The Barnett Shale is one of the most mature and prolific natural gas fields in North America. It has a multi-trillion-cubic-feet equivalent upside potential but well completions are not resulting in consistent production within the same section or across the unconventional play. As infield drilling increases, collision and encroachment from well to well due from offset induced fractures, natural fractures, faults, and internal stresses are becoming more important to characterize and map. The operator and the service provider teamed up and used high-resolution images to optimize perforation placement, redesign stimulation, and stage placement. To overcome these challenges, high-resolution, state-of-the-art logging-while-drilling (LWD) imaging tools were used to acquire images on a well drilled between two 600-ft (182.9-m) offset wells. These images are also being used to map fracture systems, faults, and stresses in the field. With the knowledge obtained from these LWD images, completions are now being redesigned to incorporate this information for optimizing fracture treatments. The paper will provide examples of high-resolution images generated which were used to determine untreated formation matrix, and avoid faults for possible water production. Proper interpretations of these images and other advanced technologies have enabled operators to increase well productivity up to 20% as compared to offset wells. These advanced technologies have been implemented and used in over 250 wells with excellent results. The images will be used in the future to determine which wells would be the best candidates for recompletions. The lessons learned can be applied to most unconventional plays around the world.

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