RCP’s integrated research focuses on dynamic reservoir characterization to develop and apply new reservoir modeling and simulation techniques. New technology areas include DAS applications and the use of data analytics in reservoir characterization. Research utilizes multi-component time lapse seismic and associated technologies to better understand unconventional reservoirs.
New research Phase XVII started July 2017 with a project in the Eagle Ford, provided by field sponsor Devon Energy. The project leverages the learnings of Wattenberg in Phase XVI. The pilot project is aimed at measuring the hydraulic stimulation of the Eagle Ford. The rich and varied dataset includes 9C seismic and time-lapse data, fiber optic and other VSP data, petrophysical and completion and reservoir engineering data.
Other research under Phase XVII includes the Wolfcamp project in the Permian Basin provided by Apache Corporation, which explores the usefulness of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) in reservoir and stimulation characterization. Research includes a detailed analysis of stage-by-stage hydraulic fracturing, with a VSP recorded after each stage (78 stages) to help analyze changes in the reservoir during stimulation. Findings about DAS will help design future optimal acquisition geometries.
RCP recently initiated studies on the value and benefits of Fiber Optic (FO) sensing, with research in collaboration with the Petroleum Engineering Department at Mines, to advance the use of distributed optical fiber sensing for seismic acquisition, well completion, and production. The Eagle Ford data will be utilized in this initiative. Additionally, other recent research initiatives include how machine learning can be used to enhance the productivity of geologists, geophysicists, and petroleum engineers by automating tasks and performing the majority of time-consuming analysis.
Phase XVI continues through the end of 2017, with an unconventional shale reservoir characterization of the Niobrara and Codell Formations in Wattenberg Field in Colorado, USA, in partnership with Anadarko.
As an independently-sponsored research consortium, RCP relies on the generous support of its sponsors to enable field studies and research projects.
If your company is interested in joining RCP, consider these benefits:
- Sponsor-proposed research projects and field studies
- Integrated leading-edge research focused on solving relevant field development challenges
- Major research projects include new seismic data acquisition
- Access to highly qualified students for employment
- Availability of comprehensive, integrated datasets and results
- Proprietary access to student theses and presentations
- Interaction and networking with other sponsors & students
Sponsors enable RCP’s valuable mission in developing students who have a broad understanding of the key contributions and limitations of each major discipline — geology, geophysics and engineering. Highly-recruited graduates are well-prepared for industry’s asset team model.
Consortium membership offers more than one option:
- Financial contribution
- Research and software/hardware contribution
- Student mentoring
Most integrated field studies focus on unconventional resources. Field sponsors contribute a wide range of unique data to enable our research. All sponsor members have access to research results derived from these data.
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