Day 1. Geomechanics Training
Profs. Mark Zoback (Stanford), Maurice Dusseault (U of Waterloo), John McLennan (U of Utah).

8:00  Welcome
8:05 – 10:05 Stress and Pore Pressure in Hydraulic Fracturing (Prof. Zoback)
10:05 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Exhibits
10:30 – 12:30 Numerical Simulations: Numerical Simulations (Prof. Dusseault)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and Exhibits
13:30 – 15:30 Workflow for Stimulation Design (Prof. McLennan)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break and Exhibits
16:00 – 17:00 Topical Presentations

  • 3D Simulation of Stimulated Volume Evolution during Hydraulic Fracturing (Prof. Dusseault)
  • Mechanical Specific Energy for Drilling (Prof. McLennan)
  • Rethinking brittleness- Extrinsic and Intrinsic Rock Mass Properties (Prof. Zoback)

17:00 Adjourn

18:30 – 20:30 Opening Receptions, Exhibits, and Welcome Dinner (Sponsored by Saudi Aramco)

Day 2 AM. Operator Perspectives
Chairs: Adel Qahtani (Aramco), Juan Chavez Florez (PDO)

8:00-10:00 Operator Perspectives I

  • Eight Years in Unconventional Geomechanics – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Xu Li, Shell),
  • Geomechanics Hydraulic Fracturing Characterization of the T basin and its Impact for Risk Plays Deliverability Optimization (Francis Elisabeth, SAO)
  • Data Accuracy and Reliability on Model Robustness for Stress and Strength Predictions: Challenges and Solutions (Christopher Germay, ADNOC)
  • Core Studies and their Implications to In-situ Stresses in the Permian Basin (James Kessler, Oxy)
  • 3D Fracable Sweet Spot Modeling (Adel Gahtani, Osman Hamid, SAO)
  • Mohammed Ameen, SAO, Title TBA

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break and Exhibit

10:30-12:00 Operator Perspectives II

  • Horizontal Wells Hydraulic Fracturing from Tight HPHT to Multilayer Differential Depleted Gas Accumulations in Oman (Juan Chavez Florez, PDO)
  • Bedding Planes Corridors controls Hydraulic Fracturing Initiation and Propagation (Abdelwahab Noufal, ADNOC)
  • A Geomechanical Overview on Tuwaiq Mountain Source Rock (Angelica Rios Alvarez, SAO)
  • Anastasia Dobroskok, Shell, Critical Look at Fracture Diagnostic through a Lens of a Geomechanicist: Oman Experience
  • Kirk Bartko, SAO, Title TBA

12:00 – 13:00 Keynote Lunch (Sponsored by Golder Associates  )

  • Thoughts and Challenges Binding Fracturing, Geomechanics, Quantitative Monitoring, and Unconventionals (Ahmed Abou-Sayed, Advantek)

Day 2 PM. Technology Highlights
Chairs: Brice Lecampion (EPFL Switzerland), Thomas Finkbeiner (KAUST)

13:00 – 15:00 Technology Highlights I

  • Experimental Investigation of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation and Propagation in Opalinus Shale (Omar Al-Dajani, Herbert Einstein, MIT)
  • Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs: Mechanisms and Processes (Ahmad Ghassemi, OU)
  • Experimental and Numerical Study of Fracturing in Coal Seams (Haojie Lian, Weiguo Liang, Taiyuan University of Technology, China)
  • A Novel Method to Characterize BIOT’s Coefficient in Unconventionals (Munir Aldin, MetaRock)
  • Testing Stimulation Concepts for an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) in a Deep Mine: the U.S. EGS Collab Project (Joe Morris, LLNL)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break and Exhibit

15:30 – 17:00 Technology Highlights II

  • The Role of Heterogeneities at Different Length Scales on Fracture Propagation and Flowback (Mukul Sharma, UT Austin)
  • Using 3D Discrete Fracture Network Approaches for Efficient Geomechanically Coupled Hydraulic Fracture Simulation (Paul LaPointe, Golder)
  • The Importance of Coupling Wellbore Hydraulic and Simultaneous Fracture Propagation in Multistage Design (Brice Lecampion, EPFL Switzerland)
  • Experimental and Field Studies on Supercritical CO2 Fracturing of Shale Gas Reservoir (Haiyan Zhu, Southwest Petroleum University, China)

17:00 – 18:00 Social with Exhibitors

Social Activities on Your Own

Day 3 AM. Case Studies
Chairs: Anastasia Dobroskok (Shell), Tony Addis (Rockfield)

8:00 – 10:00 Case Studies I

  • Geomechanical Challenges for Unconventional Reservoirs in the Middle East and Asia: What We Know and What We Don’t Know? (Hai Liu, Schlumberger)
  • The role of Geomechanics in evaluating and accessing deep tight gas opportunities in two different unconventional settings (Latifa Qobi, Practical Geomechanics)
  • Geomechanics Properties Correlation and Well Log Integration for North Kuwait Jurassic formations – Extensive Lab data (Jose Ramon Salavarria, Schlumberger)
  • Comprehensive Characterization of an Unconventional Reservoir with Application to Hydraulic Fracturing (Thomas Finkbeiner, KAUST)
  • Satya Perumalla , BHGE, Title TBA

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Exhibit

10:30 – 12:30 Case Studies II

  • Stimulation Simulation – Where is the Value? (Tobias Hoeink, BHGE)
  • Influence of Geomechanics on Hydraulic Fracturing from Perforation to Fracture Tip (Adam Bere, Rockfield)
  • Numerical Investigation of Hydraulic Fracturing during Multi-Stage Stimulation (Branko Damjanac, Itasca)
  • Anisotropic Damage Mechanics for Modeling Hydraulic Fracturing in a Layered Naturally Fractured Reservoir (Ahmed Quenes, FracGeo)
  • Water Injection Fracturing – Caprock Integrity and Height Containment (Dale Walters, CGG)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and Exhibit

Day 3 PM. Collaboration Discussions
Chairs: Maurice Dusseault (U of Waterloo), Sau-Wai Wang (Rybarock)

13:30 – 15:00 Top list of operation challenges and technology developments
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break and Exhibit
15:30 – 16:30 Collaboration Opportunities
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Mark: Value of Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies (Gang Han)

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