The SPWLA Permian Basin Chapter



Luncheon and Learn

 Tuesday, October 29, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

"Elevating geomechanical understanding in hybrid reservoirs"

Dave Cannon, Diamondback Energy, Senior Vice President of Geoscience and Technology

Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room

 (3600 N Garfield, See Map)


The Cost Is $30 Members, $35 Non-Members 
No RSVP Necessary 
Pay at the door with cash, check or credit card

Sponsorships are Available - Contact 
PermianBasin at spwla.org


Abstract:

The Permian Basin has seen explosive production growth from a portfolio of reservoirs exploited through modern horizontal extraction techniques. Most of industry and those peering inside call the Wolfcampian and Leonardian reservoirs unconventional, but they are better described as hybrid reservoirs. Hybrid reservoirs usually are a stacked succession of organically rich, siliceous mudstones and siliceous or carbonaceous detrital rocks with fair to poor reservoir quality. In addition to the vertical heterogeneity, laterally reservoir properties can change and structural fabric is present in varying degrees. The present-day fabric of these reservoirs is complex and likely defines the variability we see in production results. To assess this variability, especially in geomechanical properties, we must utilize more robust measurement techniques to properly characterize the subsurface.
This work will demonstrate how Diamondback has assessed this heterogeneity through a robust geomechanical sampling and measurement protocol. It involves upscaling the facies analysis to geomechanically significant facies. Additionally, a present-day stress field orienting effort involving high definition CT scanning and high quality, wellbore-based imaging was done. Combining these initial efforts, it contextualized the next effort which included multiple oriented samples to assess geomechanical properties in multiple confining environments. Static/dynamic, load frame tests at reservoir temperature were conducted along with a tensile strength testing. Finally, bulk compressibility, Biot coefficient, fracture toughness, and fracture conductivity testing of a rough-walled shear fracture were conducted to round out the suite of geomechanical testing. Mineralogy and petrophysical values were also ascertained on sample husks to determine textural effects on geomechanical properties. The results of all this testing a better overall understanding of the subsurface condition that we interact with and provide better contextual information for stimulation modeling.

Biography:
Mr. Cannon is Senior Vice President, Geoscience and Technology at Diamondback Energy in Midland, TX and has been in the petroleum industry since 2007. Prior to his current tenure at Diamondback Energy, David has held positions at ConocoPhillips, Samson Resources, and Newfield Exploration. He has experience in most active unconventional basins throughout the L48 and North America. Plays that he has worked on include the Cretaceous unconventional targets within the intermontane basins of the Rockies, the Bakken, the Marcellus, the SCOOP/STACK trend, the “Eaglebine” in ETX, and the entire stratigraphic column in the Permian Basin. He is an active member in AAPG, GSA, SEG, AGU, SPE, and ARMA. His passion and formal education centers around structural geology and geomechanics, particularly fracture mechanics. He graduated from Penn State University in 2008 with a MS degree in Geoscience with a focus on Structural Geology.

The Permian Basin Chapter of SPWLA

Next Meeting: To Be Determined
Monthly Meetings: 4th Tuesday of Most Months
More Information:  Contact an Officer Below

President: Accepting Applicants
Vice President of Technology: Amine Chenaf (AChenaf at concho.com)
Secretary: Alexis Iwasiw (Alexis.Iwasiw at Cordax.com)
Webmaster: Zach Mueller (Zach.Mueller at ApacheCorp.com)  
Treasurer: Ross Klabon (Ross.Klabon at Weatherford.com)
PermianBasin at spwla.org


Luncheon and Learn

 Monday, September 16, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

"Core-based Measurement for Improved Petrophysical Assessment and Hydraulic Fracture Design"

Abhijit Mitra, Geomechanics Consultant at MetaRock Laboratories

Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room

 (3600 N Garfield, See Map)



  
The Cost Is $30 Members, $35 Non-Members 
No RSVP Necessary 
Pay at the door with cash, check or credit card

Sponsorships are Available - Contact 
PermianBasin at spwla.org


Abstract:

The Permian Basin is one of the prolific hydrocarbon-producing regions in the world, containing numerous vertically stacked producing intervals. Off late, operators are moving into “factory/tank”-style field development strategy to optimize production. However, the geology presents some unique challenges ranging from rapidly changing geology, presence of thin-bed, to variable pore pressure gradient. Failing to address these challenges may lead to significant uncertainties in petrophysical evaluation, well interference and ultimately impacting producibility. High-performance computing and advanced analytical techniques permit operators building high-quality geomodel via integrating field measurement, seismic and sonic data, and core measurement. The quality of core based geomechanics and petrophysical measurement is not only crucial for success of modeling effort but also for better understanding of the hydraulic fracturing process, fluid flow behavior, well and stage placement and landing target identification. This talk highlights some key core-based measurements to understand permeability and its variation with stress, mechanical and poroelastic behavior of rock and variability of insitu horizontal stress.

