SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers
Understanding how a specific completion and treatment design will interact with a specific reservoir is a critical step in achieving an optimized field development program. This cannot be done without a close coupling of petrophysics and fracture modeling. Unfortunately, the role of the geoscientist and completion engineer are often siloed in the oil and gas business. Hydraulic fracture modeling is often performed by completion engineers, without understanding the underlying geology. This presentation focuses on building an integrated workflow, combining geoscience and hydraulic fracturing disciplines, whose purpose is to characterize the fracture system created by the completion. Once the fracture system and its effectiveness is understood in a practical way, field development can then be optimized for the next generation of wells drilled.
Calgary Petroleum Club