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Fracturing Characteristic

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Integrating rock ductility with fracture propagation mechanics for hydraulic fracture design
12/04/14 - 20140352949 - The invention relates to the calculation of parameters to inform hydraulic stimulation of non-conventional hydrocarbon-bearing rock formations, such as shales. Unlike conventional formations, non-conventional formations tend to display elastic-plastic behavior and have stress-strain characteristics which with substantial non-linear regions. A parameter which has been termed Elastic Index (EI) is proposed,...

Modeling of interaction of hydraulic fractures in complex fracture networks
10/16/14 - 20140305638 - Methods of performing a fracture operation at a wellsite with a fracture network are provided. The methods involve obtaining wellsite data and a mechanical earth model, and generating a hydraulic fracture growth pattern for the fracture network over time. The generating involves extending hydraulic fractures from a wellbore and into...

System and method for performing stimulation operations
10/09/14 - 20140299315 - A system and method is provided for performing stimulation operations at a wellsite having a subterranean formation with a reservoir therein. The method involves acquiring integrated wellsite data (e.g., geomechanical, geological, and/or geophysical properties of the formation, and/or geometrical properties of the mechanical discontinuities in the formation). The method also...

Hydraulic fracture monitoring using active seismic sources with receivers in the treatment well
10/02/14 - 20140290936 - A method for obtaining information about a hydraulic fracturing operation in a fracture zone in a well, comprises a) providing at least one acoustic sensor in the well and at least one acoustic source, b) injecting fracturing fluid into the well so as to cause fractures in a fracture zone...

Shale fracture flow simulation apparatus
10/02/14 - 20140290937 - An apparatus having conduits, flattened tubing or pipes of varying widths, heights and/or lengths may simulate a network of fractures that may be used to experimentally evaluate the flow of treatment fluids (e.g. fracturing fluids) within narrow, shale-type fractures. The tubing or pipes each have an interior space with a...

Method of determination of fracture extent
09/25/14 - 20140284049 - A pressure pulse is initiated from the wellbore into the fractured formation where the frac fluid brings into the fractures a material that is responsive to the pressure pulse alone. Alternatively, or with a combination with a wellbore pressure pulse, well conditions such as time exposure and temperature can initiate...

Controlling net treating pressure in a subterranean region
09/18/14 - 20140262232 - In some aspects, an injection treatment of a subterranean region is controlled based on a target net treating pressure. A measure of fluid pressure acting on a subterranean region during an injection treatment is received. The measure of fluid pressure is compared against a target net treating pressure for fluid...

Method and system of planning and/or drilling wellbores
08/21/14 - 20140231072 - Planning and/or drilling wellbores. At least some of the various embodiments are methods including: receiving data indicative of position of a first wellbore; reading data indicative of position of an offset wellbore; reading data indicative of a fracture diameter for the offset wellbore; calculating a first positional uncertainty of the...

Method for determining fracture network volume using passive seismic signals
08/07/14 - 20140216729 - A method for determining a volume of a fracture network includes detecting seismic signals deployed over an area of the subsurface during pumping of fracturing fluid into at least one wellbore drilled through the area. A hypocenter of each fracture induced by the pumping is determined using the seismic signals....

Method and apparatus for generating seismic pulses to map subterranean fractures
08/07/14 - 20140216730 - The methods described are for determining distribution, orientation and dimensions of networks of hydraulically-induced fractures within a subterranean formation containing fluids. Micro-seismic events are generated, after cessation of fracturing and establishment of fracture networks, by particles introduced into the fractures which are capable of explosive or chemical reaction. In one...

Determining fracture length via resonance
07/24/14 - 20140202687 - A system and method to determine a length of a fracture induced from a borehole are described. The method includes isolating a portion of the borehole, the portion of the borehole including an end of the fracture at the borehole wall, increasing fluid pressure in the portion of the borehole,...

