World Leaders in Fractured Rock Analysis, Technology and Consulting

For more than 30 years Golder’s expert staff of engineering and geologists have been providing state of the art consulting on fractured rock mass systems, providing solutions to oil & gas, mining, nuclear waste and infrastructure related problems.

The cornerstone of our expertise is the development of Golder’s own FracMan code, the world’s first commercially available DFN software. With Golder and FracMan this provides the most comprehensive suite of problem solving workflows available. Golder and FracMan are solving rock related problems around the globe.

World Leaders in Fractured Rock Analysis, Technology and Consulting

For more than 30 years Golder’s expert staff of engineering and geologists have been providing state of the art consulting on fractured rock mass systems, providing solutions to oil & gas, mining, nuclear waste and infrastructure related problems.

The cornerstone of our expertise is the development of Golder’s own FracMan code, the world’s first commercially available DFN software. With Golder and FracMan this provides the most comprehensive suite of problem solving workflows available. Golder and FracMan are solving rock related problems around the globe.

FracMan logo - World Leaders in Fractured Rock Analysis, Technology and Consulting

Consultancy Solutions

Golder has provided DFN-based consultancy to various industries, since the early days of the discrete fracture network approach. Technological advances within the industry plus FracMan software enhancements provide Golder’s clients with best-in-class workflow solutions that increase process efficiency and project success! As always, our global team of geologists, engineers and software developers are continually exploring innovations and best practices to add to the Fracman suite.

You can rely on Golder’s FracMan consultancy services to help solve problems throughout the lifespan of any project — from the initial planning and conceptualization stages though exploration, development and operation, to decommissioning.

FracMan software has been successfully applied to these core market sectors:

Software

Golder’s proprietary FracMan® software suite provides unrivaled power to solve practical geological and engineering related issues, in civils and infrastructure, mining, oil, gas, renewables, and the power and nuclear waste industries.

Our premier software gives users the ability to test conceptual understanding, determine the best strategies, and quantify risks and uncertainties associated with industrial development of resources.

FracMan is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to characterizing, analyzing and understanding fractured rock system. With advanced input/output integration to other geological, geomechanical and flow simulators, FracMan has strong compatibility with most other products and tools employed in industry.

The FracMan DFN software suite is made available to industry through:

  • Software sales
  • Consultancy services
  • Customized client developments
  • Performing joint industry projects

Training

Golder has significant experience providing expert FracMan training programs. All programs are designed to improve client productivity by giving users an understanding of the software’s development, its uses and how to apply it to their industry.

Understanding our clients’ needs and goals have been paramount in developing the software program to ensure maximum impact. Our training programs have been developed to provide different levels of education — from a basic understanding of the FracMan suite of software — to industry-tailored applications that will help you to learn the essentials that apply specifically to your business.

Client-based training courses in FracMan modeling are available! Find out how FracMan can be applied to a wide range of industries throughout the world.

We’re here to help!

We specialize in providing consultancy solutions for a wide range of resource issues.

Whether geological, geophysical, geomechanical or engineering, we can help maximize your opportunities.

If you have any technical or commercial questions related to any of our products or services, please feel free to contact us.

FracMan Consultancy Solutions

Golder - Fracman Software - MiningMINING

Golder is a pioneer in the use of the Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) approach to solve mining and geotechnical challenges.

By building geologically realistic models of the rock mass structure, DFN models can accurately capture both the geometry and connectivity of the fracture network, as well as the geometry of the associated intact rock blocks. DFN models are stochastic models, so the likelihood of an occurrence such as block instability, or size, can be determined through the generation of multiple scenarios. Most importantly, DFN models provide a clear and reproducible route from site investigation data to modeling, because real fracture properties are being preserved through the modeling process.

Services include:

  • Fragmentation assessment
  • Engineering optimization through kinematic stability
  • Hybrid DFN-FEM finite element stress evaluation
  • Upscaled properties input for other numerical models
  • Mining method simulation
  • Subsidence
  • Mineral resource evaluation
  • Hydrogelogical evaluation

Golder - Fracman Software - Power & NuclearPOWER & NUCLEAR

Golder has been providing solutions for nuclear waste facilities in fractured rocks for over three decades. This means your company will benefit from our global experience with nuclear waste disposal and our solid reputation in fractured rock hydraulics.

We have worked on nuclear waste repository programs across the world in a wide range of geological settings. No application is too challenging… we are ready to move your project forward.

