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RECENT NEWS - 2009

FRAC Research meeting set for November 16-17, 2009
The Fracture Research & Application Consortium Research Meeting will be held in Austin at the ROC building on The University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin. Further information on the meeting and an agenda can be found on the Members site. A field trip will visit the central Texas Hill Country on Nov. 18. Contact Steve Laubach or Julia Gale for further information.

New seismic method study
A new study that develops novel diffraction-based methods of detecting fractures and small faults will begin in Fall 2009. The new study will include calibration and testing of the method using realistic fracture patterns derived from geomechanical simulation and from outcrop analogs. The validation and demonstration phase of the project will to the method to practical tests on real seismic data sets and predictions will be tested with core-based verifications techniques. A description of the project is on the Members site. For further information contact Peter Eichhubl.

New Albany shale project underway
A comprehensive study of the New Albany shale is underway. Results from the first research well are currently being analyzed. Reports on core and outcrop studies in the New Albany can be found on the Members site. Contact Julia Gale for more information.

New reports available on tight gas sandstone outcrop analogs
Several thesis projects on tight gas sandstone outcrop analogs have recently been completed. These studies can be found on the Reports page (Current Year) on the Members site.

Hydraulic Fractures in naturally fractured reservoirs
Jon Olson is leading a multi year study of hydraulic fracturing in naturally fractured reservoirs. A description of recent results from the project can be found on the Members site under Reports.

FRAC Unconventional program
FRAC is currently conducting several studies in fractured shales and tight gas sandstones. A brief summary of these studies can be found in this PDF document [PDF, members site]

Olson to lead Austin modeling short course
Jon Olson will lead a short course on modeling the growth on natural and artificial fracture systems and their effects on fluid flow in connection with the Fracture Research & Application Consortium meeting, scheduled for November 16-17, 2009 in Austin.

Key Paper in International Coalbed & Shale Gas Symposium
"Natural Fractures in the New Albany Shale and Their Importance for Shale-gas Production" by Julia Gale and others is a Key Paper that will open the technical sessions for this international symposium on Wednesday, May 20. The paper reports results of our RPSEA-supported project on the New Albany Shale. Steve Laubach and Julia Gale are PIs.

Scholarship
Graduate student Alex Urquhart received a scholarship from the GDL Foundation for his research on the structural diagenesis of CO2 and fault seal. Alex’s project is jointly sponsored by FRAC and GCCC.

Special Issue of Journal of Structural Geology
The Journal of Structural Geology has invited us to organize a special issue on the topic of chemical and mechanical interactions, with a focus on structures formed during diagenesis. Papers for the special issue will be due this summer. Contact Steve Laubach for more information.

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