Method for determining fracture plane orientation using passive seismic signals
07/24/14 - 20140202688 - A method for determining fracture plane orientation from seismic signals detected above a subsurface formation of interest includes detecting seismic signals using an array of seismic sensors deployed above the subsurface formation during pumping of a hydraulic fracture treatment of the subsurface formation. A time of origin and a spatial...

Dual-pump formation fracturing
06/12/14 - 20140158345 - Methods comprising conveying a downhole tool within a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation, wherein the downhole tool comprises a first pump and a second pump, and wherein at least one operational capability of the first and second pumps is substantially different. A fracture is initiated in the subterranean formation by...

Method of determining a value indicative of fracture quality
05/29/14 - 20140144622 - Determining a value indicative of fracture quality. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: obtaining or measuring gas saturation of a formation to create a value indicative of pre-fracture gas saturation; and after a fracturing process measuring gas saturation of the formation to create a value indicative...

Method for increasing product recovery in fractures proximate fracture treated wellbores
05/29/14 - 20140144623 - capturing said product from said fracture through said at least non-stimulated well, and recovering said captured product optionally at said surface....

Seismic monitoring system and method
03/27/14 - 20140083681 - In one embodiment, the invention utilizes computer models to calculate predicted spectral estimates that may be encountered during a hydraulic fracturing operation. Seismic events generated by hydraulic fracturing are mapped and displayed upon a graphic user interface. Spectral attributes of selected seismic wave field data from the fracture operation are...

Production in fractured systems
03/27/14 - 20140083687 - A method can include providing data for a field that includes fractures and a well; analyzing at least a portion of the data for times less than an interaction time; and outputting one or more values for a parameter that characterizes storage of a fluid in the field and one...

Autonomous untethered well object
03/20/14 - 20140076542 - A technique includes deploying an untethered object though a passageway of a string in a well; and sensing a property of an environment of the string, an electromagnetic coupling or a pressure as the object is being communicated through the passageway. The technique includes selectively autonomously operating the untethered object...

System and method for performing microseismic fracture operations
03/20/14 - 20140076543 - A system and method of performing a microseismic fracture operation for a wellsite having a subterranean formation with a complex fracture network therein are provided. The method involves describing a relationship between microseismic events to determine the complex fracture network of the subterranean formation, generating a fault volume by extracting...

Automated relief valve control system and method
02/20/14 - 20140048255 - A pressure relief valve system for use in a downhole operation may include a pressure relief valve configured to relieve pressure from high pressure tubing extending between a pump and a wellhead, and may include a sensor operably disposed to detect pressure in the high pressure tubing. The pressure relief...

Use of magnetic liquids for imaging and mapping porous subterranean formations
02/13/14 - 20140041862 - Methods and systems for illuminating the pore space or portions thereof of a subterranean formation may use magneto-responsive ionic liquid surfactant. For example, a method may include injecting a treatment fluid comprising a base fluid and at least one magneto-responsive ionic liquid surfactant into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation...

Systems and methods for measuring parameters of a formation
01/30/14 - 20140027112 - A method of measuring parameters of a formation along multiple axes is disclosed. A formation tester tool is introduced into a wellbore. The formation tester tool includes a first probe oriented at an angle from a second probe about an axis of the formation tester tool. The first and second...

Method for closed loop fracture detection and fracturing using expansion and sensing apparatus
12/19/13 - 20130333879 - An expansion and sensing apparatus used to detect natural and hydraulic fractures. In a closed loop aspect of the invention a microprocessor may be incorporated to process data which identifies natural fractures and optimises the coordinates for setting an isolation device, hydraulically fracturing the formation, identifying the effectiveness of the...

Method for controlling the trajectory of a hydraulic fracture in strata-containing natural fractures
12/05/13 - 20130319657 - The method of controlling the parameters of a hydraulic fracture comprises creating a matrix of relationship between initial formation, injection and fracture parameters of and a predicted increment of a hydraulic fracture path. The matrix is used for retrieving and deriving the predicted increment of the fracture path, depending on...

