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The University of Texas at Austin The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences

Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

The Fracture Research & Application Consortium is the centerpiece for fundamental and applied research on fractures at The University of Texas at Austin, particularly as this research applies to petroleum reservoirs

Jon Olson and Steve Laubach coordinate the FRAC research and mentoring effort within the Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering. Courses on fractured reservoirs, reservoir geomechanics, brittle structure, and structural diagenesis are taught in the Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering and Department of Geological Sciences.

If you are a prospective engineering student seeking information on sponsored senior thesis, M.S. thesis and dissertation projects, contact Jon Olson. You should also consult the main PGE web site for application procedures.

FRAC Research Well in West Texas

We are currently seeking strong graduates students for research on a wide range of funded projects.

Contact Jon Olson about admission to the Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering program at UT

Current Research Topics
Attributes of naturally fractured reservoirs
Quantitative fracture growth modeling
Geomechanical modeling
Rock property testing
Field-based fracture studies
Flow simulation, fractured reservoirs
Stress measurement
Hydraulic fracturing in fractured reservoirs
Tech transfer modules
Sample processing
Subcritical index
JOINTS software
Perm calc
Simulation of fluid flow
Simulation of fluid flow in fracture system [pdf]
More complete list of recent papers.

Recent Publications  of Note:

Olson, J. E, Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. H., 2009, Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: Integrating mechanics and diagenesis. AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1535-1549.

Olson, J. E., 2007, Fracture aperture, length and pattern geometry development under biaxial loading: a numerical study with applications to natural, cross-jointed systems. In Couples, G & Lewis, H., eds., Fracture-Like Damage and Localization, Geological Society of London, Special Publication. 289, 123-142.

Philip, Z. G., Jennings, J. W. Jr., Olson, J. E., Laubach, S. E., and Holder, J., 2005, Modeling coupled fracture-matrix fluid flow in geomechanically simulated fracture networks : SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, v. 8, no. 4 (August 2005), 300-309. [pdf full text]

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