Mark D. Zoback, Stanford University Department of Geophysics
This course encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, earthquake seismology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. To date, over 10,000 people, principally college students and industry professionals, have completed the course. The course considers key issues such as the state of stress, prediction of pore pressure, estimation of hydrocarbon column heights and fault seal potential, determination of optimally stable well trajectories, casing set points and mud
weights, changes in reservoir performance during depletion, and production-induced faulting and subsidence. This is a practical course for geoscientists and engineers in the petroleum and geothermal industries, and for researchers interested in the state of stress and its application to problems of faulting and fluid flow in the crust. The text of the course is Reservoir Geomechanics by Mark Zoback, available from Cambridge University Press and Amazon in print or Electronic versions.
Registration opens February 1, 2020. Course begins February 10, 2020