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

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Friday, 24 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 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).

Why Attend

Integration is key to Unconventional developments, and geomechanics, which spans multiple disciplines, can be a useful framework for integration. This course will provide both the basics of geomechanics as well as detailed applications for Unconventionals that will enhance the attendee’s ability to improve the integration within their Unconventional team.


40 People
0.4 Credits




  • Access to virtual Classroom via Microsoft Teams
  • Access to SPE's Learning Management System
  • Class exercises and discussion"

Technical Requirements

  • Personal Computer
  • High-Speed Internet Connection
  • Search Engine (Google preferred)


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

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