This is the first result of the joint software development agreement between the two companies and is a core technology component of Shell’s proprietary modeling software, PetroSigns.
The JewelSuite 6 subsurface modeling software application delivers modeling capabilities through an intuitive user interface and workflows. A built-in audit trail captures all of the actions performed by a user throughout a modeling session and providing auditable, reproducible modeling steps that can be converted easily to workflow automation scripts.
The ability to build 3D geological models, regardless of the reservoirs structural complexity, is based on a patented Baker Hughes gridding and meshing algorithm. These models can be updated and modified quickly and easily with new well information or alternative geological scenarios.
The subsurface modeling software application also enables users to run multiple subsurface scenarios simultaneously and assess each one’s effect on reserve recovery, production rates, and other critical parameters. Workflows designed for dynamic modeling, as well as pre- and post-processors that allow seamless transfer of the models generated by the new subsurface modeling application into any supported reservoir flow simulator are the foundation of this capability.
“The re-engineered JewelSuite 6 subsurface modeling software application, based on Shell’s real-world experience and Baker Hughes modeling expertise, gives operators a rapid, precise and powerful way to better understand subsurface conditions,” said Martin Brudy, vice president, Reservoir Technology at Baker Hughes. “These insights can help them to drive maximum performance from their reservoirs.”
Bettina Bachmann, vice president, Subsurface and Wells Software at Shell, said: “One of the biggest benefits of JewelSuite 6 subsurface modeling is that it will allow real collaboration between the different disciplines in petroleum engineering; they will be able to jointly look at the same data and share models, and therefore be able to reduce uncertainties and make better plans for the big development projects and investments that we make in our business.”
The JewelSuite 6 subsurface modeling software application is part of a software suite built on the Baker Hughes JewelEarth platform. This platform enables true integration among all applications in the suite, as well as seamless connectivity with existing geoscience software applications and databases. As a result, the modeling software can be used either independently or as part of integrated, multi-domain workflows to provide a more precise view of the subsurface.
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