in the context of their subsurface workflows. The technology allows Petrel users to find, collaborate, and manage knowledge so they can make more informed exploration decisions. All exploration results can be seamlessly carried forward as the asset moves through into development.

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