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  • UNGI

    Unconventional Resources



    June 24, 2011

    Westin Market Street - San Francisco

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    Unconventional Resources Geomechanics Workshop

    Westin Market Street Hotel, San Francisco - June 24, 2011

    Morning Session

    8:00 8:05 Welcome, Introduction and Safety Instructions

    Peter Smeallie and Azra Tutuncu

    8:05 8:15 Geomechanics in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs

    Dr. Azra Tutuncu, Colorado School of Mines and UNGI

    8:15 8:25 North American Shale Gas from 1821 to 2011: Evolution to Revolution in Science and


    Dr. John Curtis, Colorado School of Mines

    8:25 8:35 European unconventional gas developments

    Dr. Ruud Weijermars, Delft University

    8:35 8:45 Optimizing Oil & Gas Asset Design Using Geomechanical Earth Modeling


    Dr. Peter Connolly and Dr. Harvey Goodman, Chevron

    8:45 8:55 Injectivity and Hydraulic Fracturing related to Water Injection

    Dr. Paul van den Hoek, Shell International EP

    8:55 - 9:05 Fractures and the Matrix: Combined Anisotropy and Compliance

    Dr. Laura Pryak-Nolte, Purdue University

    9:05 9:15 Explosive Fracturing for Permeability Enhancement Dr. Chris Bradley, Los Alamos National Laboratories

    9:15 9:25 Simulating Hydrofracture Growth and Gas Production in Natural Fracture Networks

    Thomas Doe and William Dershowitz, Golder Associates

    9:25 10: 10 COFFEE BREAK

    10:10 - 10:20 Fractures and Unconventional Resources

    Dr. Charles Fairhurst, Itasca Consulting Co. and University of Minnesota

    10:20 - 10:30 Hydraulic Fracture Complexity and Containment in Unconventional Reservoirs

    Tom Bratton, Schlumberger

    10:30 10:40 Microseismic Fracture Mapping in Shales - Mechanisms and Validation

    Dr. Norm Warpinski, Pinnacle Technologies/Halliburton

    10:40 12:00 DISCUSSION PANEL 12:00 1:30 LUNCH BREAK


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    Afternoon Session

    1:30 1:40 Hydraulic Fracturing Field Experiments - Multiple Hydraulic Fractures and

    Fracture Reorientation

    Jordan Ciezobka and Kent Perry, Gas Technology Institute

    1:40 1:50 The Contribution of Microseismic Monitoring in Fracturing of Unconventional


    Dr. Peter Duncan, Microseismic Inc.

    1:50 2:00 Inadequacies in nationwide monitoring of groundwater quality and quantity,

    and water use implications for energy development

    Dr. David R. Wunsch, National Ground Water Association

    2:00 2:10 Benefits and Challenges in Using Abandoned Coal Mine Water Sources for

    Hydraulic Fracturing Processes in Marcellus Shale Gas Play

    Dr. Anthony Iannacchione, University of Pittsburgh

    2:10 2:20 CO2 Sequestration Geomechanics and Modeling

    Dr. John Rutqvist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

    2:20 2:30 Air Quality Issues Facing the Industry

    Dr. Nancy Brown, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    2:30 2:40 Shale Reservoir Properties from Digital Rock Physics

    Dr. Amos Nur, Stanford University and InGrain

    2:40 2:50 Overcoming Barriers to Shale Reservoir Development through Improved

    Geomechanical Modeling

    Dr. Dan Moos, GMI and Baker Hughes

    2:50 3:15 COFFEE BREAK

    3:15 5:00 DISCUSSION PANEL 5:00 Adjourn

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    Unconventional Resources Geomechanics Workshop

    June 24, 2011 San Francisco

    Speaker Biographies and Abstracts

    Introduction to Unconventional Resources Workshop

    Geomechanics in Unconventional Resources

    Dr. Azra N. Tutuncu Professor, Harry D. Campbell Chair and Director, Unconventional

    Natural Gas Institute (UNGI), Colorado School of Mines, Immediate Past President, ARMA

