RPSEA Project - Shale-Gas and Tight-Gas-Sand Reservoirs of Utah Core Workshop and Field Trip

Facilitator: Thomas C. Chidsey, Petroleum Section Chief, Utah Geological Survey

Instructors: Dr. S. Robert Bereskin, Bereskin and Associates, Inc; Dr. Steven Schamel, GeoX Consulting Inc.; Dr. Lauren P. Birgenheier and Dr. John McLennan, Energy & Geoscience Institute, University of Utah; Dr. Robert Ressetar, Utah Geological Survey

The Core Workshop
The Core Workshop will be on July 13, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Utah Geological Survey’s Core Research Center. The fee of $225 includes tuition, course notes, refreshments and lunch.

Content and Objectives: The workshop will consist of two sessions. The morning session will be a series of lectures on emerging shale-gas reservoirs in Utah and tight-gas sands in the eastern Uinta Basin. Posters will be presented during an hour-long, mid-morning break and lunch. This session will provide geologic overviews, background information and the latest research (for example tight-sand reservoir models and simulations for hydraulic fracturing) on these plays in preparation for the afternoon session, the core workshop. The core workshop will be organized into modules with representative core from Manning Canyon Shale, Paradox Formation, Mancos Shale and Mesaverde Group.

Participants will perform a series of short exercises using core, geophysical well logs, photomicrographs, and petrophysical and geomechanical characteristics.

Field Trip to Mississippian Manning Canyon Shale Outcrop (Optional)

The field trip will be on July 14, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee of $75 includes transportation, field guide, refreshments and lunch.

Please join us for a half-day field excursion to Soldier Canyon in the Oquirrh Mountains southwest of Salt Lake City. There, we will visit the most complete outcrop of Mississippian Manning Canyon Shale and hike to see black shales, fossiliferous carbonates and thin quartzite beds that make up the section. These rocks, particularly the carbonates, show various depositional environments, which can be used to better understand the Manning Canyon regionally and its potential for hydrocarbon generation.

The Sponsors

Utah Geological Survey; Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA); Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Utah; PTTC Rockies

For more information including maps, lodging and registration go to www.eventbrite.com/event/1667751289 or contact Cheryl Gustin (801/537-3360) at the Utah Geological Survey.



Wed, Jul. 13 - Thu, Jul. 14, 2011
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0700) US/Mountain


Utah Geological Survey
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114