The 2016-17 Dallas Chapter Officers:

PresidentJohn Byars, JByars at nutechenergy.com

VP/Technology, Mriganko Sarkar, Mriganko.Sarkar at pxd.com

Secretary, Violeta Lujan, violeta.lujan at gmail.com

TreasurerRay Wydrinski, Ray.Wydrinski at pxd.com

Past PresidentRay Wydrinski, Ray.Wydrinski at pxd.com

Publicity & Promotion, Jim Lewis, jlewis1 at gmail.com

Monthly Chapter Meeting:

GREAT NEWS!!  The Dallas Chapter will continue to meet in the DeGolyer & MacNaughton sponsored business conference room located in the Providence Towers building at 5001 Spring Valley Road in North Dallas. Located north of LBJ (I-635), south of Belt Line Road, and on the west side of the North Dallas Tollway, this building has the large open archway in its middle and has a red granite facade. The meeting room is located on the first floor of the East Tower. Parking is underground ($1) and can be accessed from either Spring Valley Road or from the southbound service road of the tollway. 

Please RSVP early in order that enough food is ordered and that the chapter does not order too much!!

Meetings start at 11:30 for a social gathering, followed by a catered buffet at noon (cost $20, students $10).

Please contact Violeta Lujan (mailto:dallasspwla@yahoo.com?subject=RSVP) to receive future meeting notifications by email and for making luncheon reservations (RSVP).


Next meeting - 9 March 2017  ( 2nd Thursday )

How can Microfracturing Improve Reservoir Management? 

presented by

Mayank Malik
( Chevron Energy Technology Company )


Microfracturing is an excellent method of obtaining direct, in-situ stress measurements, not only in shales, but in conventional reservoirs as well. Recent advances have shown that microfracturing can help improve reservoir management by guiding well placement, optimizing injection rates, and managing perforation strategy.

Microfracturing consists of isolating small test intervals in a well between inflatable packers, increasing the pressure until a small fracture forms and then by conducting a few injection and shut-in cycles, extend the fracture beyond the influence of the wellbore. Results show that direct stress measurements can be successfully acquired at multiple intervals in a few hours and the vertical scale nearly corresponds to electric log resolution. Therefore, microfracture testing (generally performed in a pilot / vertical well) is an appropriate choice for calibrating log derived geomechanical models and obtaining a complete, accurate, and precise vertical stress profile.

This talk describes the microfracturing process and presents several examples that led to increased hydrocarbon recovery by efficient stimulation and/or completion design. Case studies presented range from optimizing hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs (Delaware Basin, USA), determining safe waterflood injection rates in brownfields (Offshore UK), and helping improve perforation placement in ultra-deepwater reservoirs.

Speaker Biography

Mayank Malik is the Global Formation Testing Expert in Chevron's Energy Technology Company and is a champion for advancing research on microfracturing.  He holds 3 degrees from three countries: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (India), MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto (Canada), and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Malik has authored numerous papers on petrophysics, formation testing, and microfracturing. He is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer and SPWLA Distinguished Speaker for 2016-17.



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