DAKS™ for Exploration

Opening Explorers' Minds To What Is Possible

Explore prospect maturation workflow to help reduce exploration uncertainty.

Generate New Exploration Ideas

Subsurface geological analogues should form an integral part of your prospect maturation workflow to help reduce exploration uncertainty. Whilst individual plays and prospects are never identical, key learnings can be transferred both within and between basins and therein lies the power of analogues. Commercially successful analogue fields can be used to both develop new ideas in mature basins and in the application of established ideas to frontier basins. ‘Discovery thinking’ requires an open mind supported by detailed global knowledge of what is possible and what is proven.

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Reduce Exploration Risk and Uncertainty

When a prospect is being matured, geoscientists need to have confidence in the various technical parameters, which typically provide the basis for a drilling proposal. A common question decision makers pose is: “Where are the successful analogues and how does this prospect compare to these analogues?”. Benchmarking of prospects against commercially successful analogue fields allows inherent risks to be identified and managed, and potential resource to be predicted with a higher degree of confidence. With the ability to search trends across similar plays, geoscientists can test if their play concepts are valid and calibrate the uncertainty ranges for various aspects of their geological model.

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Why DAKS™?

  • Formulate development concepts
  • Identify and learn from analogue basins and plays
  • Benchmark your own prospects and test your exploration concepts against proven fields
  • Quickly identify alternative geological models to avoid bias
  • Stimulate creativity, reveal trends and improve confidence in exploring in frontier areas and mature basins
  • Calibrate uncertainty ranges for resource volumetric parameters
  • Guide prospect risk assessment based on the knowledge of what works elsewhere

Case Study: Jubilee Field

Using DAKS™ to Reduce Exploration Risk

Since the discovery of the Jubilee Field in deep-water offshore Ghana in 2007, hundreds of millions of dollars has been lost drilling dry holes and non-commercial discoveries by companies wrongly using Jubilee as an analogue for a simple upslope depositional pinch-out trap supported by a brightening of amplitudes. Discover how DAKS™ has been used to show that Jubilee is not a pure stratigraphic trap and how using inappropriate analogues can be misleading.

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