Innovative Tools for Fractured Reservoir Characterization and Modeling
This popular course is typically offered in Calgary and
internationally in a two or four day format. We would be pleased to customize the
course content for your particular needs. Please contact us at
if you would like more information about the course or upcoming dates.
Who should Attend: Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir
engineers involved in exploring for or developing naturally-fractured
reservoirs. A basic familiarity with structural geology as it relates to
fracturing is helpful, but not a prerequisite.
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This course will provide participants with an understanding of
several new geological and engineering tools for characterizing
naturally-fractured reservoirs. You will be taken from the initial stage
of fracture data collection in core and logs through to advanced
interpretation and stochastic modeling techniques for assessing fracture
connectivity and conductivity at the well or field scale.
Numerous practical applications will be described, including:
How to distinguish natural from induced fractures in core,
The importance of the present-day in-situ stress regime,
How to optimize well trajectories for improving inflow,
How to obtain the most from borehole image logs,
How to assess naturally fractured caprocks, and
The effects of pressure drawdown and reservoir depletion on
fracture fluid flow and well productivity.
When held in Calgary, the course can include a session examining
fractured core at the AEUB
Core Storage Facility. A demonstration of several software tools and
numerous case histories are also included in the course.
Kevin Gillen, P.Geol., is the president of Vox Terrae
International and an associate of Advanced Geotechnology. Vox Terrae
specializes in fractured reservoir characterization using log and core
information and provides services in core orientation with
paleomagnetics, natural fracture description, image log interpretation,
structural analysis, fracture network mapping, and stochastic fracture
modeling. Mr. Gillen obtained a B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering from
the University of Windsor in 1985 and an M.Sc. in Geophysics from the
University of Alberta in 1988. He is a member of the
AAPG, CSPG and APEGGA.
Pat McLellan, P.Eng., is the general manager of Advanced Geotechnology, a Calgary-based international petroleum engineering and
geosciences consulting, training and software firm. He has
over 26 years of
geological and petroleum engineering experience and has held technical
and supervisory positions in subsurface technology groups at Shell
Canada and Petro-Canada prior to founding Advanced Geotechnology in 1994. He has written or
presented over 100 technical papers on geomechanics, reservoir
characterization, wellbore stability, fracture stimulation, in-situ
stress measurement, and horizontal wells. He obtained a B.Sc.(Eng.)
in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University in 1979 and an M.Sc.
in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta 1983. He is a
member of the AAPG, CSPG, the Petroleum
Society of CIM, SPE, CWLS, and APEGGA.
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