Hydraulic fractures are used worldwide to enhance oil and gas production. In many cases, the stimulation jobs cover multiple intervals and the evaluation of the individual zones is not a straightforward process.
In Colombia (Figure 1), it was proposed to HOCOL to run the crossed dipole sonic, inside casing before and after a hydraulic fracturing job, to evaluate changes in anisotropy due to the treatment. This paper presents the complete process, including the planning and evaluation of the logging and hydraulic fracturing, and the use of this technique to evaluate hydraulic fracturing effectiveness when multiple zones are open and fractured simultaneously.
The planning process includes the use of the dipole sonic to determine rock properties and the calibration process to adjust the computation of sanding potential and fracturing pressures.
The use of acoustic anisotropy in cased hole proved to be an effective method for evaluating the effectiveness of the fracture treatment and for defining the characteristics of the resulting fractures. This is an innovative technique; a second application well is presented in this paper including the results.