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URTeC SC-10 | Integrated Geologic, Seismic, Geomechanics, and Reservoir Engineering Characterization and Flow Simulation in Fractured Reservoirs

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

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

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Who Should Attend

This class is ideally suited for integrated teams working on characterization, modeling, and flow simulation of naturally fractured conventional and unconventional reservoirs: geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, simulation engineers, and geomodelers.


Natural fractures may be conductive in conventional reservoirs or may become conductive after hydraulic stimulation in unconventional reservoirs. This course addresses these concepts by examining datasets from both conventional and unconventional systems and presenting workflows to construct naturally-fractured reservoir models. Particular attention is given to the use and calibration of 3D seismic attributes, sound stratigraphic and structural frameworks, and geomechanical information. Models and concepts are examined in the context of how they impact fluid flow, reservoir simulation results, field production, and forecast. This course will present the workflows that have been developed along with spreadsheet-based exercises to solidify concepts. The course provides in-depth presentations and discussions of the models presented.

Course Content

This class is designed to provide concepts and workflows for geoscientists and reservoir engineers that are constructing reservoir models of naturally fractured conventional and unconventional reservoirs. The breadth of subject matter is wide but is designed to be applicable to all disciplines regardless of years of experience. 

Participants are required to bring their laptop to class for spreadsheet-based exercises.

Course Outline

  • Naturally fractured reservoirs: overview and concepts
  • Impact of natural fractures on reservoir performance: overview
  • Dual continuum model for flow simulation: definitions and data input
  • The value of outcrop analogs for subsurface characterization
  • Discrete (DFN) vs continuum natural fracture models for reservoir simulation
  • Seismic properties for natural fracture characterization
  • Natural fractures quality: geomechanics review
  • Putting it all together: Integration of outcrop, geomechanics, and seismic for improved modeling of scenarios and flow simulation in unconventional reservoirs


30 People
0.8 Credits


  • Zoom and Absorb through SEG On Demand. Participants will need to create an SEG account (free at this will give you access to course materials, quiz and CEU certificate.
  • Downloadable PDF course notes, spreadsheet-based exercises, and access to SEG On Demand




URTeC SC-10 | Integrated Geologic, Seismic, Geomechanics, and Reservoir Engineering Characterization and Flow Simulation in Fractured Reservoirs
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States


Reinaldo Michelena
Reinaldo Michelena Seispetro Geoconsulting, USA

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