C&P: "Fracturing and Refracturing Insights from Microseismic Geomechanics"

Speaker Mark Mack
Dr. Mack is General Manager of Itasca Houston, and Geomechanics Director for IMaGE. He has more than 25 years of experience in geomechanics and hydraulic fracture simulation.  Mark has a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, M.S. and Ph.D. in Geomechanics from the University ...

Dr. Mack is General Manager of Itasca Houston, and Geomechanics Director for IMaGE. He has more than 25 years of experience in geomechanics and hydraulic fracture simulation.  Mark has a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, M.S. and Ph.D. in Geomechanics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. 


Mark worked for Itasca for a few years before joining Schlumberger where he spent 22 years working on various aspects of hydraulic fracturing, including developing hydraulic fracture models and applying geomechanics to microseismic measurements. He was the Vice President of Engineering at an advanced ceramic proppant company for two years before rejoining Itasca at the beginning of 2015.


Mark has authored or co-authored approximately 30 technical papers and three book chapters.

Full Description

Microseismic data has been used to qualitatively assess hydraulic fracture geometry for two decades.  Recently, geomechanics has begun to be used to integrate the inelastic microseismic displacements with the large-scale hydraulic fracture displacements.  This provides a much better understanding of the geometry of the hydraulic fracture network.  Model predictions of microseismic activity can be compared with field data to calibrate geomechanical fracture models, estimate key metrics such as fracture geometry, proppant placement and refracture diversion efficiency, and demonstrate the effect of changed completion and stimulation practices such as stage and cluster spacing, fluid types, pump rates and proppant schedules.

Organizer Shree Krishna

When?

Wed, Mar. 23, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Norris Conference Center – Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102
Houston, Texas 77042
United States

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