4D Coupled Reservoir Geomechanics Modeling for Optimal Field Management

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This 1-day course will introduce coupled reservoir geomechanics, consequences of depletion and injection including reservoir compaction, overburden movement, subsidence, caprock integrity, and fault re-activation. Case studies on implementation of coupled reservoir geomechanics and applications of this technology to address a range of field issues and optimize field management will be presented and discussed.
Coupled geomechanics modeling is required for investigating and quantifying the full 3D nature of the in-situ stresses pore pressure and rock properties and their spatial variation. This enables the complex subsurface conditions and properties through the overburden and reservoir to be modeled and evaluated, and then used in subsequent geomechanics analyses, well planning, and reservoir management. Pore pressure and stress changes (which will occur in both the overburden and reservoir) due to injection, production, and depletion can be quantified and forward modeled. The coupling of the petrophysics to the geomechanics means that dynamic reservoir behavior can also be modeled and investigated. Applications of such 4D modeling and fully coupled analyses include well planning, wellbore stability, completion design, stimulation, injection, waste and CO2 disposal, reservoir engineering, 4D seismic, reservoir compaction, subsidence, fault activation and induced seismicity.

Why Attend?

Learn how solutions can be developed to mitigate/manage potential associated field problems for optimizing field management.

Who Should Attend

Reservoir engineers, production engineers/technologists, geologists, geomechanics engineers, drilling/completions/well construction engineers and stimulation engineers wishing to expand their knowledge in the discipline of geomechanics and its impact on completions and field behavior.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Chee Phuat Tan is Schlumberger’s geomechanics advisor based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has more than 25 years of experience in petroleum geomechanics, in particular wellbore-centric and reservoir geomechanics, and drilling fluid-shale interaction. Chee Tan’s education includes a BS degree in engineering (with first class honors in civil engineering) and a PhD in geomechanics, both obtained at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has authored/coauthored more than 400 technical publications and has served on the technical program committees of numerous SPE and rock mechanics conferences and workshops. He has also served as special faculty member of the School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, the University of Oklahoma and as member of Graduate School Thesis Examining Committee, University of Minnesota School of Civil Engineering.