By Mary Ellsion, Geologist
Last week I attended the American Association of Petroleum Geologist’s Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting, held in Denver. The theme of the conference was “Cracking the Source” and many of the technical sessions were focused on unconventional source rocks, structure, and stratigraphy. Because the conference was held in Denver, most of the discussions focused on nearby plays, such as the Bakken in the Williston Basin or the Niobrara in the Denver Basin. I listened in on a very interesting presentation by David Thul on the maturity of the Bakken Shale, and particularly the differences in TOC and thermal maturity between the Upper and Lower Bakken. This information is particularly useful for oil and gas operators because the Upper and Lower Bakken and even the Three Forks have been lumped together, but they actually have very distinct total organic carbon content and thermal maturity. Understanding the differences between these targets allows operators to make more informed decisions about drilling strategies and completion techniques.
There were also several presentations on the controls of porosity, the types of porosity in the Eagle Ford Shale and Completions Evaluation. My presentation, titled “Completions Optimization in the Eagle Ford Shale” was received very well and was particularly relevant given the topic of the technical session (Advanced Technologies for Visualization and Completion). Preceding my presentation was a case study presented by Newfield Energy correlating microseismic monitoring with other completion techniques such as tracer data. Jon McKenna in the MicroSeismic Denver office also presented on our completions evaluation workflow, and how the workflow can help our customers efficiently optimize completions and save money. Overall the presentation was well received and we had many inquiries about our Completions Evaluation services.
For more information on the topics that were presented by MicroSeismic at AAPG click here.
Lastly, stay tuned for an exciting announcement from MicroSeismic happening next week!