One advantage of the integrated geomechanics process that has probably not received as much emphasis as it should have is the internal consistency of the resulting modeling output at all points along the model's evolutionary path. By comparison, conventional modeling methods that traditionally provide the data support for crucial decisions on pore pressure (Pp) and wellbore stability issues involve the combination of various separate models covering geology, geophysics, petrophysics and geomechanics. These can reflect differing starting assumptions, purposes, biases and data-quality levels, and often they are not consistent with each...

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