An AAPG Fall Education Conference Course

Rock/Fluid Interactions and Natural Fracture Development and Alteration

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

This course is a practical approach to defining reservoir fluid and pressure related natural fracture generation and fracture property alteration in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Also covered will be the interaction of pre-existing natural fractures and hydraulic fracture injected fluids. Designed for geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers, attendees should have some experience or interest in reservoir characterization and of naturally fractured or unconventional reservoirs. The course will be instructed by Dr. Ronald Nelson, an industry professional who has an extensive background working with fractured reservoirs and structural geology. Part of the 2014 Fall Education Conference the course will be taking place Wednesday November 12th at the Norris Conference Center-CityCentre in Houston, Texas.

Course Details
Event: Fall Education Conference
Presentation: Rock/Fluid Interactions and Natural Fracture Development and Alteration
Instructor(s): Ronald A. Nelson
Date: November 12th, 2014 (Wednesday)
Location: Norris Conference Center-CityCentre in Houston, Texas
Content: 0.75 CEU
Limit: 50 people


By the end of the course, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Determine which observed surface and subsurface fractures are real and related to diagenesis due to fluids and pressures and not of structural or tectonic origin.
  • Assign the mechanism of generation for these disperate fractures.
  • Predict the 3D distribution of these fractures throughout the reservoir.
  • Fit alteration of natural fractures into a paragenetic sequence.
  • Anticipate possible diagenetic fluid and oil & gas migration pathways within reservoirs.
  • Anticipate the positive or negative interaction of pre-existing fractures with hydraulic fracture stimulation fluids.
  • Determine which diagenetic processes alter natural fractures and increase or decrease reservoir porosity and permeability.
  • Determine how to include reservoir fluid related fracture properties into static fracture models for simulation.

Conference Content
2014 Fall Education Conference

The three concurrent sessions allow attendees to mix and match courses according to their interests and training needs. Courses for the conference may be purchased individually. These individual prices are reflected in the pricing on the course descriptions.

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. 

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