- Gaps in DFN models and how to fill them. Gale, Ukar, Laubach
2018 EAGE Copenhagen
- Chemical-mechanical feedback and fracture size and spacing patterns. Laubach, Olson, Lander
- Process-oriented forward diagenetic models. Lander, Bonnell
2018 PACROFI XIV Houston
- Evolution of deformation in the Buck Mountain Fault damage zone, Cambrian Flathead sandstone, Teton Range, WY. Forstner, Laubach, Fall
- Unraveling the history of ultra-deep fractures in sedimentary basins. Wang, Laubach, Fall
2018 Statoil Fellowship Poster Austin
- Accurate determination of mechanical stratigraphy in prospective unconventional formations. Gallardo Giozza, Espinoza, Torress-Verdin, Laubach
2017 GSA Meeting
SDI will be at the Seattle Geological Society of America meeting. Presentations include:
- Structural diagenesis of faults in sandstone (invited) | Laubach (Sunday, 9:55 am Tahoma 2)
- Chemically assisted fracture growth in hydrothermal systems: experimental results | Callahan, Eichhubl (Sunday, 8:25 am, Tahoma 2)
- Effect of fluids chemistry and diagenesis on fracture processes in a fault zone | Major, Eichhubl (Sunday, 10:15 am, Tahoma 2)
- Structural diagenesis of natural fractures: implications for water, energy, environment, and hazard | Eichhubl, Laubach (Sunday, 3:50, Tahoma 2)
- Characterization of bedding-parallel fractures in shale: morphology, size, distribution and spatial organization | Q. Wang, J. Gale (Poster: Sunday)
- Decameter-scale bit drops at 7 km depth in the Yijianfang Formation, Halahatang oilfield, Tarim Basin, China: fault-related deep-seated dissolution | Baques et al. (Poster: Tuesday)
- Combined effects of overpressure and bed-parallel contraction on the formation of bed-parallel and vertical fractures in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina | Fall et al. (Tuesday, 11:35 am, Skagit 2)
- Slip behavior of a subduction zone: preliminary inferences from quartz and calcite filled veins (hydrofractures) in an exhumed accretionary wedge, Shimanto belt, Japan | Elliott et al. (Poster: Tuesday) UT-Penn State collaboration
- Regional brittle deformation, strain, and paleostress trajectories, Teton Range, Wyoming, USA | Forstner, Laubach, Fall (Poster: Wednesday)
2017 Master’s Saturday, UT
- Lizzy McKinnon: Structural diagenesis of a sub-salt reservoir, carbonate rocks, NE Brazil (S. Laubach, E. Ukar)
- John Li: Quantifying opening-mode fracture spatial organization in horizontal wellbore image logs, core and outcrop: application to Upper Cretaceous Frontier Formation tight gas sandstones, USA (J.F.W. Gale, S.E. Laubach)
- Abdulaziz Almansour: Multidisciplinary technology and economic impact study of fracture prediction methods (S.E. Laubach)
Matt Ramos chaired Session 5
ACE Salt Lake City: Planning for 2018 meeting
J.F.W. Gale is co-chair of Theme 5: Structure, Tectonics, and Geomechanics
2017 AAPG Convention Houston
2-5 April 2017, Houston Texas. Initiative scientists are involved in the program.
- Annual Convention Theme Chair, Julia F. W. Gale, for Structure, Tectonics, and Geomechanics
- Invited presentation by R. Lander to Diagenesis Research Group ‘Interaction of fracture development and quartz cementation’ by Lander, R. and Laubach, S.
- Session chair, J. Gale, Structure/Geomechanics: Geomechanics
- Session chair, J. Gale, Structure/Geomechanics: Structural Analysis in Fractured and Unconventional Reservoirs
- Session chair, S.E. Laubach, Structure/Geomechanics: Fault Seal and Fault Zone Modeling
- New type of kinematic indicator in bedding-parallel veins and vertical fracture abundance and timing in Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina: Ukar, E., Lopez, R., Fall, A., Manceda, R., Gale, J., Laubach, S.
- Timing of opening and cementation of bedding-parallel and vertical fractures, Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina: Fall, A., Ukar, E., Lopez, R., Gale, J., Manceda, R., Laubach, S.
- Structural and diagenetic evolution of deformation bands in contractional and extensional tectonic regimes and implications for sandstone diagenesis: Elliott, S. O’Brien, C., Eichhubl, P.
- Clastic reservoir quality prediction models: past, present and future: Lander, R., Bonnell, L.
