Rock Physics provides the connections between elastic properties measured at the surface of the earth, within the borehole environment or in the laboratory with the intrinsic properties of rocks, such as mineralogy, porosity, pore shapes, pore fluids, pore pressures, permeability, viscosity, stresses and overall architecture such as laminations and fractures. Rock Physics provides the understanding and theoretical tools required to optimize all imaging and characterization solutions based on elastic data.

The present site is a collection of resources for rock physicists and those who use the results of rock physics in their work.

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Geophysicists are skilled at deducing static earth structure from observations of seismic, electromagnetic, and gravitational fields. A fuller appreciation of earth dynamics cannot, however, be realized without a rigorous understanding of the physical properties of earth materials under in situ conditions. Rock Physics investigations provide this key link between rock physical properties and geophysical, deformation and transport signatures. Over the last half-century, Rock Physicists have made considerable progress addressing problems in exploration geophysics, volcanology, crustal seismology, earthquake faulting and petrophysics. Somewhat regrettably, however, much of this work is carried out independently within these increasingly specialized communities; and our experiences are not as widely shared as they should be. The aim of this workshop is to gather Rock Physicists from these various disciplines to share information of state-of the art laboratory measurements, theory, modelling and interpretation that will assist our common goals of evaluating the effects of fractures, rock composition, microstructures, and fluids on geophysical observations. This workshop will centre on new and novel practices in experimental design, modelling, and borehole logging and be illustrated by results from Scientific Drilling programs, hydrocarbon and geothermal exploration, and volcanology, among others. The format of the workshop is intended to foster lively and open debate. Invited speakers will kick-off each session to be followed by set periods for discussion and modified speed-geeking format poster presentations. The Technical Committee is seeking a broad range of participants from industry, academia, and research institutions to share their Rock Physics work within the general session themes of:
  • Tectonic stress and deformation
  • Crustal fluids and fluid pressures
  • Rock microstructure and transport properties
  • New experimental developments
  • Numerical modelling advances at the micro- and macro-scale
  • Rock physics theoretical models
  • Monitoring rock-fluid alteration
Submit your abstract now through February 12th, 2016.

Rock Physics Influencers

January-February 2016: Erling Fjær

Erling Fjær is a chief scientist at SINTEF Petroleum Research in Trondheim, Norway. He also holds a position as adjunct professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. For the last 30 years, he has been working within the areas of rock mechanics and rock physics...

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Upcoming events

StartEvent NameWebsite
February 14, 2016 Rock Physics for Seismic Reservoir Characterization course by Dr. Tapan Mukerj 
February 23, 2016 Poroelasticity Minisymposium 2016 
February 29, 2016 Understanding and Adapting Rockphysics Principles for Mudrock (Shale) Reservoirs by Manika Prasad 
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Recent Contributions by Members

"Colin Sayers" recently added a comment on What are unresolved issues in rock physics? Aug 9, 2015. "One important issue concerns the estimation of geomechanical properties, such as static elastic moduli, rock strength, friction angle, etc., from rock physics properties. Read more