Use of pnc tools to determine the depth and relative location of proppant in fractures and the near borehole region
11/07/13 - 20130292109 - Methods are provided for identifying the location and height of induced subterranean formation fractures and the presence of any associated frac-pack or gravel pack material in the vicinity of the borehole using pulsed neutron capture (PNC) logging tools. The proppant/sand used in the fracturing and packing processes is tagged with...

Fracture characterisation
09/12/13 - 20130233537 - This application relates to methods and apparatus for monitoring hydraulic fracturing in well formation and fracture characterisation using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). The method involves interrogating a optic fibre (102) arranged down the path of a bore hole (106) to provide a distributed acoustic sensor and also monitoring flow properties...

Method for increasing fracture area
06/06/13 - 20130140020 - A technique enables improvements in hydraulic fracturing treatments on heterogeneous reservoirs. Based on data obtained for a given reservoir, a fracturing treatment material is used to create complex fractures, which, while interacting with the interfaces and planes of weakness in the reservoir, develop fracture connectors, e.g. step-overs, which often grow...

Method for real-time monitoring and transmitting hydraulic fracture seismic events to surface using the pilot hole of the treatment well as the monitoring well
04/11/13 - 20130087325 - Methods for determining hydraulic fracture geometry and/or areal extent of an area of interest in a reservoir, are provided. An exemplary method includes isolating downhole acoustic receiver equipment in a lower portion of a first wellbore from fracturing operations located in a second wellbore connected to the first wellbore. Communications...

System and method for microseismic analysis
04/04/13 - 20130081805 - This invention provides a method for characterizing natural fracture networks or other textural networks in an Earth formation when using microseismic monitoring of a hydraulic fracturing job. The method comprises receiving (120) microseismic data from a hydraulic fracturing event, identifying a data subset (153) comprising components of the microseismic data...

Method for determining fracture spacing and well fracturing using the method
03/14/13 - 20130062054 - A method for determining the fracture spacing for a first set of fractures of a wellbore. A first fracture dimension is chosen from the smaller of the length or height of a first fracture and an expected second fracture dimension is chosen from the smaller of the expected length or...

Enhanced geothermal systems and reservoir optimization
03/07/13 - 20130056198 - Systems and methods for maximizing energy recovery from a subterranean formation are herein disclosed. According to one embodiment, a selected subterranean open-hole interval is isolated and at least one fracture is stimulated in the isolated subterranean open-hole interval....

System and method for quantifying stimulated rock quality in a wellbore
02/07/13 - 20130032335 - A method determines the performance index of subterranean rock. In one embodiment, a performance index method determines a performance index for subterranean rock of an area. The area includes a well. The method includes determining a time period during producing the well. The method also includes determining the performance index...

Explosive pellet
02/07/13 - 20130032337 - An explosive pellet for characterizing a fracture in a subterranean formation is provided. The pellet can include a casing having a detonation material and an explosive material disposed within the casing. The pellet can also include a nonexplosive material moveably disposed within the casing. Movement of the nonexplosive material can...

Pulsed neutron monitoring of hydraulic fracturing and acid treatment
01/24/13 - 20130020075 - Hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and polymer injection using coiled tubing are commonly used techniques in wellbore completion. A pulsed neutron tool may be conveyed at the bottom of the coiled tubing to monitor the effectiveness of these operations by measuring the flow velocity of the borehole fluid of the annulus between...

Active seismic monitoring of fracturing operations
01/03/13 - 20130000893 - A method for managing a fracturing operation. In one implementation, the method may include positioning a seismic source and at least one seismic receiver near a hydrocarbon reservoir; pumping a fracturing fluid into a well bore of the hydrocarbon reservoir such that the fracturing fluid may include an additive that...

