University of Texas at Austin

Peter H. Hennings

Peter H. Hennings

Peter H. Hennings

Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Telephone
512-471-0156
Fax
512-471-0140

TECHNICAL and RESEARCH SPECIALTY

Seismic structural interpretation and analysis, reservoir geomechanics, characterization and hydraulic modeling of fractured and compartmentalized reservoirs, fault seal analysis, thrust belt kinematics, induced seismicity, consultation for global exploration and producing projects.

Teaching field and in-house workshops on seismic structural analysis, reservoir geomechanics, petroleum systems analysis, geology of the Laramide Rockies, geology of West Texas.


PRESENT STATUS

PI – Center for Integrated Seismicity Research, Bureau of Economic Geology: research program design and management, coordination of industrial associate program, research in the areas of structural geology, reservoir geomechanics, subsurface characterization and modeling.

Lecturer – University of Texas Department of Geological Sciences: teach seismic structural analysis and service on graduate student commitees.

Consulting Professor – Stanford University Department of Geophysics: collaborative research on geomechanics and triggered/induced seismicity, service on graduate student committees.

Adjunct Professor – University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics: teach Geomechanics, Seismic Structural Analysis, and Rocky Mountain Geology in alternating years, consult for School of Energy Resources Enhanced Oil Recovery Inst, service on graduate student committees.

Teaching: Organized and taught over 100 field seminars and over 200 classroom courses.

   Current Teaching: Geomechanics on the Rocks, Wyoming (Nautilus); Seismic Structural Analysis (UT Austin, UWY, GSA); Introduction to Petroleum Systems: Sources, Reservoirs, Traps, and Basins of the Laramide Rockies (AAPG, UWY); Thrust Belt Seismic Interpretation, Montana (Nautilus).

Professional Geoscientist, Texas, License Number 3887

  • Employment History

    2016-           Research Scientist and Lecturer, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin.

    2005-15        Manager Structure and Geomechanics Group, ConocoPhillips Technology & Projects.

                          Research program design and management, coordination of global technical service projects, cross-functional integration, staff resource management and career development, budget administration, internal and external program communication and marketing; Research Fellow.

    2003-05        Sr. Scientist/Team Lead, Reservoir Structure, ConocoPhillips Subsurface Technology.

    2002-03        Manager Structural Analysis Group, ConocoPhillips Upstream Technology, Houston, TX.

    1999-02        Structural Geology Technology Leader, Phillips Petroleum Co., Bartlesville, OK.

    1998-99        Structural Geology Program Leader, Mobil Technology Co., Dallas, TX.

    1991-98        Research Structural Geologist, Mobil Technology Co., Dallas, TX.

    1987-90        Texaco Fellow and Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geological Sciences, UT Austin.

    1988-90        Summer Intern, Mobil Research and Development Corp., Dallas, TX.

    1987             Hydrogeologist Intern, Espey, Huston, and Assoc., Austin, TX.

    1986             Research Assistant, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin.

    1984-86        Research and Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geology, Texas A&M University

  • Education

    Ph.D. Geology (1991), The University of Texas, Austin

    B.S. Geology (1983), M.S. Geology (1986), Texas A&M University, Center for Tectonophysics

  • Honors and Professional Service

    AAPG Distinguished Service Award, 2016

    Founder and Chair of the AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division, 2012-15

    AAPG Matson Award for Best Paper 2015

    Chair AAPG Research Committee, 2010-2012; AAPG Associate Editor, 2002-15

    Convener AAPG-SPE-SEG Fractured Reservoir Hedberg Conference & Volume Editor, 2008-9

    ConocoPhillips Technology Achievement Award, 2007

    ConocoPhillips Outstanding Mentor Award, 2005

    AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, 2001-2

    GSA Honorary Fellow, 2001

    AAPG Levorsen Award for Pest Paper, 2000

  • Publications and Presentations

    *denotes papers or abstracts where I have sponsored the research and served as thesis committee member

    PAPERS

    *Johri, M., Zoback, M., and Hennings, P., 2014, A scaling law to characterize fault-damage zones at reservoir depths: AAPG Bull., v. 98, p. 2057-79.

    Schultz, R., Soofi, K., Hennings, P., Tong, X., and Sandwell, T., 2014, Using InSAR to detect active deformation associated with faults in Suban field, South Sumatra Basin, Indonesia, The Leading Edge, August 2014, Vol. 33, No. 8 : pp. 882-888.

    Flottman, T., Brooke-Barnett, S., Trubshaw, R., Naidu S., Kirk-Burnnand, E., Paul, P., Busetti, S., Hennings, P., 2013, Influence of In-Situ Stresses on Fracture Stimulations in the Surat Basin, Southeast Queensland, SPE-167064-MS.

