Patent Number: 6,801,197

Title: System and method for attaching drilling information to three-dimensional visualizations of earth models

Abstract: A system and method for perceiving drilling learning through visualization is provided. In one embodiment using three-dimensional visualization of the earth model as a foundation, a new IT development strategy focuses on perceiving "Drilling Learning" by an intuitive method. Symbols, known as "Knowledge Attachments" are attached to each wellbore trajectory displayed in the three-dimensional environment, with each symbol indicating a specific event--such as one related to drilling operations or problems. A Knowledge Attachment system proves particularly useful to represent disparate data at once, in such a manner that the interdependencies between the earth model and drilling operational data are evident and correlated. Operational issues and lessons learned from prior wells are easily accessed and perceived in the context of the earth model. By understanding this information at the beginning of the well planning process, operational efficiencies may be improved.

Inventors: Sanstrom; William C. (Cypress, TX)

Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation

International Classification: G01V 1/28 (20060101); G01V 1/34 (20060101); G06T 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/05/2021