• Efficiency and Effectiveness—A Fine Balance: An Integrated System to Improve Decisions in Real-Time Hydraulic Fracturing Operations 

    Recent breakthroughs in connectivity and digital technologies have enabled the monitoring and analyses of frac operations in real-time. However, most of the digitalization effort to date has been focused on increasing operational efficiency to reduce cost. In this paper presentation, the authors demonstrate the need to balance between optimizing fracture efficiency and effectiveness; present an integrated system for frac optimization using real-time historical data along with organizational knowledge; and discuss the key considerations and challenges of setting up such a system. 

    Results from field testing show that their system accelerates the learning curve, enables consistent decision making by operators, and can generate significant cost savings. They present an integrated framework that connects real-time data and organizational knowledge to guide an operator to pump the best frac stage while reacting to formation response within a set of constraints. 

    This presentation is from the 2022 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition. 

    • Paper Number: SPE- 209127-MS 
    • Published: 25 January 2022 
    • Authors: Somnath Mondal; Ashan Garusinghe; Sebastian Ziman; Muhammed Abdul-Hameed;Rakesh Paleja; Matthew Jones; Jan Limbeck; Bryce Bartmann; Jeremy Young; Kent Shanley; Bonner Cardwell; Humphrey Klobodu; Paul Huckabee; Gustavo Ugueto; Christopher Ledet 

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  • Efficiency and Effectiveness—A Fine Balance: An Integrated System to Improve Decisions in Real-Time Hydraulic Fracturing Operations 

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