    *Busetti, S., Mish, K., Hennings, P., and Reches, Z, 2012 Damage and plastic deformation of reservoir rocks: Part 2. Propagation of a hydraulic fracture, AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, p. 1711-1732.

    Hennings, P., Allwardt, P., Paul, P., and others, 2012, Relationship between fractures, fault zones, stress and reservoir productivity in the Suban gas field, Sumatra, Indonesia, AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, p. 753-772.

    *Paul, P., Zoback, M., and Hennings, P., 2011, A method to implement permeability anisotropy associated with fault damage zones in reservoir simulation, SPE 143305.

    Hennings, P., 2009, AAPG-SPE-SEG Hedberg research conference on “The Geologic Occurrence and Hydraulic Significance of Fractures in Reservoirs”, AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, p. 1507-12.

    McLennan, J., Allwardt, P., Hennings, P., and Farrell, H, 2009, Multivariate fracture intensity prediction: Application to Oil Mountain anticline, Wyoming, AAPG Bulletin, AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, p. 1585-95.

    Zahm, C. and Hennings, P., 2009, Complex fracture development related to stratigraphic architecture: Challenges for structural deformation prediction, Tensleep Sandstone at the Alcova anticline, Wyoming, AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, p. 1427-46.

    *Paul, P., Zoback, M., and Hennings, P., 2009, Fluid flow in a fractured reservoir using a geomechanically-constrained fault zone damage model for reservoir simulation, SPE 110542.

    *Bergbauer, S., Mukerji, T., and Hennings, P., 2003, Improving curvature analysis of deformed horizons using scale-dependent filtering techniques: AAPG Bull., v. 87, p. 1255-1272.

    Hennings, P., Olson, J. E., and Thompson, L. E., 2000, Combining outcrop data and 3-d structural models to characterize fractured reservoirs with outcrop fracture and fault data for reservoir characterization:  AAPG Bull., v. 84, p. 830-849.

    Hennings, P., 1999, Structural Geology in Reservoir Characterization [Book Review]: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 21, p. 246-7.

    Hennings, P. and Hager, R., 1996, Basement backthrusts and thin-skinned detachments in Gooseberry Field, Western Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: Wyoming Geol. Assoc. Guidebook, Resources of the Bighorn Basin.

    Hennings, P., 1994, Structural transect of the southern Chihuahua tectonic belt: Tectonics, v. 13, p. 1445-1460.

    Hennings, P. and Muehlberger, W. R., 1989, Laramide development of the eastern Chihuahua tectonic belt in Structure and Stratigraphy of Trans-Pecos Texas: 28th Inter. Geol. Congress Fieldtrip Guidebook T317: AGU.

    Hennings, P. and Spang, J. H., 1987, Sequential development of Dry Fork Ridge anticline, northeastern Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming and Montana: Contributions to Geology, Univ. of Wyoming Press, v. 25, p. 73-93.

    Hennings, P. and Spang, J. H., 1987, A method for determining fault geometry from rotated basement blocks using slip lines: The Mtn. Geol., Rocky Mtn Assoc. of Geol., v. 24, p. 30-32.

     

    ABSTRACTS

    *Horne, E. and Hennings, P., 2015, Using a New 3-D Structural Model of the Wyoming Laramide Rockies Basement for Static Characterization and Kinematic Reconstruction [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    Hennings, P., and Csoma, A., 2014, Relationship between Reservoir Quality and the Deformation associated with Anticlinal Folding in the Tensleep Sandstone at Alcova Reservoir, Central Wyoming, USA [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng (winner Matson Award for Best Paper).

    Hennings, P., and Csoma, A., 2013, Relationship between Reservoir Quality and the Deformation associated with Anticlinal Folding in the Tensleep Sandstone at Alcova Reservoir, Central Wyoming, USA [Abstract]: GSA Annual Mtng.

    *Johri, M., Zoback, M., Dunham, E., and Hennings, P., 2013, Fault Damage Zones-Observations, Dynamic Rupture Modeling and Implications on Fluid Flow [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    Hennings, P., 2012, Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics – What it is and how the industry/academic bond can be strengthened [Abstract]: GSA Annual Mtng.

    Hennings, P., Allwardt, P., Paul, P., and others, 2012, Relationship between fractures, fault zones, stress and reservoir productivity in the Suban gas field, Sumatra, Indonesia [Abstract]: AAPG Annual International Mtng.

    *Kennedy, L., Erslev, E., and Hennings, P., 2011, Determining the origin of structural variability in the easternmost Wind River Basin using fracture analysis and 3D restoration [Abstract]: AAPG Rockies Section Meeting.

