Although they work on the same wells, work in the same teams, petroleum geologists and engineers often suffer from a knowledge gap which can lead to costly errors, bad decisions, and delays.
Here is a list of the “must-know” realities from both sides of the house: the geologists and the engineers. If each side can learn at least the rudiments in each of the topics, communication and decision-making can be significantly improved. In addition, efficient and/or innovative can be proposed and tested.
Here are two brief lists of “must-know” realities for each group:
Sedimentology / depositional systems
Structure (faults / fractures)
Nano-scale gas transport mechanisms
Lithology / mineralogy
Geochemistry of oil / fluids
Thermal maturation / kerogen typing
Hydraulic fracturing design and execution
Drilling fluid selection
Reservoir fluid behavior
Pumps and lift systems
Waterfloods / CO2 floods
Logging While Drilling
AAPG-SPE Reality-Based Reservoir Development Workshop / Sept 23 / Oklahoma City
Created by Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.