UT GeoFluids studies the state and evolution of pressure, stress, deformation and fluid migration through experiments, models, and field study. This industry-funded consortium is dedicated to producing innovative concepts that couple geology and fluid flow.
The results are used to predict pressure, stress, trap integrity, and borehole stability. Our team combines geoscientists at The University of Texas with geotechnical engineers at MIT. Concepts developed in the GeoFluids Consortium have been extended to study marine slope stability and the processes of hydrate formation and disassociation. Tools have been developed to measure pressure in-situ in mudrocks.
UT GeoFluids is currently supported by 11 energy companies.
Each year UT GeoFluids holds a meeting to present current research to consortium memebers. UT GeoFluids 2014 Meeting Dates:
Feb. 19-21, 2014, on the University of Texas Campus at the AT&T Exec Ed and Conf Center. Go here for meeting details, registration, and hotel booking
This year we have blocked off three dates. Based on feedback at the 2013 meeting we will have a session on the evening of Feb 19th. For information, abstracts, presentations, and participant lists from previous annual meetings please visit the meetings page.
MIT Students Chunwei Ge and Taylor Nordquist Join UT GeoFluids Group
Adams, A.L., Germaine, J.T., Flemings, P.B., and Day-Stirrat, R.J., 2013, Stress induced permeability anisotropy of resedimented Boston Blue Clay, Water Resources Research, p. 11, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20470.
Casey, B., Germaine, J.T., Flemings, P.B., Reece, J.S., Gao, B., and Betts, W., 2013, Liquid Limit as a Predictor of Mudrock Permeability: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 44, p. 256-263. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.04.008
Casey, B. & Germaine, J.T., 2013, The Stress Dependence of Shear Strength in Fine-Grained Soils and Correlations with Liquid Limit, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000896
Casey, B. & Germaine, J.T., 2013, Variation of Cohesive Sediment Strength with Stress Level, Multiphysical Testing of Soils and Shales, Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-32492-5
Merrell, M.P., Flemings, P.B., Bowers, G.L., 2013, Subsalt Pressure Prediction in the Miocene Mad Dog Field, Gulf of Mexico, (in press; preliminary version published online Ahead of Print 26 July 2013: AAPG Bulletin, DOI:10.1306/06251312156.
Reece, J.S., Flemings, P.B., and Germaine, J.T., 2013, Data Report: Permeability, compressibility, and microstructure of resedimented mudstone from IODP Expedition 322, Site C0011, In: Saito, S., Underwood, M.B., Kubo, Y., and the Expedition 322 Scientists, Proc. IODP, 322: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.), doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.322.205.2013.
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