Quality Assurance (QA), a critical component of a hydraulic fracturing treatment, must be performed prior to and during the job. Failure to follow QA procedures may result in added well costs and poor production. It begins during the design and ends after the completion of the job. The importance of Quality Assurance has been magnified in recent years due to the increased size and complexity of fracturing treatments. It is a tool used to ensure that fluids, proppants and equipment meet the increased demands placed upon them.
This paper discusses several steps taken in order to provide Quality Assurance. An explanation of procedures used during the job design and prior to the job is given. A discussion of procedures and troubleshooting techniques used prior to and during the job is also presented. The sensors and computer system used in order to monitor QA data are also discussed.