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Geological Plays


Canadian Discovery Ltd. (CDL) has a deep-rooted history in geology that we’re able to apply directly to our data offering. Because we continuously track and maintain our geological plays, both our external clients and internal analysts are able to quickly and effectively group, compare and/or contrast wells.

Simply put, a “play” is a family of pools and/or prospects that share a common history of hydrocarbon generation, migration, reservoir development and trap configuration.

What We Offer

CDL Plays, and well-by-well play assignments, originally provided alongside our other data and embedded in all reports that we produce are now available through our Catalyst platform or for direct download into your mapping and analytics applications.

CDL tracks all currently producing formations in Western Canada using about 200 aggregated plays. These broader plays are then further segmented into approximately 500 detailed plays for type curve development. Supporting documentation, including maps, stratigraphic charts and descriptions, is available.

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What Makes Us Different

Many service providers offer value-added well fields such as “prod zone” or “formation” within their datasets or provide play delineation for individual plays in specific areas using a variety of methods.

CDL is the only independent third party to provide detailed, geologically informed plays across the entire Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Using this consistent methodology enables apples-to-apples comparison.

Our geoscience team incorporates geology, well and production data, relevant reservoir characteristics (temperature, facies, pressure, etc.) and countless years of accumulated technical savvy to define play boundaries. These boundaries are then matched against the targeted and/or producing zones of individual wells, as cross-referenced in tour reports, log submissions and/or other available data, to assign every well in Western Canada to a specific play. We also review all “undefined” wells to infill missing data.