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StimPlan® Shale

Integrated 3D fracture design and analysis for shale gas reservoirs

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.

  • Natural fracture network modeling
  • Microseismic (2D and 3D) visualization
  • Vertical and horizontal wells
  • Multiple hydraulic fractures
Shale Gas Reservoirs

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.

Barnett Shale Drilling Site

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.

  • Fully 3D and pseudo 3D fracture geometry
  • Coupled fractured reservoir numerical leak-off model
  • Multiphase proppant transport model
  • Reservoir simulation and economic optimization

The simulation of hydraulic and natural fractures is fully coupled. The reduction in critical stress, the impact of exceeding critical stress, and the dilation of natural fractures at higher pressures in the natural fractures are all considered when calculating the impact on production of the stimulated fracture network.

Natural Fracture Pressure Time and Depth

Multi-stage Fractures in Horizontal Wells

Modeling of single or multiple, transverse or longitudinal hydraulic fractures along horizontal wells is fully supported, including calculations for the effects of fractures joining or interfering.

Multi Stage Fractures in Horizontal Wells

Easy Data Handling and Analysis

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.

Economics and Fracture Optimization

Microseismic Visualization

One challenge associated with horizontal wells is that the downhole pressure response can be masked by poor wellbore to fracture communication. This results in increased uncertainty regarding the geometry of the hydraulic fracture, including the fracture half length.

Microseismic monitoring can be applied not only to reduce this uncertainty, and calibrate the hydraulic fracture geometry, but it can also show the extent of any stimulated natural fracture volume.

Microseismic Visualization

NSI Technologies

NSI Technologies is a global leader in software, training and engineering solutions for the design and analysis of well stimulation programs. Founded in 1984, NSI has played a leading role in the development of modern hydraulic fracturing design technology. Through the application of its innovative solutions, NSI helps operators worldwide maximize their well performance while lowering expenditure and reducing their environmental footprint.

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