Westside Webinar: Can We Finally Control Fracture Height?

For as long as we have been hydraulic fracturing, the intent has been to stay out of undesirable horizons containing water and/or gas.  An absolute control of created fracture height has eluded the industry for more than 70 years.  Fundamentally, we have tried to delay, influence, or subvert the underlying equations of net-pressure and stress variation, condemning ourselves to limited success or more often outright failure.  More recently, there has been a reassessment of the relative importance of this goal along with changes that may help us achieve it. 

Unconventionals have delivered the rapid deployment and acceleration of a range of completion technologies that were unavailable to us just a few years ago.  This presentation will show that these technologies potentially offer the capability to actually control fracture height-growth.  Previously, applied height-growth approaches were often largely attempts to fool or fudge height growth mechanisms.  It will be demonstrated that with technologies and approaches available today, height-growth control is finally within reach.  Data will be presented from a multi-well pilot program involving the deployment and execution of these techniques.

In summary, this presentation will offer an overview of the myriad height-growth approaches that have been utilized over the last 70 years, while describing their limitations.  It will then be demonstrated how completion advances over the last 10 - 15 years have finally made this approach a reality, and that field implementation is within reach.


Registration for this event closes at 12:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. 

Location: At your computer

Date: Sept. 15, 2021, noon - Sept. 15, 2021, 1 p.m.