An AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop

Unconventionals Update

4-5 November 2014
Austin, Texas, United States

Join us to learn the latest technologies being successfully applied in the main unconventional plays, and how the knowledge can be applied to other plays. The presentations will cover the geochemical profiling, integrated 3D seismic, fracture characterization, geomechanics, reservoir architecture, pore evaluations, diagenesis, pore pressure, brittleness, and more that are used to explore for and develop unconventional reservoirs.

Participants will also learn about the integrated techniques (geology, geochemistry, geophysics, engineering) to create effective workflows, determine which kinds of tests and data need to be collected for effective exploration, infill drilling, increased density (and issues of fracture interference), stacked pay development, proppant and fluid selection (avoiding formation damage), reservoir characterization, workflows, and decision-making.

This two-day geosciences technology workshop focuses on the application of new understanding, technology, and techniques to optimize exploration, drilling, completions, and stimulation.

  • Pore architecture and organic porosity
  • Fractures (natural and induced)
  • Pore pressure
  • Temperatures
  • Reservoir fluids
  • Geochemical considerations: kerogen fingerprinting
  • Gas fingerprinting  
  • Thermal Maturity
  • 3D Seismic
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Stacked pay potential
  • Well spacing and placement
  • Hydraulic fracture spacing
  • Adsorption, nano-flow and non-Darcy behavior  
  • Increasing stages, proppant selection & impact on decline curves
  • Proppant selection

Preliminary Program

  • Emerging Technologies and the Future of Hydraulic Fracturing Design in Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil, Ernesto Fonseca, Shell
  • From Core to Pore: Multi-scale, Multi-dimensional Characterization of Fine-grained Reservoir Rocks, Eric Goergen 
  • Rock Fabric and Microseismic: An Integrated Approach, *Shawn Maxwell, Schlumerger; Martin Haege; Lars Sonneland; and Mark Norton
  • Investigating Laboratory-Generated Pyrobitumen Precursors for Unconventional Reservoir Characterization: a Geochemical & Petrographic Approach, *Andy Mort, Geological Survey of Canada and H. Sanei
  • LWD Azimuthal Resistivity Logging in Unconventional Formations, Paul Sinclair
  • An Integrated Workflow for Borehole Image Interpretation – Structural Geology, Sedimentology and Stress Field, *Bernd Ruehlicke, Eriksfiord Inc; Carsten Vahle
  • Maximize the Potential of Seismic Data in Shale Exploration and Production – Examples from the Barnett Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale, *Joanne Wang, Paradigm, Ltd.; Duane Dopkin
  • Diagenesis, Petrophysics and Reservoir Quality Models of the Montney Formation - A Major Siltstone Reservoir in Western Canada, *Noga Vaisblat, University of Alberta; Nicholas Harris; and John-Paul Zonneveld
  • Linking Sequence Stratigraphy and Rock Mechanics in the Pennsylvanian and Wolfcampian Tight Oil Play on the Western Edge of the Midland Basin: A Tool for Guiding Well Completions, Shane Prochnow, Chevron
  • VAZ Inversion for Fracture Orientation and Intensity: a Physical Modeling Study, *Faranak Mahmoudian, University of Calgary; Gary F. Margrave
  • Petrographic Analysis of the Lower Triassic Montney Formation, Northwestern British Columbia, Canada, *Murray Gingras, University of Alberta; T. L. Playter; and J. P. Zonneveld
  • Systematic Geomechanical Application for Unconventional Resource Development, *Queena Chou, Weatherford; Jordan Gao; Mehdi Noroozi; Chris Walsh; and Pete Singbeil
  • Gas-Over-Bitumen: Where Are We Going, *Brad Gilmour, Bennett Jones (Law Firm); Bennett Jones
  • The Relationship between Stimulation Mechanism and Sweet Spot Identification, Mark McClure, University of Texas at Austin
  • The Marble Falls Fractured Resource Play: Applying Modern Technology to Turn an Old Trend into the Next Big Play, *Craig Adams, Newark E&P Operating; Ulysses Hargrove
  • Application of XRF to Cratecaous Organicrich, Siliciclastic / Carbonate Mudrocks, SW Manitoba, *Somayeh Hosseininejad, University of Calgary; Per Perersen; Ronald Spencer; and Michelle Nicolas
  • Unconventional Multi-Variate Analysis: A Non-linear Approach to Increase Well Performance in Unconventional Reservoirs, Roderick Perez, Drillinginfo
Norris Conference Center, Austin, TX
Norris Conference Center, Austin, TX
2525 W. Anderson Lane Suite 365
Austin Texas 78757
United States
(512) 451-5011
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Includes workshop admission, program booklet (schedule, abstracts, presenter bios), workshop participant contact list, icebreaker cocktail reception, 2 lunches, 4 coffee breaks, 2 continental breakfast, sanitized PDFs of talks (with company permissions).

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