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Petroleum Geomechanics for Reservoir Exploitation

A custom course can be designed from the following modules that focuses on a selection of specific topics and incorporates relevant case histories and/or exercises as required. Contact us at for more details on our customized training courses.
 
INTRODUCTION TO GEOMECHANICS
- Definitions and nomenclature
- Economic impacts
- Sources of information
 
IN-SITU STRESSES
- Basic definitions and theory
- In-situ stress magnitudes
- In-situ stress orientations
- Factors affecting in-situ stress
- Examples from various sedimentary basins
- Borehole breakout exercise
 
ROCK MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
- Classification of geomechanical properties
- Rock strength and deformability
- Effects of stress on permeability
- Acoustic properties
- Dynamic elastic properties
- Properties of poorly cemented sandstones
- Mechanical and transport properties of shales
- Strength properties of natural fractures
- Fracture closure behavior
- Exercise
 
CAPROCK INTEGRITY
- In-situ stress and natural fractures
- Techniques for assessing seal integrity
- Coupled geomechanical reservoir modeling
- Case histories
 
WELLBORE STABILITY
- Geological factors in shales
- Symptoms of borehole instability
- Borehole failure modes
- Induced fracturing and lost circulation
- Factors affecting borehole stability
- Physico-chemical effects
- Geomechanical modeling
- Modeling mud-shale interaction
- Hole cleaning and hydraulics
- Case histories
- Guidelines for reducing borehole instability
 
STABView WELLBORE STABILITY AND SAND PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
- Introduction to STABView
- Borehole stability basics
- Sand production basics
- STABView capabilities
- Drilling problem sets
- Sand production problem sets
 
GEOMECHANICAL MODELING
- Coupled reservoir/geomechanical modelling
- Review of commercial models
- Case histories
- Exercises
 
RESERVOIR MONITORING TECHNIQUES
- Surface uplift monitoring
- Tiltmeters
- Extensometers and inclinometers
- Microseismic monitoring
- Case histories

 

CASING/FORMATION INTERACTION
- Casing deformations and failures
- Thermal casing/formation interaction
- Completions in permafrost and gas hydrates
 
ROCK BIT INTERACTION
- Bit/formation interaction
- Predicting drilling ROP
- Underbalanced drilling and ROP
 
PERFORATING
- Perforating mechanics
- Perforation damage
- Underbalanced vs. overbalanced
- Effects of skin on well performance
 
HYDRAULIC AND ACID FRACTURING
- Basic design principles
- Acid fracturing
- Stimulating naturally fractured reservoirs
- Mini- and micro-fracturing
- Mini-fracturing case history
- Fracturing horizontal wells
- Fracturing in oil sands
- Case histories
 
SAND PRODUCTION AND CONTROL
- Factors affecting sand production
- Theories to predict sanding tendencies
- Sanding production prediction techniques
- Log analysis techniques
- When do you need a liner?
- Sand control options
- Optimizing productivity
- Selecting slot or screen sizes
- Case histories
 
COLDFLOW PRODUCTION IN HEAVY OIL
- Canadian field experience
- Wormholes vs near-wellbore yielding
- Predicting the extent of disturbance
- Coupling foamy oil behavior
- Case histories
 
SUBSURFACE WASTE DISPOSAL
- Cavern disposal of produced solids
- Produced solids injection
- Drill cuttings re-injection
- Waste slop disposal
- Produced water disposal
- Monitoring
- Case histories

INDUCED RESERVOIR SEISMICITY
- Basic theory
- Production induced seismicity
- Injection induced seismicity
- Risk analysis techniques
- Case histories


 
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