Projects

Our research on structural diagenesis is supported by Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. Initiation funding was provided from JSG Structural Diagenesis Initiative of the Geology Foundation, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences (2005-2008).

Research on all aspects of subsurface fractures is supported by Industrial Associates of the Fracture Research and Application Consortium and by Jackson Research Fellowships.

The Fracture Research & Application Consortium supports a wide range of student projects focused on fractured shale, sandstone, and carbonate rocks. Major studies are underway in Colorado, Wyoming, East Texas, western Canada, Scotland and Argentina.

We are grateful for ongoing support from the Geology Foundation, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences.

In addition, many separately funded projects support our structural diagenesis research. Among these (current and recent):

  • RPSEA New Albany Shale, a comprehensive study of fractured shale.
  • RPSEA Marcellus Shale, a comprehensive study of fractured shale.
  • RPSEA Multiazimuth seismic diffraction imaging for fracture characterization.
  • STARR projects in fractured shale, tight gas sandstones and fractured reservoirs¬†on State of Texas lands.
  • Shell SUTUR program.
  • ExxonMobil/Jackson School initiative in unconventional reservoirs.
  • GDL Foundation scholarships (student support).

Program Support

If you would like to support the program, contact Steve Laubach.

Spring 2013 Opportunities

  • Reconstruction of natural fracture height and length growth and interaction (microstructural, fluid inclusion, and numerical modeling study)
  • Core and log-based fracture and diagenesis research on Cretaceous sandstones (East Texas) and tight oil reservoir analog studies (Scotland)
  • Core and log-based fracture and diagenesis research on Cretaceous sandstones (Western Canada) and tight oil reservoir analog studies (Canada)
  • Core and log-based fracture and diagenesis research on reservoir sandstones (Wolfcamp, West Texas) and reservoir analog studies (tbd)
  • Horizontal drilling applications of spatial scaling analysis methods
  • Fractured carbonate reservoirs
  • Hydraulic fracture growth in naturally fractured rock
  • Fault zone growth and diagenesis
  • Experimental structural diagenesis
  • Multi-phase flow in fracture systems
  • Regional and field-scale fracture and fault studies

Other projects (contact Laubach, Olson or Eichhubl)