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Structural Diagenesis Initiative of Jackson School of Geosciences.

For an overview of project research aims see Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R., and Olson, J. O., 2000, New Directions in Fracture Characterization, The Leading Edge, July, p. 704–711.


Spring 2004 Featured Slide Presentation: Steve Laubach & Kitty Milliken

Structural Diagenesis: Chemical and Mechanical Processes in Basins

Summer 2002 Featured Slide Presentation: Jon Olson

Spatial Organization of Natural Fractures: A Geomechanics Approach

Selected Recent Papers      

Marrett, R., Laubach, S.E. Olson, J.E., 2007, Anisotropy and beyond: geologic perspectives on geophysical prospecting for natural fractures. The Leading Edge, 26/9, 1106-1111.

Olson, J. E., Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. L., 2007, Combining diagenesis and mechanics to quantify fracture aperture distributions and fracture pattern permeability: In Lonergan, L., Jolley, R.J., Sanderson, D.J., Rawnsley, K., eds., Fractured Reservoirs, Geological Society of London Special Publication 270, 97-112.

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 Localisation. Geological Society of London, Special Publication.

Gale, J. F. W., Reed, R. M., and Holder, Jon, 2007, Natural fractures in the Barnett Shale and their importance for hydraulic fracture treatments: AAPG Bulletin, 91: 603-622.

Gale, J. F. W. and Gomez, L. A., 2007, Late opening-mode fractures in karst-brecciated dolostones of the Lower Ordovician Ellenburger Group, west Texas: Recognition, characterization, and implications for fluid flow. AAPG Bulletin 91: 1005-1023.

Appold, M., Garven, G., Boles, J., Eichhubl, P., 2007, Numerical modeling of the origin of calicte mineralization in the Refugio-Carneros fault, Santa Barbara Basin, CA. Geofluids, 7: 79-95.

Naehr, T.H., Eichhubl, P., and others, 2007, Authigenic carbonate formation at hydrocarbon seeps in continental margin sediments: A comparative study. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

Hooker, J.N., and Laubach, S.E., 2007, The geologic history of quartz grains, as revealed by color SEM-CL. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions, 57, 375-386.

Roy, A., E. Perfect, W. M. Dunne, and L. D. McKay, 2007, Fractal characterization of fracture networks: An improved box-counting technique, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B12201, doi:10.1029/2006JB004582.

Gomez, L. G., and Laubach, S. E, 2006, Rapid digital quantification of microfracture populations. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, 408-420.

Ortega, O. J., Marrett, R., and Laubach, S. E., 2006, A scale-independent approach to fracture intensity and average fracture spacing: AAPG Bulletin, v. 90, no. 2 (Feb. 2006), 193-208.

Laubach, S.E., and Gale, J.F.W., 2006, Obtaining fracture information for low-permeability (tight) gas sandstones from sidewall cores: Journal of Petroleum Geology, v. 29 (2) (April 2006), 147-158.  View JPG Cover Art for this Issue:   News   |  Events 06

Laubach, S. E. and Ward, M. W., 2006, Diagenesis in porosity evolution of opening-mode fractures, Middle Triassic to Lower Jurassic La Boca Formation, NE Mexico. Tectonophysics 419, 75-97.

Laubach, S.E. , Olson, J.E., Eichhubl, P., Lander R.H., 2006, Accurate and verifiable interwellbore fracture attribute predictions by linking diagenesis and fracture observations and models, Proceedings, EAGE, Vienna.

Olson, J. E., Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. L., 2006, Combining diagenesis and mechanics to quantify fracture aperture distributions and fracture pattern permeability: In Lonergan, L., Rawnsley, K., Sanderson, D., eds., Fractured Reservoirs, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 270, 97-112.

Makowitz, A., Lander, R. H., Milliken, K. L., 2006, Diagenetic modeling to assess the relative timing of quartz cementation and brittle grain processes during compaction: AAPG Bulletin 90: 873-885.

Aydin, A., Borja, R. I., and Eichhubl, Peter, 2006, Geological and mathematical framework for failure modes in granular rock. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, no. 1, 83-98.

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), p. 300-309.

Milliken, K. L., Reed, R. M., and Laubach, S. E., 2005, Quantifying compaction and cementation within deformation bands in porous sandstones: in Sorkhabi, R. and Y. Tsuji, eds., Faults, Fluid Flow and Petroleum Traps, AAPG Memoir 85, p. 237-249. PDF on Members site

Laubach, S.E., Olson, J.E., and Gale, J.F.W., 2004, Are open fractures necessarily aligned with maximum horizontal stress? Earth & Planetary Science Letters, v. 222, no. 1, p. 191-195. PDF

Laubach, S. E., Reed, R. M., Olson, J. E., Lander, R. H., and Bonnell, L. M., 2004, Coevolution of crack-seal texture and fracture porosity in sedimentary rocks: cathodoluminescence observations of regional fractures: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 26, no. 5, p. 967-982. [ ¥ ]

Laubach, S., Lander, R., Bonnell, L., Olson, J., and Reed, R., 2004, Opening histories of fractures in sandstone: in Cosgrove, J.W., and Engelder, T., editors, The initiation, propagation, and arrest of joints and other fractures, Geological Society of London Special Publication 231, p. 1-9 [ ¥ ].

