26 August, 2016 Casper Wyoming United States

Course plus field trip

Fractured Reservoirs: From Geologic Concepts to Reservoir Models

22-26 August 2016
Casper, Wyoming, United States
Who Should Attend
Geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, and geomodellers who deal with fractured reservoirs and who need to develop them using all types of available data. The course will be very useful to all geoscientists involved in clastics, carbonates and shale plays where fractures play a major role.

The short course provides a unique opportunity to learn all the aspects related to the understanding and modeling of fractured reservoirs. The unique feature of this course is the ability to take the geologic concepts and use them in reservoir modeling. Hands-on sessions are devoted to the examination of outcrop, core and log data and using that information and a software to create 3D fractured reservoir models. 

The first part of the workshop covers the geologic aspects which allow the geoscientist to recognize different types of fractures from outcrop, cores and boreholes. Once the fractures are recognized, their impact on the reservoir and its performance is examined. 

Six case studies are used to illustrate all the geologic concepts. The second part of the workshop covers all the aspects of modeling fractured reservoirs. Using modeling software and actual data from Teapot Dome, (WY), the geoscientist will be able to construct fracture models that integrate geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering. Emphasis will be given to the critical use of seismic attributes derived from inversion, volumetric curvature and spectral imaging. 

Using actual Teapot Dome field data from the Tensleep and Niobrara Shale formations and a hands-on approach, the workshop allows the geoscientist to identify fractures and to construct predictive 3D fracture models that can be used to identify productive zones, plan wells and to create fracture porosity and permeability models for reservoir simulation.

Prior to starting the modeling exercises, a field trip to the Tensleep outcrop around Casper (WY) will provide to the students the unique opportunity to see the large scale features related to fractures.

The student can take the concepts learned in this class and use them to solve his own fractured reservoirs problems.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers in order to run the various exercises on their computers during the course.

Course Content

Part 1: Geologic Aspects of Fractured Reservoirs

  1. Introduction: Fracture Types and Variability
  2. Fractures in Core: Natural Fractures
  3. Fractures in Core: Induced Fractures, Types and Uses
  4. Fracture Mechanics
  5. Fractures on Anticlines
  6. Fracture Spacings
  7. Fracture Effects on Reservoirs
  8. Case Histories

Part 2: Field Trip to Tensleep outcrops

Part 3: Modeling Fractured Reservoirs

  1. Introduction
  2. Factors Affecting Fracturing
  3. Methodologies to Characterize Fractured Reservoirs
  4. The Use of Seismic to Improve the Fracture Modeling
  5. Integrated Workflow Applied to Fractured Reservoirs
  6. Hands-on Application: 2 Different Datasets from the Teapot Dome (WY)

Course notes will be provided in digital format on USB flash drive only, so electronic devices with a USB port are required for all courses. If you do not have access to an electronic device with a USB port, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

Casper, WY, USA - Best Western Ramkota Hotel
800 N. Poplar
Casper Wyoming 82601
United States
(307) 266-6000
Casper, WY, USA - Best Western Ramkota Hotel Casper, WY, USA - Best Western Ramkota Hotel 24361

BEST WESTERN Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY
800 N. Poplar • Casper, WY 82601
Phone: (307) 266-6000


Expires on
25 July, 2016
Early Nonmember Tuition
Expires on
28 August, 2015
Member Tuition
Expires on
28 August, 2015
Nonmember Tuition

Includes digital course notes, printed exercises, lunch and refreshments each day, box lunches and transportation on field trip day. No refunds or cancellations after July 25, 2016.


John C. Lorenz FractureStudies LLC, Edgewood, New Mexico
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