Fundamentals of Geomechanics in Thermal Operation
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When: Tuesday December 3-2019
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: GLJ Boardroom
4100, 3 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2R 0G8
Contact: Jill Sugars

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Workshop: Fundamentals of Geomechanics in Thermal Operation

By: Erfan Sarvaramini, PhD

Geomechanical effects in thermal operations can be significant due to the shear dilation/fracturing of the rocks from the thermally induced stresses. This often leads to modification of the fluid transport properties, such as formation permeability and porosity affecting the well performance.

In this workshop, the fundamentals of geomechanics in thermal operation will be presented. The first part of the workshop will focus on fundamentals of the reservoir geomechanics concepts, e.g., general elasticity stress and deformation, stress representation and transformation through Mohr’s Circle, tectonic stresses and geologic structures, rock geomechancial properties, elastic and plastic behaviour, and failure in geomaterials. In the second part of the workshop, the fundamentals of geomechanics in thermal operations will be reviewed. An in-depth analysis of the phenomena leading to the thermally induced stresses and dilation, thermal heave, and cap rock integrity during the heating and cooling processes will be presented.

Who should attend:

All professionals from oil and gas industry including engineers, geologists, and geophysicists who require the fundamentals of the geomechanics are encouraged to attend. This workshop requires no prior background and knowledge of geomechanics.


Dr. Erfan Sarvaramini is a hydraulic fracturing and reservoir geomechanics expert at GLJ Petroleum Consultants. Erfan holds a Ph.D. degree in Geomechanical Engineering with on a focus on the hydraulic fracturing (HF) modeling and characterization of tight hydrocarbon reservoirs in Western Canada. For the past 10 years, Erfan has been employed in the development of novel simulation technologies for characterizing geomechanical behavior of hydraulically stimulated reservoirs and deep underground wastewater disposals for a variety of academic and research organizations and has also been employed as a petroleum engineering instructor. Erfan has presented his contribution to professionals in the field of geomechanics and hydraulic fracturing at over forty international conferences and has authored several journal articles in a number of internationally recognized journals.


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