The 2018 ARMA-DGS Workshop Agenda – April 3-5, 2018. Bahrain

Platinum Sponsors

Saudi Aramco
Metarock Laboratories
Baker Hughes

Bronze Sponsor


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

8:00  Welcome (Gang Han)
8:10 – 10:10 Stress and Pore Pressure in Hydraulic Fracturing (Prof. Zoback)
10:10 – 10:40 Coffee Break and Exhibits
10:40 – 11:00 Rethinking brittleness- Extrinsic and Intrinsic Rock Mass Properties (Prof. Zoback)
11:00 – 12:00 Modeling and Hydraulic Fracturing Geomechanics (Prof. Dusseault)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and Exhibits
13:00 – 14:30 Modeling and Hydraulic Fracturing Geomechanics (Prof. Dusseault)
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break and Exhibits
15:00 – 17:00 Workflow for Stimulation Design (Prof. McLennan)
17:00 Adjourn

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

Day 2 A.M. Operator Perspectives
Chairs: Adel Qahtani (SAO), 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),
  • A new approach to estimate Acoustic Anisotropic Elastic Properties for Unconventional Reservoir – A case study in the Ordovician and Silurian – Northern Arabia Basin. (Francis Elisabeth, SAO)
  • Data Accuracy and Reliability on Model Robustness for Stress and Strength Predictions: Challenges and Solutions (Christopher Germay, ADNOC)
  • 3D Fracable Sweet Spot Modeling (Adel Gahtani, Osman Hamid, SAO)
  • Horizontal Wells Hydraulic Fracturing from Tight HPHT to Multilayer Differential Depleted Gas Accumulations in Oman (Juan Chavez Florez, PDO)
  • Claudia Patricia Teran, YPF, Application of Geomechanics to select area of production in The Orejano Field, Argentina.

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break and Exhibit

10:30-12:00 Operator Perspectives II

  • Bedding Planes Corridors controls Hydraulic Fracturing Initiation and Propagation (Abdelwahab Noufal, ADNOC)
  • Kirk Bartko, SAO, A Systematic completion approach in overcoming fracture initiation pressures
  • Critical Look at Fracture Diagnostic through a Lens of a Geomechanicist: Oman Experience (Anastasia Dobroskok, Shell)
  • The Role of Rock Mechanics in Supporting Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments (Salem Algarni, Mohammad Alqam, Antonio Santagati, SAO)

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

  • Mechanical Specific Energy for Drilling (John McLennan, University of Utah)

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

13:00 – 14:40 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)
  • Testing Stimulation Concepts for an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) in a Deep Mine: the U.S. EGS Collab Project (Joe Morris, LLNL)
  • 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)

14:40 – 15:10 Coffee Break and Exhibit

15:10 – 16:30 Technology Highlights II

  • Numerical Investigation of Hydraulic Fracturing during Multi-Stage Stimulation (Branko Damjanac, Itasca)
  • Using 3D Discrete Fracture Network Approaches for Efficient Geomechanically Coupled Hydraulic Fracture Simulation (Paul LaPointe, Golder)
  • FracProp: Stochastic Fracture Propagation Modeling (Rita L Sousa, Mohammad Abdulla, Masdar Institute, UAE)
  • Notching Technique for Openhole Fracturing: from Theory to Field Trial (Gallyam Aidagulov, Schlumberger)

16:30 – 18:00 Social with Exhibitors

18:30 – Social Activities (TBA)

Day 3 A.M. 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)
  • The Importance of Coupling Wellbore Hydraulic and Simultaneous Fracture Propagation in Multistage Design (Brice Lecampion, EPFL Switzerland)
  • Geomechanical Challenges & Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing in Tight Reservoirs – A Middle Eastern Perspective (Satya Perumalla, BHGE)
  • Comprehensive Characterization of an Unconventional Reservoir with Application to Hydraulic Fracturing (Thomas Finkbeiner, KAUST)
  • Experimental and Field Studies on Supercritical CO2 Fracturing of Shale Gas Reservoir (Haiyan Zhu, Southwest Petroleum University, China)

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Exhibit

10:30 – 12:15 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)
  • Anisotropic Damage Mechanics for Modeling Hydraulic Fracturing in a Layered Naturally Fractured Reservoir (Ahmed Quenes, FracGeo)
  • Simulating Hydraulic Fracturing using Anisotropic Elastic-Plastic-Damage Model (Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub,

Oraib Al-Ketan, Hazem Mubarak, Masdar Institute, UAE)

  • Water Injection Fracturing – Caprock Integrity and Height Containment (Mohammad Nassir, Dale Walters, CGG)

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch and Exhibit

Day 3 P.M. Collaboration Discussions
Chairs: Maurice Dusseault (U of Waterloo), Ahmed Fataierge (SAO)

13:15 – 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)