In extended reach and horizontal wells, it is critical to maintain borehole quality and stability to ensure efficient drilling and for the running and installation of completions. Categorising the risk of borehole degradation is becoming an important aspect of the well planning process. The quality of the borehole is affected primarily by geomechanical or drilling practices, which can significantly impact the life cycle and completion expenditure/cost of a well. We show examples of how recently available, high-resolution, acoustic logging-while-drilling (LWD) borehole image logs have enabled detailed characterisation of borehole shape to the extent that we can visualise and analyse all contributors to borehole stability. LWD measurements also enable the use of time-lapse logging; comparing images from the first pass with repeated logging runs at later stages in drilling to look for degradation in conditions of the borehole shape. These data can be used for several new or existing applications that can be split into two main categories: 1. drilling hazards – degrading borehole shape profiles, identification of borehole breakout and washed-out sections and 2. completions hazards – cement volume calculations, identification of trajectory and small-scale irregularities that could impair liner placement. These applications use zonation to describe all ranges in borehole trajectory, borehole shape and image artefact features for coding of the well during or shortly after drilling. This scheme is then combined with a geomechanics-centric integrated risk management workflow which provides an improved well planning process by identifying potential drilling and geological risks in each of the planed well sections. Pre-drill risk identification combined with visual verification of the borehole condition enables quick decision making for drilling and potential de-risking of subsequent wireline logging and completions operations, thereby allowing safe, predictable operations with minimal NPT, from drilling to completions. The enabling technology of high-resolution LWD acoustic imaging has made possible the visualisation of borehole shape features in detail previously not possible in either water or oil-based mud systems.
Content of PetroWiki is intended for personal use only and to supplement, not replace, engineering judgment. SPE disclaims any and all liability for your use of such content. A seismic measurement involving a seismic source on the Earth surface and a seismic sensor suspended by wireline in a well. The objective is to measure the travel time required for a seismic wavelet to travel from the Earth's surface to the downhole receiver. Check-shot data allow interpreters to convert seismic image times to stratigraphic depth (or vice versa).
Content of PetroWiki is intended for personal use only and to supplement, not replace, engineering judgment. SPE disclaims any and all liability for your use of such content. In a seismic context, a check shot survery determines formation seismic wave velocities over specific intervals. Measurement is made of travel time from surface to downhole geophones.
The second factor is the contrast in acoustic impedance between the drilling mud and the material that makes up the borehole wall. Acoustic impedance provides an acoustic measure of the relative firmness of the formations penetrated by the wellbore material and, thus, it has the capability of discriminating between different lithologies, with high acoustic impedance giving rise to high reflected amplitudes.
Pineda, Wilson (BP) | Wadsworth, Jennifer (BP) | Halverson, Dann (BP) | Mathers, Genevive (BP) | Cedillo, Gerardo (BP) | Maeso, Carlos (Schlumberger) | Maggs, David (Schlumberger) | Watcharophat, Hathairat (Schlumberger) | Xu, Weixin (Wayne) (Schlumberger)
Deepwater depositional environments in the Gulf of Mexico can be very complex. Accurate determination of depositional facies is important in these capital-intensive fields. The most common reservoir facies are laterally extensive sheet sandstones with thin mudrock layers, channel complexes (isolated or amalgamated) and channel-levee complexes (often with poor reservoir communication). Reservoirs are often complicated by steep dips close to salt domes and the presence of potential fluid conduits due to faults or fractures. Borehole images aid in determining the character of the sediments, as well as improve net sand calculations, and illuminate the geology in the near wellbore region both in structure and depositional environment, and to provide valuable geomechanics information for the determination of the stress vector.
A well was recently drilled through one of these deep water sediment sequences in the Gulf of Mexico with an oil-based mud (OBM) system. An extensive acquisition program included a series of logging while drilling (LWD) and wireline images. In addition to the current LWD lower resolution borehole imaging tools, a new LWD dual physics OBM imager was deployed for the first time in this field. Five different types of physics were acquired, including lower-resolution images from nuclear measurements (gamma ray, density and photoelectric) and the high-resolution images from dualphysics OBM imager (DPOI) which is based on resistivity and ultrasonic measurements. Wireline high-resolution OBM resistivity images were also acquired. This paper shows a comparison of images collected with the new DPOI versus traditional LWD images and high-resolution wireline resistivity images.
