Kappa’s ‘generation 5’ software and public KURC report

Kappa unconventional resources consortium report shows diversity of frackers’ numerical models.

Kappa Engineering has rolled out its ‘generation 5’ software with the ‘official’ release of Kappa Workstation 5.1. The new 64 bit-only Microsoft .NET software includes Saphir, Topaze, Rubis and a new formation testing application, Azurite.

Azurite provides an integrated environment for processing raw formation tester data. Functionality includes quick look pretest regime identification and computation, full pressure transient analysis and pressure gradient and fluid contact determination.

The company has also released a short public report on the outcome and future of the Kappa unconventional resources consortium (KURC). Phase 1 of the project saw some 28 companies invest €3.5 million in new software tools for unconventional well test software and reserve estimation. Participation in phase 2, a one year extension, suffered from the downturn, but is scheduled to complete by year end 2016 with a possible one year extension.

The main project deliverable is KURCApp, a suite of Topaze workflows tuned to shale evaluation and ‘technically proper’ reserves booking. These include discrete fracture network models, stimulated reservoir volume and well flowback studies and microseismic data analytics. Integration with geomechanical models for re-fracking also gets a brief treatment. The 28 page public report is more of a teaser and an invitation to join the consortium than a treatise on shale production analysis. But it provides some illumination into the diversity of the frackers’ numerical models and their intricate workflows.

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