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Efficient Harvesting of Unconventional and Challenging Resources Using Wireline Imaging and Cross-Dipole Sonic Data

P. Williams1



Efficient harvesting of unconventional and challenging resources usually requires ‘unconventional’ drilling and completion techniques. This often means horizontal wells and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing are needed for economic production volumes.

Microseismic data and coring studies suggest that hydraulic fractures interact heavily with natural fractures. Determining which zones in a horizontal well are naturally fractured and the rock mechanical properties is important as it enables an efficient hydraulic fracturing program.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90188 ©GEO-2014, 11th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 10-12 March 2014, Manama, Bahrain