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Drilling horizontal wells is the common mode of operation for field development in low-permeability unconventional reservoirs such as the Eagle Ford Shale. Assumptions are made regarding the homogeneity of the reservoir as wells are drilled away from the vertical pilot well. It is assumed that the reservoir characteristics remain uniform and also that the structure is constant based on the dip of the beds in the pilot hole wellbore. Making such assumptions can lead to wells being placed out of zone and in rocks with much different reservoir quality and stress magnitude than those in the pilot hole, which...

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