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Robert Podgorney
Geothermal Manager – Idaho National Laboratory


14.5 min

The role of earth modeling for the Utah FORGE site

The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) site in Milford, Utah, is being designed as an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) laboratory to allow researchers to interactively develop and optimize EGS methodology. In preparation for operations, it is necessary to develop baseline models earth model and numerical models. Modelling and simulation activities will be undertaken by the site operations team using a variety of numerical methods and are envisioned to be conducted by the research community. To ensure quantitative comparability of simulation results, and consistent initial and boundary conditions, a framework has been developed using Leapfrog Geothermal and Central to provide reference earth and numerical models with version control.


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