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Basic principles of rock mechanics and the state of stress and pore pressure in sedimentary basins related to exploitation of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. Mechanisms of hydrocarbon migration, exploitation of fractured reservoirs, reservoir compaction and subsidence, hydraulic fracturing, utilization of directional and horizontal drilling to optimize well stability.Given alternate years.

This course will investigate oil and gas production from extremely low permeability reservoirs. Lectures and exercises will address 1) the physical and fluid transport properties of unconventional reservoir formations, 2) stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and 3) understanding microseismicity associated with hydraulic stimulation and induced seismicity associated with wastewater injection. Prerequisite: GEOPHYS 202 or concurrent enrollment in GEOPHYS 202 is strongly recommended.

Research Seminars

We offer a weekly seminar in which students and professors present their own research as well as current work by other scientists in the fields of tectonic stress, crustal deformation, reservoir geomechanics, induced and triggered seismicity, and global energy issues. We invite you to join us. All seminars held in Mitchell Earth Sciences B59A.

Stress Seminar (GEOPHYS 385K)

Date and Time Speaker Title
Jan 7 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Mark Zoback
Welcome and Overview
Jan 14 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Ankush Singh
Integrated Analysis of Stress Stratigraphy and Hydraulic Fracture Propagation
Jan 28 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Noam Dvory
Injection and seismicity in the Permian Basin, west Texas and southeast New Mexico
Feb 4 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Jens-Erik Lund Snee
Mechanisms for Cenozoic extension in the western USA
Feb 11 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Shaochuan Xu
TBD - Shaochuan Xu
Feb 18 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Fatemeh Rassouli
TBD - Fatemeh Rassouli
Feb 25 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Kevin McCormack
TBD - Kevin McCormack
Mar 4 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Arash Kamali-Asl
Arash Kamali-Asl
Mar 11 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50
Sam Saeed Hashemi
Sam Saeed Hashemi