Blevins adds his expertise to completion designs

Already armed with a trio of proprietary, real-world-based programs to analyze logs and help producers find pay zones and plan the best procedures for completing wells, Log Analysis Solutions welcomes an engineering veteran to its staff.

Owner Nick Maschas and his associate, Lee Sanders, are pleased to have John Blevins, III on board as vice president of engineering.  "John has expertise in most producing basins in the U. S. (including the Permian) as well as some overseas," says Maschas. Blevins has 17 years of experience with a number of top well service and production companies. "With him, we have synergies of expertise that can help producers get the most out of each well. We can help with every phase of completion."

Producers typically call LAS once a well has been logged, either open-hole or closed-hole. LAS’s software can receive logs run by any logging company. At this point, LAS runs the data through their three very powerful programs to help producers understand the downhole conditions.

Payfinder collects log data and graphically portrays organic content, water saturation, fracture and mud logs in order to clarify pay zones.

RockPro, the second part of the trio, obtains fracture initiation pressure along with rock strength and brittleness to help design a proper frac job.

Finally, FracModel combines all the previous data into an easily understood visual to help producers optimize the frac job before they actually start.

"We begin the frac simulation base on RockPro—then we audit and refine the data," Blevins explains. This prevents overlapping of fracs and missing pay zones.  "We want to optimize the frac coverage and the pay intervals." LAS then generates pumping schedules and completion procedures. The producer can use a frac company they prefer, or LAS can send the job out for bids to see which approved frac company can get to the job in the proper time frame.

Blevins notes that a member of LAS will be onsite during the frac job in order to do QA and QC in real time, including testing of frac fluid and additives, making any adjustments that may be necessary.

By then following up in the weeks after the completion, LAS personnel can gain further information that can be of help in fracturing future wells in the same formation.

With today’s pricing uncertainties, producers are quickly remembering that they must maximize production and minimize costs in order to keep the bottom line in order.

"We are a one-stop shop," Maschas states, "which is of tremendous value to small and medium producers who do not need a fulltime well analysis staff." Still, LAS does have some larger clients who rely on their expertise.

LAS can accept files in a variety of formats and can generate reports in PDF and in hard copy. Call them this week and let them help you maximize your pay zones.