Method for determining spacing of hydraulic fractures in a rock formation
12/27/12 - 20120325462 - Methods of the present disclosure include determining an expected trajectory of induced fractures in a rock formation, analyzing net pressure associated with the induced fractures, and determining at least one of spacing of induced fractures and a property of the induced fractures based on the net pressure. Computer-readable medium containing...

Methods and systems for monitoring and modeling hydraulic fracturing of a reservoir field
12/20/12 - 20120318500 - The method and system describes monitoring and modeling the hydraulic fracturing of a reservoir. The microseismic events caused by hydraulic fracturing on a reservoir are captured by sensor arrays. The data captured by the sensor arrays are then analyzed to determine the source radius, and seismic moment tensor of microseismic...

Well treatment using electric submersible pumping system
12/13/12 - 20120312531 - A technique provides an electric submersible pumping system to facilitate a well treatment, such as a hydraulic fracturing well treatment. The electric submersible pumping system is positioned downhole and oriented to intake a fluid delivered downhole for use in the well treatment. Once the fluid is delivered downhole, the electric...

Method for determining geometric characteristics of a hydraulic fracture
12/06/12 - 20120305242 - Method for determining geometric characteristics of a hydraulic fracture comprises performing a baseline seismic survey for a geological formation. A velocity model is created by combining results of the baseline seismic survey and additional geoscientific information, and seismic properties of the geologic formation are evaluated. At least one strong flat...

Methods of employing and using a hybrid transponder system for long-range sensing and 3d localization
11/01/12 - 20120273191 - Methods of employing and using a hybrid transponder system to determine the size, extent, and orientation of a hydraulic fracture of a reservoir, are provided. An exemplary method can include the steps of inserting a plurality of transponders into a fluid, injecting the fluid carrying the transponders through casing perforations...

Hybrid transponder system for long-range sensing and 3d localization
11/01/12 - 20120273192 - Systems for determining a size, extent, and orientation of a hydraulic fracture of a reservoir, are provided. An exemplary system can include a plurality of RFID transponders modified to include an acoustic transmitter, and an RFID reader modified to include both an RF transmitter and a pair of acoustic receivers,...

Method of manufacture and the use of a functional proppant for determination of subterranean fracture geometries
07/19/12 - 20120181020 - Proppants having added functional properties are provided, as are methods that use the proppants to track and trace the characteristics of a fracture in a geologic formation. Information obtained by the methods can be used to design a fracturing job, to increase conductivity in the fracture, and to enhance oil...

System and method for managing a subterranean formation
07/05/12 - 20120168151 - A system and method for managing a well site having a subterranean formation is provided. The method comprises determining a first spectral attenuation of a first seismic wave measured from a first location, determining a second spectral attenuation of a second seismic wave measured from a second location, determining a...

Electrical methods fracture detection via 4d techniques
06/21/12 - 20120152529 - This invention relates to a method for acquiring and evaluating the geometry of a fracture....

Method for fracturing and analyzing an earthen formation surrounding a well bore
05/10/12 - 20120111559 - A method of micro-fracturing in a well bore to define the stress field and fracture system for the purpose of optimizing subsequent hydraulic fracturing well completion operations. During or subsequent to drilling of the well bore, a down hole imager takes measurements that allow the operator to select appropriate zones...

Fracture monitoring
05/10/12 - 20120111560 - This application relates to methods and apparatus for monitoring hydraulic fracturing during oil/gas well formation. A fibre optic cable (102) deployed down a well bore (106), which may be the well bore in which fracturing is performed, is interrogated to provide a distributed acoustic sensor. Data is sampled from at...

Methods for borehole measurements of fracturing pressures
02/23/12 - 20120043077 - There is provided a method of testing a subterranean formation for fracture condition, including the steps of creating a side bore into the wall of a well traversing the formation, sealing the wall around the side bore to provide a pressure seal between the side bore and the well, pressurizing...

Methods for testing stimulation fluids
02/23/12 - 20120043078 - A method of testing the performance of a stimulation fluid by placing a sample of the stimulation fluid or a precursor thereof into the body of a downhole tool, positioning the tool in juxtaposition with a rock face at a downhole location, forming a sealing contact between the rock face...