- Report on Division activities for AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division: J. Gale
- Distinguished Lecture Committee meeting: S. E. Laubach, member
- University of Illinois Geoscience Council meeting: S. Laubach, R. Lander, L. Bonnell, members
2017 GSA Annual Meeting | Invited Lecture
S.E. Laubach has been invited to give a lecture at the 2017 GSA Fall Meeting in a faults and fluids session titled: “Spatiotemporal variations and the role of fluids in fault-zone hydromechanical properties”
2017 Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics
The Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics (DRT) conference is a biennial international meeting that has been running for 40 years, organised and hosted by academic staff from different European universities. DRT is one of the main world forums for presenting and discussing research in the fields of rock deformation, structural geology, rheology, tectonics, microstructures, rock physics and interactions between deformation and metamorphic/diagenetic reactions.
The 21st International Conference on Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics will be held 30 April to 4 May 2017 in Inverness, Scotland.
S.E. Laubach is on the Scientific Committee, and is a session chair and speaker.
Chemical-mechanical feedback and fracture size and spacing patterns Invited lecture presented by S.E. Laubach; co-authors J.E. Olson, R.H. Lander and J.N. Hooker, 4 May
2016 Oxford University | Invited Lecture
S. E. Laubach: Reconstructing fracture opening histories and timing using structural diagenesis: invited lecture, presented at Oxford University, Oxford UK, December 2, 2016.
2016 FRAC Picnic and SDI Student Event
Saturday, November 5, 2016, Turner Ranch Road, Marble Falls, Texas. Contact Steve Laubach for information.
2016 SDI Review and FRAC Meeting
September 19-21, Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines of Texas. Arrival reception, Tuesday evening, September 19. Field trip September 19. Technical sessions September 20-21. Contact Rich Schultz or Julia Gale for information and invitation.
2016 Invited Talks | China
Randy Marrett and Steve Laubach will deliver a series of invited talks in Beijing and Korla, China, in connection with field work and core description in the Tarim Basin in May.
2016 DOE Basic Energy Sciences Workshop | Leesburg VA
S.E. Laubach, J. Olson, R. Lander and R. Schultz are involved in the BES fracture mechanics workshop ‘Fracture mechanics and fracture pattern evolution in deep, hydrothermal and reactive environments‘. The workshop runs from Sunday May 8 through Tuesday May 10th. Contact S. Laubach for more information.
2016 EBSD Meeting | Keynote
The Micoanalysis Society‘s Electron Backscatter Diffraction 2016 conference on May 24-26th at the University of Alabama will feature an invited keynote lecture by Esti Ukar of rock fracture and EBSD methods in the technical symposia. According to the society the EBSD 2016 technical symposia are the heart of the conference and consist of an exciting group of invited speakers at the forefront of the technology and its applications.
Ukar’s talk will highlight results recently published in Geosphere: Ukar, E., Laubach, S.E., and Marrett, R., 2016, Quartz c-axis orientation patterns in fracture cement as a measure of fracture opening rate and a validation tool for fracture pattern models: Geosphere, v. 12, no. 2, p. 1–38, doi: 10 .1130/GES01213.1. | view at publisher
Lecture at Texas A & M
S. E. Laubach presented an invited lecture at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University on April 4. The topic of the talk was project work on structural diagenetic controls on development of fracture patterns and fracture length distributions.
2015 American Geophysical Union
Session for Fall meeting organized by Jon Major, Owen Callahan and others.
Fractures and fracturing in chemically reactive environments
Chemical-mechanical interactions influencing fracture initiation, growth, and coalescence pose a first order control on the time and deformation rate dependent failure of rocks and the development of fracture networks. For example, in the subsurface subcritical fracture growth may lead to time-dependent or progressive failure. Mechanical effects occur almost simultaneously with deformation, while chemical effects occur over longer time scales. Understanding these coupled effects and what controls their spatial and temporal impacts will lead to new insights on the evolution of fractures over all time scales. These processes are relevant to natural and engineered systems, such as fault zone development, advanced recovery of hydrocarbons, storage of CO2 and waste fluids, ore forming processes, and managing geothermal reservoirs. This session is for research focused on coupled chemical-mechanical processes influencing fracture mechanics, fracture properties, and fluid flow in fractured media. We welcome results from numerical simulation, experimental studies, and field based projects.
- Jonathan Major (Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin) JMajor@mail.utexas.edu
- Owen Callahan (Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin) email@example.com
- Pania Newell (Sandia National Laboratories) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anastasia Ilgen (Sandia National Laboratories) email@example.com
Abstract submission deadline August 5, 2015
2015 The Geology of Geomechanics
Keynote: Julia F. W. Gale “Challenges of Incorporating Geology in Geomechanical Models”
October 28, 2015, Burlington House, The Geological Society, London
Also on the program: J. English, S.E. Laubach “Driving Mechanisms of Regional Opening-Mode Fracture Systems”
2015 FRAC Annual Meeting | North Austin/UT
Fracture Research & Application Consortium Meeting
September 24-25, The University of Texas Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas. Workshop, technical sessions, & field trip on September 23rd. Contact Julia Gale for agenda and invitation.
