Understanding Naturally Fractured Rocks

  Marian Warren, Jenner Geoconsulting
Mark Cooper, Sherwood Geoconsulting
Date:   May 30, 2019
           8:30AM to 4:30PM
Location:         geoLOGIC Classroom
+15 level - 540-5 ave SW,Calgary AB T2P 0M2
CPD Credit:   8
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Who Should Attend
Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers working in either conventional or unconventional naturally fractured reservoirs, in either Plains or Foothills. Some completion or production engineers, and some managers, also may find it useful.

Course Objectives
This short course should enable participants to: 
- Understand the relationships between stress state, rock mechanical properties and fluid pressure in fracture system development and reactivation.
- Understand the characterization and description of fracture systems, both from abundant outcrop analog examples, and from subsurface examples using
different tools and data sets.
- Assess qualitatively the likely impact of fracture system character on fluid flow.
- Recognize the uncertainties and challenges in predicting fracture presence, character and impact on fluid flow at the reservoir scale.

Course Overview
This classroom course provides a geological overview of the nature of natural fractures in reservoir rocks and their surface equivalents. The geological content is supplemented by discussion of geophysical and engineering data used in the assessment of naturally fractured reservoirs. Regional fracture systems as well as fold-related and fault-related fractures are discussed. This course will involve short lectures interspersed with short interpretation exercises to demonstrate some of the principles discussed in the lectures. The final lecture will focus on selected case studies with particular relevance to the WCSB. The course is designed as a stand-alone overview of Fractured Reservoirs.

Course Structure:
Part 1: Introduction to Stress and Brittle Deformation
Part 2: Geometry and Characterization of Natural Fractures
Part 3: Fractured Reservoirs and Fluid Flow
Part 4: Case Studies

Marian Warren 
holds undergraduate degrees in geology and astronomy/physics. She served as an astronomical observatory technician and Instructor in astronomy at Williams College, Massachusetts, before completing an M.S. in Geology at the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. at Queen’s University, Ontario, with a thesis in southern Canadian Cordilleran tectonics. She subsequently worked at EnCana Corporation, Calgary, in roles as geologist, seismic interpreter and structural specialist for WCSB and international/frontier projects. She also provided structural geology training for EnCana and served on both domestic and international technical peer review committees. Project activities included development of successfully tested structurally influenced play models in the Lower Mannville Group, a key role in EnCana’s Ferrier Banff B Pool discovery in 2001 (>80 Bcfe and ~100 mmcf/d gas at peak production) and participation in EnCana’s assessment and testing of unconventional gas potential in the French Aquitaine Basin. Marian has been a co-recipient of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Medal of Merit, for best published paper (2002), winner of the AAPG Matson Award, for best oral paper (2004), and she served as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer in North America (2006-2007). Marian became an independent consultant in 2008, to focus on exploration projects worldwide in structurally complex settings, and on developing and presenting industry training courses and field trips. Her consultancy was also affiliated with consultancy Rock Deformation Research in Leeds, UK (from 2009 until its sale in 2014), whose activities focused on characterizing reservoir-scale deformation and its impact on fluid flow.

Mark Cooper
 graduated with a B.Sc. geology degree from Imperial College, London in 1974 and with a Ph.D. from Bristol University in 1977. He taught geology at University College Cork prior to joining BP in 1985 to work on structurally complex basins based in London. Mark moved to BP Canada, Calgary in 1988 where he worked on exploration in the foothills including the successful Sukunka-Bullmoose gas play in NE British Columbia. Mark also worked for BP in Colombia on the team that drilled the discovery wells on the Cupiagua, Volcanera and Florena Fields. In 1994 he joined PanCanadian and worked on the BC foothills, western Newfoundland, Quebec, the Gulf of Mexico, the Scotian Shelf and various international projects. He worked on frontier and international projects in Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Eastern Europe and Greenland after the merger that created EnCana in 2002 managing the Middle East and Global New Ventures groups for EnCana. Mark retired from EnCana as VP Middle East and Global New Ventures at the end of 2007 and now has his own consulting practice specializing in International Exploration and Structural Geology. A significant part of Mark’s consulting practice is teaching professional training courses on the application of structural geology in petroleum exploration. Mark’s consultancy was affiliated with Rock Deformation Research in Leeds, UK from 2009 until RDR’s sale in 2014. Mark also holds an Honorary Chair in Petroleum Geology at the University of Aberdeen. He has published over 50 papers, co-edited a book on Inversion Tectonics and has served as an advisory editor for the Journal of the Geological Society. He was a co-winner of the CSPG Link Award in 1997, served as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer for 1999-2000, was a co-winner of the AAPG Matson Award in 2002 and was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from AAPG in 2014. Mark has been heavily involved with both the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the AAPG serving on committees in both organizations over the last 10 years. Mark was President of the CSPG in 2016.

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