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The goal of any operator involved in heavy oil whether flowing or not is to maximize production and minimize costs. With the rapid growth of projects in oil sands, the SAGD process has become commonplace. Although widespread, SAGD is still a relatively new process and operators are discovering that developing an adequate steam chamber requires careful planning. An integral part of this planning process is detailed characterization of the reservoir. With the current operating experience, it is apparent that relatively small features in the reservoir, once thought to be of little or no concern, have been a major impediment...

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