Welcome to our fracture studies website. This site details our decades of work with natural fractures and their implications to production. Enjoy and please contact us for additional information.
COURSES, MEETINGS AND BOOKS
UPCOMING SHORT COURSES
Publically offered short courses are listed below. In-house short courses focusing on your company's specific proprietary data, needs and interests are available upon request.
ACE SC01, Writing for the AAPG Bulletin: Having Fun While Avoiding Pitfalls
ACE SC19, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Characterization of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Petroleum Field Camp
Natural Fractures and Production in Different Reservoir Lithologies, Examples and Analogs from the San Juan Basin (New Mexico and Colorado, USA) (N371)
FractureStudies Booth at the April 2-5, 2017 AAPG Annual Convention in Houston
Stop by our booth (#1849) between the poster sessions and the Saudi Aramco booth. We can visit about anything fracture-related and look through a draft of our "Atlas of Natural and Induced Fractures in Core". It is soon to be published and distributed by John Wiley and Sons. A detailed description of the book is in the "Upcoming Books" section below. Many of our friends in industry have helped support this incredible project - To all those many friends please stop by and say hello, we look forward to seeing everyone at the conference. We will also be teaching a post-conference natural fractures short course for AAPG. Dr. Lorenz will also be co-teaching a pre-conference course on technical writing.
Atlas of Natural and Induced Fractures in Core
FractureStudies LLC has submitted the manuscript for this volume to the publisher John Wiley & Sons. A draft copy will be on display at our booth at the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston this April.The atlas contains approximately 650 color photographs and figures, with complete detailed descriptions that illustrate the multitude of natural and induced fractures in core. The atlas is divided into three main sections: 1) Natural Fractures, 2) Induced Fractures, and 3) Artifacts. The natural fractures section highlights extension and shear fractures and various other natural fracture types plus the mineralization (real and false) or dissolution that may alter the surface of these fractures. The induced fractures section details the wide-variety of fractures that can be formed during the drilling and handling processes. This section includes the all-important discussion on how to differentiate natural from induced fractures in core and what induced fractures can be useful for – like determining the orientation of the in situ principal stresses. The last section describes the fascinating artifacts you may come across during a lifetime of logging core.
Recent and Ongoing Fractured Reservoir Analyses
Public and Private Investor Reports - previously published public papers/reports provided through links on the Case Studies/clients webpage. Private reports are available as appropriate through direct contact.
Kurdistan, Iraq – An AAPG presentation on "Fractured Reservoirs of the Shaikan Anticline, Northern Iraq" is a summary of field and core work and is available as a pdf within our FractureStudies database Shaikan Anticline. This is a singular example of some of our work done over multiple years in the Kurdistan region. Additional descriptions and photographs can be found on our FutureStudies/Contact page.
Niobrara Formation: Fracture Types and Distributions – A private-investor report in the development phase – interested and current research participants please coordinate with Dr. Lorenz on project specifics (photos).
Tensleep Formation Fracture Study Compendium – A summary of three and a half years (2007-2010) of field, outcrop and core studies on the Tensleep Formation for the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at the University of Wyoming. The report is available by request at www.eori.uwyo.edu or as a pdf within our FractureStudies database Tensleep Formation Fracture Study Compendium.
Fracture Studies done by John C. Lorenz and Scott P. Cooper provide insight and solutions for:
Why do fracture analyses?
1. The advantages and importance of knowledgeable fracture analysis:
2. Why this fracture-analysis team is unique:
3. Multidisciplinary interactions:
Ten (+) reasons to take core and do all that geology stuff
Aerial photography, and geology of production and analog areas:
List of publications:
Two papers published in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin (one on fractures within the Spraberry Formation the second on a fracture model based on Teapot Dome) are provided here with permission from AAPG as locked PDFs. Additional publications are available through the AAPG at www.aapg.org.
Our publications with the Department of Energy are available through the DOE’s Information Bridge website at www.osti.gov/bridge/. This site provides free public access to all of the DOE’s Scientific and Technical publications.
We provide several of our public-domain reports including nine Multiwell Experiment Project Reports as PDFs in our Fracture Studies/Clients page. We can provide additional articles, papers and reports on request.
Free public access to our DOE reports through:
Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information
Dr. Ahmed Ouenes
FractureStudies has for years co-taught classes on fractured-reservoirs and worked joint projects with Dr. Ahmed Ouenes of FracGeo (www.fracgeo.com). Dr. Ouenes and FracGeo have unique capabilities in fractured-reservoir modeling using Continuous Fracture Networks and are currently breaking new ground in the understanding of the interactions between natural fractures and hydraulic stimulation fractures.
FracGeo LLC, The Woodlands, TX
Deformation Research group at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK www.rdr.leeds.ac.uk
Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at the University of Wyoming
Petroleum Professional Development Center of Midland College
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Wyoming Geological Association (WGA)
Let us provide you the courses, field trips, (all guaranteed to include lunch stops at fall aspen groves) data and/or interpretations to help analyze and produce your teams’ reservoir.