Given the recognized importance of the natural fractures in the development of unconventional reservoirs, the sparse statistics created by the lack of cores and image logs requires practical engineering approaches and solutions. Among these solutions is the use of a continuous fracture model that uses a representative volume to describe the fracture density that can be estimated from seismic and surface drilling data. This approach leads to a quantitative use of these natural fractures and their interaction with hydraulic fracture using a robust geomechanical simulation able to predict microseismicty thus validating both the used natural fracture model and the geomechanical modelling approach.


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