Economic development of low permeability gas reservoirs often necessitates the use of massive hydraulic fracturing. Assessment of the effectiveness of the induced fracture requires knowledge of the dimensions, orientation, and spatial characteristics of thefrac-ture in relation to the gas-bearing formation. |A comprehensive characterization of fracture propagation not only aids in fracture treat?ment design for the reservoir, but can also help specify well spacings which will minimize interference of drainage patterns and thus maximize economic-recovery potential.

This paper presents an approach to the development of a comprehensive fracture diagnostics program. The fracture diagnostics subprogram for the Multi-Well Stimulation Experiment I is discussedin detail, including fielding descriptions and operational pro?cedures. Synopses of measurement techniques are given with emphasison the fracture parameters one would expect to estimate from the individual instrumentation systems.

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