Reveal releases FracEYE system to reduce frac hits in shale wells

By Luke Geiver | February 12, 2019

To minimize the effect of frac hits in mutliwell pads, Reveal Energy Services has developed a new product it calls FracEYE. The monitoring system allows operators to make timely adjustments to wells being fracked on mutliwell pads that feature parent (previously completed wells) and child (recently drilled wells being completed in the same or near formation as parent well).

“Because infill development and frac hits are a pressing concern, our goal was to develop a service with a fast turnaround time so operators would have the information to update their next completion designs, if necessary,” said Sudhendu Kashikar, CEO or Reveal. “We’re pleased that we can add to the understanding of frac hits.”

According to the company, it all starts with its pressure-based technology. The system categorizes the type and severity of interwell communication by measuring the pressure response from a parent well as hydraulic fracturing proceeds normally in child wells. Geoscientists and completion engineers can use the pressure-response timing and geomechanics to classify the observed response into one of four categories:

-direct fluid transport: large and rapid overall pressure increase in the offset well 
-fluid migration: gradual pressure increase that lingers post-stage completion 
-undrained compression: instantaneous pressure response in the offset well
-no signal: no significant pressure change in the offset well

Reveal first signed a contract with a major operator in the Marcellus in June last year. Since then, the company has performed in multiple shale basins and received two patents for pressure based fracture maps.

Prior to joining Reveal, Kashikar was the vice president of engineering at Microseismic Inc. Reveal Energy’s board of directors includes representatives from Lime Rock Resources and Statoil Technology Invest.