Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring

Monitor fracture activity to optimize stimulation effectiveness

Designing a well completion that maximizes recovery and overall profits can be challenging in unconventional plays. With drilling and completion costs increasing, it's important to not only make sure that these fracture treatments are effective, but to also ensure that the right number of wells are drilled, with the optimal orientation and spacing.

Unconventional reservoirs are rarely homogenous, and, therefore, multi-well drilling programs often require effective formation evaluation. Magnitude hydraulic fracture monitoring enhances your reservoir understanding by providing insight into how the fracture stimulation is affecting the reservoir.

The monitoring and mapping of the microseismic events associated with fracture stimulation operations provide an independent estimate of the fracture volume, leading to a fracture stimulation program that is both cost-effective and optimized to yield maximum production.

Our surface and borehole hydraulic fracture monitoring solutions provide a critical view of reservoir characteristics that improve hydrocarbon exploitation and life-of-field development. Monitoring microseismic events during fracture stimulation provides essential information on how the hydraulic fracture propagates within the formation. This insight arms completions engineers with the information they need to optimize stimulation effectiveness, mitigate costly oversights, and optimize field development.

In real time, hydraulic fracture monitoring provides operators the opportunity to adjust the pressure and proppant volume, as well as the stage placement required to ensure optimal fracture coverage.

For each project, we deliver a unique quantitative report that includes event locations, moment tensors (surface or multiple observation well data sets only), magnitudes, fracture geometry, pumping data, seismic stimulated reservoir volume (Seismic SRV), B-value analysis, and 4D dynamic event maps—providing all of the information necessary to easily evaluate the success of your fracture program.

Integrating these results with other data sets will enhance your reservoir and geomechanical models, yielding a more detailed understanding of stress and fracture characteristics, as well as the mechanics of hydrocarbon flow. Overall, using this new knowledge/interpretation will refine completion design and improve hydrocarbon recovery across the areas yet to be developed or stimulated.

Leveraging a comprehensive technology portfolio

With Baker Hughes' industry-recognized formation evaluation, seismic acquisition, and pressure pumping technology and services, Magnitude offers unsurpassed microseismic solutions.

To learn more about Magnitude’s hydraulic fracture monitoring services, please contact your local service representative.

Surface Monitoring

The wide surface coverage of Magnitude array designs provides the aperture required for accurate event location over the entire extent of the treatment well.

Borehole Monitoring

Magnitude borehole monitoring services accurately map the azimuth, height, and length of an induced fracture in real time to contain the fracture to the sweet spot of the reservoir.