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Have you time for a fracture? This fracture has time for you!

A timeline from the past to the future superimposed on a fracture surface This outcrop of the Aztec Formation is located in the Valley of Fire State Park, in the Mojave Desert of Southern Nevada. It is an eolian arkosic sandstone deposited in the Jurassic Period, about 170 million years ago....

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New Series: Fifty Photos for Fracture Aficionados

I'm excited to announce that I'm launching a new initiative here on Knowledgette: an evolving collection of images of natural fractures to accompany the series of videos in my course: Naturally Fractured Reservoirs – Recognition and Characterization for Geologists and Reservoir...

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The 3 Factors to Consider in Basic Petroleum Source Rock Evaluation

Lets discuss the quality of source rock organic matter. Namely, how different types of organic matter have different hydrocarbon generating potential or quality. In terms of source rock evaluation, there are three main factors to consider: The quantity When talking about the Quantity of...

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Data Science + Oil and Gas = Huge Opportunities

We hear a lot about data science in oil and gas and the huge potential it has to impact the industry. But, what exactly is data science and how exactly does it fit into the future of the oil and gas industry? To answer these questions, we sat down with our resident data science expert, Dr....

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Meet the Oil and Gas Data Science Team

Data science is becoming one of the hottest fields in industrial sector given its enormous potential of helping businesses increase efficiency and safety, reduce operational costs and discover new opportunities for the use of data. When thinking through adding data science to your organization,...

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An Evidentiary List of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

When we're trying to recognize a naturally fractured reservoir, we often find ourselves asking: "is this a naturally fractured reservoir?" And, “are there are a lot of fractures...do they dominate the behavior of the reservoir?” I deal with a full evidentiary list of naturally fractured...

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What Is Kriging?

Kriging is a classical geostatistical interpolation technique named after Danie Krige, a South African geostatistician who worked in the mines and was really the first person to recognize spatial continuity and its effect on estimation. So what is kriging, exactly? Kriging is a spatial...

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The Porosity Puzzle: Answer & Commentary

First off, the question: The possible answers are: A. It is a fracture system. The 100% porosity sample is in a fracture; 0% porosity is on the matrix. B. It is a porosity map of a sandstone reservoir. C. Since most of the samples are 0% porosity, it is a homogeneous system. D. The...

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The Porosity Puzzle

This exercise is part of my new course on Knowledgette: "Naturally fractured reservoir course for geologists and reservoir engineers". Do you know the answer? Watch the video below and share your thoughts and answers in the comments based on the possible responses below! Select your responses...

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The workflow for seismic and stratigraphic interpretations

First of all, what is seismic stratigraphy? Seismic stratigraphy is the interpretation of geologic information and stratigraphic relationships, from seismic reflection data. It allows for the application of stratigraphic concepts to the subsurface and the pattern data is used to interpret...

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