Baker Hughes releases VisiTrak geospatial navigation, analysis LWD service

Offshore staff

Baker Hughes has made the commercial release of its VisiTrak LWD service for geospatial navigation and analysis.

VisiTrak combines pre-well modeling, LWD sensors, proprietary visualization software, and precise reservoir navigation to optimized hole placement, said Baker Hughes.

While drilling, extended-depth LWD readings determine the distance to, and angle of, adjacent bed boundaries to visualize complex reservoir architecture in real time, up to 100 ft from the wellbore in every direction.

“Most of today’s wellbore placement strategies rely on surface and downhole seismic measurements, and drilling time-consuming pilot holes to confirm the top and base depth of the reservoir,” said Tom Thissen, president, Drilling Services at Baker Hughes. “Because the VisiTrak LWD service can identify multiple bed boundaries at up to five times the distance of conventional services in real time, operators can make faster drilling decisions to navigate to the most productive zones, while eliminating unnecessary rig time.”


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