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Hydraulic Fracture Modeler
By Schlumberger
Plug-in Attributes
Platform:
Petrel
Lifecycle
Optimization
Challenges:
Unconventional Shale
ECCN:
US origin, 0A998
Version
  • 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Supporting Documents
User Manual
Others
Overview
With Hydraulic Fracture Modeler you can either grid hydraulic fractures explicitly with local grid refinements, or as a reservoir property (for dual porosity models). For LGR workflow, the user interactively sets fractures location, shape, size and orientation. The plug-in generates local grid refinements at each specified fracture plane. The cells in the LGR represent the location of the hydraulic fracture and inherit the fracture properties. The utility also updates the simulation case of interest with relevant fracture parameters and well connections.
Specifications
  • HFM supports wells with and without perforations.
  • Hydraulic fracture geometry (length left and right, height up and down, width) is fully controlled by the user.
  • Fracture planes may be perpendicular to the wellbore or may be assigned an azimuthal angle.
  • Fracture conductivity can be modeled either using modified permeabilities (GRID) or transmissibility multipliers (SCHEDULE). The latter enables the permeability to vary in time.
  • Variable permeability can be modelled along and across the fracture.
  • The number of cells in the local grid refinement and their cell size are defined by user.
  • Black Oil and compositional fluid models are supported.
Features

    Gridding Workflow:

  • Interactively combine perforations into stages
  • Define the fracture plane geometry and orientation
  • Control the fracture plane position
  • Define the fracture plane properties
  • Generate logarithmic local grid refinements
  • Visualize fracture polygons and the associated local grid refinements
  • Define hydraulic fractures’ geometry and properties using .csv files from GOHFER ® software

    Simulation Workflow:

  • Dynamically update the simulation deck to account for the presence of fracture planes
  • Run realistic flow simulation with E100, E300 or INTERSECT
Additional Information
  • The plug-in is offered free of charge to Petrel RE or Combined Core licensed clients. The license needs to be ordered.
  • The plug-in is also available with Petrel ”Shale suite” license.   Log-in to download plug-in installer. 
  • The Hydraulic Fracture Modeler plug-in is exclusively distributed as part of RE Extension Suite.