US Patent Office Grants Two Pressure-Based Fracture Map Patents
Equinor patents protect IMAGE Frac technology licensed exclusively to Reveal Energy Services
HOUSTON, Sept. 26, 2018 — Reveal Energy Services announces today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Equinor (previously known as Statoil) two patents that protect the science underlying IMAGE Frac™ technology licensed exclusively to Reveal Energy Services. The science enables the pressure-based fracture map data acquisition and processing that allows operators to make informed, better completion decisions with minimum operational risk and cost.
U.S. Patent 10,030,497: Method of acquiring information of hydraulic fracture geometry for evaluating and optimizing well spacing for multi-well pad. This patent relates to a method of acquiring information of hydraulic fracture geometry for evaluating and optimizing well spacing for a multi-well pad. The invention is directed to design the stage sequencing of a multi-well hydraulic fracturing job and design a pressure measurement technique during stimulation to acquire data that can be interpreted and analyzed for evaluating hydraulic fracture geometry, connectivity, and proximity and optimizing well spacing.
U.S. Patent 9,988,900: Method of geometric evaluation of hydraulic fractures by using pressure changes. This patent is directed to evaluate hydraulic fracture geometry by measuring pressure changes in an observation well stage while hydraulic fractures are created in adjacent well(s) for a multi-well pad,and performing an analysis which couples a solid mechanics equation and a pressure diffusion equation.
“We are pleased the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted these two patents, so we can continue to further develop IMAGE Frac technology,” said Sudhendu Kashikar, CEO of Reveal Energy Services.
The technology and five services are field-proven in more than 5,000 hydraulic fracturing stages.
Reveal Energy Services Enhances IMAGE Frac Technology for Large, Complex Pad Operations
Simple, accurate, affordable pressure-based fracture maps computed on new platform
HOUSTON, July 23, 2018 – Reveal Energy Services announces today the company is enhancing IMAGE Frac™ pressure-based fracture maps with a new platform that uses parallel processing with rigorous algorithms to determine fracture geometry for large, complex pad operations in multiple zones. The company is demonstrating IMAGE Frac technology during the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) July 23-25 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The platform enables the company’s geoscientists and completion engineers to rapidly and consistently compute 3D fracture map geometry of half-length, height, asymmetry, and azimuth without interpretation subjectivity, vital for operators to lower multizone completion cost and increase production.
This improvement to rapidly process very large projects, providing fracture geometry and other fracture attributes on several hundred to thousands of frac stages, lets’ operators take full advantage of the advances in machine learning and improve the predictability of their completion design performance.
“By continually developing our technology, we are enabling operators to extract further statistical data insight that leads to more meaningful and informed decisions that increase hydraulic fracturing efficiency,” said Sudhendu Kashikar, CEO of Reveal Energy Services.
The company is presenting two technical papers at URTeC: Estimation of Fracture Geometries From Poroelastic Pressure Responses in Offset Wells (URTeC 2886118) and Rapid Evaluation of Diverter Effectiveness From Poroelastic Pressure Response in Offset Wells (URTeC 2902114), coauthored with LINN Energy.
The patent-pending pressure-based data acquisition and processing, the foundation of the fracture maps, have had rapid market acceptance. Demand for the novel fracture maps, recognized with the prestigious E&P Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation, has increased 10 times over the past 18 months. From a base of 500 stages, IMAGE Frac pressure-based fracture maps are now field-proven in more than 5,000 stages.
The company’s geoscientists and completion engineers are demonstrating IMAGE Frac technology and the five services in URTeC booth 2121.
Reveal Energy Services Signs First Operator Volume Agreement
Arsenal Resources to validate completions with pressure-based fracture maps
Reveal Energy Services announces today the signing of its first operator volume agreement. Arsenal Resources, a pure-play natural gas operator in the Marcellus’ West Virginia Core, has agreed to validate the completion designs of its 2018 wells with Reveal Energy Services’ simple, accurate, affordable pressure-based fracture maps.
With the industry’s newest approach to validating a completion design, Reveal Energy Services’ fracture maps quantify fracture half-length, height, asymmetry, and azimuth. Solely using a surface pressure gauge that monitors a few stages at a time and a bridge plug, the map data allow operators to analyze hydraulic fracturing effectiveness without downhole tools, downtime, or additional crew.
Arsenal Resources first applied Reveal Energy Services’ fracture maps on a number of wells in 2017. A greater understanding of the induced fractures enabled the company to validate its completion designs. Following this initial success, the operator decided that having this information on its 2018 wells would be important.
“We entered into this agreement because we believe Reveal Energy Services’ new approach to fracture mapping provides us a cost-effective diagnostic measurement to enhance our 2018 completion operations throughout the year,” said Jon Sheldon of Arsenal Resources.
The operator’s agreement will be fulfilled by the expanding Reveal Energy Services’ team of geoscientists and completion engineers that supervises well data processing, data interpretation, and the fracture geometry report development. The team’s increasing expertise is another differentiator of the company’s overall pressure-based fracture map technology and five related services that operators have applied on more than 2,500 hydraulic fracturing stages throughout the US.
“We are sincerely appreciative of the confidence and trust Arsenal Resources has placed in our team and technology,” said Sudhendu Kashikar, CEO of Reveal Energy Services. “For the Arsenal Resources’ executives and completion engineers to believe that we’re an important part of their 2018 operations is a considerable vote of confidence, and we couldn’t be more pleased to dedicate internal staff members specifically to these ongoing projects.”