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Abstract

Various logging-while-drilling (LWD) and seismic-while-drilling (SWD) tools offer opportunities to obtain geological information near the bottom-hole-assembly during the drilling process. These real-time in-situ data provide relatively high-resolution information around and possibly ahead of the drilling path compared to the data from a surface seismic survey. The use of this in-situ data offers substantial potential for improved recovery through continuous optimization of the remaining well path while drilling. We show an automated workflow for proactive geosteering through continuous updating of the estimates of the earth model and robust optimization of the remaining well path under uncertainty. A synthetic example is shown to illustrate the proposed workflow. The estimate of the reservoir surfaces, reservoir thickness, and the depth of the initial oil-water contact and their associated uncertainty are obtained through the ensemble Kalman filter using directional resistivity measurements. A robust optimization is used to compute the well position that minimizes the average cost function evaluated on the ensemble of geological models estimated from the EnKF.

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2012-09-10
2021-07-30
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