Applied Concepts in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

All petroleum reservoirs contain natural or man-made fractures. Natural fractures result in interaction of earth stresses while man-made fractures result from drilling activities. Production from naturally fractured reservoirs hold large hydrocarbon resources and represent attractive economic targets in exploratory ventures. Properly characterizing and assessing these reserviors will help the understanding of effects and be valuable in determining the success of particular locations. This course will provide a modern and unique approach for evaluation of naturally fractured reservoirs.The course will be taking place April 5-6, 2014, in Houston, Texas.* Applied Concepts in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

Who Should Attend

Geologists, geophysicists, and reservoir engineers who need to characterize and develop fractured reservoirs and to understand the effects of different natural fractures types on reservoir permeability systems. The course will be useful to geoscientists involved in clastic, carbonate, shale, and unconventional plays where fractures are a major contributor to reservoir permeability.

Participants in this course will:

  • Learn to differentiate natural from induced fractures in core
  • Learn to recognize and classify different types of natural fractures in cores and outcrops
  • Learn to measure and analyze fractures in core
  • Appreciate the value of calibrating image logs with cores
  • Learn to anticipate the interaction between fractures and in situ reservoir stresses
  • Assess hydraulic stimulation fracture interactions with the natural fracture systems.
  • Acquire an understanding of the impacts of different fracture types and systems on reservoir permeability

Course Content

Utilizing case studies and our teaching collection of over 50 of natural and drilling-induced fractures from core and outcrops, this class provides a detailed appreciation for the significant variability in characteristics, origin, and effects of the different fracture types found in hydrocarbon reservoirs. Class modules include discussions of fracture mechanics and fractures due to folding on anticlines as well as case studies of fracture parameters such as spacing, height, and aperture. Hands-on class exercises illustrate how to optimize data collection from natural fracture systems in oriented and un-oriented cores.

– For registration and full course details please visit: HERE!

*Note: This course is only offered in conjunction with AAPG 2014 Annual Convention & Exhibition.

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