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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 949

Last Page: 949

Title: Computer Processing of Production Data--Exploration Tool: ABSTRACT

Author(s): James A. Lipsey, L. D. Clark

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Computer processing of monthly gas and oil production rates reported to the Texas Railroad Commission is being used as an exploration tool. This production data, reported by operators to the Railroad Commission, is available commercially in digital form and is updated on a monthly basis. The data include monthly production figures for both primary production and by-products along with test results. Computer programs have been developed to display this information as inventories, reports, and graphic plots. Summation logic incorporated in the programs allows the presentation of production curves (monthly and cumulative) for individual wells, reservoirs within a field, individual operators within a field, entire fields, formations within one or more counties, or any combina ion thereof.

Detailed monitoring of wells and fields leads to improved predictions of production sustainability. The effects of stimulation techniques can also be easily recognized. Production data from selected wells can be combined to generate a production history for a typical well.

Decisions regarding well completions have been made utilizing this data. Performance of key wells and fields near areas of interest are regularly monitored with data processing output. A minimal amount of manpower is required to keep updated production histories available for exploration use.

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