We begin with introducing technique for measurements of matrix and fracture permeability. We present results on samples obtained from Permian and other producing reservoir and how they are impacted by fabric and composition. We also present a recently developed method to clean the plug to obtain the absolute matrix permeability. Following this, we briefly touch upon static and dynamic mechanical property measurement that honors reservoir heterogeneity and anisotropy. We then demonstrate how the measurements can be scaled up to build a well-centric geomodel including insitu stress profile. Finally, we identify the importance of poroelasticity in hydraulic fracture design and present a laboratory technique for measurement of poroelastic coefficient. We conclude with presenting an example of well-centric geomodel building for the region.


Biography:
Abhijit Mitra is currently with MetaRock Laboratories as a Geomechanics Consultant. Previously, he was with Schlumberger and New England Research. He has more than nine years of experience in upstream oil and gas industry and his area of expertise includes experimental geomechanics and flow through porous media. He published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and taught geomechanics short-courses at American Rock Mechanics Association and SPWLA annual conferences. He also chaired technical sessions at URTec and American Rock Mechanics Association annual conferences and reviewed manuscripts for these conferences as well as for SPE Journal and Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. He also serves as webmaster for SPE Geomechanics Technical Section. He received BS and MS in Mining Engineering from India and PhD in Engineering Science from Southern Illinois University.

 

The Permian Basin Chapter of SPWLA

Next Meeting: To Be Determined
Monthly Meetings: 4th Tuesday of Most Months
More Information:  Contact an Officer Below

President: Ron Kenny (Ronald_Kenny at EOGResources.com)
Vice President of Technology: Amine Chenaf (AChenaf at concho.com)
Secretary: Alexis Iwasiw (Alexis.Iwasiw at Cordax.com)
Webmaster: Zach Mueller (Zach.Mueller at ApacheCorp.com)  
Treasurer: Ross Klabon (Ross.Klabon at Weatherford.com)
PermianBasin at spwla.org

 

August 27th Social

SPWLA Short Course

 Tuesday, June 11, 2019

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room
 (3600 N Garfield, See Map)


The Cost Is $125.00 
No RSVP Necessary 
Pay at the door with cash, check or credit card

The course will focus on introducing basic tool theory and petrophysical concepts.  The schedule for the course is below:


May 28th Social

Luncheon and Learn

 Tuesday, April 30, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

"Realistic and rapid workflows for acquiring lateral log-type data from cutting samples"

Presented by Milly Wright, Director of Operations for Chemostrat

Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room
 (3600 N Garfield, See Map)


  
The Cost Is $35 
No RSVP Necessary 
Pay at the door with cash, check or credit card

Sponsorships are Available - Contact 
PermianBasin at spwla.org


Abstract:

Realistic and rapid workflows for acquiring lateral log-type data from cutting samples

With the continued importance of enhancing production from unconventional plays there is an on-going need to acquire petrophysical data from laterals wells. Traditionally, such data are acquired using lateral-logs, but in the factory-drilling mode of the unconventional plays today, running logs in laterals is prohibitive in terms of cost and time. However, the type of data logs provide are still needed, but they need to be gathered quickly and without significant additional cost – how to achieve this?

The workflow outlined here measures mineralogy, TOC, RHOB, RHOM and porosity, thereby enabling calculation of rock mechanical moduli. These data are gathered on cuttings samples that have been linked to MWD Gamma to ensure formation representivity. The advantages of this approach are low cost and low risk, but clearly the disadvantage is the lower resolution than comparable data from logs.

The presentation graphically demonstrate the workflow from receipt of sample, though preparation and analysis to output and integration will be graphically demonstrated. Examples of output from the Permian Basin will be shown, together with comparisons to the same data gathered in more traditional ways.

Lateral-log type data from cuttings samples in lateral wells are provided within days at a fraction of the cost of running logs and without the associated risks and logistics. Therefore, it is a realistic and real alternative to running logs that provide fit-for-purpose data.

Biography:
Milly has spent the last 15+ years working the field of chemostratigraphy and bulk elemental analyses, and as Director of Operations for Chemostrat Inc, in Houston has studied elemental datasets and their interpretations in wide variety of depositional environments and plays all over the world. Milly is originally from the U.K. and graduated with her undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Leicester in 2000, she then completed her master’s degree in geology from University of Houston in 2010. Her graduate research largely focused on identifying facies and provenance changes using an integrated chemostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic approach in the Ferron Sandstone, Utah. Over the last few years Milly’s research has predominantly focused on resource plays, regularly presenting at local and national conferences. Outside of work Milly spends her time on the dance floor and is an experienced ballroom and latin dancer.

 

The Permian Basin Chapter of SPWLA

Next Meeting: To Be Determined
Monthly Meetings: 4th Tuesday of Most Months
More Information:  Contact an Officer Below

President: Ron Kenny (Ronald_Kenny at EOGResources.com)
Vice President of Technology: Amine Chenaf (AChenaf at concho.com)
Secretary: Alexis Iwasiw (Alexis.Iwasiw at Cordax.com)
Webmaster: Zach Mueller (Zach.Mueller at ApacheCorp.com)  
Treasurer: Ross Klabon (Ross.Klabon at Weatherford.com)
PermianBasin at spwla.org