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About the Course

This is a virtual geological field trip to examine the natural fracture system exposed in carbonate rocks of Arrow Canyon anticline, in the Mojave Desert of southern Nevada. The fracture system is an analog for those present in many naturally fractured reservoirs. This excursion will appeal to geologists and reservoir engineers, particularly those interested in NFRs. Exposures are superb, and the weather is fine!


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Wayne Narr, PhD
Wayne Narr, PhD

Wayne Narr is a structural geologist with interest in characterization and modeling of naturally fractured reservoirs. He held the title of Senior Research Consultant for Chevron Energy Technology Company where he worked for 27 years on an array of international projects that included reservoir structural geology studies, consulting, technology development, training, and exploration. Prior to this he worked 8 years for Gulf Oil where his work included both R&D and exploration.

Wayne has worked extensively with reservoir engineers as well as geologists, with the goal of integrating engineering and geological data to improve understanding of naturally fractured reservoirs, often culminating in construction of fracture models for flow simulation. His work has included studies and synthesis of reservoir data as well as outcrop analogs. The reservoirs he has studied include naturally fractured carbonates and clastic rock, and both conventional and unconventional reservoirs as well as geothermal reservoirs.

Wayne currently teaches courses on naturally fractured reservoirs, leads field trips, and consults. He has written research articles on NFRs as well as co-authored a book. In 2008 he was honored to be an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, in which he traveled the world to talk about naturally fractured reservoirs. Wayne holds a Ph.D. in Structural Geology from Princeton University, an M.Sc. in Structural Geology from University of Toronto, and a B.S. in Geology from Pennsylvania State University.


Class Curriculum


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  Stop 1: Intro to Arrow Canyon – Large Scale Geological Setting
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  Stop 2: View of Large-Scale Anticline Structure
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  Stop 4: Comparison of Fractures in Limestone and in Chert
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  Stop 5: General Character of Joints, Seen in Pavements and Cross Section Views
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  Stop 6: Mississippian-Pennsylvanian Contact
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  Stop 7: Reservoir Properties of Fracture System
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  Stop 9: The Narrows, A Slot Canyon
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