Sigma Cubed Inc. (SIGMA3) was selected by WPX Energy to deliver an integrated 3D reservoir model of the Bakken reservoir which identified sweet spots and predicted performance of blind wells. Using 3D surface seismic and well data, SIGMA3 created a Shale Capacity™ model using key reservoir properties, including natural fractures, brittleness, Total Organic Content, and porosity, that has demonstrated the value of 3D surface seismic data in capturing the reservoir heterogeneity that may be driving the variable well performance seen in the Bakken. The announcement was made during the SEG International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting.
"We appreciate the value that SIGMA3 brings to our team," said Lee Steinke, Geology Manager at WPX. "After several collaborative iterations with SIGMA3 to customize the Shale Capacity model to our area, we were able to validate the results of the model against known production in other wells on the 3D. We now have a better understanding of the distribution and variability of what may be the primary geologic parameters influencing production in the area. The innovative technology and workflow from SIGMA3 helped us to extract more value from our 3D surface seismic. As a result, we have expanded our investment to include a larger area."