StimPlan is a complete software solution for hydraulic fracture design, analysis and optimization. With its ability to accurately model multi-stage hydraulic fractures in horizontal wells, incorporate the effects of natural fractures (DFN) and visualize microseismic events, StimPlan is the perfect choice for shale oil and gas hydraulic fracture optimization.
Shale gas reservoirs have proven to be uniquely challenging, requiring the application of many new and innovative technologies. In particular, the use of optimized horizontal well designs and hydraulic fracture stimulation have proven to most effective in their economic development.
Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) Modeling
Natural fractures are critical in many shale gas resources. StimPlan includes a discrete fracture network (DFN) modeling capability which allows for the impact of fluid leak-off into and sub-sequent production from the natural fracture network to be assessed.
The strike and dip of the natural fracture sets, as well as their density and spacing, are specified based on the available well and geological information. These can be varied orthogonally and parallel to the hydraulic fracture to describe more complex fracture networks.
Stimplan incorporates easy tools for importing, manipulation and analysis of all the log, pressure and rate data required for fracture design. Pre and post frac analysis tools include well test analysis, minifrac analysis, step down test analysis and production decline analysis.Rigorous Geometry Modeling
A range of fracture geometry simulation options are available within StimPlan, from quick-look pseudo 3D methods to fully 3D gridded methods for more complex problems.
The advanced fully 3D simulation, with a finite element solution for formation response, ensures that fracture geometry is rigorously modeled. This gives more accurate geometry estimates, particularly in complex multi layered formations.Integrated Reservoir Simulation
Pre and post frac production can be modeled and history matched using StimPlan’s integrated single phase, 3D numerical reservoir simulator to get a more accurate prediction of well performance gains.
Analytical type curve and Folds of Increase (FOI) production models are also available for post frac production analysis and history matching.Automated Treatment Schedules
Automated pump schedules are calculated by StimPlan as part of the design process, resulting in a reduction in the time required to generate and select an effective treatment schedule.Economics and Fracture Optimization
StimPlan’s fracture optimization module integrates fracture geometry modeling , reservoir simulation and economics to provide detailed production and economic evaluation. This helps maximize well performance and profitability from a planned treatment.