Reservoir Scale Geomechanics

INSTRUCTOR: Amy D Fox, PhD
DISCIPLINE: Engineering, Unconventional Reservoirs
COURSE LENGTH (DAYS): 2 Days
CEUS: 1.6
AVAILABILITY: Public & In-House 

 

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Geologists, geophysicists, engineers (geological, reservoir, drilling, completions), petrophysicists, asset managers. Because it is such a multi-disciplinary subject, anyone involved in planning or implementing a field development project can benefit from learning how geomechanics is relevant from exploration to abandonment.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Petroleum geomechanics is a unique, multi-disciplinary field that combines elements of rock mechanics, geology, geophysics and engineering. Although it has been around for several decades, addressing issues such as wellbore stability, fault seal/leakage and sand production, geomechanics started receiving increasing attention with the advent of unconventional resources, where the mechanical behavior of the reservoir is a key factor in successful development programs. The fact that there are few research groups in academia dedicated to petroleum geomechanics means there are few specialists in the field compared to other disciplines. As a result, the need for geomechanics training for non-specialists in industry is very high.

The course is focused on conveying an understanding of why an accurate geo- mechanical model is necessary and how it can inform decisions made by various stakeholders within an oil and gas organization. A wide range of data types and analyses are discussed and prioritized. Class time is split between lectures, examples, and hands-on exercises. If time and circumstances permit, attendees can get help looking at examples of their own data.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Relevancy of geomechanics throughout the reservoir life-cycle
  • Kinds of data can be used to build a geomechanical model
  • Applications of the principles of geomechanics to solve real-world problems and reduce risk
  • How to be proactive instead of reactive towards geomechanical issues

 

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Geomechanics in conventional vs. unconventional reservoir
  • In-situ stress and pore pressure
  • Mechanical rock properties
  • Stress determination – data types, modeling approaches
  • Borehole stresses and wellbore failure
  • Geomechanics in hydraulic fracturing
  • Natural fractures and production
  • Effects of depletion and injection

 

SAMPLE TOPIC FROM THE CLASS:

“Can Geomechanics Improve Your Drilling and Completions? Spoiler Alert - Yes!”

 

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