In the beginning, we sold our equipment to companies. Shortly after, these companies began asking for advice on how to run their tests and procedures for optimization of their wells. We would train them by running our equipment on a few of their wells and showing them how to analyze the data, but we soon learned that they did not use the instrumentation provided to them to properly diagnose well problems.
Engineers usually head for the well that’s performing most poorly, and put our equipment in for days expecting an answer at the end of the test that would increase their production. This is just the opposite of what should be done. The I-Plunger was designed as a diagnostic tool and not to replace existing equipment. Like most instrumentation that provides new information, many hours of field testing is required. We would run our equipment in every type of well we could. During this testing and observation we also developed new software and other surface instrumentation to better understand the parameters of optimization of wells.
At IMPACT our personnel have put in the time required to fully understand the information the I-Plunger provides. This understanding of the pressures and the velocity of the plunger traveling in the well has enabled IMPACT to implement new algorithms to automatically optimize wells using surface equipment.
In order to understand the relationship of reservoir to production optimization, we are also developing a pressure gauge that will be installed in the well and will provide semi real time data to the surface via our I-Plunger. This pressure gauge is easily installed in same manner as a bumper spring. Like all new innovations, we are sure that there will be better optimization techniques that can be applied.