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Golder’s contribution to FORGE has been to use our FracMan® software to analyze data from a test well to develop a model of the fractures in the target rock mass. The test well yielded data on the natural fractures that exist in the rock mass, and the hydraulic properties of those fractures. The rock surrounding the wells at the appropriate depth will be subjected to hydraulic fracturing to improve the fluid-carrying ability of the natural fractures. The models developed by Golder are being used to predict how the reservoir rock will respond to hydraulic fracturing and to simulate the long-term thermal response of the site. Over the course of the FORGE program, Golder will continue supporting teams of researchers using a variety of technologies to develop viable, commercially feasible solutions for geothermal energy.