Event Information

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

TAMU lectureLecture 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.

Session Conveners

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 

Hill Country FRAC 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

FRAC picnic

Olson and his students at 2014 SDI student event

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

September 11-13, Calgary. Space limited. (Note that FRAC Research Meeting is in Austin)
Details available on FRAC website.

J. F. W. Gale Distinguished Lecture  | Tour Information

Visiting Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania
7-17 October 2013
Western North America March 3-14, 2014

2013 GSA National Meeting Session | Denver

Structural Geology and Geomechanics in the Petroleum Industry T209
Conveners: Steve Davis, Peter Hennings, S.E. Laubach
Tentative date: October 30. GSA session description and link:
Abstract submission deadline: August, 2013. Meeting 27-30 October 2013

2013 SEG Session Invited Talk | Houston

Are we able to detect and characterize fractures?
Invited lead-off talk: S.E. Laubach: The Geology of Natural Fractures: What do we Need to Know?
Meeting 27 September 2013

2013 URTeC Denver | Meeting Organization

Unconventional Resources Technology Conference
Fracture Characterization Theme Co-Chairs: S.E. Laubach, Shawn Maxwell, Mukul Sharma
Abstract submission deadline: Dec. 12, 2012. Meeting 12-14 August 2013
FRAC presentations: See FRAC website

2013 EGU Vienna | Technical Session & Talks

Fractured reservoirs: Structure, mechanics, reactions, and flow TS2.3/ERE5.5
Conveners: John Hooker, Joseph Cartwright, Peter Eichhubl
Session description and link to abstract submission site:
Abstract submission deadline: January 9, 2013. Meeting 7-12 April 2013

2013 AAPG Convention Pittsburgh

Reservoir Deformation Research Group Tuesday evening, May 21
Conveners: S.E. Laubach for P. Hennings
Meeting 21 May 2013

2013 GSA South-Central Section Meeting, Austin

Fractures, faults, and fluids: From observations to numerical models
Technical Session chairs: Estibalitz Ukar and Jack Sharp
Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2013. Meeting 4-5 April 2013

2013 AAPG Chas. Taylor Fellowship

Science publishing | CTF Award lecture
Conveners: S. Laubach, M. Sweet, C. North
Award Lecture: Rob Lander
Meeting: Invitation only. Houston, TX. Meeting 4 February, 2013
Lecture is open to the public.

2012 AGU Meeting | SDI Participation

Faults, fractures, and fluid flow
For more information contact: Peter Eichhubl

AGU 2012 SDI-FRAC Chaired Sessions: Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow

MONDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2012, 1:40 PM – 3:40 PM; 309 (Moscone South) Session T13J. Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes & Models III Convener(s): Peter Eichhubl (Bureau of Economic Geology) & Rasoul Sorkhabi (Energy Geoscience Inst)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2012, 8:00 AM – 12:20 PM; Hall A-C (Moscone South) Session T21B. Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes and Models V Posters Convener(s): Peter Eichhubl (Bureau of Economic Geology), Valeri Korneev (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Nina Kukowski (University of Jena) & Jonas Kley (Univ Goettingen)
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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2012  2:25 PM – 2:40 PM, Session T13J. Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes & Models III
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
MONDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2012 3:10 PM – 3:25 PM, Session T13J. Faults, Fractures, and Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes & Models III
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
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2012, 8 AM Session T21A, Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes & Models IV Posters
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
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2012, 8 AM Session T21A, Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes & Models IV Posters
Estibalitz Ukar; Peter Eichhubl; András Fall; John N. Hooker: Structural-diagenetic controls on fracture opening in tight gas sandstone reservoirs, Alberta Foothills
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2012, 8 AM, Session T21A, Faults, Fractures, & Fluid Flow in Georesources: Physical, Chemical, & Transport Processes & Models IV Posters
John N. Hooker; Peter Eichhubl; Stephen Laubach: Reconstructing the growth of a fracture set using fluid inclusion microthermometry, El Alamar Formation (Triassic), NE Mexico
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2012, 1:40 PM, Session H23E, Reactive Transport in Permeable Media II Posters
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
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2012, 1:40 PM, Session H53G. Theoretical, Numerical, & Experimental Advances in Pore Scale Investigation of Porous Media III Posters
Adenike Tokan-Lawal; Weiwei Wang; Masa Prodanovic: Relating tortuosity and permeability in microfractured and unfractured porous media

2012 GSA Meeting Charlotte

The Role of Structure and Diagenesis in Governing Fluid Storage and Flow in Deep Sedimentary Basins with Applications to Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Conveners: S.E. Laubach, Christoph Hilgers, Mark A. Evans, M.A. Ellis
Invited talks & Keynote Nov. 6, 2012; Posters Nov. 7, 2012

2012 CSPG Lecture | DL Tour

2012 IGC Brisbane


Pan-American Current Research on Fluid Inclusions, Windsor, Canada
June 18-20, 2012
  • 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).