We do a lot of history matches and other comparisons of our oilfield data, so today we will discuss how to report these matches.

Bad Example:
The model porosity matches with the core data.

Here you do not need the word “with,” because the meaning of the transitive verb “to match”
is “to compare favorably with” or “to harmonize with” and a second “with” would be repetitively redundant.

Corrected Example:
The model porosity matches the core data.

While we are on the subject, “history matching” used as a noun phrase is not hyphenated, but if used as an adjective, it is hyphenated.

History matching of the Woolybutt field production data proved to be quite challenging. (noun phrase) (and yes, that is a real field name in Australia — funniest oilfield name ever!)
Current practice still involves a tedious history-matching process that is highly subjective. (adjective)

Similarly, the verb phrase “history matched” is not hyphenated, but the adjective is hyphenated.

We history matched the upper zone, but we were unable to get a decent match of the lower
zone. (verb phrase)
The history-matched polygon models were rolled up into a full field model for forecasting. (adjective)

Funny Quote of the Day:

“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.”
– Emo Philips, American comedian, b. 1956


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