Geomechanics for Effective Shale Gas Exploitation

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course explains the essential aspects of geomechanics in shale gas. It offers a unified approach that combines the theoretical, laboratory and field aspects of exploring unconventional reservoirs. Case histories are used to reinforce the concepts.

Topics Include:

  • Predicting pore pressure, wellbore stability and hydraulic fracturing
  • Evaluating shale heterogeneity
  • Tight Rock Analysis (TRA) and scratch testing
  • Estimating anisotropic parameters using acoustic azimuthal measurements
  • Critical elements of an effective stimulation program
  • The influence of natural fractures on fracturing
  • Successful shale completion strategy and best practices

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Geomechanics plays a critical role in successfully optimizing shale gas exploitation. This course will help you make better field development and operational decisions.

Who Should Attend

This course is for engineers, geoscientists, and technologists involved in exploration, drilling, completions, and production in unconventional reservoirs.


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

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