System and method for reservoir characterization
01/19/12 - 20120012308 - A method for determining flow distribution in a formation having a wellbore formed therein includes the steps of positioning a sensor within the wellbore, wherein the sensor generates a feedback signal representing at least one of a temperature and a pressure measured by the sensor, injecting a fluid into the...

Method and system for detecting the geometry of underground fractures
11/17/11 - 20110277994 - The present invention refers to a method for detecting the geometry of underground fractures comprising the steps consisting of introducing a filling material (14) into an underground fracture (11) to form a pack of filling material (14); transmitting an electromagnetic field into the fracture (11); detecting at least one reflected...

Methods and compositions for determination of fracture geometry in subterranean formations
11/10/11 - 20110272146 - Articles and methods utilizing radiation susceptible materials are provided herein. In one aspect, a proppant, a treatment fluid, or both, may comprise a radiation susceptible material. In another aspect, a method is provided comprising disposing in a formation fracture, a proppant and/or a treatment fluid that comprises a radiation susceptible...

Active seismic monitoring of fracturing operations and determining characteristics of a subterranean body using pressure data and seismic data
11/10/11 - 20110272147 - A method for managing a fracturing operation. In one implementation, the method may include positioning one or more sources and one or more receivers near a hydrocarbon reservoir; pumping a fracturing fluid into a well bore of the hydrocarbon reservoir; performing a survey with the sources and the receivers during...

Fracturing a stress-altered subterranean formation
09/01/11 - 20110209868 - A well bore in a subterranean formation includes a signaling subsystem communicably coupled to injection tools installed in the well bore. Each injection tool controls a flow of fluid into an interval of the formation based on a state of the injection tool. Stresses in the subterranean formation are altered...

Method for optimizing reservoir production analysis
06/30/11 - 20110155369 - Optimizing reservoir production in a commingled hydraulically fractured reservoir by allocating commingled system production data to each of the individual completed intervals in the system, calculating the reservoir and fracture properties for each completed reservoir layer, and recalibrating the commingled and individual layer production data by accounting for the individual...

Generating probabilistic information on subterranean fractures
05/26/11 - 20110120702 - Systems, methods, and instructions encoded in a computer-readable medium can perform operations related to generating probabilistic information on characteristics of natural fractures of a subterranean formation. Fitted fracture models are generated based on microseismic event data for a subterranean region. The fitted fracture models represent estimated locations of fractures in...

Method of using pressure signatures to predict injection well anomalies
12/16/10 - 20100314104 - A method of designing a response to a fracture behavior of a formation during re-injection of cuttings into a formation, the method including obtaining a pressure signature for a time period, interpreting the pressure signature for the time period to determine a fracture behavior of the formation, determining a solution...

Injection-backflow technique for measuring fracture surface area adjacent to a wellbore
12/16/10 - 20100314105 - An injection backflow technique for measuring fracture surface area adjacent to a wellbore is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method comprises measuring an initial temperature profile along the length of a wellbore. A tracer composition is injected into the wellbore at an initial concentration. The tracer composition includes a...

Low cost rigless intervention and production system
12/16/10 - 20100314106 - A downhole system comprises (a) a wellbore deployable container comprising an operational control circuit and a power source operationally in communication with the operational control circuit, each disposed within the container; a wellbore deployable, controllable downhole electronic frac fluid flow control module further comprising a wellbore deployable container receiving seat;...

Method for reservoir fracture and cross beds detection using tri-axial/multi-component resistivity anisotropy measurements
09/16/10 - 20100230095 - The invention is a method for inverting reservoir bi-axial anisotropy and identifying complicated fracture/cross-bedding system (104) by using tri-axial induction logs and wellbore survey/image log data. An inversion method is disclosed that uses all nine components that can be measured by tri-axial induction tools (101), plus borehole azimuth and deviation...

