Post-Frac Wellhead Inspection

DarkVision’s High-resolution Acoustic Downhole Evaluation System (HADES-R™) sets a new standard for downhole imaging. DarkVision provides operators with the most comprehensive view into casing and wellhead integrity on the market by capturing submillimetric 3D data of entire wells in a single run – including the wellhead.

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pipe diagram with damage and close up of areas


Montney Formation

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Scanned Equipment Summary

Wellhead and Wellhead Tools

Flowback Cross
Severe Erosion
Side Outlets & Lock screws
Moderate Erosion
Master Valve
In Good Condition
Tool Trap & Wireline Blowout Preventer
In Good Condition


The wellhead was scanned using DarkVision’s HADES-R™ high-resolution acoustic imaging tool. The resulting circumferential 3D scan yielded detailed measurements. The inspection revealed severe erosion on the wellhead flowback cross, and moderate erosion at the side outlets and lock screws. The master valve was in good condition. While technically not part of the wellhead, the tool trap and wireline blowout preventer were also inspected and found to be in good condition.

Ensuring safe and reliable wellbore containment is crucial to well operations and meeting regulatory requirements. Appropriately scheduled preventative maintenance and repairs of surface equipment minimizes the costs and and risk of unnecessary non-productive time by addressing potential integrity issues before they become uncontrolled releases. The wellhead condition data provided by DarkVision enabled the operator to optimize their maintenance schedule as they altered their frac fluid composition and completion strategy.

Thorough wellhead inspection provides operators with an accurate understanding of the impact different frac fluid, proppant types, and pump rates have on their surface equipment. A high-resolution post-frac scan serves as accurate baseline for future corrosion monitoring. By accurately modelling erosion and corrosion rates, operators can make informed decisions to maximize the lifespan of their wellhead equipment and minimize the health, safety and environmental risks of a spill.

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