Piceance Basin - Tight Gas Research Review

This meeting will review the first year of RPSEA-sponsored collaborative research on tight gas in the Piceance basin in Colorado, including basin-wide regional studies, as well as reservoir research on the Mamm Creek field.

Researchers from Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado at Boulder, iReservoir and Mesa State College of Colorado will present findings from the first year’s research and take advice and direction for next year’s work.

Don McClure (EnCana Vice President, Government and Stakeholder Affairs) and Ira Pasternack (EnCana North Piceance Team Geologist/Colorado School of Mines alumnus) will be our local hosts.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet for coffee at 8:30 a.m. and talks will kick-off at 9 a.m.


9 a.m. Don McClure and Ira Pasternack, EnCana, Welcoming Remarks

9:20 a.m. Dag Nummedal, Colorado Energy Research Institute, CSM: The RPSEA Piceance basin project

9:30 a.m. Roel Snieder, Department of Geophysics, CSM: Seismic interferometry, who needs a seismic source?

9:50 a.m. Paul Sava, Department of Geophysics, CSM:  Probabilistic microseismic imaging

10:10 a.m. Rex Cole, Department of Science, Mesa State College of Colorado: Stratigraphic and sedimentologic framework of the Williams Fork and Iles Formations, as expressed in the outcrop belt of the southeast Piceance Basin, with implications for Mamm Creek field

10:30 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. Reinaldo Michelena, iReservoir.com: Facies probabilities from seismic data in Mamm Creek field

11:10 a.m. Alicia Hewlett, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder: Overview of Williams Fork Formation parasequences, architectural elements, and fractures, Mamm Creek Field and southeastern Piceance Basin, Colorado

11:30 a.m. Jim Gilman and Huabing Wang, iReservoir.com: Dynamic Simulation of detailed geologic models

11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. Jennifer Aschoff, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, CSM: Stratigraphic controls on tight-gas sands: preliminary results and future directions

1:20 p.m. Dag Nummedal, Colorado Energy Research Institute, CSM: The origin of the Cretaceous Piceance basin by dynamic subsidence

1:40 p.m. Paul Weimer, Department of Geological Sciences, CU-Boulder: Regional stratigraphic and structural studies in the Piceance basin

2 p.m. Andre Revil and William Woodruff, Department of Geophysics, CSM: Stochastic joint inversion of borehole data and application to the determination of the top gas in the Piceance basin

2:20 p.m. Mark Moyer and Piret Plink-Bjorklund, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, CSM: Importance of detailed Upper Williams Fork stratigraphy in the northern Piceance Basin: Potential implications of depositional system and stacking pattern changes on tight gas reservoir properties

2:40 p.m. Break

3 p.m. Scott Buechler, John Berger and Graham Mustoe, Division of Engineering, CSM: Modeling of fracture and deformation in geomaterials using discrete element methods.

3:20 p.m.  Bruce Trudgill, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, CSM: Structural evolution and natural fracture patterns of the Divide Creek Anticline and Mamm Creek areas, Piceance Basin, Colorado

3:40 p.m. Discussion. Which are the big exploration and production technology issues facing industry in the Piceance basin now?

4:30 p.m. Adjourn
There is no cost to attend, and you MUST register in advance to ensure that space is available and lunch will be provided. WebEx will be available for web conferencing. Please contact Jerry Sherk with Colorado School of Mines at gsherk@mines.edu to register and for more information.


Thu, April 8, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(GMT-0700) US/Mountain


EnCana (Republic Plaza Building)
370 17th St
Denver, Colorado