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Assessments for an Oil and Gas Business: Perks and Procedures

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Assessments are a crucial part of any oil and gas business. They allow companies to glimpse what is going on with their assets, from safety to profitability. But assessments can be overwhelming. It can make them difficult for a company to navigate.

Since several assessments have different challenges, for example, hydro-technical or geotechnical assessments need greater attention and require extensive knowledge and expertise.

In this blog post, you will learn all you need to know about assessments, including the steps required before conducting an evaluation, how they should be executed once begun, and some common pitfalls that businesses should avoid when assessing their assets.

What Are Assessments for an Oil and Gas Business?

Assessments for an oil and gas business can encompass a variety of things such as:

Geotechnical Assessment 

These are most common in regions with unstable ground conditions that pose severe risks to the structure’s foundation and integrity. These types of assessments may be required by building codes or other regulations issued by authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and will be tailored to meet local requirements. Depending on your location, Geotechnical Assessments could include:

  • Standard Penetration Test (SPT)
  • Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) Tests
  • Unconsolidated Soil Analysis

Hydro-technical Assessment

In regions with more stable ground conditions, a hydro-technical assessment may be required by the AHJ and will also be tailored to meet local requirements. These assessments can encompass a variety of things such as:

  • Visual inspection reports for fluid injection wells
  • Hydrostatic testing for well casing integrity

Geotechnical Assessment Procedures Overview 

Several procedures should be considered when performing geotechnical studies, such as:

Planning & Scoping 

This is one of the crucial phases of geotechnical assessments where you will determine what needs to be studied to produce good quality data. You have many options at this stage, including hiring an office rep that may already have access to or knowledge about the site before deciding how to carry out your studies.

Geologic Investigation

It is where you will gather all the information that you need for a geotechnical study to provide a complete report of findings and recommendations, including topographic mapping if it’s required. You can choose various methods when performing this step depending on each case, such as drilling test pits, borings, or even trenching, which may be necessary for some instances.

Soil testing & Sampling 

In most scenarios, soil samples are taken with an auger or rotary airblast sampler at depths between 0-30 meters below the ground surface (bags). Depending on soils identified during the Geologic Investigation, you may perform different tests to help decide on the type of recommendations that you should include in your final study report.

Quick Overview of Hydrotechnical Assessment Procedures 

Geotechnical Engineering 

Hydrotechnical assessments are the combination of both geotechnical and hydrological surveys. The main goal is to gather all the data you need for your reports, including drilling test pits or borings, to get samples required for laboratory testing.

Geophysical Investigation 

This step will help determine any voids below the ground surface by using techniques such as electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), or even seismic refraction investigations depending on each case.

Why Do You Need Them?

Geotechnical and hydro-technical assessment procedures are essential because they ensure the safety of all future employees and occupants and any buildings or infrastructure that may be affected by a project.

These assessments are also necessary because they provide a clear picture of the risk associated with your project.

A geotechnical assessment can help to find different types of liquid or gaseous materials that may be found in the earth’s core, while hydro-technical assessments determine what kind of liquid is being released from the ground so it can be collected appropriately.

Geotechnical engineers use specialized equipment when performing these types of tests, including:

  • Piezometers
  • Cone Penetration Tests (CPT)
  • Rotary Drilling Systems

How to Get Started With Assessments?

The first step to getting started with a geotechnical or hydro-technical assessment is by checking out what kind of materials and liquids are already in the ground.

Geologists can come onto your land and help you do this to know how much money you could potentially make from any different materials found underground. And see if there’s an earthquake risk associated with drilling into those areas.

Geotechnical assessment will also tell you where on your property oil is most likely to be located, along with other important information about chemicals released during extraction, such as methane gas which contributes to global warming.

Final Lines

Geotechnical and hydro-technical assessments are very important for the proper development of any project, so it’s crucial to hire experienced professionals who will perform their tasks according to best practices to produce high-quality final study reports.

Having access to different types of reports that you can generate from geotechnical or hydro tech studies will have an advantage over your competition, which is why Geotechs should always keep up with industry standards and procedures when performing client assignments.

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