University of Texas at Austin

3D Resource Reserve and Production (3DRP) consortium

February 5, 2018
Svetlana Ikonnikova

3DRP principal investigator Svetlana Ikonnikova.

The Bureau’s newly established 3D Resource Reserve and Production (3DRP) consortium recently held its first meeting. The interdisciplinary team of researchers—including geoscientists, engineers, statisticians, and economists—presented 3DRP approaches, capabilities, and data now available to consortium members, including information on 3D geocellular basinwide models and machine-learning techniques for new aspects of productivity and technology.

3DRP researchers are internationally recognized for producing the most comprehensive publicly available characterization and production outlook scenarios for major U.S. shale gas/oil and water resources, and the program includes detailed analyses of Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, and Bakken plays. With over $4 million in past support from the Sloan and Mitchell Foundations and the Department of Energy, the group’s research has helped to inform the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification, as well as researchers and the public worldwide.

3DRP offers their diverse range of scientists, economists, industry partners, and stakeholders the ability to address important questions about some of the nation’s most important oil and gas resources, now and in the future. Research results include high-resolution 3D geomodels (including original gas-in-place and oil-in-place, nonbound water-in-place, and derivative maps); statistical estimates of per-well productivity; well economics incorporating decline analysis; and production-outlook and expected-drilling scenarios.

Program principal investigator Svetlana Ikonnikova says that innovative approaches within the program will keep the models “evergreen” and help members gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of unconventional resource development and economics. For more information about the 3DRP consortium, please contact Ikonnikova.

This same team of researchers develops Permian Basin analysis and interpretation within the Bureau’s Tight Oil Resource Assessment (TORA) consortium. For more information on TORA, contact Bill Fairhurst.

Flythrough: Bakken Reclassified Landing Zones of Horizontal Producers.This video shows 16,000 producing horizontal wells colored by landing zones for the Middle Bakken and Three Forks formations. The surface represents the top of the Birdbear formation with a color overlay showing the oil-in-place for the Middle Bakken zone. The blue and green discs show the cumulative water cut of the well (blue = water, green =oil).