Apply GeoPrediction to produce more efficient development plans and optimise production

Detailed quantitative knowledge of your reservoir is vital for designing a development drilling program that delivers maximum ultimate recovery while keeping down costs and mitigating risk. During field life, monitoring processes provide advanced notice of possible production issues, and help you develop and implement strategies for enhanced recovery.

Get development drilling right

Once a viable field has been discovered and confirmed through appraisal drilling, development planning begins. 

Production wells should ideally be located where they can best drain the reservoir.  Correctly predicting connectivity within a complex reservoir is critical to achieving optimal drainage with as few wells as possible. 

Rapid analysis of regional seismic data can reveal decision-critical information. This may include direct hydrocarbon indicators and clues from depositional history that might influence the probability of finding reservoir-quality porosity and permeability.

Factors that might compromise drilling - such as proximity to salt domes, pore pressure anomalies, or abnormal stress regimes – must also be taken into consideration.  Ikon Science can help you mitigate these risks and plan wells with confidence.  Our multi-disciplinary team of experts completes comprehensive drilling risk studies using our RokDoc suite of integrated tools. 

To learn more, please ask us for an example risk assessment study.

Keep an eye on the reservoir. 

Stay alert to unexpected changes during the producing life of your field.  Deviations from modelled flow rates and water saturation values may indicate that the reservoir is not behaving as predicted.

Ikon Science provides 4D (time-lapse) seismic analysis tools that offer unprecedented insight into water contact movements and can help identify areas where flow is not occurring as expected.

We can also assist with 4D forward modelling that will show whether a 4D survey has the potential to resolve changes in pore fill or water contact depth.

Geomechanical and pressure studies can shed further light on the reasons for unexpected changes in reservoir performance, and help you plan remedial actions.

Call us today to discuss field-scale reservoir management.

Herwanger, J.V. et al 2010, Applying Time-lapse Seismic to Reservoir Management and Field Development Planning at South Arne, Danish North Sea, in VINING, B.A. & PICKERING, S. C. (eds) Petroleum Geology: From Mature Basins to New Frontiers - Proceedings of the 7th Petroleum Geology Conference, 523-535

Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)

As flow rates decline toward their economic limit, having a clear picture of your reservoir can greatly assist in planning enhanced oil recovery.  Artificial lift, water flooding, gas injection, re-completions, and infill drilling can all help to revive flow rates back to profitable levels.  

Ikon Science delivers superior reservoir property prediction, reliably locating remaining oil and gas within the system to help you optimise EOR investments. 

Our latest facies-aware inversion technology, Ji-Fi, can deliver an incredible picture of your reservoir, even with relatively few drainage wells and in deep water environments.  This makes Ji-Fi a very valuable EOR tool.  Read our North Sea case study.

We can also contribute to the long-term viability of your operations.  Geomechanical studies, for example, help to mitigate the risk of seal breach caused by excessive injection pressures.

Theoretical models of EOR in field production from Ikon Science