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Special Research Seminar - A Festive look at Fracking and Fractures – doing a better job at understanding hydraulic fracturing

Series Name Department of Geology
Speaker Dr Steve Rogers
Type Lectures & Talks
When 18 Dec 2013, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue LT10 Bennett
Open To University staff and students
Ticket Price Free of Charge
For Bookings Contact Gail Andrews 0116 252 3921

The recent rapid development of shale gas extraction has been met with significant public and political resistance over the potential effects which the hydraulic fracturing process may have on the subsurface. During the hydraulic stimulation process, hydraulic fracture paths have traditionally been difficult to predict due to their complex interaction with the natural fracturing of surrounding formations and uncertainty over what the stimulation actually is. It is this uncertainty which has led to concern about some of the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

At Golder we have been developing an approach for mitigating some of the risks through developing an understanding of the natural fracture systems of shale reservoirs and hydraulic fracture. Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) analysis of naturally fractured reservoirs provides a state-of-the-art tool for predicting hydraulic fracture patterns and thus potential interaction with geohazards.

Steve Rogers is a Senior Geoscientist and the Canadian head of Golder Associates’s FracMan Technology Group based in Vancouver. He has spent his entire career looking at the impact of fractures on a range of problems from groundwater flow, reservoir development, rock mass stability and unconventional resource development

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