Knowledge Pipeline Webinar Series

The Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at The University of Texas at Austin presents lunchtime webinars reflecting the integrated nature of research conducted at the center. CPGE's vision is to enable energy security that balances environmental impact and affordable resources through leadership and technological innovation. With each lunchtime seminar, CPGE shares perspectives from a variety of scientists, engineers and technologists who are working on some of the hottest topics at the intersection of economical energy resources and environmental impact.

CPGE Knowledge Pipeline Webinar Series

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Knowledge Pipeline Webinar Schedule

December 8, 2017: Big Data Analytics for Petroleum Engineering: Hype or Panacea? Little Data + Simple Model = Big Data?

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THANK YOU to Drs Prodanović, Nguyen, and Johnston for an informative webinar. You can watch the webinar recording and download the presentation slides by using the links below:


Webinar Overview

Join CPGE for a free webinar for a discussion on the latest developments in subsurface foam applications. Dr. Nguyen will present his current research on advanced gas and chemical enhanced oil recovery methods in hydrocarbon formations with low permeability under hassle conditions (i.e. high salinity and high temperature), thermal and solvent based recovery of heavy oil and oil shale, improved production of unconventional resources, and engineering of complex fluids (foam, emulsion, polymer gel, nanoparticle dispersion) for near wellbore conformance and far-field fluid mobility control. Dr. Maša Prodanović and Dr. Keith Johnston will discuss the recent advances in foam subsurface applications. Please contact Krystal Boulanger at for more information.

Reservoir SimulatorsListen to the webinar recording: Reservoir Simulators   Download the presentation slides

Join the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) on Friday, August 5, at noon for a free webinar to hear perspectives on various topics in computational methods in reservoir simulation development and application. This webinar will present an overview of procedures for coupling reservoir simulation with geomechanics that include fixed stress splitting. This also includes fracture propagation using a newly developed phase-field approach for porous media, which can treat proppant transport. Our speakers from CPGE will also include application examples for field problems such as three-dimensional computational parallel fracture propagation, stress evolution, reservoir compaction, and fault activation.


Thank you to Drs Olson, Sharma & Heidari for a great webinar!   

Listen to the webinar from February 19, 2016     Download the 2/19/16 Presentation slides

Horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas production in the United States over the past decade.  We give an overview of some of the geologic and geo-mechanical aspects of fracturing in shales.  In particular we look at hydraulic fracture / natural fracture interaction, stress shadow effects that impact simultaneous fracture propagation from adjacent perforation clusters in horizontal wells, and the advances in proppants and novel frac fluid formulations. We conclude by weighing the environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing with the benefits society has derived from the application of the technology.

November 11, 2015  |   Noon - 1pm

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Description and program purpose:

Knowledge PipelineTune in to this free webinar to hear perspectives on the current status of chemical EOR from Dr. Gary Pope and Dr. Mojdeh Delshad with the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Our experts will briefly summarize some of the new advances in chemical EOR methods such as polymer flooding, surfactant-polymer flooding, alkaline-surfactant-polymer flooding and low tension gas flooding. Advances include new polymers and surfactants for harsh reservoir conditions, new hybrid methods such as combining heat and chemicals for heavy oils and improved predictive tools such as the latest UTCHEM software. Presenters will highlight what methods work best under different conditions, what are the most favorable reservoir characteristics for each method, current chemical costs, simulation of pilots and recent field successes with chemical EOR. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Matt Balhoff, who will field questions from the audience for our speakers.

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(due to audio difficulties, the first 30 seconds of the webinar were not recorded. The recording begins with the first presentation slide)

Description & objectives of the webinar:

This 'hosted' webinar will present current trends and advances in the use of nanoparticles for petroleum engineering applications. Nanoparticles have shown tremendous promise in laboratory work for various aspects of producing oil and gas. Their stability in high-salinity brines makes then an attractive alternative to surfactants for creating emulsions for secondary oil recovery. In addition, ongoing work shows the promise of nanoparticles in creating alternative fracturing fluids that require very little water. We will also discuss the use of superparamagnetic nanoparticles to deliver targeted hyperthermia either in the reservoir or along subsea pipelines and for use in cleanup of flowback water. Tune in to this webinar to hear perspectives from two researchers in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Drs. Hugh Daigle and Chun Huh provide perspectives on subsurface applications of nanoparticles in petroleum engineering, and take questions from the audience.

Listen to Induced Seismicity Webinar     Download the presentation slides  (presentation slides are 17.5M)

Webinar sessionDescription & objectives of the webinar:

This 'hosted' webinar will present a multi-disciplinary perspective on the current hot topic of induced seismicity. The widespread application of hydraulic fracturing to develop petroleum resources has increased the need to dispose of flowback fluids in deep injection wells. In several geographic areas this appears to have triggered earthquakes in locations where there is no previous historical record of earthquakes. Texas has had a very active petroleum industry for about a century, and at present there are more than 10,000 active disposal wells in Texas. Thus, Texas serves as a huge natural experiment where we can explore how earthquakes are related to both fluid injection and petroleum extraction. Tune in to this webinar to hear perspectives from an earthquake seismologist (Dr. Cliff Frohlich, Institute for Geophysics) and an expert in geomechanics (Dr. Jon Olson, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering) on the issue of induced seismicity. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Mark McClure of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Dr. McClure will facilitate a lively discussion between the two presenters and preside over questions from the audience.