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ACE SC 19 | Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

Houston Geological Society (HGS)

Thursday, 6 April – Friday, 7 April 2017, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas, United States

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Who Should Attend

Geoscientists and engineers who need to characterize, assess, and manage naturally fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs. Managers and geoscientists who need a basic understanding of the parameters and important features of fractured reservoirs, and/or who need to optimize data-collection workflows for both exploration and production from fractured reservoirs.


Geologists who take this class will acquire an appreciation of the variety of characteristics of natural fractures. They will learn how to look for and measure subtle fracture characteristics in core, and to assess the important but complementary differences between cores and image logs. Students will learn how different types of fractures can affect permeability systems in reservoirs, as well as considerations for assessing the interaction between natural fractures and hydraulic stimulation fractures.

Course Content

This course is designed to provide the industry geologist and engineer with a working knowledge of fracture characteristics and variability as they affect production in hydrocarbon reservoirs. This is a hands-on, applied course in fracture interpretation, description, analysis, and effects. The two-day course starts with an exercise in which students assess samples of different types of fractured rock and core. We return to these samples half way through the course to show students the salient features that most missed earlier but can now recognize. Other hands-on exercises include assessing fracture strikes in oriented core, assessing fracture distributions and intensities from core data, utilizing our teaching collection of over 50 fracture samples from the outcrop and the subsurface.

Various types of fractures, including regional and structure-related fractures will be discussed, as well as the distributions of fractures in different lithologic and structural settings. The course will also expose students to the characteristics of the most common types of fractures, how to measure and assess fracture populations, and their likely effects on reservoirs. Students will learn to distinguish natural from induced fractures in core, how to determine the reliability of a core-orientation survey, and how reasonable fracture datasets can even be collected from archived, incomplete, un-oriented core. The course includes examples from numerous field and subsurface case studies.

Course outline: Fracture Types and Characteristics; Measurement and Analysis of Fractures in Cores, Logs and Outcrops; Fracture Origins, Mechanics and Predictions; Effects of Fractures in Reservoirs.


Professionals: $795.00

Students: $390.00

Limit: 30 people

Includes: Course notes and refreshments.


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George R. Brown Convention Center
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston Texas 77010
United States
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AAPG Instructor  
FractureStudies LLC, Edgewood, New Mexico
AAPG Instructor  
FractureStudies LLC, Edgewood, New Mexico

Important Notes Regarding Short Courses

  • Short courses are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by full payment.
  • If you do not plan on attending the convention, a US $30 enrollment fee will be added to the short course fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the convention at a later date.
  • A wait list is automatically created if a short course sells out. The AAPG Convention Department will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the course will take place, as courses may be canceled if under-subscribed.
  • Please register well before 23 February. Short course cancellation due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on short courses after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for short courses not canceled, either until they are sold out or closed.


There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.

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