Session 1 - Diagenetic controls of reservoir quality in tight rocks

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




Microbiological controls on marine sedimentary diagenesis

Kurt Konhauser

University of Alberta

Element cycling in the middle to Upper Triassic Shublik Fm: mineralization vs recycling of biolimiting nutrients in an unconventional resource play

Kate Whidden

United States Geological Survey

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

Dario Harazim


Clay types in mudrocks of the Upper Devonian Duvernay Formation

Nicholas Harris

University of Alberta

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

Maxwell Pommer

Pommer Petrographics

Silicate diagenesis and its role controlling storage capacity in unconventional reservoirs

Joe MacQuaker


Diagenetic controls on the geomechanical and petrophysical response of shales

Claudio Delle Piane

CSIRO Energy Perth



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

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




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

Lyn Canter

Sedimentary Solutions, LLC

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

David Misch

University of Leoben

Evidence for the priming effect as an important control on the alteration of dispersed organic matter

Dane Synnott

University of Calgary

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

Paul Hackley

United States
Geological Survey

Possible structural deformation effects on the pore size characteristics of shale reservoirs: An example from the Lower Cambrian shales of the Eastern Upper Yangtze Platform, South China

Omid Ardakani

Geological Survey ofCanada

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

Aleksandra Malachowska

Gdansk University ofTechnology University

A New Method to Predict Organic Matter Porosity in Unconventional Shale Reservoirs

Wayne Camp

Anadarko Petroleum Corp





Session 3 - The role of structure in unconventional plays

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




State of Stress in North American Unconventional Oil and Gas Producing Basins

Mark Zoback

Stanford University

Implications of constraining natural fractures and
in-situ stress trends for field development strategies inunconventional 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 in Western Canada

David Eaton

University of Calgary

Geomechanical simulation of different conceptual models for microseismic interpretation

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




Connection between PVT realities and petroleum geochemistry

John Curtis

GeoMark Research ltd.

Basin-Centered Hydrocarbon Plays: How Source, Reservoir and Fluid Dependencies Control their Formation

Tim Matava


Application of CSIA of Light Oils and Utility of Carotenoid Biomarkersin Resource Plays of North America

John Curtis

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

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

Taras Bryndzia

Shell International

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

Christopher Laughry

Stratum Reservoir

Applications 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




Achieving Step-Change Improvements in Shale/Tight Oil Well Performance

Vello Kuuskraa

Advanced Resources International

Carrier Beds as Unconventional Reservoirs

John Breyer

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 hydraulicfracture height growth

Qiao Lu

University of Pittsburgh

Characterizing pre-existing fracture networks usingmicroseismicity 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

Long-wave infrared (LWIR) hyperspectral analysis of the Duvernay Formation on the micrometer and centimeter scale

Michelle Tappert

Hyperspectral Intelligence Inc.

Origin of Sulfate-Rich Fluids in the Lower Triassic Montney Formation, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin

Mataneh H. Liseroudi

University of Calgary

When diagenesis calls the shots: why
understanding post depositional processes is essential for understanding the Montney Formation

Noga Vaisblat

University ofAlberta

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