Course Description

Advances in Characterization, Modelling and Simulation of Fractured Reservoirs

Duration: 5 days


  • Presenters: Professor David J Sanderson (University of Southampton, UK),  Professor Martin Blunt (Imperial College, London)
  • Prerequisites:  A basic understanding of multiphase fluid flow and fractured reservoirs.
  • Aims:  To give an overview of the state-of-the-art in reservoir characterisation and simulation including discrete fracture simulation and field-scale dual porosity modelling.
  • Who should attend? Reservoir engineers and geoscientists working on fractured reservoirs.

Learning Outcome: The course conveys an understanding of fracture reservoir characterisation and corresponding typical flow behaviour of fractured reservoirs and the shortcomings of conventional models as illustrated by simulation results.

Day – 1

Introduction to fracture characterisation and modelling (David Sanderson)

  • Introduction to fractured reservoirs
    1. What are Fractures?
    2. What are Fractured Reservoirs?
  • Origin of fractures –
    1. Fracture types, fractography
    2. Rock failure and fracture mechanics
  • Sampling fractures
    1. Fracture attributes
    2. Controls of fracture density and orientation
    3. Scaling of faults and fractures
  • Fracture networks – connectivity and percolation

Day – 2

Characterisation and prediction of fractures in reservoirs (David Sanderson)

  • Fractures in boreholes
    1. Natural and induced fractures
    2. Image and wire-line logs
    3. Fracture density and conductivity with depth
  • Crustal stress
    1. Geostatic stress states
    2. Determination of stress in wells
  • Prediction of sub-seismic faults and fractures in reservoirs
    1. Geological drivers
    2. Damage and geomechanics
  • Single phase flow in fractures and fracture networks
    1. Fracture porosity and permeability
    2. Discrete Fracture Network models
    3. Complexity of fracture controlled fluid flow

 Day – 3

Morning- Fractured reservoirs (David Sanderson)

  • Role of critically stressed fractures and fluid flow
  • Case Histories

Afternoon- Introduction to fractured reservoir simulation (Martin Blunt)

  • Overview of displacement processes in fractured reservoirs
  • Capillary imbibition
  • Gravity drainage
  • Wettability and recovery timescales
  • Wettability alteration

Day – 4

Issues in simulating fractured reservoirs (Martin Blunt)

  • Dual porosity and dual permeability formulation
  • Conventional treatment of matrix/fracture transfer
  • Physically-based transfer functions
  • Up-scaling
  • Relationship to discrete fracture simulations

 Day – 5

Field-scale simulation of fractured reservoirs (Martin Blunt)

  • Grid-based simulation
  • Streamline-based simulation
  • Field-scale case histories
  • Large-scale consequences of different displacement processes
  • Fracture-to-field simulation

Course material: All diagrams used in the lectures will be made available in the lecture notes. Copies of relevant scientific papers will also be made available to participants.


Price per delegate £3950.00

Location: London

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BluntMartin Blunt is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Head of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. He has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.  Prof Blunt’s research interests are in multi-phase flow in porous media, with applications to improved oil recovery, carbon sequestration and contaminant transport and clean-up.  He has published over 100 research papers and is on the editorial board of three international journals.  Prof Blunt won the Cedric Ferguson award from the SPE in 1996 and was an SPE Distinguished lecturer in 2001/2002.  Click here to read more …

SandersonDavid Sanderson is Professor of Tectonics and Geomechanics in the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. His main technical areas of interests are in tectonics, tectonophysics and geomechanics. David is a former Professor of Geophysics at the University of Southampton (1989-1998) and HH Read Professor of Geology at Imperial College (1998-2007). He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Structural Geology and is a former editor of this journal. He is Chair of the Education Committee of the Geological Society of London. Click here to read more…