New algorithm efficiently diagnoses shale fracture results from fiber-optic data

Millions of barrels of oil are produced daily from U.S. shale reservoirs. Yet this quantity is small in comparison to the actual amount of oil locked away in these subsurface rocks. The oil and gas industry has put fiber-optic sensing cables downhole to better understand hydraulic fracture results and why stimulation and production processes don’t free the trapped oil at expected rates.

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