2015 GSA Symposium | Casper Wyoming
Symposium, May 21-23, Rocky Mountain GSA Section Meeting in Casper, Wyoming in May, 2015. The topic is Brittle Structures of Rocky Mountain Reservoirs and Reservoir Analogs. S. E. Laubach session organizer. Abstract deadline is December 16, 2014.
SDI Guest Speaker | Bureau of Economic Geology Lecture series
Matthew Becker, Cal State Long Beach | 9 am February 27th
2014 AGU Fall Meeting December | San Francisco
|Monday 12/15||Slip-flow in complex porous media as determined by a multi-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann model||Chris Landry|
|Understanding flow in unconventional reservoirs fractures: influence of compaction and cementation||Adenike Tokan-Lawal|
|Long-term effect of fault-controlled CO2 alteration on the weakening and strengthening of reservoir and seal lithologies at Crystal Geyser, Green River, Utah||Jonathan Major|
|Tuesday 12/16||Effects of coupled structural and diagenetic processes on deformation localization and fluid flow properties in sandstone reservoirs of the southwestern United States||Sara Elliott|
|Friday 12/19||Was the Timpson, Texas, M4.8 event induced by fluid injection?||Zhiqiang Fan|
|Growth kinematics of opening-mode fractures||Peter Eichhubl|
|Permeability of calcite-cemented fractures in mudrocks: Flow highway or hindrance?||Chris Landry|
SDI Speaker | Bureau of Economic Geology Lecture series
Esti Ukar: The use of Dauphiné twins in quartz as paleostrain (stress) indicators | 9 am December 5
2014 FRAC Annual Meeting | Texas Hill Country
Fracture Research & Application Consortium Meeting
September 15-17, Camp Balcones Springs, near Austin, Texas. Workshop, technical sessions, & field trip. Contact Julia Gale for agenda and invitation.
Details available on FRAC website.
2014 GSA Annual Meeting Geomechanics Session
Applications of Structural Geology and Geomechanics in the Petroleum Industry (T190) organized as a technical session for the GSA Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Peter Hennings, Steve Davis, and Steve Laubach.
GSA 2014 Meeting presentations
Propagation rate and timing of fractures in deep reservoirs. Fall, Eichhubl, Laubach
Natural hydraulic fracturing of tight-gas sandstone reservoirs, Piceance basin, Colorado. Fall, Eichhubl, Bodnar, Laubach, Davis
Influence of diagenesis on regional and fold-related fracture size distribution. Copley, Labuach, Marrett
Contact us for copies of abstracts or slides.
2014 EGU Meeting
Relationships between induced seismicity and fluid injection: development of strategies to manage injection: Eichhubl, Frolich, Gale, Olson, Fan, Gono — EGU2014-14451
Synkinematic quartz cementation in partially open fracture in sandstone: Ukar, Laubach, Fall, Eichhubl | EGU2014-4545
Matrix-fracture connectivity in Eagle Ford shale: Landry, Tokan-Lawal, Prodanovic, Eichhubl | EGU2014-14544
Effects of coupled structural and diagenetic processes on deformation localization and flow properties of deformation bands in sandstone: Elliot, Eichhubl, Landry | EGU2014-9363
2014 AAPG Convention, Houston
Fracture growth processes in sandstone inferred from textural and fluid inclusion investigations of crack-seal fracture cements: Alzayer, Fall, Laubach, Eichhubl
How tight was the Williams Fork tight gas reservoir at the time of gas generation and fracturing, Piceance Basin, Colorado? Ozkan, Bonnell, Milliken, Laubach, Cumella
2014 Workshop | Austin
Effects of concurrent cement precipitation on fracture growth: Fracture reconstructions and linked geomechanical and diagenetic models: Open discussion workshop
January 31, Austin, Texas | Followed by: FRAC Picnic & SDI Student Event on February 1st
Contact Steve Laubach for more information.
2013 FRAC Annual Meeting | Austin
Fracture Research & Application Consortium Meeting
September 16-17, Austin, Texas
Details available on FRAC website.
