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November 2010

 

The FRAC consortium convened in Austin for its annual research and application meeting on September 22-24. Presentations by Steve Laubach (above, left) Julia Gale, Peter Eichhubl, Jon Olson, and postdocs and students in Geological Sciences and Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering addressed natural and hydraulic fracture processes in shale gas and tight-gas sandstone reservoirs. The meeting was attended by 40 industry participants and concluded with a fieldtrip led by Julia Gale (foreground below) to exposures in the Barnett Shale.


 

The Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) held a week-long annual meeting between October 16 and 22. A premeeting field trip to the evaporite karst near Junction, TX, was led by Bob Loucks and Chris Zahm. The following day, a Cretaceous core workshop was taught, culminating in a short field trip to the 360 Outcrops discussed in the workshop, which was led by Ph.D. student Ryan Phelps. On Monday and Tuesday, 28 technical presentations and 3 posters were presented to 65 representatives from 20 companies, and these were streamed live over the RCRL website. Finally, a postmeeting field trip to spectacular exposures of the Cretaceous patch reef near Bisbee, AZ, was led by M.S. student Rachel Aisner, along with Charles Kerans and Chris Zahm.


 

 

 
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