Upcoming Division Talk

Discrete Fracture Modeling with Different Fracture Drivers

Speaker: Cindy Xu | Senior Geoscience Consultant, Schlumberger Canada

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: The Province Room on the 2nd floor, Schlumberger, 200, 125 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P6

Fracturing stimulation of unconventional shale reservoirs has become a daily activity with very little or no customized engineering. In order to move back to the fundamental fracture design, we use an integrated workflow called the Unconventional Reservoir Optimized Completion. A critical input to this workflow is the Discrete Fracture Network which provides a good representation of the complex natural fractures.

The fracture intensity input plays a very important role in modeling the Discrete Fracture Network. The fracture intensity is usually derived from counts on image logs and cores. However, the fracture data from the wells only helps to understand the distribution near the wellbore. What happens laterally away from the wellbore is highly uncertain. Therefore, it is important to integrate 3D fracture drivers with well data in the fracture modeling process to reduce the uncertainty in 3D space. There are different types of fracture drivers, like geological, seismic and geomechanical properties. In this talk, we will take a look at the different natural fracture drivers and the applications. We will also show you several case studies of utilizing these drivers, including a local case from the Bigoray area of the Pembina field in western Alberta, and several US cases from the Wolfcamp Shale-Oil Play in the Midland Basin, Eagle Ford Shale Oil and the Avalon Shale in New Mexico.

Cindy Xu has worked as a geologist in Schlumberger for 16 years. Cindy has a Master’s degree in Sedimentology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Geology from Petroleum University of China. Cindy worked in Schlumberger China for 9 years on different roles. She was a geologist working on borehole image interpretation and the integrated FDP consulting projects, Team Leader of Geology Service Team and HQ Geology Product Champion in the Petrel plug-in development. In 2012, she was transferred to Schlumberger Canada and has been working on Techlog/Petrel training and workflow consulting in Canada, as a geomodeler in static modeling and fracture modeling for consulting projects and Petrel business development.

Geomodeling Division Social

Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 4:00-6:00pm

Location: Barley Mill Pub (upstairs room)  
Address: 201 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary AB T2P 4R5

Registration: $10 +gst

Online registration closes October 29th at noon.

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Division Profile
The mandate of the Geomodeling Division is to provide CSPG members with opportunities for education and information related to technical developments in the subject areas of geomathematics and computer technologies as they are used in the pursuit of petroleum exploration and development. As a main contribution of the division, technical luncheon presentations are held once a month, usually on the last Wednesday of the month. 

The subjects that are presented in these technical talks include, for example, The latest developments in geomathematical applications, Geological modeling technology, Geostatistical approaches to modeling and risk analysis, Geological case studies using computer technology and the benefits, Digital data organization - storage and retrieval. In addition, ad hoc forums may be organized where members can discuss geomathematical and geological computer issues with experts in the field.The Geomodeling Division does not endorse or promote the use of specific commercial software products, nor does it perform any testing or comparative studies of such products.We do encourage volunteers to present public talks on case histories that illustrate the use of technology and methods.

The success of the Division depends on volunteer participation. CSPG members are encouraged to attend the activities of the Geomodeling Division and to be involved in organizing these activities. Division meetings are held once a month over lunch. If you are interested in joining this committee or if you have suggestions for luncheon talks or other activities, please contact any members of the committee.

Committee Members

Weishan Ren | Chairperson      Tom Cox                       Hayley Silberg             Sonia Brar
David Garner | Co-chair            Sasan Ghanbari           Darcy Novak                Cindy Xu

Olena Babak                             Damien Thenin             Eric Niven  

There is no charge. Non-members of the CSPG are also welcome. Please bring your lunch. For details or to present a talk in the future, please contact Weishan Ren via email at