The role of integrated teams in reservoir management
Posted by D Nathan Meehan August 24, 2010

Integrated teams work closely to collaborate on complex problems

Reservoir monitoring can be applied on small fields but has been (to date) mainly applied on large fields and deepwater operations where its impacts have such a large potential impact that economic justification is easy. The field development planning and operations management of such fields is now almost invariably assigned to integrated asset teams comprising reservoir and production engineers, geologists, geophysicists and other specialists such as geomechanics and petrophysics experts. The expertise for the technology of reservoir monitoring is often best known by subsets of this team. While the production or completions engineer may best understand downhole measurements, the petrophysicist may be the expert in production logging, the geophysicist in 4D seismic, the geologist in the static model construction and the reservoir engineer in pressure transient analysis and reservoir simulation.

The following table illustrates typical roles of various disciplines in modern asset teams focusing on reservoir management. In many cases specialists such as production chemists or even petrophysicists may only participate on an “as needed” basis. The asset team must work in conjunction with field personnel and those charged with operating the field. Some operators subcontract much of the operations and only review smaller assets occasionally.

Increasingly, service companies and specialized consultancies are taking active roles in reservoir monitoring and management. This is particularly the case with National Oil Companies (NOCs) that have decreased their reliance on International Oil Companies (IOCs) for technology and personnel. This approach is combined with indigenous staff working closely with the service companies whose services may or may not be bundled with the support for reservoir monitoring and management.

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Bryson Wolfe says:

This blog ties in nicely with the other blog about reservoir monitoring. This would be a good blog to demonstrate the importance of collaboration on a field level rather than taking the well-centric approach that has been utilized more often than not. I’m curious to hear what other people have seen in other parts of the world and how well this method works. I have worked with a few of these groups and one of the down falls that I have seen is that there isn’t enough communication between the groups. Half of the group is in the field and half are in the office hundreds of miles away. What types of strategies have been formed to break down these communication barriers?

D Nathan Meehan says:

The Baker RDS group has been organized to facilitate reservoir studies and to collaborate with the product lines and geomarkets. They provide consulting services in a wide array of geology, geophysics, geomechanics, petrophysics, production chemeistry and all aspects of petroleum engineering. They also are developing company-wide reservoir driven strategies in key market themes. We have had a number of recent successess in which clients (particularly NOCs) will use Baker RDS resources for analysis and design with BHI to implement the recommended drilling and completion solutions.

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