Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring

Definition - What does Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring mean?

Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring is a technique used to measure the rate and pressure along with the growth of a hydraulic fracture. Engineers and scientists approximate the propagation and location of the hydraulic pressure with the help of microseisms that are located, detected and displayed. The software provides the survey design, modeling, microseismic location and detection, data integration, uncertainty analysis and the visualization for the interpretations. The technique is used to deliver information about the capability of stimulation of a reservoir which can be used to improve the development of the reservoir.

Petropedia explains Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring

A fracture can be monitored by injecting proppants into a well; this is the most simple and common method used to monitor a hydraulic fracture. The main aim of Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring is to characterize the structure of the induced fracture and distribute conductivity within the formation.

Geomechanical analysis like understanding the properties of the formation materials, geometrics, and the in-situ conditions, help in the monitoring by giving the proper definition of the environment where the fracture network propagated. Multiple techniques are used to monitor the proppants location within the fracture and also to distribute the fracture-conductivity to develop the model for the reservoir and predict the well performance accurately.

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