Critical Fracking Information - 50 Shades of Gray
Since we are showcasing a video in this blog post, we thought we’d also profile our cinematic prowess.
How laminated is your resource? And we’re not talking about the glossy kind. In Geology, laminations refer to small-scale sequences of fine layers that occur in sedimentary rocks. Have you spent time measuring your laminations? If not, don’t stress. Computers are able to precisely measure laminations using machine vision. The video below showcases the latest and greatest information that can be gleaned using AI to process and analyze rock. Our video example highlights the characteristics of the incredible and complex Montney formation in North-East British Columbia (“BC”). (As an aside, I think everyone should take at least one trip in their life to marvel at the many natural and beautiful wonders in BC).
"The Full Montney"
This video outlines how a new indicator measures laminations in the core. This indicator is an excellent tool that enables comparisons of fracture properties, and therefore profitability potential, across the varied zones in the Montney. It really demonstrates why the scale of information matters.
Below, we shows the same information presented in four different scales: millimetres, centimetres, decimetres and metres, respectively. It is fascinating to see what happens to the net to gross indicator on the left side of each plot.
"Show Me the Montney"
The graphic above shows the benefits of using machine vision to achieve high resolution outputs for geoscience, as the differences in each of the rock properties would be nearly invisible at lower resolution. While we do not yet fully understand the proper scale of production, we are excited to continue with that work.
"Montney Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail"
Once the core analysis described above is complete, we can move on to analyze cuttings. In this case, we can use the same machine vision on cuttings samples with the goal of determining the degree of rock heterogeneity based on the characteristics of those cuttings. The ‘holy grail’ of technologies would be to assess the cuttings and create pseudo-measurements of key fracking data or the mechanical properties of the reservoirs, such as Poisson's ratio (measuring frack height) and Young's modulus (ratio of stress to strain).
We find that some customers appear happy just having pseudo rock properties. However, with Enersoft’s technology and expertise, you benefit from our AI-powered system, which removes the guess work and estimations out of determining rock properties and instead, uses neural networks to directly model those specific and critical data points that truly drive your business: completions prediction and production.
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