Comparison of Candidate-Well Selection Mathematical Models for Hydraulic Fracturing

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 367)


The selection of a target well and formation is considered as the first step in hydraulic fracturing (HF) and naturally regarded as a critical decision-making throughout process of HF treatment. The candidate-well selection process for HF is taken as a complex, nonlinear and uncertainty system. Modern mathematical methods, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), offer the opportunities to examine the sample data, clarify the relationships among effect factors, in other ways to maximize the concealed potential. However, the performance of these methods is not specified in the certain application of candidate-well selection in gas field. This paper aims to provide a comparison of three candidate-well selection techniques, including BP-ANN, GA-based FNN, and SVM, as well as make clear the most effective one among them to pick a target well for HF. The application result of X gas field shows that BP-ANN is not as effective as GA-based FNN. Despite the advantage of more simple and intuitive evaluation, SVM has its own limitation in the uncertain system.


Hydraulic fracturing Candidate-well selection Nonlinear and uncertainty system BP-ANN FNN SVM 



The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the students’ extracurricular experiment project (No. KSZ14154) “Evaluation index system construction of candidate-well selection for hydraulic fracturing based on fuzzy methods” which sponsored by Southwest Petroleum University fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ting Yu
    • 1
  • Xiang-jun Xie
    • 1
  • Ling-na Li
    • 1
  • Wen-bin Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ScienceSouthwest Petroleum UniversityChengduChina

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