Introduction to Geomechanics

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Introduction to Geomechanics

Introduction to Geomechanics

This course provides an introduction to basic reservoir geomechanics concepts and methods to facilitate an exchange of ideas and experience across disiplines. It offers the necessary input to help participants understand questions that are vital in to the reservoir Geomechanics. 

Some of the questions that will be focused on during this course include:

  • How human activities of drilling, production and injection can affect the stress equilibrium in the reservoir at depth?
  • How these changes in the stresses can create different problems?
  • How can we drill without surprises?
  • Where to place horizontal wells for better production?
  • How and what completion methods can be used to optimise the production?
  • What reservoir/field development plan is optimum for better production over reservoir lifecycle?

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is suitable for those who are:

  • Geoscientists or engineers with little or no reservoir Geomechanic experience

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Upon completion of this course, participants will feel confident in their understanding of:

  • Reservoir Geomechanics concepts and terminology
  • The 3D stress state in the subsurface
  • Principles of rock mechanics
  • The interrelations among 3D stress state, the natural and induced fractures and fluid flow
  • What factors control fracture/fault reactivation with possible predictions
  • Typical assumptions and simplifications required to predict reservoir behavior under different states of stress

Training Course Content

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to the physics of petroleum reservoirs
  • Fractures and the 3D state of stress
  • Andersonian classification of faults and stress regimes
  • Fundamental rock mechanics – Uniaxial and Triaxial tests, mechanical and elastic properties and other concepts
  • Hoop stresses and wellbore deformation
  • Pore pressure and stress changes and their effects on reservoirs and petroleum E&P
  • Building 1D MEM and 3D MEM (Mechanical Earth Model)
  • Implications and case studies


The course fee includes tuition, course material, refreshments and lunch per session day and a 100 EURO non-refundable registration fee. Course fees do NOT include accommodation or living costs. Applicable taxes will be added. 

The course is held at a top quality hotel with excellent meeting facilities.

Provider: HOT Engineering

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