Advanced geomechanical modeling can be used to understand long-term reservoir behavior. Validated models help to optimize fracturing and increase reservoir productivity and recovery. Geomechanical models can also be used to investigate longer term effects, such as compaction and subsidence.
Itasca has been on the forefront of creating new simulation approaches by developing new tools and by extending capabilities within our established software. One of the new tools , XSite, is a powerful, fully coupled hydro-mechanical, three-dimensional hydraulic fracturing numerical simulation program based on the Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) and Lattice methods. XSite is capable of modeling multiple wellbores with multiple stages and clusters, including open-hole completions and perforation tunnels. XSite resolves general hydraulic fracture interaction, including propagation in naturally fractured reservoirs with deterministically or stochastically generated discrete fracture networks (DFNs).