Services include:

  • Development of site descriptive models
  • Radioactive waste repository site characterization and performance assessment
  • Groundwater flow and solute transport
  • Discrete fracture network multi-phase flow modeling
  • Flow test dynamic calibration
  • Fractured rock analysis and characterization
  • Earthquake and induced seismicity risk assessment
  • Geotechnical design including tunnel, cavern and slope stability
  • Earthquake impact on site
  • Paleo-hydrogeologic modeling of glacial and brine end members
  • Radioactive waste repository licensing

Golder - Fracman Software - Oil & GasOIL, GAS, AND RENEWABLES

When you work with Golder, you work with confidence. Golder has evaluated a diverse array of fractured reservoirs throughout the world, including conventionally fractured carbonates and clastic reservoirs, fractured basements, tight and unconventional reservoirs and coal bed methane/coal seam gas (CBM/CSG).

The professionals delivering our consulting services using FracMan software bring a wealth of practical experience in the oil, gas and renewables industries and use specially designed workflows to provide clients with solutions to their fractured reservoir appraisal and development challenges.

Services include:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modeling
  • Connectivity and compartmentalization assessment
  • Exploration and development well planning
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulically calibraring
  • Upscaled flow and geomechanics simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and risk/uncertainty assessment
  • Hydraulic fracturing well stimulation techniques
  • Evaluation of secondary recovery performance

Golder - Fracman Software - Civils & InfrastructureCIVILS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

As the appetite for large infrastructure projects grows, so does the need for characterization and design services for large excavations within fractured rocks. FracMan has been utilized around the world for assessment of the stability of large caverns, fractured aquifer characterization and groundwater control and grouting.

We strive to deliver effective and innovative solutions to the challenges that operators face.

Services include:

  • Rock slope stability
  • Rock fragmentation and block sizing
  • Probabilistic engineering design
  • In situ stress assessment
  • Tunneling support requirements
  • Aperture controlled grouting
  • Ground water inflow evaluation
  • Tunnel water inflows

FracMan Consultancy Solutions

Golder - Fracman Software - Mining

MINING

Golder is a pioneer in the use of the Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) approach to solve mining and geotechnical challenges.

By building geologically realistic models of the rock mass structure, DFN models can accurately capture both the geometry and connectivity of the fracture network, as well as the geometry of the associated intact rock blocks. DFN models are stochastic models, so the likelihood of an occurrence such as block instability, or size, can be determined through the generation of multiple scenarios. Most importantly, DFN models provide a clear and reproducible route from site investigation data to modeling, because real fracture properties are being preserved through the modeling process.

Services include:

  • Fragmentation assessment
  • Engineering optimization through kinematic stability
  • Hybrid DFN-FEM finite element stress evaluation
  • Upscaled properties input for other numerical models
  • Mining method simulation
  • Subsidence
  • Mineral resource evaluation
  • Hydrogelogical evaluation

Golder - Fracman Software - Power & Nuclear

POWER & NUCLEAR

Golder has been providing solutions for nuclear waste facilities in fractured rocks for over three decades. This means your company will benefit from our global experience with nuclear waste disposal and our solid reputation in fractured rock hydraulics.

We have worked on nuclear waste repository programs across the world in a wide range of geological settings. No application is too challenging… we are ready to move your project forward.

Services include:

  • Development of site descriptive models
  • Radioactive waste repository site characterization and performance assessment
  • Groundwater flow and solute transport
  • Discrete fracture network multi-phase flow modeling
  • Flow test dynamic calibration
  • Fractured rock analysis and characterization
  • Earthquake and induced seismicity risk assessment
  • Geotechnical design including tunnel, cavern and slope stability
  • Earthquake impact on site
  • Paleo-hydrogeologic modeling of glacial and brine end members
  • Radioactive waste repository licensing

Golder - Fracman Software - Oil & Gas

OIL, GAS, AND RENEWABLES

When you work with Golder, you work with confidence. Golder has evaluated a diverse array of fractured reservoirs throughout the world, including conventionally fractured carbonates and clastic reservoirs, fractured basements, tight and unconventional reservoirs and coal bed methane/coal seam gas (CBM/CSG).

The professionals delivering our consulting services using FracMan software bring a wealth of practical experience in the oil, gas and renewables industries and use specially designed workflows to provide clients with solutions to their fractured reservoir appraisal and development challenges.

Services include:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modeling
  • Connectivity and compartmentalization assessment
  • Exploration and development well planning
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulically calibraring
  • Upscaled flow and geomechanics simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and risk/uncertainty assessment
  • Hydraulic fracturing well stimulation techniques
  • Evaluation of secondary recovery performance

Golder - Fracman Software - Civils & Infrastructure

CIVILS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

As the appetite for large infrastructure projects grows, so does the need for characterization and design services for large excavations within fractured rocks. FracMan has been utilized around the world for assessment of the stability of large caverns, fractured aquifer characterization and groundwater control and grouting.

We strive to deliver effective and innovative solutions to the challenges that operators face.

