SPE General Meeting

Topic: Geomechanics and Fractured Reservoirs: Comforting, Confusing, or Scary?
Speaker: Gary D. Couples, Professor of Geomechanics at Heriot-Watt University's Institute of Petroleum Engineering
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Time: 11:30 am
Place: Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place, 4th Floor
Denver, CO 80204

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Fractured reservoirs often exhibit interaction between production and effective permeability. Simple rules used to explain this relationship are based on assumptions that are physically impossible. Moving beyond this limitation requires a change of mind-set. By using simulation models and realistic conditions, where fractured rock masses and their contained fluids are suitably represented, the way in which coupled systems interact can be understood, leading to realistic upscaled responses. Many real-world fractured reservoirs may have fracture distributions and flow conditions that never raise any major surprises. However, in other parts of those reservoirs, confusing responses may appear because of the nonlinear geomechanics/fluid interactions, and some examples may demonstrate seemingly unreasonable behaviors.

Gary Couples is a professor of geomechanics at Heriot-Watt University's Institute of Petroleum Engineering, where he links geomechanical processes to their consequences. His research and teaching activities range from the pore scale to the reservoir scale and larger with an emphasis on predicting effective flow and other emergent phenomena.

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