Integrated Flow Assurance - Frac Monitoring

SMS deliver real-time integrity and solids production monitoring for Middle East Operator to enhance efficiency of solids management and ensure integrity of well test pipework.

Our Client: Middle East Operator 

The Location: Onshore Abu Dhabi 

SMS Scope

A major operator in the Middle East wanted to carry out a twenty one stage frac but were concerned about the erosional effect the returning solids would have on the pipework integrity. The client approached SMS to provide a one stop solution and service to monitor for all returning solids from the frac, using our established integrated flow assurance monitoring package.


Due to the amount of proppant and the velocities reached during the fracking, there were two main objectives;

  1. Monitor pipe wall integrity to avoid any further loss of containments.
  2. Approximate solid quantification to confirm that all pumped proppant had returned to surface.

The SMS Solution

SMS designed and installed a bespoke, real-time system comprising three different sensing technologies;

This data was integrated into the client’s data historian via the SMS SMART Software, allowing informed real-time decision-making and preventing any health and safety issues. 

Value to Client

SMS solids monitoring provided real-time indications of proppant and sand returns thus enhancing efficiency of the solids management system.

  • Back-calibration of sand calculation parameters enabled quantification in grams per second (g/s) as well as a cumulative mass in kilograms (kg).
  • The wall thickness monitoring system was set up to take readings every 1 minute and achieved accuracy of +/-0.1mm. This real-time wall loss data provided assurance against any erosional effect from the proppant during the different stages of the frac and subsequent well test.
  • SMS calculations showed that the solids returned during the fracking process was approximately equal to the quantity of proppant pumped in by the client, confirming the success of the clean-up.
  • Client calculations and supporting equipment proved, the flow meter and the solid production was +/- 95% accurate.
  • The system exceeded client expectation and was utilized for subsequent fracking related well test operations.


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