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PESA QLD Presents
Short Course:    Geomechanics for Unconventional Resource Plays (1 day)

Date:      Thursday 23rd May 2019

Venue :     L27 Santos Place, 32 Turbot Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

$250 – Student Members

$495 – PESA Members

$600 – Non-Members

Whilst Dr Mildren is visiting Brisbane, he will be presenting a PESA QLD technical Evening Event with a talk entitled “The Evolution of Geomechanical Models for Improved Application to Unconventional Plays”  Further information about the evening technical talk can be found here.

Course Abstract

This one-day course is designed for geologists, geophysicists and engineers who desire a greater understanding of the value that geomechanics can bring to unconventional resource plays. It aims to explore the underlying links between geomechanics, geophysics and reservoir behavior and demonstrate how they can be used to enhance our understanding and predict that behavior pre-drill. This course will enable attendees to make more informed decisions when considering utilization of geomechanics and how to communicate the value that it can bring to their asset. The relevance of geomechanics for central and eastern Australian unconventional plays will also be addressed.

Course Objectives

The objective for this course is to address the following questions:

• What can geomechanics do for me?
• What is the value that geomechanics can bring to unconventional resource plays and what are its applications?
• How does geomechanics link geology, geophysics and engineering?
• What are the requirements for applying geomechanics to unconventional plays?
• How can geomechanics help across the unconventional plays of central and eastern Australia?

Course Contents

What is value?
What problems can geomechanics address across Australian unconventional plays?
How does geomechanics link to geophysics and reservoir behavior?
Definitions: stress, strain and pressure
Components of a geomechanical model
Mechanical stratigraphy
Constraining stress magnitudes
Incorporating anisotropy
Calibrating stress models
Data requirements for building geomechanical models
Predicting reservoir behavior away from well control
Correlations with behavior vs predicting behavior
Which geomechanical model: 1D, 3D or 4D?
Controls on geomechanical model accuracy
Using rock physics and seismic data for geomechanics
Applying geomechanical models to unconventional problems
Improving production or finding “Sweet Spots”
Optimizing hydraulic fracturing
Horizontal drilling
Identifying fracture permeability
Avoiding casing shear and preventing induced seismicity
Optimizing ROP and drill bit selection
Geomechanical Application to Australian unconventional plays
Play by play review of current challenges
Relevant geomechanical applications

Who Should Come ?

This program is suitable for geologists, geophysicists and engineers who desire a greater understanding of the value that geomechanics can bring to unconventional resource plays.


• This is a theoretical course and is software independent.
• Presented slides will be provided in printed format.
• Does not include practical exercises.