Geosteering Technologies jointly with Oil & Gas Center of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has developed a hydraulic fracturing simulator FracSolver to increase oil recovery. This innovation is a reliable solution for optimal hydraulic fracturing design and operation monitoring.
Integration of hydraulic fracturing simulator with modules for geomechanical, geosteering and petrophysical modelling makes it possible to perform all the calculations in one and the same software solution. Moreover, it ensures high flexibility of operation and saving of time for routine data loading & updating. As a result of the simulation, the simulator determines the design of hydraulic fracturing, calculates injection strategy and geometry of the fracture formed in the end, as well as its characteristics and conductivity.
Yury Petrakov, chief engineer of Geosteering Technologies, comments, “This innovation will become an additional module of “smart drilling” platform already known in oil & gas market. It may be used both as a part of our platform and as a separate element of a third-party platform because it may be integrated with any software performing mechanical and petrophysical calculations”.
The solution enables monitoring of fracture growth and pressure changes, as well propping agent injection simulation. As the result, it becomes possible to improve the design of hydraulic fracturing, choose an optimal number of fractures and reduce operating expenses. Simulation of multiple hydraulic fracturing is a distinguishing mark of the new module because none of the existing software provides this feature.
FracSolver will become an import-substituting tool for domestic companies.
Foreign simulators, popular in Russia, use one-dimensional engineering models. However, they are mostly effective under standard conditions. Whereas, we used a Planar 3D model for the development of our simulator. Natalya Zavyalova, a senior research scientist of Oil & Gas Center of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, said, “As the result, the speed of calculation somewhat decreased, but at the same time the accuracy of calculations significantly improved, therefore the product may be used for almost all design development tasks of any complexity”
More details on the new software and its features are avaiable in a YouTube video: https://youtu.be/47JtKVzeyzM