Real-time monitoring to reduce risk whilst drilling | Ikon Science

Ready to optimise drilling and completion operations? Predict, plan, and monitor in real-time to reduce risk and decrease cost

Non-productive time is the enemy of cost-effective drilling and completion operations.  Ikon Science applies proven workflows to accurately predict formation properties, over-pressure, and well stability risk.  Armed with accurate predictions, you can plan and execute well programs with confidence

Best practice well design

The complexity and diversity of geological conditions, rock properties, and fluid dynamics make it impossible to precisely predict what will happen when we drill a new well.  The key to reducing uncertainty and avoiding unplanned events is thorough planning that incorporates and respects all of the available data.

Best practice well design starts with an integrated team of geotechnical specialists, and a high level of effective communication.  Ikon Science applies standard, consistent techniques to each well we analyse, from pre-drill to the final well report. 

Our proven workflows improve the prediction of formation properties through which the will be drilled.  We analyse regional and local pressure trends to accurately predict over-pressured zones and potential wellbore stability risks.  All of these elements contribute to a lower-risk drilling program. 

Contact us today to discuss the best possible plan for your next well.


Example of well plan with mud-weight, fracture pressure and pore pressure in Equivalent mudweight (EMW) gradient.

Hitting the Target

An accurate understanding of the subsurface is the key to placing and completing wells effectively.  Whether you are targeting bypassed oil in a mature field, drilling an untested outstep away from proven reservoir or trying to find sweet spots within an unconventional resource play, Ikon Science can help. 

Our industry-leading Geoprediction software and services reduce uncertainty and provide insights into your reservoir architecture at unprecedented resolution.  By integrating data, technology, and expertise across three disciplines – rock physics, geomechanics, and geopressure prediction – we help you reliably predict rock properties, stresses and pressures. 

Before you decide where to drill and how to complete, ask your Ikon Science representative how we can help you hit all of your targets – in the reservoir, production, and cost.



Reservoir Quality (Fluid | Lithology) - Success/Failure Assessment. Increase chance of success with GeoPrediction.

Real assured in real-time 

Real-time monitoring provides an extra level of confidence when drilling critical wells.  Ikon Science offers 24x7 monitoring from its global network of real-time operation centers.  We continuously monitor data transmitted from the wellsite, observing any deviations from the initial prognosis.  Potentially hazardous changes are immediately reported, allowing you to adapt the well plan and stay within a safe drilling window.  A small change made at the right time can avoid remedial action later that costs millions of dollars in non-productive time and deferred production.

Ready to drill your well with the peace of mind that real-time monitoring provides?  Contact Ikon Science today to schedule a technical consultation.



Tim Sheehy and Cory Moore are members of the Real-time Team in Houston

Ikon Science 'GeoPressure Best Practice Manual'

The key to reducing uncertainty and avoiding miscalculating reserves is to adopt a “Best Practice” approach to well-planning. This means integrated teams and high levels of effective communication.  

The Ikon Science “Best Practice” Manual explains the origins of overpressure and how to predict both pore fluid and fracture pressures ahead of drilling operations. The manual is organised to guide the user step by step through the components required in pre-drill well planning (hydrostatic, lithostatic, fracture and pore pressure profiles), highlighting theory, common industry practices and methods leading to a summary of “Best Practice” for evaluation of these components.


The manual includes discussions of the limitations and pitfalls associated with the different methods reviewed. Improvements in both understanding and managing the risk associated with pressure prediction will lead to the continuing development and review of recommended practices over time. The Best Practice Manual has been written by Ikon’s experts as a response to the technical needs of the industry.



The latest edition of Ikon's GeoPressure Best Practice Manual - ask us for details