subject to change


Session 1 - Diagenetic controls of reservoir quality in tight rocks

Session Chairs: Joe MacQuaker | ExxonMobil     +    Kitty Milliken | Bureau of Economic Geology




Clay mineral factories prior to the evolution of land plants: sedimentary processes and diagenetic products

Dario Harazim  

University of Calgary

Links between lake chemistry, organic matter, microbial     processes, and dolomitization in the Green River Formation (Eocene), Uinta Basin, Utah

Max Pommer

Colorado School of Mines

Element cycling in the middle-late Triassic Shublik Fm.:      mineralization vs recycling of biolimiting nutrients in an      organic carbon-rich mudstone

Kate Whidden


Silica diagenesis and its role controlling storage capacity       in unconventional reservoirs

Kev Taylor

The University of


Session 2 - Origin and Impact of Organic Matter in Unconventional Reservoirs

Session Chairs: Wayne Camp | Anadarko Petroleum Corp      +      Hamed Sanei | Aarhus University




Petrographic characterization of kerogen, bitumen and       residual oil from SEM electron micrographs: examples from the Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, DJ Basin, Colorado USA

Lyn Canter

Sedimentary Solutions, LLC, Denver, CO

Solid bitumen in shale reservoirs: a challenge in organic      petrography and geochemistry

David Misch

Montan Universitaet,      Leoben, Austria

Evidence for the priming effect and alteration of transported refractory organic carbon

Dane Synnott

University of Calgary,      Calgary, AB

New techniques and applications of organic petrography and spectroscopy: insights for shale petroleum systems

Paul Hackley

US Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Possible effect of structural deformation on shale reservoir properties: An example from Lower Cambrian shales of    Eastern Upper Yangtze Platform, South China

Yong Ma

Geological Survey of     Canada, Calgary, AB

Geochemical fractionation of organic matter in the                Argentinian Jurassic-Cretaceous Vaca Muerta shale

Aleksandra Malachowska

Gdansk University of    Technology University, Gdansk, Poland

A new porosity prediction method for unconventional         mudstone reservoirs

Wayne Camp

Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Houston, TX

Session 3 - The role of structure in unconventional plays

Session Chairs: Julia Gale | Bureau of Economic Geology      +      James Wood | Calaber1 Resources




A new generation of stress maps for development of            unconventional oil and gas plays in the conterminous U.S.

Mark Zoback

Stanford University

Implications of constraining natural fractures and in-situ stress trends for field development strategies in                   unconventional reservoirs: Examples from the Permian basin

David Forand

Chevron USA

A tale of three earthquakes: New insights into fault              activation in light of recent occurrences

David Eaton

University of Calgary

Geomechanical simulation of different conceptual models for microseismic interpretations

Shawn Maxwell

Encana Corporation

Direct observation of hydraulic fractures in the Hydraulic Fracture Test Site (HFTS) slant core, Midland Basin, Texas: insights into distribution, morphology, and interaction with natural discontinuities

Julia W. Gale

Bureau of Economic       Geology

Influence of spatially-varied natural fracture properties on hydraulic fracture growth

Andrew Bunger

University of Pittsburgh

Natural and induced structural fabrics in drill-cores from the Montney Formation, western Canada

Kevin Gillen

Vox Terrae

Session 4 - Geological controls and impact of fluid distribution in resource plays

Session Chairs: John Curtis | GeoMark Research      +      Tristan Euzen | IFP Canada




Tight Hydrocarbon Plays: How Source, Reservoir and Fluid Dependencies Control their Formation

Tim Matava


Topic: Biomarker Applications

John Curtis

GeoMark Research

Connection between PVT realities and

petroleum geochemistry

Kevin Ferworn

GeoMark Research

Meter-scale Lithofacies Cycle and Controls on Variations in Oil Saturation, Wolfcamp A, Delaware and Midland Basins

Tongwei Zhang

Bureau of Economic Geology

Integrated Geochemical Studies of Produced Water
from Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs, Permian Basin, USA – Utility and Applications

Christopher Laughrey


A Geochemical Analysis of Produced Water in the Permian Delaware Basin, West Texas

L. T Bryndzia

Shell International E & P

Application and use of Time Lapse Geochemistry in Unconventional Resource Appraisal and Development

Elizabeth Watt


Session 5 - Bridging Geoscience with Engineering and Economics

Session Chairs: Stephen Sonnenberg | Colorado School of Mines + Ruben Dominguez | Shell Canada




Step-Change Advances in Shale/Tight Oil Well Performance

Vello Kuuskraa

Advanced Resources   International

Carrier Beds as Unconventional Reservoirs

Gretchen Hough

University of Wyoming

Putting It All Together: Understanding the Value and Impact of Data

Darren Arcuri

Shell Canada Ltd.

Identifying Opportunities through Value Mapping of the     Alberta Montney Wet Gas Fairway

Mary Lee

Shell Canada Ltd.

A Multi-Scale Approach to Characterizing Reservoir Quality of the Wolfcamp A, Texas Delaware Basin: Insight into Potential Implications Related to Landing Zones, Variable Rock Behavior and Pore Size Distributions

Jacquie Colborne


 Multi-well Case Study Using Real Time Target Optimization and Geosteering with AWD XRD, XRF, and Mass Spectrometry, Niobrara and Codell Formations, DJ Basin  Anne Grau  WPX Energy

Field Growth Potential in Unconventional Fields, the Wattenberg Field Example, Denver Basin, Colorado

Stephen Sonnenberg

Colorado School of Mines





Combined impact of stress and structure on hydraulic          fracture height growth

Qiao Lu

University of Pittsburgh

 Characterizing pre-existing fracture networks using           microseismicity and seismic anisotropy: Implications for fault reactivation during hydraulic fracturing

Nadine Igonin

 University of Calgary

 A new well log-based method to quantify compositional and geomechanical heterogeneity in organic-rich mudstones: implications for reservoir potential prediction in the Devonian Duvernay Formation, Alberta, Canada  Marco Venieri  University of Calgary

Origin of sulfate minerals in the Lower Triassic Montney    Formation, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin

Mataneh H. Liseroudi

 University of Calgary


Anne Grau

Anne Grau