Hydraulic Fracture-Simulation and Risk Assessment


Updated April 15th, 2015

  • Hydraulic fracturing is the enabling technology for shale gas development.  Despite the extensive use of hydraulic fracturing in the Oil and Gas Industry, simulation technology to predict the fracture networks that are created by hydraulic fracturing are limited.  This project aims to improve the understanding of the governing mechanics and to develop  simulation technologies suitable for stimulation planning.
  • Public concerns about the health and environmental risks from hydraulic fracturing and shale gas development have been growing. To help ensure the sustainable development of shale gas resources, this project also aims to understand the current state of knowledge of these risks and the public policy/regulatory context within which these risks can currently be managed.
  • This research project is lead by Dr. M. Dusseault and Dr. R. Gracie of the University of Waterloo and Dr. D. Krewski of the University of Ottawa. 
  • This research project is conducted in collaboration with Terralog Technologies Inc.
  • This research is support by a Strategic Grant for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)



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