    Paul, P., Neely, T., Allwardt, T., Hennings, P., and others, 2011, Geomechanical controls on the gas production in the North Parachute area, Colorado [Abstract]: AAPG Annual International Mtng.

    Hennings, P., McLennan, J., Allwardt, T., 2010, Combining structural analysis and Bayesian statistics to quantify the importance of multiple fracture causing agents: Applied technology illustrated with a Wyoming structure [Abstract]: GSA Annual International Mtng.

    Ratliff, R., Hennings, P., 2009, Benefits of using iterative restoration and forward modeling for balanced cross section construction: An example from the Sun River Canyon, Montana [Abstract]: GSA Annual International Mtng.

    Hennings, P., McLennan, J., Allwardt, T., 2009, Building better fracture models by combining structural analysis and Bayesian Updating to quantify the relationship between multiple fracture causing agents [Abstract]: AAPG Annual International Mtng. (winner of Top Ten Oral Presentation)

    *Paul, P., Zoback, M., Hennings, P., 2008, A methodology for incorporating geomechanically constrained fault damage zones into reservoir simulation: AAPG Annual Mtng. (winner of Top Ten Poster Presentation)

    *Paul, P., Zoback, M., and Hennings, P., 2007, Fluid flow in a fractured reservoir using a geomechanically-constrained fault zone damage model for reservoir simulation, SPE 110542.

    *Paul, P., Zoback, M., Hennings, P., 2007, Modeling the permeability anisotropy due to reservoir-scale fault damage zones using dynamic rupture propagation: applications to a faulted hydrocarbon reservoir and the Nojiima fault [Abstract]: AGU Annual International Mtng.

    Hennings, P., Zahm, C., Krieger, F., Sanner, D., Lazada, T., Reid Jr, R., 2006, Bayu-Undan – Modeling Permeability Enhancement in Fault Damage Zones [Abstract]: AAPG Annual International Mtng.

    Hennings, P., Pujasmadi, B., Alley, H., Zahm, C., Reid Jr, R., Enderlin, M., Lee, B., Kirschner, R., 2006 Relationship between active deformation, stress heterogeneity, and fracture permeability in the Suban Gas Field of south Sumatra, Indonesia [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    Hennings, P., Ramos, R., Enderlin, M., Maerten, L., Shafer, David., Krantz, R., Alvord, C., Crabtree, Cliff., 2004, Fault stress modeling of Alpine Field with application to drilling difficulty mitigation [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    Erslev, E. and Hennings, P., 2003, Kinematic Evolution of detachment folds, offshore Brunei, Indonesia [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    *Zahm, C., Raba’a, A., Hurley, N., and Hennings, P., 2003, The use of 3-D strain in outcrop to predict subsurface reservoir compartmentalization, Southern Bighorn Basin, WY [Abstract]: AGU Annual Mtg.

    *Bergbauer, S., Mukerji1, T., and Hennings, P., 2003, Improving Curvature Analyses of Deformed Horizons Using Scale-Dependent Filtering Techniques  [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    *Bergbauer, S., Mukerji, T., Pollard, D., Hennings, P., Calculation of scale-dependent curvatures of geological surfaces [Abstract]: AGU Annual Mtng.

    Erslev, E., Hennings, P., Zahm, C., 2001, Kinematics and structural closure of basement-involved anticlines in the central Rocky Mountains Petroleum Province [Abstract]: 2001 AAPG Annual Mtng.

    Hennings, P., Enderlin M., Thrasher T., Gamwell T., Abry C., 2001, Predicting field-wide well performance in fractured carbonates by calibrating structural attributes with wellbore and production data, Ambrosio Field, western Venezuela [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Mtng.

    Hennings, P. and Thompson, L. B., 2000, Calibrating 3d geometric models for fractured reservoir characterization: AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Mtng (winner Levorsen Award for Best Paper).

    *Zahm, C. K. and Hennings, P., 2000, Kinematics of Tear Faulting in Structurally Attenuated Strata, Thermopolis Anticline, Wyoming: Geol. Soc. America Cordillera Section Meeting.

    Hennings, P. and Thompson, L. B., 1999, Calibrating 3d geometric models for fractured reservoir characterization: Geol. Soc. of London Fracture and In-Situ Stress Conf.

    *Johnson, C. D. and Hennings, P., 1999, Using displacement-gradient analysis to streamline 3d geometric model construction and provide important insights into thrust-system evolution [Abstract]: 1999 AAPG Annual Mtg.