Services include:

  • Rock slope stability
  • Rock fragmentation and block sizing
  • Probabilistic engineering design
  • In situ stress assessment
  • Tunneling support requirements
  • Aperture controlled grouting
  • Ground water inflow evaluation
  • Tunnel water inflows

FracMan Software

FracMan can help you close the gap between geological uncertainty and optimal development.

The FracMan software suite is the premier software suite that allows analysis and understanding of heterogeneous and fractured rock masses. It allows users to characterize complex fracture systems, test conceptual understanding, determine the best strategies, and quantify risks and uncertainties.

FracMan Geotechnical Edition

FracMan Software: Mining & Geotechnical Edition

FracMan provides everything you need to model the rock mass fracture system.

Modeling is achieved by building three-dimensional (3-D) networks of both deterministically mapped larger structures and stochastically generated smaller fractures.

This advanced software lets you calibrate your models against borehole information, underground scan lines, drift mapping, outcrops and bench mapping to ensure a good match between field data and the model. Once developed, the models can be used for critical rock mechanics analyses, including:

  • Fragmentation assessment
  • Engineering optimization through kinematic stability
  • Hybrid DFN-FEM finite element stress evaluation
  • Upscaled properties input for other numerical models
  • Mineral resource evaluation
  • Hydrogelogical evaluation

FracMan also gives you the flexibility to build Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) models — ranging from simple volumes for data exploration, local-scale analysis or Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) testing — to complex development-scale models.

FracMan Reservoir Edition

FracMan Software: Reservoir Edition

FracMan is the only Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) model that fully captures the anisotropy and connectivity of the fracture system, providing a clear advantage over conventional modeling approaches.

FracMan is a fully three-dimensional asset development tool, scalable to full-field applications. Its robust visual capabilities for reservoir analysis have set the standard in the market for more than 30 years, helping our clients cost-effectively enhance production in new and mature assets.

Whether you’re involved in exploration, prospect appraisal, refracturing, full-field model development, or addressing specific local issues, FracMan will help you integrate all of your geological, geophysical and reservoir data to help you make the best development decisions.

FracMan Reservoir Edition software solutions integrates multiple data types into a comprehensive model that includes:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modelling
  • Connectivity and compartmentalization assessment
  • Exploration and development well planning
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulically calibrating
  • Upscaled flow and geomechanics simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and Risk/ Uncertainty Assessment
  • Hydraulic fracturing well stimulation techniques
  • Evaluation of secondary recovery performance

Managing fractured oil and gas reservoirs can be problematic, as conventional modeling approaches that treat rock as a continuous porous medium often lead to incorrect conclusions. Long-term development decisions should be based on hard data and rigorous analysis — which is exactly what FracMan provides!

FracMan® Reservoir Edition provides powerful tools that help maximize the recovery from your fractured reservoir.

Hardware Requirements

Fracman hardware requirements

FracMan software is designed to run on a variety of systems – from older laptops to multi processor workstations. It is available in both 32bit and 64bit versions (32bit is by request only).

Operating System

  • 32 / 64bit: Windows 7 or newer

System Requirements

A minimum of 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

  • A minimum of 4 GB of free disk space
  • OpenGL compatible graphics card

Licensing of FracMan is available with multiple licensing options including standalone, floating USB and floating network options.

 

Contact us for details >

FracMan Nuclear Edition

FracMan Software: Nuclear Edition

FracMan provides unmatched power for hydrogeologic analysis of fractured rock.

It combines the power of realistic, detailed 3-D discrete fracture networks with flow and transport in discrete fracture networks including integrated rock matrix interaction.

FracMan Nuclear Edition software integrates multiple data types into a comprehensive model that includes:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modelling
  • Solute transport modelling
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulic calibration
  • Upscaling for geoceluular flow simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and risk/uncertainty assessment

FracMan Hydro Edition

FracMan Software: Hydro Edition

Faults and fractures, karsts and other solution features are the key to exploiting groundwater in many parts of the world. Research has shown that major groundwater supply wells are best when located such that they intersect two or more fracture zones simultaneously.

FracMan provides a powerful tool for understanding the spatial distribution of groundwater flow and storage, to develop and protect groundwater resources.

FracMan Hydro Edition software solutions integrates multiple data types into a comprehensive model that includes:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modelling
  • Solute transport modelling
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulic calibration
  • Upscaling for geocellular flow simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and risk/uncertainty assessment

Academic Licensing

FracMan Software: Academic LicensingThe FracMan discrete fracture network (DFN) analysis approach provides a unique set of tools with potential benefits to oil, civil, mining, and environmental projects. To help the DFN approach reach this potential, Golder supports research and teaching of DFN approaches through partnerships with academic and research institutions worldwide.

Golder invites qualified academic and research institutions to join this effort through the FracMan Academic Licensing Program. The FracMan Academic Licensing Program provides free or reduced cost one-year FracMan software licenses to academic institutions. Licenses are provided for non-commercial teaching and research projects where license fees would otherwise present an impediment to the use of DFN technologies.

