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URTeC SC-12 | Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventionals Completions

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for asset team members (geoscientists as well as engineers) who want to know more about geomechanics and hydraulic fracturing for Unconventionals as well as their integration within the asset team environment.


  • Understanding of the key concepts of stress and deformation in rocks
  • Understanding of the critical role of pore pressure and effective stress on rock behavior
  • Review of the critical geomechanics components/inputs for hydraulic fracturing
  • Understanding of the critical geomechanical inputs for hydraulic fracturing in Unconventionals

Course Content

Geomechanics – in both completions and drilling operations – has become a critical technology in the development of Unconventional Plays. This course presents the basics of oil field geomechanics and its application to unconventional developments, specifically, the role of stress, pore pressure, mechanical properties, and natural fractures on hydraulic fracturing operations.

The first portion of the course will focus on the fundamentals of oil field geomechanics including stress, mechanical properties, and failure. The latter part of the course will focus on hydraulic fracturing for Unconventional Resources with an emphasis on the characterization, geomechanics, modeling, and field aspects of Unconventionals hydraulic fracturing (hydraulic fracturing in heterogeneous rock masses with the presence of discontinuities and weakness planes).


40 People
0.8 Credits


  • Printed Course Material
  • 1-day course with lecture
  • Access to SPE's Learning Management System
  • Class exercises and discussion
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch




URTeC SC-12 | Critical Geomechanics Concepts and Applications to Unconventionals Completions
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States


Neal Nagel
Neal Nagel Chief Engineer OilField Geomechanics, LLC, USA
Marisela Sanchez-Nagel
Marisela Sanchez-Nagel President OilField Geomechanic, LLC