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New hires to the FRAC team

Esti Ukar Dr. Estibaliz "Esti" Ukar (left) has joined the FRAC group as a postdoc in structural geology, to work on fracture evolution in TGS and shale gas reservoirs. She received her PhD at UT Austin under supervision of Prof. Cloos.
Mr. Jon Major (right) joined the FRAC group as a PhD student with an MS degree from BYU. His current focus are fractures and CO2 related shale diagenesis.
Jon Major


AAPGAAPG Distinguished Lecture 2011-12
S.E. Laubach to present AAPG Distinguished Lectures on Structural Diagenesis.
For more information see the AAPG web site.

Schlumberger Award 2011Schlumberger Award
EAGE presented the 2011 Schlumberger Award to Sergey Fomel
Click here for more information on Sergey's research on fractures.
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2011 Publication Award

The recipient of the 2011 Publication Award from the Bureau of Economic Geology is
Gale, J.F., Lander, R.H., Reed, R.M., and Laubach, S.E., 2010, Modeling fracture porosity evolution in dolostone. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 9, p. 1201-1211.

The award recognizes exemplary publication of scientific or economic impact.


FRAC researchers will make four presentations at the AAPG 2011 Annual Convention and Exhibition
S.E. Laubach, Degradation and stimulation for unconventionals. Session: Structural geology and its role in describing and optimizing production from Unconventional petroleum systems Reservoir Deformation Research Group meeting (Tuesday, 7:00 - 10:00 pm)

J. N. Hooker, A. Fall, G. Xu, A. L. Kaylor, H. Anh, P. Eichhubl, S. E. Laubach, Predicting Open Natural Fractures in Unconventional Sandstone Reservoirs: Spatial Distribution, Diagenesis, Timing, and Opening Rates. Session: Theme 6: Romancing the Stone: New Adventures in Sandstone Reservoir Quality (Tuesday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

J. F. Gale, P. Eichhubl, A. Fall, S. E. Laubach, Natural Fractures in Shales: Timing, Sealing, Mechanisms of Formation, and Relevance for Shale-Gas Reservoirs. Session: Theme 5: Fractures: Natural and Hydraulic - Prediction, Observation and Performance (Wednesday, 9:05 am)

A. Fall, P. Eichhubl, R. J. Bodnar, S. E. Laubach - Testing the Basin-Centered Gas Model Using Fluid Inclusion Observations. Session: Theme 4: New Insights from Key Tight-Gas Provinces (Wednesday, 11:25 am)

A. Ozkan, K. Milliken, S. E. Laubach, J. E. Olson, J. Holder, Quantification of Effects of Cementation on Subcritical Crack Index by Comparison of Outcrop and Subsurface Samples of Williams Fork Formation, Piceance Basin. Session: Theme 6: Romancing the Stone: New Adventures in Sandstone Reservoir Quality (Wednesday, 2:00 pm)


FRAC paper named in Tectonophysics Top-50 most cited articles
Diagenesis in porosity evolution of opening-mode fractures, Middle Triassic to Lower Jurassic La Boca Formation, NE Mexico Tectonophysics, Volume 419, Issue 1-4 (2006), Pages 75-97 by S.E. Laubach and M. Ward has been recognized as one of the "Top-50 most cited articles" published in Tectonophysics January 2006 - February 2011.

FRAC papers named in ScienceDirect Top 25 Articles
Top 25 Hottest Articles: Journal of Structural Geology, October to December 2010
No. 4 Structural diagenesis
Journal of Structural Geology, Volume 32, Issue 12, December 2010, Pages 1866-1872
Laubach, S.E.; Eichhubl, P.; Hilgers, C.; Lander, R.H.
No. 20: Determining brittle extension and shear strain using fault-length and displacement systematics: Part I: Theory
Journal of Structural Geology, Volume 32, Issue 12, December 2010, Pages 1960-1977
Twiss, R.J.; Marrett, R

FRAC Research meeting November 8-11, 2011
The Fracture Research & Application Consortium Research Meeting was held in Santa Barbara, CA, November 8 through 11. Further information on the meeting and an agenda can be found on the Members site.

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