DL Technical Talk September 2024

When:  Sep 10, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (UTC)

"Integrated Geoscience and Engineering to Improve Hydraulic Fracturing and Field Development". 


“Integrating multiple types of modern field technologies systematically has led to improvements in field testing, understanding, and acreage development in geologically complex formations. These efforts are proving to be invaluable when coupled across disciplines and combined with simulations for predictive evaluations. Several field case studies will be provided to illustrate the benefits of the multi-pronged diagnostics with modeling approach, which include pairing fiber optics, sealed wellbore pressure monitoring, formation imaging, calipers, and microseismic together. Multi-disciplinary datasets from before, during, and after stimulations will be combined into geomechanics models to inform stage and cluster level details derived from field diagnostics that include stimulation and production performance behaviors. An additional case study will connect post-stimulation diagnostics by including downhole erosion imaging, offset strain monitoring, and production warmback analysis to provide comprehensive insight for field development. These case studies illustrate how improved geomechanics modeling, application of field data, collection of the necessary diagnostics, and testing methods may be used across disciplines to effectively inform geoscience and reservoir characterization understanding, completion design, diagnostics, resource development, and well performance.


Erich Kerr is SM Energy Company's Engineering Supervisor for Reservoir Characterization, leading completions design, simulation, and exploration / resource evaluations. Erich is currently the lead engineer over the Department of Energy Austin Chalk / Eagle Ford Field Laboratory, which includes multiple stacked diagnostics and top researchers (Texas A&M University, Stanford University, LBNL). Erich was a former SPE Student Chapter President and now serves as an SPE Committee member and Discussion Leader on Forums / Workshops focused on Hydraulic Fracturing and Field Development. Erich holds a BS from Colorado School of Mines in Petroleum Engineering and has authored over 19 technical publications.


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