Well Planning in the Digital Era: 4 Reasons why Non-Integrated Systems Pose a Problem - and How to Solve them

November 30, 2023


In the world of well planning, the degree of engineering composition is downright fascinating, demonstrating the nitty-gritty dependencies and complexity of the job. The orchestration of numerous elements, from well trajectories and casing design to drill string analysis and blowout simulations, is a feat of engineering brilliance.

However, these feats can often be overshadowed by a persistent problem that has plagued the industry for years: working with non-integrated systems.

When well planning is undertaken with legacy technology, it often resembles a jigsaw puzzle missing critical pieces. Engineers find themselves using a patchwork of disparate software tools, each designed to handle a specific aspect of the process. This not only results in redundant data entry but also creates a lack of communication between the different data sources. The consequences of this disjointed approach are inefficiency, the potential for costly errors, and a significant drain on valuable time. 

Consider this: In our everyday lives, we would never willingly accept a system where we are forced to repeatedly input the same data into multiple tools with no means of harmonious communication between them. It's a situation that is fundamentally at odds with our contemporary expectations of efficiency and technology's ability to streamline our workflows. 

In this article, we will delve into the depths of this pervasive issue — the problem of working in non-integrated systems during well planning. We will explore the pitfalls, challenges, and limitations that have hampered the industry and examine the transformative power of integrated well planning software.

1 Inefficient data handling

Historically, well design processes in non-integrated systems have relied heavily on manual data entry and the use of multiple, often standalone software tools, each catering to specific aspects of the design process such as well trajectories, casing design, drill string analysis, tubing design, and blowout & kill simulations. When these tools do not communicate or share data seamlessly, engineers are forced to spend hours on manual input of duplicated data into each system. This redundancy not only consumes valuable time but also increases the risk of errors, as inconsistencies between different data sources can arise. The repetitive nature of this manual handling also detracts from the ability of engineers to focus on higher-value tasks, such as analysing and optimizing designs. 

2 Limited coordination

Non-integrated systems lack the ability to coordinate and synchronize design changes across multiple tools. When any aspect of the well plan needs adjustment, it often necessitates manual updates in each separate application, which is time-consuming and prone to inconsistencies. This can lead to significant delays in the planning process, as well as the possibility of overlooking critical design implications resulting from changes in one part of the plan. 

3 Ineffective sensitivity analysis

Ineffective Sensitivity Analysis: Without integration, conducting sensitivity analyses to understand how changes in input parameters affect the entire well design becomes challenging. In traditional setups, engineers must manually adjust parameters across multiple tools, often resulting in a slow and laborious process. This limitation makes it difficult to optimize designs effectively and efficiently. 

4 Difficulty in meeting industry standards

In an era where adherence to industry standards and regulations is paramount, non-integrated systems can hinder compliance efforts. It is challenging to ensure that all calculations and designs align with the latest standards, which can result in regulatory non-compliance and potentially costly revisions. 

In conclusion, the problem of working in non-integrated systems when performing well planning is multifaceted. It encompasses issues related to inefficiency, data redundancy, lack of synchronization, and a higher potential for errors. The limitations of non-integrated systems can hinder the ability to conduct effective well planning, meet industry standards, and optimize designs in a rapidly evolving industry.

How to Solve them

In today’s digital landscape, open APIs are indispensable for achieving full automation. They facilitate real-time updates and iterations by maintaining a continuous flow of data, triggering new calculations and eliminating the need for human intervention.

Integrated software solutions like Oliasoft WellDesign® address these challenges by providing a single source of truth, real-time updates, and automation of manual processes to enhance efficiency and accuracy in well planning. It's a shift towards a future where the disjointed past no longer holds us back, and the full potential of well planning can be realized.

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