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Dr. Bin Luo: Near-field Strain of Microseismic Events in Downhole DAS Data

  • Session: DAS 1, Monitoring in Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Date: September 27
  • Time: 11:10am-11:35am
  • Virtual oral presentation

Dr. Ali Tura: Climate Change, the Energy Industry, and the Role of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

  • Session: Recent Advances & the Road Ahead: Geophysics for New Energy Applications
  • Date: September 27
  • Time: 1:20pm – 2:10pm
  • In-person oral presentation

Youfang Liu: Convolutional Neural Network for Guided-Wave Energy Identification in Microseismic DAS Data

  • Session: BG 1, Advances in Borehole Geophysical Methods 1
  • Date: September 27
  • Time: 1:45pm – 2:10p
  • Virtual oral presentation

Xiaoyu Zhu: Analysis of Cross-well Fracture Hits in DJ Basin, Colorado using Low-Frequency DAS Data

  • Session: DAS P1, Reservoir Characterization and Low-Frequency Distributed Acoustic Sensing
  • Date: September 27
  • Time: 1:45pm – 2:10pm
  • In-person poster presentation

Dr. Frantisek Stanek: Reservoir Characterization Using DAS Microseismic Events

  • Session: DAS P1, Reservoir Characterization and Low-Frequency Distributed Acoustic Sensing
  • Date: September 27
  • Time: 2:10pm – 2:35 pm
  • In-person poster presentation

Harrison Schumann: Near-wellbore Hydraulic Fracture Connectivity Inferred by Tube Waves in DAS Perf Shot Records

  • Session: BG 1, Advances in Borehole Geophysical Methods 1
  • Date: September 27
  • Time: 3:40pm – 4:05pm
  • Virtual oral presentation

Dr. Ali Tura: Joint PP/PS Inversion

  • Session: AVOSI 2 Algorithms, Methodology, and Case Studies 2
  • Date: September 28
  • Time: 10:20am – 10:45am
  • In-person oral presentation

Liwei Cheng: Bayesian Inversion for Rock Composition and Petrophysical Endpoints in Multimineral Analysis

  • Session: RP P3, Application 1
  • Date: September 29
  • Time: 9:15am – 9:40am
  • In-person poster presentation

 Dr. Yanrui Ning: A Machine Learning-based New MVA Workflow to Find Correlations in Complex Datasets Applied to Fracture Diagnostics

  • Session: MLDA P6, Modeling and Other Applications 1
  • Date: September 29
  • Time: 9:15am – 9:40am
  • In-person poster presentation

Anna Titova: Empirical Analysis of Compressive Sensing Reconstruction Using the Curvelet Transform: SEAM Barrett Model

  • Session: ACQ P2, Developments in Acquisition 1
  • Date: September 29
  • Time: 10:45am – 11:10am
  • In-person poster presentation

Anna Titova: Two-stage Sampling – A Novel Approach for Compressive Sensing Seismic Acquisition

  • Session: ACQ P2
  • Date: September 29
  • Time: 10:20am – 10:45am
  • In-person poster presentation
 
 

2021 GRADUATE Nurbol Bekbossinov

MS Geophysics

 Where are you from? I was born in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is a second capital of my country with weather and terrain similar to Colorado. However, my true ancestry comes from a region called Mangystau, the city of Aktau, which is located in Western Kazakhstan near the Caspian Sea.

What work did you do at Mines? I was an MS student in Petroleum Engineering Department working on integrated project with RCP for Phase XVIII Chalk Bluff Project. From an engineering discipline perspective, I worked on interpreting the diagnostic fracture injection test (DFIT) data to acquire the refined in-situ matrix permeability, large treatment stages with and without the pressure falloff data, pressure-and rate-transient analysis, and evaluation of production data for bottomhole pressure conversion using conventional techniques.

What are your plans after graduation? I plan on finishing up my graduate degree in August of Summer 2021 semester. After this I will be extensively seeking some job opportunities here in the US with purpose of applying my knowledge and getting field-based experience.

2021 GRADUATE Ali Downard

MS Geophysics

Where are you from? Paw Paw, Michigan

What work did you do at Mines? Characterization of faults and natural fractures in the Niobrara and Codell formations of the Denver Basin in northern Colorado using 3D seismic and image log interpretations.

What are your plans after graduation? I will be moving to Houston to work as an earth scientist in the Clastic Stratigraphy group at Chevron.

2021 GRADUATE Owen Huff

 

MS Geophysics

Where are you from? I am from Macomb, Illinois

What work did you do at Mines? At Mines I did research on DAS microseismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing. I developed a method that can be used to analyze guided wave amplitudes for different unconventional reservoirs and receiver positions, and I developed an algorithm that uses guided wave strength to classify microseismic events that occur in a target reservoir.

What are your plans after graduation? I will be doing a summer internship at Freeport-McMoRan in data science, and then searching for a full time job as a data scientist or geophysicist.

2021 GRADUATE Balnur Mindygaliyeva

MS Geophysics

 

2021 GRADUATE Harrison Schumann

 

MS Geophysics

Where are you from? I am from San Antonio, Texas

What work did you do at Mines? I worked on the Chalk Bluff project and the main focus of my master’s thesis was on new applications of fiber optic sensing and machine learning in unconventional fields.

What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I will be working for Chevron in Houston, Texas.

THE COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES GEOPHYSICS DEPARTMENT IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AN ONLINE PETROLEUM GEOPHYSICS CERTIFICATE

The Petroleum Geophysics Certificate fills the gap between a graduate degree and an industry course. It is taught by industry-renowned Mines faculty with vast experience in the technical areas. Fully on-line, deployed world-wide, and with Mines course credits, this certificate can be extremely valuable for the individual and for any company that wants an in-depth education for staff and management at an exceptional value.  https://online.mines.edu/pg/

Sponsors selected a reservoir characterization project in the northern DJ Basin, Colorado, operated by HighPoint Resources, as the new field research project for 2019-2021. Please contact RCP if you wish to join the consortium for Phase 18, which began July 1, 2019.

Hart Energy featured an article covering RCP’s Spring Sponsor Meeting.  Check out this link to learn more. 

 

Congratulations to Owen Huff on receiving Honorable Mention for Best Paper in The Leading Edge in 2020 for his paper “Validating the origin of microseismic events in target reservoir using guided waves recorded by DAS”.

(https://doi.org/10.1190/tle39110776.1)

Due to the special velocity structure of the Eagle Ford formation, only the microseismic events inside or close to the reservoir excite strong guided wave energy, which DAS can capture and identify. This method differentiates events that are most related to stimulation and production, significantly reducing event location uncertainty. This method also makes it feasible to use a single straight fiber to locate the microseismic events significant to Eagle Ford optimization. 

Owen defended his Master’s thesis in May 2021 and became a proud RCP alumnus. We wish him great success in his future career!

 

Dr. Ali Tura will be presenting “Unconventional SIG:  Climate Change, the Energy Industry, and the Role of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage” on May 6th at the Geophysical Society of Houston Luncheon Webinar. Registration link HERE

Dr. Tura presented “Climate change, the energy industry, and the role of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage” at the February DGS Luncheon Webinar. Abstract and information can be found HERE

Congratulations to RCP alum Adam Tuppen, whose MS thesis “Nine-component seismic amplitude inversion: A case study in the Eagle Ford shale,” won first place in the Halliburton Landmark Earth model competition for 2019. Adam was advised by Prof. Jim Simmons.

Dr. Ali Tura, director of the RCP, discusses innovations in geophysics in an article published in AAPG Explorer. Check out the article here.