Nowadays, significant amount of stimuli (energy and/or materials) is injected into subsurface in order to produce petroleum reservoirs. Examples include various forms of improved, enhanced and tertiary recovery processes as well as various forms of stimulation (hydraulic fracturing and thermal stimulation). Inevitably, injection of the stimuli will disturb the target formation and its surrounding environment, causing rock deformation and failure. The latter is the domain of geomechanics.

In general, deformation and failure of reservoir rocks is beneficial for effective and efficient placement of the energy and/or materials. Petroleum geomechanics can and should be used proactively to guide placing the stimuli at target place, time and/or orientation. On the other hand, overburden (caprock), underburden and sideburden as well as well casing will feel the impact of the stimulation injection. Pre-existing faults may be re-activated. Assurance of geological containment integrity of target reservoirs, i.e., caprock/casing/fault seal integrity, constitutes another significant challenge for petroleum geomechanics.

Since 2000, BitCan has labored tirelessly to develop novel reservoir recovery technologies and meanwhile, help the industry to strike a right balance between reservoir stimulation and its containment. Please review the Technologies section about our new formation characterization tools, new stimulation technologies and new monitoring strategies. The Services section describes our integrated spectrum of niche services. The Capabilities section highlights the hardware, software and human capital which have fostered BitCan’s successes. The Case Studies section list some major examples where our clients have trusted our expertise to serve their needs. The Resources section compiles some tools, publications and answers to frequently-asked questions.

If you have any needs or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our belief that geomechanics can proactively create tangible monetary values as well as reduce costs and minimize risks. Our experience has repeatedly shown that this is true.