We have received good news from our funding partners that will enable us to launch the next phase of research in our Energi Simulation Industrial Research Consortia on Reservoir Geomechanics. Our upcoming research (2019-2024) will involve reservoir geomechanical research ranging from the pore-scale to reservoir-scale through integrated experimental, numerical and field projects that span from the oil sands to the unconventional reservoirs of the Montney and Duvernay. This will build and expand upon the exciting research conducted in the first phase of the Consortia conducted from 2014-2019.
While that is wonderful news (and we promise to share complete details with an official announcement in the near future), the team at [RG]2 has lots of other progress to share.
In the Lab
Anni Yue is nearing completion of the new and improved GeoREF datalogger. Compared with previous versions, hers has the capacity to measure 6 additional channels and includes 4 new pumps. Beyond the expanded capacity, all 22 channels can now employ a unique thermometer type (previously they all had to be the same). The new and improved datalogger gives researchers in [RG]2 the ability to collect more data, more accurately, which is always step in in the right direction. Nice work, Ms. Yue!
Representing the Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group at the Faults and their Significance for Large-Scale CO₂ Storage Workshop, Dr. Alireza Rangriz Shokri discussed “Non-isothermal Injectivity Considerations for Effective Geological Storage of CO2 at the Aquistore Site, Saskatchewan”. Organized by IEAGHG, over 80 participants from 9 different countries attended the Monitoring & Environmental Research Combined Networks Meeting, in Calgary, August 20-23, 2019.
Hiba Al Shereida is an undergraduate student specializing in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Currently finishing her final term, she has undertaken a Dean’s Research Award with [RG]2. Under the supervision of Dr. Rick, Ms. Al Shereida will assist in designing and printing a 3D model to hold the LVDT that will be used to measure the strain in different directions of a 3D printed soil sample when subjected to unconfined triaxial tests. We are excited to see her final presentation in December!
Mr. Gao is a China Scholarship Council Research Award Recipient who is joining us from College of Petroleum Engineering - China University of Petroleum (Beijing) for a year. While in Canada, his research will examine the geomechanics of the SAGD process including micro-fracturing, preheating, and production phases in Chinese oil sand reservoirs. Specific research within the project entails constitutive models for stress-strain behaviours of Chinese oil sands at elevated temperatures and subsequent THM coupled analysis suring SAGD using CMG and ABAQUS.
Shahin Layeghpour is a Mitacs Accelerate student doing his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at University of Saskatchewan. His current project focuses on the understanding of parameters that affect Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS) within the reservoir. In his project he will use geotechnical beam centrifuge located at University of Alberta as part of his research. Centrifuge scaling laws allow to model the reservoir (prototype) into a scaled down model. The scaled model will have stress and pressure gradients that are equivalent to the prototype. The result of his project could provide valuable information to operating companies when post CHOPS EOR is being implemented.
Congratulations to Ajay Ganesh and Bo Zhang on the successful completion of their PhD Examinations! Dr. Ganesh has taken a short-term position with the University of Alberta while Dr. Zhang is taking a much-needed break to spend time with family before tackling whatever comes next. Congratulations to them both!
With final examination committees approved, [RG]2 will see five more students complete their studies in 2019.