Module 2: Introduction to Earth Stresses

Recorded On: 11/28/2018

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The focus of this second webinar in the series will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation stress, strain (deformation), and formation pressure have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

Stress and strain will be defined and the critical aspects (e.g., the role of effective stress) of these will be highlighted. Measurement of these in the field will also be presented. In addition, this webinar will touch on the important role that formation pressure – and specifically changes in formation pressure – plays in oilfield geomechanics. The webinar will also touch on the means to predict and measure formation pressures.

To purchase this course as part of the series, go to: Introduction to Petroleum Geomechanics: A Three Part Series.

This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir discipline.  

Dr. Richard Plumb

Principal Consultant, Plumb Geomechanics, LLC

Dr. Plumb is principal consultant at Plumb Geomechanics, LLC and a visiting scholar at Tufts University. He is a globally recognized geoscientist with over 45 years of geomechanics experience worldwide. Previously he worked 29 years for Schlumberger.  He spent 15 years in research helping to develop the science and borehole measurements used to characterize earth stress and rock mechanical properties.  For the next 14 years he led the geomechanics consulting business and the geomechanics technical domain within Schlumberger.

His recent work includes: developing geomechanical models supporting planning and drilling exploration wells drilling in tectonically active regions of Iraq and Peru; mentoring Ph.D. students at M.I.T. and Tufts University and providing geomechanics training. His current interests include: understanding how mineral composition and texture affects the rheology of sedimentary rock and factors that govern the contemporary state of stress in sedimentary basins. 

Dr. Plumb holds a B.A. in Physics and Geology from Wesleyan University, a M.A in Geology from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University.  He holds 6 U.S. patents and has over 70 publications in academic and industry journals.  He is an active member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society or Petroleum Engineers, the American Rock Mechanics Association and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. 

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11/28/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)   |  90 minutes
11/28/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)   |  90 minutes
20 Questions
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits credits  |  Certificate available