Determining the use of stimulation treatments based on high process zone stress
09/02/10 - 20100218941 - Methods for determining whether to perform a stimulation treatment on a subterranean zone are disclosed. Process zone stress (“PZS”), indicative of a production potential of the subterranean zone, is determined, and a determination is made as to whether the PZS exceeds a preselected value. A PZS exceeding the preselected value...

Apparatus and method for monitoring a fracturing operation
06/24/10 - 20100155058 - A method for monitoring a fracturing operation in a target well comprising extending a seismic sensor in a tubing string to a first position in an well offset from the target well. A coolant fluid is circulated through the tubing string for a predetermined time. The tubing string is retracted...

Controlled source fracture monitoring
06/17/10 - 20100147512 - Reservoir fractures are visualized using electrically active proppants to carry electric signals throughout the fracture. The electric signals are easily detected at the surface using RF antennae and a three-dimensional image of the fracture is generated....

Continuous fibers for use in hydraulic fracturing applications
11/19/09 - 20090283258 - Methods and related systems are described for use with hydraulic fracturing and other oilfield applications. A tool body is positioned in a wellbore at a location near a subterranean rock formation being fractured. The tool body contains a plurality of deployable continuous fibers. At least some of the deployable continuous...

Methods of initiating intersecting fractures using explosive and cryogenic means
11/19/09 - 20090283260 - Methods and systems that utilize explosive and cryogenic means to establish fluid communication to areas away from the well bore walls are disclosed. A first fracture is induced in the subterranean formation. The first fracture is initiated at about a fracturing location and the initiation of the first fracture is...

Analysis of radar ranging data from a down hole radar ranging tool for determining width, height, and length of a subterranean fracture
11/12/09 - 20090277630 - Radar ranging data are collected from a down hole tool at various depths in a fractured well bore, and analyzed to provide a profile of the length of each wing of the fracture as a function of depth. The height of the fracture is determined from the vertical positions where...

Clean fluid systems for partial monolayer fracturing
10/15/09 - 20090255668 - Provided are methods that include a method comprising: placing a clean fluid comprising proppant particulates into a portion of a fracture in a subterranean formation, and depositing one or more of the proppant particulates into the fracture to form a partial monolayer. In another aspect, the invention provides methods that...

Method and apparatus for sampling and/or testing downhole formations
10/08/09 - 20090250207 - Performing a hydraulic fracture test includes conveying a downhole sub in a borehole to a formation, the downhole sub including a first sealing member, a second sealing member, and an extendable member disposed between the first sealing member and the second sealing member. The first sealing member and the second...

Live bottom hole pressure for perforation/fracturing operations
09/03/09 - 20090218094 - A method of determining when to stop pumping proppant during hydraulic fracturing in a wellbore is described. By accurately detecting tip screen-out with a bottom hole pressure gauge mounted to a perforating gun, the optimal amount of proppant can be supplied to a fracture while avoiding the risks associated with...

Method and apparatus for orchestration of fracture placement from a centralized well fluid treatment center
08/06/09 - 20090194273 - A method and apparatus for orchestrating multiple fractures at multiple well locations in a region by flowing well treatment fluid from a centralized well treatment fluid center is disclosed that includes the steps of configuring a well treatment fluid center for fracturing multiple wells, inducing a fracture at a first...

Method of formation fracture dimensions
07/02/09 - 20090166029 - The invention is intended to determine the dimensions of the cracks resulting from the formation fracturing. To determine the crack dimensions a numerical model of the fracturing fluid ousting from the crack and filtrate zone with the formation fluid is made for the set formation parameters, fracturing data and supposed...

Method to monitor reservoir fracture development and its geometry
07/02/09 - 20090166030 - Method to monitor reservoir fracture development and its geometry may find its application at oil and gas fields as well as in coal mining industry. The method provides injection of conductive fracturing fluid into the wellbore under pressure enabling to create a fracture in the formation and penetrate into it....