I just got assigned to this other project

Posted 16.08.2019 06:26 by Magnus Tvedt

I just got assigned to this other project

It's basic, if you start building a house without a plan, you get an unsuitable building at double cost because the ground conditions were challenging. All the builders are talented and focused, but the product is 😱. If you plan better, you realize that the ground conditions are challenging and plan a suitable construction. Then you keep control of cost and quality.

I just got assigned to this other project

This is a concerning message you hear well planners repeat. Followed by when this new well is starting to drill, and there is no time for this and that. They just have to get all the equipment ordered and verify some technical calculations. Yeah, and we'll just copy the design from the last well, it's similar anyway.

💸 😕

⏪one week, and the engineer was working on a well coming up in 8 months, studying the correlation between particle sizes in drilling muds and some geologic features in the reservoir entry; a problem which cost a sidetrack and lost recovery in previous well.

Where is my process?

Here is why it is as it is. Well planning is incredibly complex with dozens of datasets coming together, and no one person can interpret them all. To handle all aspects with the respect it deserves requires dozens of people dedicated to the task. Economically, it would be a good idea to have all these people on the project, but practically, no. How in the crust would a team this size collaborate and share experiences?

The solution has been to have a small team responsible for the well planning and have them invite experts as needed. But again and again we realize that it takes meetings and hours to share our plans and experiences with experts, so we just simplify and make assumptions.

It worked fine twenty years ago, and now the easy wells are drilled 🤔. What used to be fun problem solving is now "oh no, not that again" in operations. Meetings and documents. PowerPoints and Excel sheets. That has been the solution so far. Impossible to share, not updated with results, and a ⛈🌀🎢💣 for the well economy.

We don't have a good work process for planning in the industry, we are missing the modern software and the experience from the data we so dearly store.

And we double our salary in operations.

And we get to make fun decisions based on almost no data in operations.

Didn't you say we have data for all this?

Here are the catch and the solution. Data has been treated as input to a manual operation where engineers push numbers and parameters around in excel sheets and power points. They sweat to keep internal stakeholders and service companies updated with the latest version of the plan. But since this is all data, there must be a more modern work process to encapsulate this costly well complexity?

A new data-driven organization

Starting today ✨, we will plan wells by analyzing wells and define risks by parameters for their next well. We share results through our work process, and we communicate with experts by inviting them to our project platform. We don't schedule meetings next week (in a calendar which looks like a ⚫) because we share our well with plans and analysis, and can have discussions right now, or without calendar openings.


Yes, we know this change, it's 💪🏾. And you know that this change, it's what it takes 🎯.

Pro Well Plan are here to help you all the way through data management, work proecesses, change projects and organizational development. We help you define support roles and operations roles. We give you data quality reports and show you what decisions you can make based on your data.

You probably wonder how to even get started, for us it's a step by step process to success. This is what we do, hence the name - Pro Well Plan.


Step by Step

By defining what data you need for what stage of planning, and what well studies you need to check out for a given well, you control the quality of the well plan. And since you track and compare the well design process, you will not accept the risk of bypassing the planning, because it is the costliest thing for an oil company to skip.

No other place in the oil company budget do you see a higher ROI for the hours put in, but only when you have a process which allow the hours to sum up to a better well.

What about the new project?

Let's revisit the engineer being transfered to another project where she 🕵🏾‍♀️ was more needed. Today, we have requirements and work processes for the detailed planning leading up to operations, but the KPI's and goals for offset reviews and well analysis are not as tangible. That also means the organization will have a hard time quantifying the quality and thoroughness of the early planning.

The early planning is the most valuable part of the planning, where changes can be made with a large impact - well design, casing setting criterions, mud types, targets, barrier filosophies, production solutions and more. Spending time to see the big picture is where the big 💰 savings are waiting to be discovered.

To strengthen the early well planning we need a work process which ensure that the value added survives into decisions in operations. The trail of 📄📄📄through decision gates limits the level of detail which transfers to what one person can write and read.

Also, we need better ways of defining risks and anomalies of a well. We can't put all our trust on an engineer and expect her to reveal all the secrets, instead we can use our historic well data to analyze experiences.

To set this all in a system, we have experts in their domains of well planning define risks to look for in the datasets to aid the well planners. So when the reservoir fluid is incompatible with a drilling mud, it shows up immediately when the well is designed, together with a suggestion.

So tomorrow, we won't hear about 🕵🏾‍♀️ moving to another project because it is closer to operations, because there are so many value adding tasks to do in the well 🕵🏾‍♀️ is planning.

Follow the leaders

Get started now and experience the same as Aker BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Equinor have seen. We give the best planners the tools they need to let their organizations spur their management and engineers to develop the ownership you want to a data-driven work process.

Invite us to a meeting now, to see how we:

  • Gather all your well data in one, open API
  • Increase your company value for every decision made
  • Show you what decisions you actually can make based on your data
  • Let you plan wells in a collaborative platform in the cloud
  • Improve your data every time you find a glitch
  • Give you insight to and expert access to well design parameters
  • Create preliminary well designs with steel and hydraulic calculations in seconds
  • Cut time spent in meetings and writing reports so engineers can work more on engineering
  • Reduce management reporting
  • Grow with you to solve your problems

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Eirik Lyngvi
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