Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics

GEOPHYS208

Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


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Description

This course will investigate oil and gas production from extremely low permeability reservoirs. Lectures and exercises will address the physical and fluid transport properties of unconventional reservoir formations, stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and understanding microseismicity associated with hydraulic stimulation and induced seismicity associated with wastewater injection.

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Prerequisites

Pre-requisites for Stanford Students

GEOPHYS 202 or concurrent enrolment in GEOPHYS 202 is strongly recommended. General knowledge of petroleum geology, geophysics and/or petroleum engineering is recommended. Use of programs such as Excel or Matlab for manipulation of data and graphical display is required.

Pre-requisites for remote non-degree, non-matriculated Students

General knowledge of petroleum geology, geophysics and/or petroleum engineering is required. Professor Zoback’s online course in Reservoir Geomechanics is strongly recommended. Use of programs such as Excel or Matlab for manipulation of data and graphical display is required.

Topics include

  • Physical and transport properties of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs
  • Technologies currently being used for production from unconventional reservoirs
  • Utilization of geomechanical information to optimize production