Hydraulic Fracturing

Itasca Consulting Ltd's (ICL) team of globally recognized technical experts provides unique offerings in microseismic project design, processing and interpretation. We work with clients to extract the maximum benefit from their microseismic investment, to optimize hydraulic fracture stimulations, reduce economic and environmental risk, and improve production from unconventional reservoirs.

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Our services include:

  • Survey design to find the most effective array to serve your microseismic monitoring needs.
  • Quality control of processed microseismic data to help you gain trust in your results.
  • Reprocessing for improved interpretation, including a microseismic discrete fracture network (DFN).
  • Fully coupled, 3-D geomechanical modeling to get an understanding of how the reservoir is responding to fluid and proppant injection. 

Hydraulic fracturing is used to enhance reservoir permeability in tight formations. ICL’s unique tools in microseismic processing and geomechanical modeling help to understand and quantify the efficiency of the stimulation.

Interpretation of microseismic event patterns gives a preliminary understanding of the reservoir behavior. When this is coupled with geomechanical simulations, the fracture geometry and microseismicity can be modeled to provide a more comprehensive understanding of reservoir behavior and treatment efficiency. 

ICL’s methodology is uniquely capable of correlating the field data with geomechanical prediction of synthetic microseismic data, including event locations, timing, magnitudes and moment tensors. The resulting hydraulic fracturing simulations ensure consistency between reservoir characterization, hydraulic fracture engineering and microseismicity for improved understanding of the fracturing response and its effectiveness.

These simulations give further insights into hydraulic fracture growth and interaction with pre-existing structures.  Models directly show in-situ stress changes and fluid propagation. Simulations done prior to injection can help increase confidence in the completion strategy and ensure smooth hydraulic fracturing treatment and monitoring while post-injection simulations can help establish better completion strategies to increase recovery.