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