The goal of the project was to develop software for predicting the location, geometry, and characteristics of natural fracture zones.
Bloomington, Indiana 47402
The project aimed to integrate seismic inversion techniques with three dimensional basin modeling to better predict fracture locations and characteristics in gas producing basins of the U.S. The plan was to develop a 3-D reaction, transport, mechanical basin model (Basin RTM), and to augment that model with a simulation-enhanced fracture detection module that would predict fault and fracture-prone regions. The resulting simulator was to be tested to predict the location of fracture sweet spots in the Antrim and New Albany Shales of Harrison County, Indiana.
This project may have some impact on basin simulation and basin modeling efforts that are underway at other institutions. The project developed a seismic inversion code that could possibly be adapted to other simulators for predicting rock properties. The project fell short of its planned impacts, because the Indiana University simulator is still not able to predict fracture properties.
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Phase II of the project concluded November 30, 2004.
Phase II Final Report - Simulation-Enhanced Fracture Detection: Research and Demonstration in U.S. Basins [PDF-8244KB]