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Reservoir Geomechanics


  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521146197
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  • This interdisciplinary book encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. It considers key practical issues such as prediction of pore pressure, estimation of hydrocarbon column heights and fault seal potential, determination of optimally stable well trajectories, casing set points and mud weights, changes in reservoir performance during depletion, and production-induced faulting and subsidence. The book establishes the basic principles involved before introducing practical measurement and experimental techniques to improve recovery and reduce exploitation costs. It illustrates their successful application through case studies taken from oil and gas fields around the world. This book is a practical reference for geoscientists and engineers in the petroleum and geothermal industries, and for research scientists interested in stress measurements and their application to problems of faulting and fluid flow in the crust.

    • An interdisciplinary book covering rock mechanics, structural geology and petroleum engineering
    • Covers the practical issues that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs
    • Illustrates successful applications of the principles involved to improve recovery and lower costs during reservoir exploitation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A very comprehensive and complete book spanning all the aspects of stress within the accessible Earth. It is particularly useful in the fields of oil industry, geothermics and seismic hazard.' Tectonophysics

    '… a strong and authoritative treatment … Professor Zoback's book will be a valued guide and reference to geoscientists and engineers.' International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences

    'A major advantage of the book is … that it provides an excellent crossover between aspects of structural geology and reservoir engineering - a link that is all too often overlooked. … It is customary to have an 'ah but …', bit towards the end, but I genuinely have very few quibbles with this book. … I would recommend it to any geologist working in a situation where faults or fractures interact with the present-day stress field.' Tim Needham, Needham Geoscience, Illkley

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    Customer reviews

    28th Mar 2014 by Segioman

    In my opinion, I think is the best book about Reservoir Geomechanics

    07th Apr 2014 by Josetimanag

    It is a very interesting book about reservoir geomechanichs. I truly recommend this book for students and people who is eager to get into geomechanics

    11th Apr 2014 by Dafa

    the book is very important for professional education for petroleum engineering and geologist

    17th Mar 2016 by Yassinebrikat

    This interdisciplinary book encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. It's the most wonderful book

    19th Jul 2016 by AliMehrabifard

    This is truly amazing book, which I am used to read it more than everything else. I'm a petroleum engineer, but now mainly working and studying on rock and dealing with geomechanics aspects of the reservoirs and wellbore as my gradute studies. I love this area of my study and thank you professor Zoback for such a great book and course.

    21st Nov 2018 by WesamAhmedShaaban

    It's not easy to contact and read any subject about Geomechanics topics or papers.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521146197
    • length: 461 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 174 b/w illus. 48 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Principles:
    1. The tectonic stress field
    2. Pore pressure at depth in sedimentary basins
    3. Basic constitutive laws
    4. Rock failure in compression, tension and shear
    5. Fractures and faults in three dimensions
    Part II. Measuring Stress Orientation and Magnitude:
    6. Compressive and tensile failures in vertical wells
    7. Determination of S3 from minifracs and extended leak-off tests and constraining the magnitude of SHmax from wellbore failures in vertical wells
    8. Wellbore failure and stress determination in deviated wells
    9. Stress fields – from tectonic plates to reservoirs around the world
    Part III. Applications:
    10. Minimizing wellbore instability
    11. Critically stressed faults and fluid flow
    12. Reservoir depletion

  • Author

    Mark D. Zoback, Stanford University, California
    Mark Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. The author/co-author of approximately 250 published research papers, he is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2006 he was awarded the Emil Wiechert Medal of the German Geophysical Society and in 2008, the Walter S. Bucher Medal of the American Geophysical Union.

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