New software aids integration of geology, geophysics and engineering workflows

Paul Boughton

IHS has launched IHS Kingdom 2015, the latest release of its geoscience software. The application offers major integration advances such as dynamic map updates, geosteering and 3D geology and fault attributes, further enabling geologists, geophysicists and engineers to work in a shared platform for greater efficiency.

IHS Kingdom 2015 is a Microsoft Windows-based geoscience software interpretation tool used by thousands of geoscientists and engineers in more than 100 countries to evaluate potential oil and gas reservoirs and plan field development for both conventional and unconventional plays.

“This is a major step forward for the industry in terms of workflow integration, efficiency and accuracy,” said Clifford Kelley, IHS geoscience portfolio lead at IHS Energy. “The application provides new functionality for geoscience interpretation that spans geological, geophysical and engineering capabilities. This enables entire asset teams to work in one application, while also allowing team members to use their day-to-day workflows.”

For geoscientists, Kelley said, “It delivers detailed 3D analysis for fault interpretation and fracture identification, based on Illuminator technology, which is a new technology. It also offers geosteering capabilities, which helps engineers minimise risk and optimise drilling productivity. Geosteering is important for all field development, but especially significant for development of unconventional resources.”

For example the new tool enables engineers operating in unconventional plays to identify areas that are un-fractured for possible development, and to compare fracture monitoring results against areas located away from the immediate borehole. The 3D capabilities of IHS Kingdom 2015 significantly enhance the identification and understanding of geologic structures and potential hydrocarbon trends compared to the traditional geologic interpretation in map and section views.

Integrated with the new 3D geology functionality, IHS Kingdom 2015 enables geologists and geophysicists to conduct dynamic depth conversion of time-based data — transforming a common geosciences workflow and increasing the efficiency and accuracy of a process that used to take hours to complete, but is now accomplished in seconds. Using data such as horizons and well tops, this feature allows interpreters to build and maintain a virtual velocity model to convert data from time to depth in a fraction of the time when compared to current practices.

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