 

Click here for requirements >

FracMan Geotechnical Edition

FracMan Software: Mining & Geotechnical Edition

FracMan provides everything you need to model the rock mass fracture system.

Modeling is achieved by building three-dimensional (3-D) networks of both deterministically mapped larger structures and stochastically generated smaller fractures.

This advanced software lets you calibrate your models against borehole information, underground scan lines, drift mapping, outcrops and bench mapping to ensure a good match between field data and the model. Once developed, the models can be used for critical rock mechanics analyses, including:

  • Fragmentation assessment
  • Engineering optimization through kinematic stability
  • Hybrid DFN-FEM finite element stress evaluation
  • Upscaled properties input for other numerical models
  • Mineral resource evaluation
  • Hydrogelogical evaluation

FracMan also gives you the flexibility to build Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) models — ranging from simple volumes for data exploration, local-scale analysis or Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) testing — to complex development-scale models.

FracMan Reservoir Edition

FracMan Software: Reservoir Edition

FracMan is the only Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) model that fully captures the anisotropy and connectivity of the fracture system, providing a clear advantage over conventional modeling approaches.

FracMan is a fully three-dimensional asset development tool, scalable to full-field applications. Its robust visual capabilities for reservoir analysis have set the standard in the market for more than 30 years, helping our clients cost-effectively enhance production in new and mature assets.

Whether you’re involved in exploration, prospect appraisal, refracturing, full-field model development, or addressing specific local issues, FracMan will help you integrate all of your geological, geophysical and reservoir data to help you make the best development decisions.

FracMan Reservoir Edition software solutions integrates multiple data types into a comprehensive model that includes:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modelling
  • Connectivity and compartmentalization assessment
  • Exploration and development well planning
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulically calibrating
  • Upscaled flow and geomechanics simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and Risk/ Uncertainty Assessment
  • Hydraulic fracturing well stimulation techniques
  • Evaluation of secondary recovery performance

Managing fractured oil and gas reservoirs can be problematic, as conventional modeling approaches that treat rock as a continuous porous medium often lead to incorrect conclusions. Long-term development decisions should be based on hard data and rigorous analysis — which is exactly what FracMan provides!

FracMan® Reservoir Edition provides powerful tools that help maximize the recovery from your fractured reservoir.

Hardware Requirements

Fracman hardware requirements

FracMan software is designed to run on a variety of systems – from older laptops to multi processor workstations. It is available in both 32bit and 64bit versions (32bit is by request only).

Operating System

  • 32 / 64bit: Windows 7 or newer

System Requirements

A minimum of 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

  • A minimum of 4 GB of free disk space
  • OpenGL compatible graphics card

Licensing of FracMan is available with multiple licensing options including standalone, floating USB and floating network options.

 

Contact us for details >

FracMan Nuclear Edition

FracMan Software: Nuclear Edition

FracMan provides unmatched power for hydrogeologic analysis of fractured rock.

It combines the power of realistic, detailed 3-D discrete fracture networks with flow and transport in discrete fracture networks including integrated rock matrix interaction.

FracMan Nuclear Edition software integrates multiple data types into a comprehensive model that includes:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modelling
  • Solute transport modelling
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulic calibration
  • Upscaling for geoceluular flow simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and risk/uncertainty assessment

FracMan Hydro Edition

FracMan Software: Hydro Edition

Faults and fractures, karsts and other solution features are the key to exploiting groundwater in many parts of the world. Research has shown that major groundwater supply wells are best when located such that they intersect two or more fracture zones simultaneously.

FracMan provides a powerful tool for understanding the spatial distribution of groundwater flow and storage, to develop and protect groundwater resources.

FracMan Hydro Edition software solutions integrates multiple data types into a comprehensive model that includes:

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Realistic fracture modelling
  • Solute transport modelling
  • Integrated DFN flow simulation for hydraulic calibration
  • Upscaling for geocellular flow simulation
  • Monte Carlo simulation and risk/uncertainty assessment

Academic Licensing

FracMan Software: Academic Licensing

The FracMan discrete fracture network (DFN) analysis approach provides a unique set of tools with potential benefits to oil, civil, mining, and environmental projects. To help the DFN approach reach this potential, Golder supports research and teaching of DFN approaches through partnerships with academic and research institutions worldwide.

Golder invites qualified academic and research institutions to join this effort through the FracMan Academic Licensing Program. The FracMan Academic Licensing Program provides free or reduced cost one-year FracMan software licenses to academic institutions. Licenses are provided for non-commercial teaching and research projects where license fees would otherwise present an impediment to the use of DFN technologies.

 

Click here for requirements >

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