The Hugoton Consortium would involve cooperation among the personnel at the Kansas Geological Survey and the University of Kansas, producers operating in the Hugoton, and interested public groups. The initiative will focus on the development and application of cost-effective high technology and use of existing data and resources in order to address barriers to continued oil and gas production. The initiative can be divided into four technical components. These are:

Integrated Digital Data System for the Hugoton Embayment.--Develop an integrated digital data environment that not only collects, catalogs, and archives data, but provides on-line access to researchers, regulators, operating companies, and interested groups and citizens. Accessible products will include data, interpretative products (e.g., maps, graphs, cross-sections, and reports), and analytical applications. The data system will be modeled on the Survey's Digital Petroleum Atlas Prototype ( and will be capable of displaying data and interpretations at a range of spatial scales from basin-wide to individual well bore. The goal is to develop the on-line technology that provides access to scalable, open information management solutions within the actual interpretation environment of the geoscientist or engineer.

Structural and Stratigraphic Framework of the Hugoton Embayment.--The immense size of the Hugoton Embayment's productive area at 12,000 square miles and over 11,000 producing gas and oil wells makes a basin-wide synthesis or even effective use of the information available nearly intractable. Even a focus on the single pay interval of the Hugoton Gas Field proper encompasses over 4,100 square miles and 6,000 producing wells. Using traditional geologic methods a geoscientist could spend years of continuous work to examine just the producing wells in the area. The typical solution has been to limit the scope of a study. We will apply new approaches and technologies that make use of the integrated computer workstation to use all of the available geologic data to develop a basin-wide structural and stratigraphic framework for the Hugoton Field.

Development of an Understanding of the Structural and Stratigraphic Evolution of the Hugoton Embayment.--A basin-wide structural and stratigraphic framework along with targeted new geologic data will be used to develop an improved basin-wide model for the structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Hugoton Embayment. Such a model can be used to resolve the geologic history that resulted in the accumulation and production of hydrocarbons in the Hugoton Embayment.

Develop an Understanding of the Hydrodynamic Evolution of the Hugoton Embayment.--The overall goal is to develop a working model to simulate the effects of basin evolution in the Hugoton Embayment on fluid migration, accumulation, and production.

Benefits and Deliverables

End products include a comprehensive study and digital database for the numerous producing horizons of the Hugoton Embayment. Development and application of advanced data management, access, and analysis tools to transform the immense volume of existing data into a digestible form that can easily be accessed and transferred to the interpretation environment of geoscientists and engineers (i.e., digital products on their desktop). The proposed project will provide an integrated digital data environment for the gas and oil reservoirs of the Hugoton Embayment. An environment that not only collects, catalogs, and archives data, but provides on-line access at wide-ranging scales to raw data, interpretative products (e.g., maps, graphs, cross-sections, and reports), and analytical applications. The proposed system will be capable of displaying data and interpretations at a range of spatial scales from basin-wide, to individual township and to individual wells. The result is an on-line interactive technology transfer program that will help to unlock the creativity residing in operating companies, research and policy-making organizations, and the one unknown person with the bright idea that can lead to new resources for the future.

Technical Products

Specific technical end products are anticipated to include:

  1. An online data cooperative "Bank" of digital well data. Data to be primarily digital well-logs, but can include other well and geophysical data. Access to the data bank will be part of participation in the consortium. However, access to data will be on a cost basis or will require donation of digital log data from one well for each log accessed. The goal is to develop broad digital data coverage for the Hugoton and to set up a method for data exchange that reflects the relative donation of each participant. The Kansas Geological Society Library will be a equal participant in the databank and will digitize paper logs from their files.
  2. Color Transformation and "pseudoseismic" methods of well data visualization. Images of subsurface geology will be captured in an electronic atlas of the Hugoton Embayment. Electronic images and data will be accessible online for additional analysis and customization. Color imaging and "pseudoseismic" methods will be documented and accessible.
  3. Construction of a structural and stratigraphic framework of the producing units of the Hugoton Embayment. Three-dimensional volumes of color transformed log data will be prepared for the Hugoton, depicting key log types and derivative parameters such as lithology and apparent water resistivity (Rwa).
  4. Evaluation of the geologic history of the region will be prepared using parameters derived from the structural and stratigraphic framework. Detailed core work will provide the constraints necessary to constrain depositional and basin simulators.
  5. An evaluation of the applicability and possible approaches to basin-wide scale depositional and hydrodynamic modeling using well-constrained geologic parameters. A new understanding of the flow system will be assessed in the perspective of the observed fluid compositional variation and natural gas and oil production histories and may present new opportunities in exploration and development of this resource.
  6. Improved methods of evaluation of gas and oil resources in mature basins through use of the dynamic database and interactive spatial visualization methods. This approach can serve as a prototype for other areas.
  7. An improved and consistent basin-wide framework for the quantification of reserves.

These studies and products will provide operators, and the interested public the information and technology necessary for improved exploration and producing programs, including infill decisions, exploration of deeper horizons, and lateral continuity of reservoirs.

Joint Projects

Participation in joint projects is seen as a fundamental part of consortium activity and the source of benefits to both sponsors and to the project. A joint project will be included in the cost of Full Sponsorship. Additional projects and projects by Associate and Individual sponsors can be arranged at cost (which would be negotiated for each project and are in addition to the annual fee). Project scope, deliverables and timing will be decided by mutual agreement.

Possible examples of joint projects include:

  1. A full field reservoir characterization and simulation
  2. A detailed 3D-velocity volume/model for the shallow strata in part of the Hugoton.
  3. A detailed evaluation of production performance (e.g., impact of infill drilling on incremental reserves or impact of completion practices).
  4. Anything else that can contribute to the project and be of value to the individual sponsor.

It may be possible to arrange a period of confidentiality for data and results. Personnel from the sponsoring organizations may participate in all aspects of their joint projects. It is expected that KU/KGS personnel will do the bulk of the work. The results of the joint project are expected to eventually become part of the broader Hugoton project.

Technical Publications

A significant part of the project-to-sponsor technology transfer will be continuous publication via the World-Wide-Web, email and direct file transfer of technical products (i.e., maps, cross-sections and papers) the contain the results of consortium efforts. We will publish as individual products are completed. All Sponsors will receive periodic summary reports on all consortium projects.

Annual Report and Consortium Meeting

An annual summary report of all research results and activities will be prepared and distributed to all Sponsors. An annual meeting will be held in either Lawrence, Kansas or other mutually agreed upon site (e.g., Kansas City, Wichita or Houston) for the purposes of:

  1. Presentation to Sponsors by KU and Survey personnel of the results of the previous year's work. This will typically take the form of oral and poster presentations.
  2. Increasing communication among the Sponsors on projects and questions of mutual interest.
  3. Providing feedback and guidance from the Sponsors to the project on past performance desired new directions and opportunities for new interactions.

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Updated December 2000
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