Geomechanics for Unconventional Resource Plays - 1 Day Course

Available as a public course

This one-day course is designed for geologists, geophysicists and engineers who desire a greater understanding of the value that geomechanics can bring to unconventional resource plays. It aims to explore the underlying links between geomechanics, geophysics and reservoir behavior and demonstrate how they can be used to enhance our understanding and predict that behavior pre-drill. This course will enable attendees to make more informed decisions when considering utilization of geomechanics and how to communicate the value that it can bring to their asset. The relevance of geomechanics for the plays of Western Canada (for Calgary course edition) / Greater Permian (for Midland course edition) will also be addressed.

Full Course Outline

Course Objectives

The objective for this course is to address the following questions:

  • What can geomechanics do for me?
  • What is the value that geomechanics can bring to unconventional resource plays and what are its applications?
  • How does geomechanics link geology, geophysics and engineering?
  • What are the requirements for applying geomechanics to unconventional plays?
  • How can geomechanics help across the unconventional plays of the Greater Permian Basin/Western Canada?

Course Contents


  • What is value?
  • What problems can geomechanics address across the Greater Permian Basin/Western Canada plays?

    How does geomechanics link to geophysics and reservoir behavior?

    • Definitions: stress, strain and pressure
    • Components of a geomechanical model
    • Mechanical stratigraphy
    • Constraining stress magnitudes
    • Incorporating anisotropy
    • Calibrating stress models
    • Data requirements for building geomechanical models

    Course Contents Continued 

    Predicting reservoir behavior away from well control

    • Correlations with behavior vs predicting behavior
    • Which geomechanical model: 1D, 3D or 4D?
    • Controls on geomechanical model accuracy
    • Using rock physics and seismic data for geomechanics

    Applying geomechanical models to unconventional problems

    • Improving production or finding “Sweet Spots”
    • Optimizing hydraulic fracturing
    • Horizontal drilling
    • Identifying fracture permeability
    • Avoiding casing shear and preventing induced seismicity
    • Optimizing ROP and drill bit selection

    Geomechanical Application to your plays

    • Play by play review of current challenges
    • Relevant geomechanical applications
    • Requirements


    • Presented slides will be provided in printed format.
    • Does not include practical exercises.
    • This is a theoretical course and is software independent.

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