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GTS Digest – February 2022

Here is the February issue of GTS newsletter.

Upcoming GTS Events

Please stay tuned for news on the next network event happening on June 2022.

Other Geomechanics Events

Please check Events Calendar ( for a list of events in all areas. The following event is coming up. 

  1. SPE Workshop: Sand Management in Production - Common Themes and Unconventional Challenges   (21ADAL), 15-17 March 2022, Dallas - TX - USA. 

The following conferences are accepting abstract.

  1. SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference, Moscow, Russia, 11 - 13 Oct 2022. Proposals Due 23 Mar 2022 (Wed)
  2. SPE Symposium Hydraulic Fracturing in Russia: Experience and Perspectives, Moscow, Russia, 7 - 9 Jun 2022. Proposals Due 25 Mar 2022 (Fri)
  3. Mediterranean Offshore Conference. Alexandria, Egypt, 18 - 20 Oct 2022. Proposals Due 31 Mar 2022 (Thu)

News from Recent GTS Events

The GTS held a successful 5th Annual Networking Reception on the 1st of February 2022, during the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference & Exhibition (HFTC). It was well attended event sponsored by ResFrac.

Marc McClure, CEO of ResFrac gave an engaging talk, with the following details:

“Physics-based models are used to accelerate the learning curve and perform routine design optimization. In this talk, I discuss applications of a truly integrated hydraulic fracturing and reservoir simulator. Integration is critical for realistically describing the physics of fracturing and production in shale. For example, during a frac hit, multiphase flow occurs inside the preexisting fractures as frac fluid displaces oil and gas, simultaneous with the fracture reopening, stress shadowing, and cross-flow through the wellbore. I will briefly summarize a series of published case studies on: well spacing, frac design optimization, parent/child interaction, frac hits and effective fracture length, geothermal, and DFIT interpretation. I will also step through key 'lessons learned' on workflow, and key processes that affect RTA trends and long-term production. The payoff is better frac designs, better well spacing, and better economics”.

The question and answer session covered topics like the impact of overburden heterogeneity (which is typically poorly captured, if at all) on the accuracy hydraulic fracture and reservoir simulations, the need to account for rock creep and formation subsidence in these simulations and the need to develop hybrid models (data and physics based) for more robust hydraulic fracture and reservoir simulations.

Recent Technical Articles

Here are some of the numerous articles on geomechanics published just now:

1. John CleggSteve Krase; New-Generation Geothermal Wells – How the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Can Bring Its Experience to Bear. Paper presented at the IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, March 8–10, 2022. Paper Number: SPE-208747-MS

2. Kriti SinghFahd SiddiquiDaniel BragaMohammadreza KamyabCurtis CheathamBrian Harclerode.ROP Optimization using a Hybrid Machine Learning and Physics-Based Multivariate Objective Function with Real-Time Vibration and Stick-Slip Filters. Paper presented at the IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, March 8–10, 2022. Paper Number:SPE-208751-MS
3. Hussain AlBahraniMohammed AlsheikhVikrant WagleAqeel Alshakhouri. 
Designing Drilling Fluids Rheological Properties with a Numerical Geomechanics Model for the Purpose of Improving Wellbore Stability. Paper presented at the IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, March 8–10, 2022. Paper Number: SPE-208753-MS

Please let us know if the monthly digest meets your expectations!

Note: The previous issue was released in November 2021