Questions, Answers, and Challenges in Mudrock Systems Research: Technologies and Applications for Shale Reservoir Successions

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Workshop Description
Although extremely abundant in the Earth's crust, mudrocks (shales and mudstones) are poorly understood relative to conventional reservoir systems. And importantly, mudrocks are not readily or accurately characterized by conventional methodologies. A key part of meaningful mudrock research is challenging existing dogma regarding shale analysis techniques and interpretation.

This one-day workshop will present evolving research findings based on integrated studies of outcrops, subsurface cores and geophysical data from the Barnett Shale and related mudrocks. The program will include oral and core/poster presentations and discussions of the major issues and challenges to characterization, interpretation and modeling of organic-rich mudrocks (black shales) as specifically applied to shale gas systems.

Workshop presenters are part of a Bureau of Economic Geology research team engaged in a wide range of integrated, multi-disciplinary research on shale systems. The workshop is also the launch of a new Bureau of Economic Geology consortium on mudrock research, the Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MRSL). Bureau researchers will outline the structure and scope of the program and provide details about how interested companies can become consortium sponsors.

Who Should Attend
Geologists, engineers, and managers who desire to develop a better understanding of the geological, mechanical, and chemical character of mudrock systems and how mudrock attributes vary in the context of gas shale reservoir exploitation.
Registration and morning refreshments
Introduction to Mudrock Research Programs at the Bureau of   Economic Geology: Eric Potter
Inter- and intrabasinal variations in mudrock properties: causes, significance, and challenges: Steve Ruppel
Approaches to understanding the geology of shale-gas systems: Example from the Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin: Bob Loucks
Lithologic heterogeneity in mudrocks and techniques for characterization: Kitty Milliken
Clay fabric anisotropy in mudrocks: cause and effect: Ruarri Day-Stirrat
Nanoscale imaging: implications for mudrock porosity: Rob Reed
Tracking the evolution of geomechanical properties of mudrocks with time: relevance for fracture formation: Julia Gale
Lunch and core viewing
Geochemical Constraints on the Deposition of Organic-Rich Devonian-Mississippian Mudstones: Harry Rowe
Summary of Engineering issues in mudrock systems: Fred Wang
Shale gas characterization and fluid flow modeling: Farzam Javadpour
Gas Geochemistry in Shale Gas Exploration and Production: Tongwei Zhang
Structure and Funding of the Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory: Steve Ruppel and team
Workshop includes morning refreshments and lunch. Each attendee will receive a handout containing copies of presentation materials and a list of recent publications.
For more information, contact Steve Ruppel at  or 512-471-2965.
November 20th, 2008 8:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
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