Research & Development
The selected technologies, tools and research topics listed below are ongoing projects. Some of these projects, such as Arch (DDM) and Cassini (FEM) are part of the GeoWol JIP.
Selected Technologies and Tools
This geomechanical module is based on YouWol new 3D Displacement Discontinuity Method (DDM) called Arch, which allows the modeling of deformation and stress around faults, salt bodies and other mechanically active objects within areas of complex geological background.
This enhanced restoration technology and workflow, based on the Finite Element Method (FEM) and continuum mechanics solution, provides the industry with the most advanced 2D and 3D geological structural restoration modeling based on physics.
This technology consists of finding mechanically-based solutions for inverting multiple parameters such as displacements and far field tectonic stresses from observed deformation, strain or stress data. These techniques have several industrial and research applications.
Selected Research Interests
True 3D Failure Criterion
We are working on a true 3D failure criterion that can deal with anisotropic materials. This is based on an energy criterion that we are developing. This failure criterion could be applied to wellbore stability evaluation and embedded into DDM and/or FEM.
This research topic is about the propagation of natural or induced fractures based on the principle of fracture mechanics. It should allow the modeling of hydraulic fractures from wellbore and their interaction with pre-existing natural fractures observed or inferred around drilled wells.
We are working on mesh-less techniques to model and mesh, from sparse data, complex structures such salt bodies, intricate fault networks and overturned sedimentary layers.
Research & Collaborations
There are more than 300 available references of scientific publications related to the tools we have developed and provided to researchers since 1995 (list of publications to be made available soon).
We believe that collaborations lead to better ideas and ultimately better products that will benefit everyone. With this core belief we aim to collaborate with research groups, universities and our customers on different aspects of our technologies and tools.