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Fracture Optimization by Integrating Completion Engineering and Advanced Borehole Seismic Methodologies

Mitch Kniffin1, John Harkrider1, Brian Fuller2, Les Engelbrecht2, Marc Sterling2, and Richard Van Dok2
1Apex Petroleum Engineering, 2 Inverness Drive East 201, Engelwood, CO 80112
2HiPoint Reservoir Imaging, 8122 Southpark Lane #204, Littleton, CO 80120

Hydraulic fracture operations were optimized in a gas shale play via integrated interpretation of seismic fracture mapping results, pressure curves recorded during fracture operations, seismic reflection images, and geologic information. Improved operations were obtained through downhole fracture equipment adjustments and through indentification of significant potential bypassed reserves. Interpretations also revealed significant geological controls on fracture behavior pointing toward more efficient completion techniques.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90076©2008 AAPG Pacific Section, Bakersfield, California