    Professor Tutuncu is the Harry D. Campbell Chair at the

    Petroleum Engineering Department and the director of

    Unconventional Natural Gas Institute at Mines. She held various

    research and leadership assignments in Well Engineering, Rock

    Physics, Geomechanics and Subsurface R&D groups at Shell

    International E&P and Shell Oil Companies. Her research interest

    areas include rock-fluid interactions, integrated borehole stability,

    geomechanics, reservoir characterization and formation damage

    detection, mitigation and removal. She is an Executive Board

    Member and immediate past president of American Rock

    Mechanics Association (ARMA), the SEG AGI representative in

    Environmental Geoscience Advisory Committee, and a member of

    SEG Research Council in addition to serving on several SPE, SEG,

    ARMA and ISRM committees. She is a licensed Professional

    Petroleum Engineer and Licensed Geoscientist in the State of


    Geomechanics is one of the key disciplines providing input to the success of the unconventional resource

    from reservoir characterization and sweet spot identification to directional and horizontal drilling,

    multistage hydraulic fracturing, production enhancement, and monitoring. The Unconventional Natural

    Gas* Institute (UNGI) at Colorado School of Mines has been established to highlight the ongoing

    multidisciplinary research capabilities in unconventional natural resources area at Mines and to bring the

    associated research conducted at several research centers and departments under one umbrella in

    addition to contribute solving technical challenges for industry and government organizations together.

    A significant portion of the integrated multidisciplinary research is conducted using fundamental

    geomechanics concepts and their application in geoscience and petroleum engineering technology

    applications and novel technology development. The UNGI is a vehicle for transferring the technologies

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    in an integrated multidisciplinary form quickly and the most efficient way to the industry in assisting the

    deployment of much needed technologies in unlocking the unconventional resources. UNGI has already

    state-of-the-art experimental research laboratories capable of simulating in situ stress, pore pressure and

    temperature conditions for geomechanics, rock physics, petrophysics and flow measurements and

    modeling in unconventional resources. One of the key functions of UNGI has been identified as rapid

    deployment of the technology in addition to educating the future employees for the industry as well as

    independents and major oil and gas companies on unconventional resources and providing quick

    answers with strong environmental emphasize to questions coming from the industry. UNGI has been

    focusing on developing and/or enhancing technologies for no surprise drilling, production and

    stimulation operations and minimizing the environmental impact of the hydraulic fracturing. The

    institute has various ongoing projects and several new consortium proposals with oil and gas industry and

    government organizations focusing on educating independent and major oil and gas companies using

    improved technologies for enhancing our understanding on gas shale, shale oil and other unconventional

    resource characterization and reservoir recovery enhancement in order to increase efficiency for each

    step of the exploration and production operations from unconventional reservoirs and is aiming to

    provide a sustainable bridge between fossil fuels and renewable energy.

    Introduction to Unconventional Resources Workshop

    Peter Smeallie Executive Director, American Rock Mechanics Association and President,

    Research Opportunities Management

    In 1995 Peter Smeallie was appointed the first Executive Director

    of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA), a

    professional society of approximately 500 individuals and the US

    National Group to ISRM. Prior to this, Mr. Smeallie worked for 12

    years at the National Academy of Sciences where his

    responsibilities included directing advisory research studies in

    areas such as geotechnology, energy engineering, construction

    technology, infrastructure and urban systems, and advanced

    technologies applied to design and engineering practice. Mr.

    Smeallie's last position at the Academy was Director of the

    Geotechnical Board and its U.S. National Committee for Rock

    Mechanics. He was study director for over 20 major studies,

    including Rock Fractures and Fluid Flow: Contemporary

    Understanding and Applications (1996) and Drilling and

    Excavation Technologies for the Future (1994). Mr. Smeallie has a

    degree in Urban Studies from St. Lawrence University. He is author (with P. Smith) of New Construction

    for Older Buildings: A Design Sourcebook for Architects and Preservationists, published by John Wiley &

    Sons in 1990.

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    North American Shale Gas from 1821 to 2011: Evolution to Revolution in

    Science and Technology

    Dr. John B. Curtis Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering and Director, Potential

    Gas Agency Colorado School of Mines

    Professor John B. Curtis is Professor of Geology and Geological

    Engineering and Director, Potential Gas Agency at the


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