OPERATIONS GEOLOGY DIVISION

Upcoming Division Talks

The Importance of Drill Cuttings, and How Sample Pro Can Provide Accurate and Representative Sample Data
Speaker: Will Rieberer, President, Sample Pro Ltd. 

Location: geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540-5th Avenue S.W., Calgary
12:00 noon, May 31st 2018 
Light snacks and coffee are available
Business card door prize: Signed copy of “Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks” by Dr. Dale Leckie 

ABSTRACT 
Drill cuttings are a vital source of information obtained the wellbore.  They are the only tangible source of information from the reservoir, and every effort should be made to obtain the best possible sample data.  Many experts believe that modern unconventional reservoirs are in fact more complex than previously thought, and that subtle complexities can lead to significant variances in production.  New technology has been developed in recent years to analyze and interpret drill cuttings (and the reservoirs which they represent) - XRF, XRD, Chemostratigraphy, SEM and thin section analysis - leading to a better understanding of the complexities associated with modern unconventional reservoirs.  Collecting accurate and representative sample data will not only lead to a better understanding of the reservoirs today, but will ensure that a useful data base exists if, or when, new analytical tools and techniques become available in the not too distant future.  In order to improve the collection of drill cutting sample data, Sample Pro has developed a cost effective technology which provides truly accurate and representative drill cutting samples.

BIOGRAPHY 
Will graduated from the University of Calgary in 1985 with a B.Sc. in Geology.  In his 30+ years in the Oil and Gas industry, he has worked extensively as a wellsite Geologist  In 2005, out of frustration with the quality of drill cutting samples, he began design and field testing of the first Sample Pro prototype, and has since been granted several patents in Canada and the US.  Since 2007, Will has been President of Sample Pro Ltd.

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Division Profile

Division talks are held monthly. They are free of charge. No registration is required, and talks are open to the public. There will be a door prize, light snacks and coffee provided by sponsors. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. 

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Operations Geology is an important sub-discipline of the practice of geology. As it pertains to petroleum geology, we include any geoscientist managing drilling operations from the office/home (including planning wells) and geosteerers. Operations geologists are uniquely involved in the drilling of a well from the initial planning stages to long after TD and the data have been properly distributed to stakeholders and/or lookbacks have been held.

Knowledge of one’s geological targets (conventional, heavy, or unconventional) is more important than it has ever been for well placement optimization, especially considering the introduction of new technology, such as horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracture stimulation. Beyond the typical geological capacity and experience, knowledge of stakeholder management, regulatory process and approvals, well planning, drilling processes, reservoir engineering, petrophysics, production, wellbore analysis technology, etc are also vital to the role of the operations geologist. These disciplines are commonly in conflict during drilling so prioritization and compromise of the well's objectives is also a skill.

Communication is another vital skill set of the Operations Geologist. Not only does the Operations Geologist communicate with their drilling engineer, directional driller, wellsite geologist (if present), and geosteerer (if present), but communication with their subsurface team, logging team, internal and external regulatory groups, as well as other internal and external stakeholders are also critical to drilling success. A common misperception is that Operations Geology is not its own discipline, the above paragraphs prove that while the Operations Geologist is truly a generalist, there are skillsets that are unique to the Operations Geologist beyond taking well calls in the middle of the night.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
● The role of an Operations Geologist in safety.
● Questions to ask your wellsite geologist to aid in your collective interpretation of well data.
● Reading/interpreting striplogs, cuttings, cuttings technology
● Basic training/discussion of geosteering software
● Critical Regulatory knowledge (ie: D56)
● Best practices: dealing with unforeseen events, stuck pipe, collapsed hole, etc.
● Logging technologies, open hole, mwd, lwd
● Communication with drillers, directional hands, etc
● Drilling technologies
● Stakeholder management
● Geohazards-identification, mitigation, avoidance
● Data QC/QA - is that well really sour?
● Pore Pressure/Fracture Gradient prediction
● H2S Analysis and Regulatory Requirements for sour wells
● Data management and reporting

Division Chair: Kurt Armbruster, P. Geol. | email: kurt.eh@gmail.com