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By Schlumberger
Plug-in Attributes
Unconventional Shale
US origin with comingled content, 0A998
  • 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Supporting Documents
Installation Guide
Release Notes
User Manual
Kinetix reservoir-centric stimulation-to-production software is the only hydraulic fracturing design software that employs a seamless, comprehensive seismic-to-simulation workflow for the multilevel optimization of unconventional or conventional reservoirs. This member of the Kinetix simulation software suite integrates geophysics, geology, petrophysics, completion engineering, reservoir engineering, and geomechanics in a repeatable workflow that ensures data integrity and high decision quality. With these multiple capabilities, users of this Petrel E&P platform plug-in can maximize production performance and ROI in any reservoir, from conventional to unconventional tight sands and shale.

Multiple models with explicit reservoir gridding for hydraulic fracture simulation
Kinetics software accesses multiple models for the best fit between the science and the reservoir.

  • Unconventional fracture model—The UFM unconventional fracture model is a fully coupled numerical modeling solution for simulating complex fracture geometries while accounting for reservoir heterogeneity, stress anisotropy, and 3D stress-shadow effects. It efficiently models hydraulic fracture interactions with multilayer natural fractures as it solves for fracture propagation mechanics and proppant transport.
  • Fine scale fracture hydrodynamics and in-situ kinetics model—This model enables simulation of heterogeneous proppant placement, mixtures of multiple fracturing materials included different proppants, fluids, and fibers.
  • Full 3D design simulator model—Powered by high-performance engines, the Planar3D fracture simulation engine is a full 3D model with stress-shadow capability that creates the most accurate planar fracture simulations for formations with complex stress profiles.

High-resolution simulation grids (structured or unstructured) are automatically generated by explicitly gridding complex fracture networks while capturing the fracture dimensions and conductivities and also tracking the propped and unpropped regions in the networks. The high resolution is paired with new computational efficiency: Resources permitting, multiple simulations can be spawned for the UFM and Planar3D models in batch mode, on a local machine or in the cloud.

  • Integrated, repeatable workflow
  • Multistage completion design
  • Capture of 3D geological and geomechanical characterization
  • Fit-for-purpose high-fidelity numerical models for planar and nonplanar fractures
  • Multilevel stress shadow (from within a stage, between stages and between wells) in 2D and 3D for modeling sequential fracturing execution and stacked laterals completions
  • High-resolution fracture hydrodynamics and in situ kinetics proppant transport model
  • Multilayer discrete fracture network (DFN)
  • 3D finite-element geomechanical simulation
  • Structured and unstructured gridding
  • High-resolution reservoir simulation for production forecasting and calibration
  • Sensitivity framework powered by cloud computing
  • State-of-the-art visualization
Additional Information


  • Stimulation of conventional, unconventional, and tight sand reservoirs
  • Vertical, deviated, and horizontal wells
  • Multistage completion design
  • Production optimization at the well, pad and asset level


  • Seamless integration of geophysics, geology, petrophysics, completion engineering, reservoir engineering, and geomechanics in a repeatable workflow ensures data integrity and decision quality
  • Inclusion of petrophysical analysis enables evolution from geometrically spaced perforations to strategic staging and perforation selection
  • High-fidelity simulators account for geomechanical effects during fracturing and production to provide significant new insight for decision making at the well, pad, or asset level, for new developments, infill, or re-fracturing operations
  • Automated parallel assessment of up to hundreds of design scenarios in the cloud brings new efficiency to stimulation optimization