Comparisons of the types of features observed from the various imaging tools were made, showing how the differences in physics, resolution and time of logging affects the images, as well as the impact these factors can have on subsequent interpretations. Four main categories of features are included in comparisons between the tools: sand-rich sections, consistently dipping mudrocks, chaotic zones and fractures/faults. The different images allow fuller interpretation of the gross sequence. In general, the higher the resolution, the more detailed and confident the interpretation is, particularly where the hole conditions are good. In degraded borehole sections, the LWD acquisition was beneficial for obtaining images as early as possible, when damage was at a minimum. The impact of the differences in the physics depends on the properties and contrasts being imaged. This is observed with fractures - both conductive and resistive examples can be seen on both LWD and wireline images. The ultrasonic images are complementary with both low and high amplitude fractures seen, providing more confidence in the fracture interpretation.
Baker Hughes drilled one horizontal well for major Indian operating company in a, low resistivity contrast field, onshore India. The candidate field / basin is a proved petroliferous basin, located in the northeastern corner of India.
The scope of work for this project involved integrating geological and open hole offset parameters to build a Geosteering model. Integrated data included a study of offset well data from the field, regional and local dip analysis from wellbore images, and a review of structural maps. Successful integration of these data helped to steer the well in the desired zone as per plan and make the best use of the data and to reduce uncertainties in Geosteering, drilling. Although high-quality 16-sector images commonly yield bedding dip, fracture and other geological information, this paper emphasizes how real-time reservoir navigation decisions was made using Geosteering modelling, real-time image processing, dip picking study etc.
Merza Media, Adeyosfi (Schlumberger) | Muhajir, Muhajir (Pertamina Hulu Energi Tuban East Java) | M. Wahdanadi, Haidar (Joint Operating Body Pertamina Petrochina East Java) | Agus Heru, Purwanto (Joint Operating Body Pertamina Petrochina East Java) | Anugrah, Pradana (Schlumberger) | Dedi, Juandi (Schlumberger)
Most of sedimentary basins in Indonesia contain productive carbonate reservoirs. Geologically, the reservoirs are mostly part of a reef complex and carbonate platform, with basinal areas situated mainly in the back arc of the archipelago. Many of the productive carbonate reservoirs have dual porosity systems with widely varying proportions of primary and secondary porosity. Carbonates of the Tuban formation in Platinum field represent two carbonate buildups identified with similar effective porosity but different productivity. This paper describes a method for characterizing secondary porosity distribution at the wellbore and field scales to address the productivity difference between the northern and southern carbonate buildups in this field.
To resolve the challenges in characterizing secondary porosity in a carbonate formation, an integrated workflow was developed that consists of combination of quantitative and textural analysis based on borehole images at the single-wellbore scale and the seismic inversion result to control lateral distribution at the field scale. Analysis based on borehole image log provides high-resolution porosity characterization based on its size, interconnectivity, and type. The result of the single-wellbore analysis will be distributed at the field scale with control of a seismic attribute such as acoustic impedance (AI). Acoustic impedance is built with stochastic seismic inversion to provide a higher-resolution result compared to the deterministic seismic inversion method.
The result of the analysis based on borehole images at the single-wellbore scale shows most of the northern carbonate buildup wells demonstrate high development of porosity from interconnected vugs, leading to a relatively high permeability interval. In contrast, the southern carbonate buildup wells demonstrated low secondary porosity development. Low secondary porosity development is related to cemented zones and the predominance of claystone facies in a well. Later, the result of the single-wellbore scale analysis was distributed at the field scale with seismic attribute control such as AI. The Platinum field shows a negative correlation between AI and porosity with a value of -0.769; hence, the acoustic impedance from stochastic seismic inversion can be used to control the porosity distribution. The secondary porosity model shows a distinct difference between the northern and the southern carbonate buildups. The northern carbonate buildup has higher average secondary porosity compared to the southern carbonate buildup. The result was confirmed with production data; the northern carbonate buildup has higher productivity compared to the southern carbonate buildup.
