Since 2006, I’ve completed on over a hundred illustrations, figures and visuals for Schlumberger and their subsidiaries. Schlumberger’s authoritative publication, Oilfield Review, has chronicled the organization’s technological advances and highlights its expertise in the industry. Illustrating for these articles is challenging and has to be done well before the article is written. The process often starts with a conversation with both the story writer and engineers directly involved in an effort to tease out the essence of the story and identify compelling visuals used to tell it.
Beyond Deep —
The Challenges of
“The oil industry is drilling and completing wells in extreme water depths and to very deep drilling depths. Geologic and mechanical complexities, remote locations and new regulatory requirements combine to create a working environment in which teamwork and technology are crucial for success”. Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.
Reworking Sediments for Better or Worse
“Bioturbation is the disturbance of sediments or soil by living organisms. Petroleum geologists use bioturbation to recognize key sequence stratigraphic surfaces and infer characteristics of the depositional environment. Bioturbation often affects porosity and permeability.” Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.
Geomagnetic Referencing —
The Real-Time Compass for Directional Drillers
“In recent years, demand for accurate wellbore placement has driven technology developments that have advanced the science of wellbore guidance. This article examines magnetic surveying methods that improve real-time measurement accuracy and allow drillers to reach their targets efficiently and cost-effectively.” Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.
Cables and Skates —
Improving the Weakest Links
“For almost a century, wireline logging has been essential to petrophysical data acquisition. Although new wireline technologies continue to be developed, the basic logging cable design has remained relatively unchanged for decades. Schlumberger engineers recently introduced significant enhancements to cable design.”. Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.
Multiphase Flow Simulation —
Optimizing Field Productivity
“Operators are constantly on the search for innovative field development tools and techniques to help them balance optimal production with cost. One way in which service providers have met these needs is by developing multiphase flow simulators for wells and pipelines.” Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.
Warming to Heavy Oil Prospects
“Steam-assisted gravity drainage methods are allowing operators to produce bitumen and heavy oil profitably. Researchers are using this evolving secondary recovery technique to help operators exploit massive reserves while minimizing impact on the environment.” Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.
Formation Density from a Cloud, While Drilling
“Environmental, health and security concerns have encouraged service companies to search for alternatives to the traditional logging sources relied on for formation density measurements. Scientists recently developed a reliable LWD measurement that uses a pulsed neutron generator similar to those that have been deployed in wireline logging tools for decades.” Follow this link to see the article on Schlumberger’s website.