OAG Analytics: Optimizing Wells with Machine Learning

Luther Birdzell, Founder & CEO
Numerous oil and gas companies that are keen on maximizing their well production are turning to technologies like machine learning and big data analytics to enhance performance, reduce non-productive time, and minimize the total cost of operations. Well planning is one of the most demanding aspects of drill engineering; and for it to be carried out in a productive manner, it is crucial for data to be leveraged and analyzed effectively. The oil and gas industry has an abundance of data, but the methods of analyzing and eliciting meaningful insights from that data to optimize the overall drilling process are fraught with challenges. OAG Analytics, a Texas-based oil and gas-focused software company, has developed a self-service AI and machine learning software—Insights Workflow™—to help create profitable wells and enhance the overall digital well planning process. The SaaS product delivers meaningful insights needed to optimize unconventional wells and enable subsurface professionals like petroleum engineers and geophysicists to configure cross-functional datasets to accurately predict well production and design better wells in a cost-effective manner with higher internal rate of return. “We provide a tool that enables firms to much more accurately optimize the design and profitability of wells,” begins Luther Birdzell, founder and CEO, OAG Analytics.

OAG’s Insights Workflow™ platform increases the efficiency of well planning by streamlining data management and providing transparency and control over the analysis process, enabling users to align the data based on their specific objectives and choose the parameters for analysis accordingly. Transparency and control over the data that is being ingested for analysis and the machine learning algorithms used to evaluate it are some of the capabilities offered by OAG’s platform. “These are two concepts virtually the entire industry is aligned on,” adds Birdzell.
Using the historical data captured, the platform also lets users compare data patterns of the current well with that of previously drilled wells and analyze them for optimal decision-making. OAG makes use of data science and advanced analytics to unlock hidden value in existing datasets and help upstream professionals model rocks, predict production, and design wells more accurately using insights beyond the reach of traditional methods.

OAG makes use of data science and advanced analytics to unlock hidden value in existing datasets

Birdzell elucidates a success story where OAG’s machine learning solution helped a large U.S. oil company scale its business. Applying advanced analytics, OAG found an attribute in the client’s data that related to the timing within the client’s workflow—from when the well is drilled to the time the oil is extracted from the ground. Using machine learning, OAG was able to predict the oil production, which helped the client extract more oil in a cost-effective manner by optimizing “soak time.” Apart from providing a purpose-built platform to help with well planning decisions, OAG also offers capital allocation and asset evaluation solutions.

Birdzell accredits the continued success of OAG and their ability to maintain a competitive edge, to his employees. “The reason we are able to do what we do wholly centers on our staff’s technical skills, their work ethics, and their ability to work together so well.” Moving forward, OAG plans to continue investing in their self-service, automated AI and machine learning capabilities to optimize well design and leverage rock data. In addition, they are also looking to grow their solutions to address production surveillance and real-time economic analysis.

OAG Analytics

Houston, TX

Luther Birdzell, Founder & CEO

Self-service AI and machine learning platform for optimizing oil and gas wells

OAG Analytics