SEG postconventional workshop - W14: “Evidence and understanding of frequency and scale dependencies of rock properties: Fabric, textures and rock physics modelling at reservoir scale”

posted Jun 10, 2017, 10:18 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

Dear all,

The organizers of W14 workshop will run a Postconventional Workshop at SEG annual meeting on Friday 29 2017  

W14: “Evidence and understanding of frequency and scale dependencies of rock properties: Fabric, textures and rock physics modelling at reservoir scale



The ultimate goal in geophysics is to characterize subsurface rock properties and fluid content at different scales.  The understanding why petrophysical properties of rocks are different at different scales and how to use them correctly in upscaling are crucial for reservoir modelling. In this workshop, we will review the current state of the understanding of the scale and time dependency of multi-physics properties of rocks.  The following themes are expected to be addressed from both theoretical and experimental point of view: variations of rocks lithology, porosity, permeability at micro, core, borehole and reservoir scales; rock mechanical properties variations including a difference between static and dynamic moduli, elastic moduli and attenuation dispersion; upscaling from micro to reservoir scale.



If you want to contribute to this topic, please send proposed title and a short abstract to PCW organizers: Maxim Lebedev (Curtin University) ,  Mark Chapman (University of Edinburgh) , Erik Saenger (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) , Vadim Lisitsa (IPGG) , Ran Bachrach (Schlumberger)


Please note that the speaker at this workshop will get 50% discount off the workshops. If registered before July 1st.

This year there is an opportunity to have your workshop abstracts published to SEG Digital library. Of course this is optional.

The list of workshops is available at the SEG annual meeting website:





A vote for the next 5IWRP

posted Jun 2, 2017, 12:38 PM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 11:17 PM ]

At the end of the 4IWRP proceedings in Trondheim, a vote by the Workshop attendees decided that the next 5th International Workshop on Rock Physics (5IWRP) will be held in Hong Kong, in May/June of 2019 (Exact dates to be decided). The workshop will be co-organized by Arthur Cheng of National University of Singapore and Teng-Fong Wong of Chinese University of Hong Kong

EAGE workshop: Rock Physics: The Essential Tool in Oil & Gas

posted Jan 15, 2017, 12:53 PM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 12:54 PM ]

Rock Physics underpins much of modern Reservoir Modelling and Simulation.  Similarly, it is instrumental to intelligent Field Management.  In the broadest sense, it provides robust Theoretical, Experimental and Computational methods for maximising Value of Information, quantifying Risk & Uncertainty, and optimising Decision-Making, over the entire Field Lifecycle - in essence, it transforms raw data into essential Reservoir properties, and allows us to make rigorous predictions about Coupled Rock/Fluid behaviour in the presence of uncertainty.  As the Industry navigates through challenging Economic times, greater technical complexity, and into the era of Big Data, Rock Physics is set to take centre-stage in integrating and facilitating our understanding of the Subsurface.

Following the success of three previous workshops held in Dubai 2012, Oman 2014 and Istanbul 2016, EAGE is planning a fourth Rock Physics workshop to take place in Abu Dhabi, on 11 - 13 November 2017.   The past workshops witnessed a total of 70 presentations from around the globe, with different perspec­tives, including academia, research, oil companies and service providers, which really emphasized the sig­nificance rock physics has started to play in our everyday geoscience workflows. From frontier plays to field development and optimization, rock physics is now an entirely integrated science.

In this fourth EAGE workshop we will be further building upon the main theme of the role of rock physics in reservoir modelling and simulation. The theme encourages a showcase of studies and chal­lenges in the field-development life cycles, where rock physics has been integral.

Call for Abstracts is currently open for both oral and poster presentations, with the deadline for submitting as 15 April 2017.  The technical committee invites you to submit an abstract of 2–4 pages, on the following topics: 

  • Reservoir Modeling & Simulation
  • Geomechanics & Fracture Characterization
  •  Sedimentological Integration with Rock Physics
  • Carbonate Rock Physics
  • Experimental Rock Physics
  • Geophysical Petrophysics
  • Computational Rock Physics
  • AVA Seismic Data Conditioning & Inversion
  • Uncertainty Quantification

 Other information:

Event website:

Submission Guidelines and Abstract template:

Call for Abstracts submission portal:

Contact person: Asha Aliya  tel: +971 (4) 3693897

The 2017 CGS/SEG International Geophysical Conference: Final call for abstract

posted Jan 4, 2017, 2:41 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jan 4, 2017, 2:42 AM ]

Abstract submission deadline is now January 10th The 2017CGS/SEG International Geophysical Conference on the 17-20th April in Qingdao, China gives a final call on abstract submission. There is still time for the submission of abstracts with the topics of rock physics, mineral & mining geophysics, and borehole geophysics.Click here for more information

The 8th Annual Rock Physics Reception at SEG in Dallas

posted Sep 15, 2016, 11:33 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 11:42 AM ]

Please join us for the 8th Annual Rock Physics Reception!

During this years Dallas SEG Annual Meeting, please join us for drinks and snacks, an inspiring rock physics talk, and to connect with all your rock physics friends, old & new!

We will meet on Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 from 17:30-20:30 h at The Full Circle Tavern on 1319 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75216. The venue is approximately a 15 minute walk away from the Convention Center. A map with more details is provided in the invitation flier.