This integrated workflow provides a comprehensive and high-resolution analysis of secondary porosity distribution at the single-wellbore scale and the field scale. Thus, this workflow can reduce uncertainty during reservoir characterization, well placement, and production planning.
Structural dip is the term used in borehole image and dipmeter interpretation to indicate the "tectonic" tilting in the vicinity of the wellbore. Structural dip, by definition, is the formation dip component that is caused by tectonic deformation such as folding, faulting, uplift and others.
Knowledge of the structural dip in the vicinity of the borehole is essential for several applications, including field structural modeling, well placement, geosteering of the lateral sections, and seismic data processing.
Traditionally, structural dip is computed from borehole image data using laminated shale dip based on the assumption that the laminated shale was deposited out of suspension and that the lamination was originally deposited as horizontal beds. This means that any tilting observed in laminated shale with "coherent" lamination is caused by tectonic tilting; hence, it can be used to compute the structural dip. There is nearly a consensus in the industry around this assumption, and the laminated shale dip is widely used to compute structural dip.
There are several geological settings under which laminated shale can form. Those are mostly subaqueous setting such as marine and lacustrine settings. Drilling through rocks deposited in such settings normally encounters sequences of laminated shale from which structural dip can be computed. However, rock formations deposited in subaerial environments often lacks settings under which laminated shale forms. Such environments are often dominated by sandstone lithologies deposited in high- energy settings this rich in sedimentary structures such as crossbedding. Due to absence of laminated shale sequences, computation of structural dip using the traditional approach is not possible.
This paper explains a technique that can be used to estimate structural dip from cross bedding on borehole images. It uses the geometrical relationship between the crossbedding surfaces and the lower set boundary of the corresponding crossbedding set. The line of intersection between these two surfaces is assumed to be horizontal at the time of deposition. Measuring multiple lines of intersections, plotting them on a stereonet, and fitting a great circle to them helps estimate the structural dip within the analyzed interval. The best- fitting great circle of these lines is believed to be a reasonable estimation of the structural dip.
This approach has been tested on few image log datasets with cross bedded sandstone facies and proved to be very close to the actual structural dip computation obtained from the shale facies in the same depositional sequence. This paper will illustrate some interpreted image log supporting this technique.
Hu, Haitao (CNPC Logging Co. Ltd. Research Institute of Logging Technology) | Xiao, Zhanshan (CNPC Logging Co. Ltd. Research Institute of Logging Technology) | Zhao, Baocheng (CNPC Logging Co. Ltd. Research Institute of Logging Technology) | Yu, Zhennan (CNPC Logging Co. Ltd. Research Institute of Logging Technology) | Zhu, Ruiming (CNPC Logging Co. Ltd. Research Institute of Logging Technology) | Liu, Jianguo (CNPC Logging Co. Ltd. Research Institute of Logging Technology)
Focused borehole to surface electric imaging is researched through numerical simulation in this study, this method makes downhole electrical logging synchronize with three dimensional space electrical exploration near the well, and combines borehole electrical logging with surface electrical prospecting, which can expand spatial scale of well logging evaluation technology and increase vertical resolution of borehole to surface electric imaging evaluation technology. This method can be used for detecting the geological information around well and between wells and wells. It provides a new means for exploration of residual oil distribution and evaluation of unconventional reservoirs fracturing effect. In this method, a new electrode structure, multi frequency focused high power transmission mode and surface reception modes are adopted. Based on the three dimensional finite element numerical simulation method, the instrument response characteristics in homogeneous formation and in homogeneous formation are analyzed. The influences of electrode depth, electrode length, and current return electrode orientation on surface potential distribution are analyzed. The results indicate that borehole to surface electric imaging system can effectively identify formation resistivity anomalies. The larger the spatial scale of resistivity anomaly, the better the recognition effect. Under certain conditions, downhole emission electrode depth is inversely proportional to surface potential distribution distortion, and downhole emission electrode length is proportional to it. When current return electrode B is placed far enough from the wellhead, the influence of electrode B orientation on surface potential distribution is negligible.