Practical Oilfield Geomechanics


This 2-day Practical Oilfield Geomechanics course develops the participants' ability to apply the geomechanical model to various oilfield problems. The presentations and discussions introduce the basic principles of in-situ stress, rock mechanics, and measurement and determination of stress in inclined boreholes, how to build and calibrate a geomechanical model, as well as industry applications such as wellbore stability and casing collapse/shear. The course participants will also learn how the geomechanics is applied to the development of fractured and shale reservoirs.

Topics include:

  • Basic principles of in-situ stress
  • Measurement and determination of stress
  • Rock mechanics
  • How to build and calibrate a geomechanical model
  • Oilfield applications such as wellbore stability and casing collapse/shear
  • Geomechanics aspects of fractured and shale reservoirs

Target audience:
This course is for anyone interested in the mechanical behavior of rock in a well, the reservoir, or the overburden.

  • Earth Scientists
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists

About the Instructors
Romain Guises Ph.D., Global Discipline Lead, 3-D Geomechanics:
Dr. Guises received his PhD from Imperial College London in 2008 in the department of Earth Science and Engineering. He also holds a MSc in geophysics from the IPGP (University of Paris) and a BSc in Physics. His research focused on the development of a combined finite-discrete element method (FEM-DEM) to characterize the properties of granular materials, including the effects of particle shape and the mechanisms of stress transmission. After joining GeoMechanics International Inc. in 2008 in Aberdeen (Europe, Africa and Middle East region), he has been consulting for a wide range of NOC and IOC in subjects covering wellbore stability, solid production, fault reactivation or depleted reservoirs. He has also specialized in the 3-D geomechanics simulation using finite element modeling. Before relocating to Calgary in 2013, Dr. Guises lead the geomechanics team for the Europe/Africa region).

Namsu Park Ph.D., Engineering and Geomechanics Lead – North America, Baker Hughes Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering
Dr. Park has broad background and experiences in various aspects of reservoir geomechanics, 3-D subsurface modeling, experimental rock mechanics and hydraulic fracture diagnostics. He has been involved with numerous geomechanics consulting projects from onshore US, Gulf of Mexico, Canada and other parts of world. In Baker Hughes, he currently leads a talented petroleum engineering group consists of geomechanics, reservoir engineering, and completion & production teams. He holds a B.S. degree in mineral and petroleum engineering and an M.S. degree in civil, urban and geosystems engineering with emphasis on rock mechanics from Seoul National University, Korea and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. His Ph.D. research was focused on the Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) of rock fracture behavior and its effect on long-term stability.

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