Fractured, Fracturing, and Fracked Reservoirs
Fracture and structural analysis and modeling
3-day short course
Course Content and Intent
This is a 3-day course covering aspects of structural analysis related to natural fracture development, induced and reactivated fracturing from hydraulic fracture stimulation, and how the states of stress in the earth impact all types of fracturing. Models of the relationships of natural seismicity to faults and induced microseismicity to reservoir fractures are presented, with a brief review of focal mechanism solutions and orientation analysis. Descriptions of various methods of microseismic data acquisition, discussion of interpretations of microseismic mapping results are presented, along with methods for using microseismic data to generate flow properties for stimulated reservoirs. Methods for developing fracture constraints to use in geologic models that include fracture flow properties are discussed and demonstrated using and JMP statistical analysis software to illustrate examples of how to constrain fracture models. Students use software to work through hand's on exercises in fracture analysis, discrete fracture network modeling and fracture property upscaling.
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