Geological Analysis of Faulted and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

designed for

geologists, geophysicists and engineers working with faulted and fractured (or fracture-enhanced) reservoirs


to understand the effect of brittle deformation on fluid flow at the reservoir scale, and impact on well performance


4 days (field course, including travel); 2 days (classroom only)


14 (max - field course); 20 (max - classroom course)


Great Falls, Montana (ground travel round trip from Calgary), or can be run as 2-day classroom course at other locations

course description

This course includes lectures, exercise and practical case studies but also emphasizes excellent field examples of naturally fractured reservoirs. Topics covered include:

• stress and strain controls on fracture development

• modes of fracture propagation and deformation band development

• relationship of fractures to folds and other larger-scale structures

• tools for detection, analysis and prediction of fractures and deformation zones

• impact of fractures and deformation zones on fluid flow in reservoirs and reserve estimation

• relevance of natural fractures and their stress environment for induced fractures

• natural fractures and unconventional plays

• case studies of fractured reservoirs

• examine regional fracture systems and fractures associated with local compressional structures in the foothills and plains of Montana

Elements of this course can be combined with “Hydrocarbon Exploration in Fold-Thurst Belts”

instruction costs

• please refer to the courses brochure

• there will be additional instruction costs for courses held outside N. America and Europe


additional costs

(to be determined based on current prices, number of participants, etc):

• accommodation and meals for instructors in the field

• reproduction costs for course manual and exercises if not provided by the client

• vehicle rental, fuel, accommodation and meals for participants


materials in this course are licensed from EnCana Corporation



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