A big thank you to our gracious sponsors Ikon Science, Qeye Labs, and Shell for supporting the free drinks and food. We have 150 spots open for you, to claim one of them please register yourself here swiftly if you are likely to attend.  Please un-register in case that you cant come, after all. If you want to bring a friend or colleague along, please ask him or her to sign up as well. Please either accept or decline since we do need to firm-up the headcount soon!

To sign up, please RSVP with your name and email address here:

If you would like vegetarian food or have other feedback, please indicate that in the comment box.

If your company or institution is interested in co-sponsoring next years event, please contact Stephan, Email: 

We RP Reception organizers look forward seeing you in Dallas!

 David Cho, Stephan Gelinsky, Boris Gurevich, Michael Kemper, Alex Martinez, Kyle Spikes, and Zee Wang

SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2016 in Dallas is available

posted Sep 10, 2016, 6:16 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 11:05 AM ]

SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2016 in Dallas is available

There are a total of ten Rock Physics Sessions:

6 RP Oral Sessions:
  • RP 1 - Pore Space Effects and Permeability
  • RP 2 - Shale Rock Physics
  • RP 3 - Stress Effects and Anisotropy
  • RP 4 - Rock Characterization - Measurements and Models
  • RP 5 - Models from Pore to Basin Scale
  • RP 6 - Laboratory Analyses of Heterogeneous Rocks
3 RP E-Poster Sessions:
  • RP E-P1 - Fractures and Effective Media

  • RP E-P2 - Advanced Models

  • RP E-P3 - Heavy Oils and Novel Experiments

1 RP Poster Session:
  • RP P1 - Fluids, Rocks, and their Interaction

Geophysical Prospecting Special Issue July 2016: Advances in Rock Physics

posted Sep 4, 2016, 4:05 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 6:19 AM ]

The special issue of Geophysical Prospecting from the 3IWRP conference is now out.

Introduction to the special issue ‘Advances in Rock Physics’

Authors: Tobias M. MullerAngus I. BestDavid Dewhurst and Mark Sams 
Issue: Vol 64No 4, July 2016 pp. 785 - 788 
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12409 
Organisations: WileyEAGE 
Special Topic: Advances in Rock Physics 
Language: English 
Info: Article,  PDF ( 325.19Kb ) 

Rock physics research aims at understanding and quantifying physical phenomena associated with fluid-saturated porous rocks. It links rock properties to geophysical observables via laboratory experiments, in situ field observations, and deduction of conceptual models underpinned by physical principles. As such, it plays an ever-increasingly important role in geophysical data interpretation and inversion for rock properties. Rock physics has become an indispensable component for the exploration, development, and surveillance of oil and gas reservoirs. Rock physics appears to be an active research area. This is now the third special issue in Geophysical Prospecting dedicated to rock physics following the special issues edited by Sayers (2013) and Best (2014). In this special issue of Geophysical Prospecting, we present a selection of 26 papers predominantly drawn from the presentations given at the Third International Workshop on Rock Physics (3IWRP), held in Perth, Australia, 13–17 April 2015. This workshop attracted more than 100 participants from all over the world from both industry and academia.

Geophysics Call for Papers: Deciphering fractured rock properties from seismic wavefields

posted Aug 27, 2016, 12:54 PM by IARP Admin   [ updated Aug 27, 2016, 1:19 PM ]

 Call for Papers

Deciphering fractured rock properties from seismic wavefields

Fractures and fracture networks are important geological objects that tend to dominate the mechanical and hydraulic properties of rocks. Their presence has a profound impact on the management of most carbonate, shale gas, tight gas, and tight oil reservoirs. Seismic methods are considered as an important tool to detect and provide information on fractures, such as predominant orientation, sizes, and density. However, even though there is a good understanding of the effects of fractures on seismic wave propagation, the detailed characterization of fractured rocks based on seismic data is an ultimate frontier in exploration geophysics. New research efforts are needed to achieve this important goal.

This special section of Geophysics is dedicated to seismic waves in fractured media and how seismic signatures can be used to characterize fractured rock masses. We invite papers with novel contributions in this field, covering theoretical and experimental aspects at different spatial and temporal scales and also case studies of seismic fracture characterization. More information click here

Submission deadline: 1 February 2017

Geophysics Call for Papers: Geomechanics for heterogeneous and time-dependent rocks and its applications to unconventional reservoirs

posted Aug 17, 2016, 8:24 AM by IARP Admin

Geophysics Call for Papers

Geomechanics for heterogeneous and time-dependent rocks and its applications to unconventional reservoirs

This special section of Geophysics discusses the inherent heterogeneous and timedependent
nature of unconventional reservoir rocks, and the importance of rock fabric to
geomechanical applications. It reviews measurements of heterogeneity and rock fabric,
obtained at various scales (seismic to laboratory sample scale), and their scaling
relationships. It reviews the rock fabric of layering, lithologic interfaces, mineralized
fractures, and other weak discontinuities present in unconventional reservoirs. It reviews
time-dependent deformation (creep) and time-dependent rock/fluid interactions, for
example, associated to clay and organic content, and their increased surface area. It
integrates these to propose better models and more representative solutions to
geomechanical problems. More information click here.

Submission deadline: 30 November 2016

Free Reservoir Geomechanics class from Dr. Mark Zoback

posted Mar 15, 2016, 11:01 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 11:29 AM ]

Dr. Mark Zoback of Stanford University will be offering a video-based course on Reservoir Geomechanics. The course comprises of 20 lectures and is free to register 
starting March 29. Register now.

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