New Modeling Code Sees Deep Inside Fractures, May Change Thinking on Well Spacing

July 7, 2019

The diagnostic fracture injection test (DFIT), also called a mini-frac, has helped steer the completion designs of countless horizontal wells over the years. However, an ongoing industry study is about to give engineers a new, and possibly significantly more accu­rate, way to use it.

As a result of the project, “What I believe is going to happen, is that in 3 years everyone will have completely changed how they interpret the test,” said Mark McClure, the founder and chief executive officer of ResFrac Corp.

Though McClure’s company is less than 3 years old, its unique modeling code is playing a central role in the study, which counts several of the biggest shale players as participants: Apache, Equi­nor, ConocoPhillips, Hess, Shell, and service provider Keane Group.

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