Session Managers: Nick Koutsabeloulis and Scott Reeves
Geologic, stimulation, and reservoir flow modeling are at the core of understanding and predicting well and field production performance, and ultimately economic outcomes. Yet current models, while advanced, fall short in replicating the actual subsurface physics of each of these aspects. This session will examine the subsurface modeling needs for unconventional reservoirs, how current models match those needs, and the future modeling developments needed to enable better reservoir development and investment decisions.
Session Managers: Scott Reeves and Dan Moos
Today, fracture stimulation and reservoir simulation models are poorly integrated, and geomechanical modeling is seldom incorporated appropriately in either. Present and future requirements will dictate how these models are extended and combined.
This session will address today’s level of integration, how such models will be used in the future, and set the stage for discussions over the next few days.
Session Managers: Bruce Meyer, Ernie Brown, and Rick Chalaturnyk
This session will address the future of hydraulic fracture modeling in unconventional reservoirs. We will explore new modeling methods to address complex fracture behavior, rock fabric, stress shadowing, multi-cluster, multi-stage, and multiwall applications. Discussions will address fracture initiation and propagation in horizontal wellbores, mid-field complexity, and fracture conductivity.
Session Managers: Randy Lafollette and Ernie Brown
Today, proppant selection in unconventional reservoirs is based primarily on cost and availability. There is little actual modeling of proppant transport and long-term durability. This session is designed to identify future modeling needed to get proppant selection, placement, conductivity, and durability right the first time.
Session Managers: Mukul Sharma and Mike King
This session will address how integrating well performance, completion, treatment, reservoir, geomechanical, and micro-seismic data can be used to improve our models.
Session Managers: Mike King and Rick Chalaturnyk
Beyond modeling of post-fracturing flowback and early productivity, our models should provide robust predictions of future performance. Drainage volume estimates and how it evolves over time are important components for these predictions.
The questions to ask include:
This session will address how to improve prediction of well rates and estimation of the ultimate recovery.
Session Managers: Dan Moos and Nick Koutsabeloulis
The key to optimizing value in unconventional reservoirs is determining the spacing and orientation of wells required to exploit the resource.
Such questions as these below will be discussed:
Additionally, this session will address model requirements to enable meaningful design and prediction.
Session Managers: Nathan Meehan and Long Nghiem
Reservoir and fracture modeling represents an unusual challenge because production from unconventional reservoirs is often characterized by very high initial rates, steep declines and long, low rate production “tails” for thousands of wells. Modeling unconventional reservoirs is intimately associated with the modeling and understanding of hydraulic fracturing results; limited petrophysical and other reservoir characterization data are often available.
This session will explore opportunities to dramatically improve the linkage between fracture design, data gathering, and reservoir simulation. Questions such as these will be addressed:
Session Managers: Craig Cipolla and Jim Erdle
As we advance our numerical modeling capabilities in unconventional reservoirs, data requirements to populate and calibrate these models will become even more stringent. This session focuses on identifying major gaps in reservoir and geomechanical characterization, hydraulic fracture diagnostic measurements and interpretations, and production monitoring techniques. We will explore the following questions:
The session will end with a brief summary of the forum.