Olson, Jon, 2004, Predicting fracture swarms - the influence of subcritical crack growth and the crack-tip process zone on joint spacing in rock, in Cosgrove, J.W., and Engelder, T., editors, The initiation, propagation, and arrest of joints and other fractures, Geological Society of London Special Publication 231, p. 73-87  [ ¥ ].

Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R. A., Olson, J. E., Holder, J. & Reed, R. M., 2004, Predicting and characterizing fractures in dolostone reservoirs: using the link between diagenesis and fracturing. In: Braithwaite, C. J. R., Rizzi, G. & Darke, G., eds., The Geometry and Petrogenesis of Dolomite Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 235, 177-192. [ ¥ ]

Laubach, S. E., 2003, Practical approaches to identifying sealed and open fractures, AAPG Bulletin, v. 87, No. 4, (April 2003) p. 561-579. §

Olson, J. E., 2003, Sublinear scaling of fracture aperture versus length: An exception or the rule? Journal of Geophysical Research (American Geophysical Union), v. 108, no. B9, 2413, doi:10.1029/2001JB000419.

Makowitz A, Milliken KL, 2003, Quantification of brittle deformation in burial compaction, Frio and Mount Simon Formation sandstones: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73 (6), 1007-1021.

Reed, R. M., and Milliken, K. L., 2003. How to overcome imaging problems associated with carbonate minerals on SEM-based cathodoluminescence systems: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73 (2), 328-332.

Gale, J. F. W. , 2002 Specifying lengths of horizontal wells in fractured reservoirs: Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering , Paper No. SPE 78600, p. 266-272.

Montoya, P., Fisher, W., Marrett, R., and Tatham, R., 2002, Estimation of fracture orientation and relative intensity using azimuthal variation of P-wave AVO responses and oriented core data in the Tacata Field, Venezuela, SEG Expanded Abstracts, 2002, AVO2 Case History Section, Salt Lake City, p. 261-264.

Liu, X., Srinivasan, S. and Wong, D.W., 2002, Geological characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs using multiple point geostatistics, SPE 75246, SPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, April 2002.

Marrett, R., ed., 2001, Genesis and controls of reservoir-scale carbonate deformation, Monterrey salient, Mexico: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Guidebook 28.

Olson, J.E., Qiu, Y., Holder, J., and Rijken, P., 2001, Constraining the spatial distribution of fracture networks in naturally fractured reservoirs using fracture mechanics and core measurements: SPE 71342.

Holder, J., Olson, J.E., and Philip, Z., 2001, Experimental determination of subcritical crack growth parameters in sedimentary rock: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 28, No. 4, p. 599-602.

Milliken, K.L., and Laubach, S.E., 2000, Brittle deformation in sandstone diagenesis as revealed by scanned cathodoluminescence imaging with application to characterization of fractured reservoirs: Chapter 9, Cathodoluminescence in Geosciences, New York, Springer Verlag, p. 225-243.

Ortega, O.O. and Marrett, R., 2000, Prediction of macrofracture properties using microfracture information, Mesaverde Group sandstones, San Juan Basin, New Mexico: Journal of Structural Geology, 22, 571-588.

Lander, R.H., and Walderhaug, O., 1999, Porosity prediction through simulation of sandstone compaction and quartz cementation: AAPG Bulletin, v. 83, p. 433-449. More about Geocosm

Marrett, R., Ortega, O.O., and Kelsey, C., 1999, Power-law scaling of natural fractures in rock: Geology, v. 27, p. 799-802.

Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R., Olson, J., and Scott, A. R., 1998, Characteristics and origins of coal cleat: a review: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 35, p. 175-207. PDF

Laubach, S. E., 1997, A method to detect natural fracture strike in sandstones: AAPG Bulletin, v. 81, no. 4, p. 604-623. PDF

Marrett, Randall, 1996, Aggregate properties of fracture populations: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 18, No. 2/3, p. 169-178.

Selected Forthcoming Papers

Correlation Analyses of Fracture Spatial Arrangement. Journal of Structural Geology.

Spectral Analyses of Fracture Spatial Arrangement. Journal of Structural Geology.

Traditional Analyses of Fracture Spatial Arrangement. Journal of Structural Geology.

Structural Diagenesis Hedberg 2004 Link

A complete publication list is posted on the Members site