Rock Analysis Workshop

Advances in Rock Analysis of Heterogeneous Reservoirs
Dates: March 21- 22, 2019

Workshop Overview: 

Low-permeability (‘tight’) hydrocarbon reservoirs are currently the hottest unconventional resource targets in North America. Also, the analysis of oilsands core and chips has made many strides in evaluating pay and the cap rock integrity. The technologies used have direct application in both play styles, though presently rarely applied.  

In the face of ongoing suppressed commodity prices, the energy industry seeks advanced core and cuttings analysis techniques that allow reliable, fast, inexpensive and efficient identification of reservoir “sweet spots” and provide critical data for assessing hydrocarbon recovery in an environmental-friendly manner. When producing from these unconventional and bitumen reservoirs, a complex series of physico-chemical processes occurring at multiple spatial and time scales are initiated that we do not completely understand. While advanced technologies such as long horizontal wells, combined with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing in unconventional plays, have enabled commercial recovery, development efficiency is still suboptimal partly due to our insufficient understanding of geochemical, petrophysical and geomechanical characteristics. Understanding how to advance characterization methods at all scales is therefore critical for predictable development through primary and enhanced recovery processes.

The R.A.W. will bring together professionals and subject matter experts, dealing with multidisciplinary characterization of unconventional and bitumen reservoirs, to share experiences gained through laboratory and field operations.  The workshop will focus on not only new advances in all areas of rock characterization but also the added value through field applications.  A variety of leading operators, service providers, and national/international universities will provide up-to-date discussions on multiple technical topics. These include highlights on advanced geochemical, petrophysical and geomechanical characterization techniques, case studies, and operator and governmental regulatory perspectives. A dedicated panel session will explore potentials for collaboration among operators, technology developers, service providers and governmental regulatory agencies.