Excerpt from JPT article (link to full article)
What started as a project to automate the tedious task of creating and updating well production forecasts at Range Resources led to a system that challenges engineers there to question the status quo.
The program has evolved from predicting future well output to showing engineers the many ways their ideas could affect asset performance, including a feature often missing from engineering software, instant estimates of the likely cost and return of each option considered.
“As Range was developing the Marcellus, they knew their teams of engineers and geologists were being creative and effective, but as the volume of data and number of databases grew, so did the painstaking job of merging and manipulating data.
One of the things that struck me about a year ago was that engineers were coming to me with ideas, with more thoughts and creative solutions than a year or two before,” said Ken Brown, Vice President of Reservoir Engineering for Range’s Appalachian Division. The independent operator is primarily focused on the Marcellus, where production is mostly natural gas and NGLs.
Automation has given engineers more time to think. “Because of the sheer volume of data, we were spending an enormous amount of time on a routine task, thus reducing the time available for critical thinking,” he said.
The new tools allow the team to quickly determine if ideas, that might otherwise be viewed as long shots, are actually worth pursuing. Each idea is evaluated…