Fracture Research & Application Consortium Field Trip
J. F. W. Gale Distinguished Lecture | Tour Information
2013 GSA National Meeting Session | Denver
2013 SEG Session Invited Talk | Houston
2013 URTeC Denver | Meeting Organization
2013 EGU Vienna | Technical Session & Talks
2013 AAPG Convention Pittsburgh
2013 GSA South-Central Section Meeting, Austin
2013 AAPG Chas. Taylor Fellowship
2012 AGU Meeting | SDI Participation
AGU 2012 SDI-FRAC Chaired Sessions: Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow
- TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2012, 1:40 PM – 3:40 PM; 307 (Moscone South) Session MR23D. Mudstone Multiphysics: Matrix to Fractures & Back Again I Convener(s): Thomas Dewers (Sandia National Laboratories), Jason Heath, Peter Eichhubl (Bureau of Economic Geology) & Marcelo Sanchez (TAMU-Civil Engineering)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2012, 1:40 PM – 6:00 PM; Hall A-C (Moscone South) Session MR33B. Mudstone Multiphysics: Matrix to Fractures & Back Again II Posters Convener(s): Thomas Dewers (Sandia National Laboratories), Jason Heath, Peter Eichhubl (Bureau of Economic Geology) & Marcelo Sanchez (TAMU)
AGU 2012 SDI-FRAC Presentations
Peter Eichhubl; András Fall; Masa Prodanovic; Tobias Weisenberger; Estibalitz Ukar; Stephen Laubach; Julia F. Gale: Chemical-mechanical interactions during natural fracture growth in tight gas and oil reservoirs: Implications for flow during reservoir charge and production
András Fall; Peter Eichhubl; Stephen Laubach; Robert J. Bodnar: Timing and duration of gas charge-driven fracturing in tight-gas sandstone reservoirs based on fluid inclusion observations: Piceance Basin, Colorado
Jonathan R. Major; Peter Eichhubl; Alexander Urquhart; Thomas A. Dewers: Effects of fault-controlled CO2 alteration on mineralogical and geomechanical properties of reservoir and seal rocks, Crystal Geyser, Green River, Utah
Estibalitz Ukar; Peter Eichhubl; András Fall; John N. Hooker: Structural-diagenetic controls on fracture opening in tight gas sandstone reservoirs, Alberta Foothills
John N. Hooker; Peter Eichhubl; Stephen Laubach: Reconstructing the growth of a fracture set using fluid inclusion microthermometry, El Alamar Formation (Triassic), NE Mexico
Yashar Mehmani; Tie Sun; Matthew Balhoff; Steven L. Bryant; Peter Eichhubl: A multiblock approach to pore-scale modeling of reactive transport with applications to carbon sequestration
Adenike Tokan-Lawal; Weiwei Wang; Masa Prodanovic: Relating tortuosity and permeability in microfractured and unfractured porous media
2012 GSA Meeting Charlotte
2012 CSPG Lecture | DL Tour
2012 IGC Brisbane
2012 PACROFI XI
- Fall, A., Weisenberger, T. B., Eichhubl, P., Laubach, S. E., Davis, J.S., Bodnar, R. J.: Diagenetic controls on carbonate fracture cementation in tight-gas sandstones.
- Bodnar, R., Reynolds, J., Kontak, D., Fall, A.: Practical aspects of fluid inclusion data collection and interpretation
2012 Goldschmidt Conference
Montreal, Canada, June 24-29, 2012
- Andras Fall, Julia F. W. Gale, Peter Eichhubl, Walaa A. Ali, Stephen E. Laubach, Robert J. Bodnar: Opening-mode fracturing and cementation during hydrocarbon generation in mudrocks: an example from the Barnett Shale, West Texas (Invited).
2012 AAPG Annual Convention
Long Beach, April 22-25, 2012
- Gale, Julia F.; Pommer, Laura; Ouyang, Xuecheng; Fall, Andras; Eichhubl, Peter; Olson, Jon E.; Laubach, S. E.: Natural Fracture Characterization in Shale-Gas Reservoirs: Spatial Organization and Fracture Sealing.
- Weisenberger, Tobias B.; Fall, Andras; Hooker, John N.; Eichhubl, Peter; Laubach, S. E.; Davis, J. S.: Predicting Fracture Porosity Degradation by Calcite Cement in Mesaverde Group Sandstones, Piceance Basin, Colorado.
- Eichhubl, Peter; Gale, Julia F.; Olson, Jon E.; Laubach, S.E.; Hooker, John N.; Fall, Andras; Weisenberger, Tobias B.; Ukar, Estibalitz: What Can Outcrop and Core Based Observations Tell Us About Natural Fractures in Unconventional Reservoirs?
- Dunphy, Rory; Dola, Jon; Gale, Julia F.: Natural Fracture Stratigraphy of Gas Shales in the Horn River Basin, NEBC, Canada: Relation to Lithostratigraphy and Implications for Hydraulic Fracture Growth.
For copies of slide sets see the FRAC web site (Members).