l3mapps simTo help better explain its water use to nonindustry stakeholders, the company developed the Eagle Ford Visualization Tool, also known as “The Water Tool.” It is a 3D conceptual model of the subsurface based on data from state and federal public databases such as the US Geological Survey and the Texas Water Development Board. Through the use of the tool, the company is able to show the location and depth of water it uses, as well as the space between underground aquifers and horizontal wells. “When someone asks us how do we know what’s going on underneath the surface, we’ve developed this model to help them understand what’s going on,” Spicer said The tool was created as part of ConocoPhillips’ Lower 48 water strategy, which was developed to help the company manage short- and long-term water-related risks.  Read More