Fundamentals of Pore Pressure Prediction and Petroleum Geomechanics

Drilling and Completions Reservoir Description and Dynamics Production and Operations Management and Information


The safe drilling of wells requires a detailed pre-drill prediction of pore pressures, fracture gradients and potential wellbore instability. Accurate pore pressure and fracture gradient prediction is vital for several aspects of well planning, such as casing and cementing design, as well as the prevention of potentially disastrous kicks, losses and blowouts. Furthermore, wellbore instability and associated events, such as pack-offs and stuck pipe, are regarded as the largest cause of non-productive time in expensive deep-water drilling operations. Thus, wellbore stability, pore pressure and fracture gradient analysis represents a key part in reducing drilling costs and optimizing drilling, both in the planning and operational stages of drilling a well. Knowledge of petroleum geomechanics and pore pressure prediction techniques is particularly important in the Asia-Pacific region, which is characterized by complicated geology, active tectonics, variable and often high-magnitude stress states and anomalous and severe overpressures.

Dr Tingay will present a two-day intensive course on the fundamentals of pore pressure prediction and petroleum geomechanics, with a particular focus on examples and applications in the Asia-Pacific region, especially Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Australia. This course will cover the fundamentals of pore pressure measurement, overpressure generation, overpressure analysis, and pore pressure prediction in order to provide attendees with an understanding of the core components of pore pressure prediction in the region. The course will then examine the basics of wellbore geomechanics, including stress, strain and rock failure, stress determination for petroleum data, prediction of fracture gradient and wellbore collapse pressures from log data and the application of geomechanics in the oil-patch.

Course agenda (pdf)

Learning Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

  • Knowledge of applications and implications of pore pressure information in exploration and production
  • Gain insights from case studies on projects within Asia Pacific
  • Understand the region’s seismic and geology data for a more optimised drilling and well planning

Who Should Attend

Suitable for petroleum professionals that are generally unfamiliar with pore pressure and petroleum geomechanics and is of particular relevance to drilling engineers, reservoir engineers and petroleum geoscientists


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Mark Tingay has over 13 years’ experience in overpressure analysis, pore pressure prediction and petroleum geomechanics. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘In Situ Stress and Overpressures of Brunei Darussalam’. Since 2003, Dr Tingay has conducted over 20 industry-based research and consulting projects on a range of petroleum geomechanics and overpressure issues. Dr Tingay has worked world-wide, but with a primary focus on the Asia-Pacific region, including compilation of the first present-day stress map for SE Asian petroleum basins, determination of overpressure origins in Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia and new pore pressure prediction methods for the Gulf of Thailand and NW Borneo. Dr Tingay’s research track record includes publication of over 50 peer-reviewed papers, giving over 100 presentations to conferences, professional society meetings and companies, and providing over 80 media interviews. In 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Early Achievement Award for “significant contributions to geophysics by a scientist under the age of 36”. In 2011 he received a prestigious ‘Young Tall Poppy Science Award’ and was runner-up for South Australian Young Scientist of the Year. Since 2013, Dr Tingay has had the combined roles of Rock Mechanics Research Scientist with Chevron and Adjunct Associate Professor in geomechanics and drilling engineering at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Tingay has extensive experience and training in teaching, having given 12 petroleum industry short-courses for companies (e.g. BP, PETRONAS, PTTEP, Chevron) and professional societies (AAPG, SPE). Furthermore, Dr Tingay has a broad teaching background that includes drilling engineering, petrophysics, wireline logging, structural geology, geophysics, geodynamics, sedimentology, stratigraphy and petroleum geology. In 2011, Dr Tingay received a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) for his experience, knowledge and research into adult education practices.

Dr Tingay’s unique background, research track record and extensive teaching experience make him an ideal presenter for the course material.