Shenglong Jia has been getting some beautiful experimental results in GeoCERF. Mr. Jia is currently building a database for the preparation of synthetic soils for physical modelling tests using our 2-tonne beam centrifuge.
The development of synthetic soils overcomes the shortage of prototype samples while geotechnical centrifuge modelling overcomes the weakness of both the conventional tests such as triaxial tests which use small samples and numerical simulation which cannot reflect the complexity of the geological media. Results from geotechnical centrifuge testing is proving to be the most useful complement for both conventional tests and numerical simulation.
PhD Student Juan Arias Buitrago has been invited to participate in Suncor's Student Coop program. This spring he will undertake a seven month placement during which time he will be given an opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented people in the energy sector. In addition to gaining valuable experience and making important connections, this is a wonderful opportunity for professional development and personal growth. Congratulations, Juan, and best of luck!
Kaylee Craplewe joined us in February of this year from the Faculty of Science on an Undergraduate Research Initiative grant. In addition to taking a strong lead on updating safety and maintenance protocols, she has been working closely with Dr. Kevin Hodder and Dr. Sergey Ishutov towards streamlining and improving the 3D printing process by automating our ExOne MFlex 3D printer. With the generous support of Innotech Alberta iCore and NSERC she will be able to extend her position though the end of August during which time she will take on a lead role for printing operations in the GeoPrint Facility. Welcome, Kaylee!
We are pleased to welcome Mohammedebrahim Shabani, a visitor from RWTH Aachen University in Germany on a University of Alberta Junior Research Fellowship. During his Academic Visit, Mr. Shabani (who goes by "Ebi") has been working on examining how gas flow in low-permeable sedimentary rocks is controlled by fluid-dynamic (Poiseuille flow, slip flow) and rock-mechanincal (pore compressibility, effective stress) effects. He gave a brief presentation in March while his supervisor, Dr. Alexandra Amann, was attending a conference in Calgary and took some time to come to Edmonton and visit our research facilities, and will do a second presentation in the second week of April. It has been a pleasure having Ebi with us and we hope his time with [RG]2 has been valuable and enjoyable.
[RG]2 has been given an exciting opportunity to advance its research on measuring in situ stresses using the Reservoir Geomechanical Pressuremeter (RGP). In June, the RGP tool will be deployed in a dedicated borehole in the Mont Terri underground laboratory in Switzerland to measure in situ formation properties as well as in situ stress. Additional in situ stress verification data will be collected from an additional borehole where a USBM borehole deformation gauge will be run. This dataset will provide invaluable information for Lang Liu’s PhD work on RGP applications in deep, unconventional reservoirs.