    Hennings, P. and Thompson, L. B., 1999, Calibrating 3d geometric models for fractured reservoir characterization: Geol. Soc. of London Fracture and In-Situ Stress Conf.

    *Johnson, C. D. and Hennings, P., 1999, Using displacement-gradient analysis to streamline 3d geometric model construction and provide important insights into thrust-system evolution [Abstract]: 1999 AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Hennings, P., and Olson, J, E., 1999, Quantitatively calibrating 3d structural models for prediction of fracture intensity and reservoir compartmentalization [Abstract]: 1999 AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Olson, J, E., Hennings, P., and Laubach, S. E., 1998, Integrating wellbore data and geomechanical modeling for effective characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs [Extended Abstract]: Society of Petroleum Engineers, Eurock Conv.

    Hennings, P., Olson, J, E., and Thompson, L. T., 1997, Using Outcrop Data to Calibrate 3-D Geometric Models for Prediction of Reservoir-Scale Deformation: An Example from Wyoming [Abstract]: 1998 RMAG Fractured Reservoir Symposium.

    Hennings, P., 1997, Relationship between 3D Surface Curvature, Flexural-Slip Strains, and Fracture Occurrence in a Clastic Reservoir Volume within a Fault-Propagation Fold [Abstract]: 1997 AAPG Hedberg Conf.

    Hennings, P., 1997, Basement backthrusts and thin-skinned detachments in Gooseberry Field, western Bighorn Basin, Wyoming [Abstract]: 1997 WBRA Bighorn Basin Symposium.

    Hennings, P., 1997, Creating restorable models of contractional basement structures using lithology-specific deformation mechanisms [Abstract]: 1997 WBRA Bighorn Basin Symposium.

    Hennings, P. and Prine, B. H., 1987, The effects of horizontal fault curvature and displacement on thrust closure geometry [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Hennings, P. and Olson, J. E., 1997, The relationship between bed curvature and fracture occurrence in a fault-propagation fold [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Smith-Rouch, L. S., Meisling, K. E., Hennings, P., Armentrout, J. M., 1997, Tectono-stratigraphic computer experiments [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Olson, J. E. and Hennings, P., 1996, Regional versus local fracturing in a Laramide fault propagation fold, Oil Mountain, Wyoming [Abstract]: GSA Prog. with Abs.

    Hennings, P., 1996, Creating restorable models of contractional basement structures using lithology-specific deformation mechanisms [Abstract]: AAPG Rocky Mtn. Section Meeting.

    Hennings, P., Prine, B. H., and Wickham, J. S., 1996, 3D structural analysis and visualization of oblique-ramp accommodation structures in thrust sheets [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Spratt, D. A., Simony, P. S., Price, R. A., MacKay, P. A., Kubli, T. E., Hennings, P., Prine, B. H., and Wickham, J. S., 1995, Fault-related folding in the Foothills and Front Ranges of Southern Alberta: Field Trip Guidebook, GSA Penrose Conf., Banff, Alberta, 96 p.

    Hennings, P. and Hager, R., 1994, Basement backthrusts and thin-skinned detachments combine to form productive structures in the western Bighorn Basin, Wyoming [Abstract]: AAPG Annual Meeting.

    Hennings, P., 1991, Deformation path and cross section restoration of an evaporite-cored anticline using strains of cross-cutting calcite veins: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 23.

    Hennings, P. and Muehlberger, W. R., 1990, Laramide fault inversion, basement buttressing, and evaporite tectonics in the Cordilleran thrust front along the Texas/Chihuahua Border: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 22.

    Hennings, P. and Muehlberger, W. R., 1990, Structural geometry of the southern Chihuahua tectonic belt: Symposium on Energy Resources of the Chihuahua Desert, Universidad Autonima de Chihuahua.

    Hennings, P. and Muehlberger, W. R., 1988, Structural transect of the Chihuahua tectonic belt between Ojinaga and Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 20, p. A385.

    Hennings, P. and Spang, J. H., 1986, Petrofabric implications for cover rock adjustment in a basement cored anticline: Dry Fork Ridge, Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 18, p. 635.

    Motes, J. L., Hennings, P. and Spang, J. H., 1986, Systematic variation in mountain flank geometry, northeast Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 18, p. 397.

    McConnell, D. A., Hennings, P. and Spang, J. H., 1986, A kinematic model for foreland basement uplifts: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 18, p. 395.

    Hennings, P. and Spang, J. H., 1985, Crystalline basement geometry from three-dimensionally balanced cross sections, Dry Fork Ridge, northeastern Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 17, p. 607.

    Hennings, P., 1985, Structural elements of Dry Fork anticline termination, northeastern Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming: GSA Prog. with Abs., v. 17, p. 161.