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Fractured Reservoir Characterization and Modeling

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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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Course Content: 
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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