EAGE E-lecture by Rune M Holt (NTNU)

posted Jul 17, 2018, 7:57 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 7:58 AM ]

EAGE E-lecture 
by Rune M Holt (NTNU) 
under a very interesting topic which relates laboratory testing and rock physics for 4D applications 

"Importance of Overburden Stress Path in Assessment of Stress Dependence for 4D Applications"

Rune M Holt

Invitation to submit abstract at 2018 AGU: Coupled-processes and multi-scale understanding ...

posted Jun 28, 2018, 3:45 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:46 AM ]

Dear colleagues,


We invite you to consider submitting an abstract to our co-organised session at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, which will be held on 10-14 December 2018 in Washington.


Session ID: 48320

Session Title: MR005. Coupled-processes and multi-scale understanding of geological storage reservoirs: Experimental and modelling approaches in rock physics (see session description* below)

Section/Focus Group: Mineral and Rock Physics

View Session Details:


Georgios Papageorgiou (University of Edinburgh)

Jordi Delgado (University of La Coruña)

Ismael Falcon-Suarez (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)


The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, 1 August 23:59 EDT.


We look forward to receiving your abstract and seeing you in Washington!



*Session description:

Carbon Capture (Utilization) and Storage CC(U)S technology encompasses injecting CO2 into deep geological formations, at specific sites selected for long-term (>10,000 yr), large-scale storage. CO2-injection may compromise the integrity of geological reservoirs due to the coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechano-Chemical phenomena (THMCs) derived from CO2-fluid-rock interactions. Likewise, the scale problem, which is central for the characterization and monitoring of reservoirs during and after injection (e.g., seismic surveys), is typically linked to observations of reservoir properties derived from core and log data.

This session aims to highlight the importance of the THMCs processes, their scale dependency and the necessity of a unified understanding based on experimental and mathematical approaches. We welcome researchers to share their work on coupled processes including experimentation and/or modeling, and the application/development of direct/indirect measurement and tracking techniques. Particularly attractive will be those works addressing the incidence of THMC during CC(U)S.

Call for Papers for “Physical Properties of Rocks, Friction and Fracturing: the Walsh Volume”

posted May 30, 2018, 11:41 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:19 AM ]

To honor the memory of Dr. Joseph B. Walsh’s life and work, Yves Benerbe (MIT) and Wenlu Zhu (University of Maryland) are organizing a special collection in the Journal of Geophysical Research--Solid Earth: Physical Properties of Rocks, Friction and Fracturing: The Walsh Volume.
Joe Walsh’s work elucidated many questions regarding the mechanical and transport properties of rocks. The special collection will include a few of the seminal papers by Joe as well as new contributions reporting recent advances in the general field of rock physics, emphasizing laboratory measurements and modeling of rock properties, friction and fracturing. Experimental, observational and theoretical papers will be considered.
The Call for papers is posted here:
The collection has been activated in GEMS. Authors submitting to this collection should choose it during submission.
The submission period is May 15, 2018-October 15, 2019. 

Get ready for the 5IWRP in Hong Kong

posted May 1, 2018, 3:08 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:20 AM ]

Get ready for the 5IWRP
The 5th International Workshop on Rock Physics

Date: 23-26 April 2019
Venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR

Optional field trip on Saturday 27 April 2019
Details and call for paper will be posted at the end of June

Geophysics Call for Papers on Hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale and their upscaling

posted Feb 26, 2018, 5:48 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 9:14 AM ]

Geophysics Call for Papers

Hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale and their upscaling

This special section of Geophysics is dedicated to studies of hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale which complement or extend the classical understanding of rock poroelasticity. In the process of upscaling coupled hydromechanical phenomena of fluid-saturated porous media, classical theories of poroelasticity neglect certain pore-scale effects, which may strongly affect geophysical acoustic measurements in the seismic-to-sonic frequency range. Hence, we propose to revisit the pore scale to explore poroelasticity in its full range of possibilities as well as to consider new upscaling approaches. We are aiming at a representative sampling of the latest advances in this area inspired and motivated by recent developments in a number of techniques. For example, advances in laboratory-based characterization techniques now enable well constrained investigations of frequency-dependent effects in fluid-saturated rocks. Advances in numerical techniques, combined with the continuous increase of computation power, allow for higher resolution and more accurate estimates of hydraulic and mechanical properties based on 3D image data sets of the rock microstructure or on stochastic distributions of microstructural features.

Ultimately, this special section aims at presenting current state-of-the-art developments in the research field and to stimulate interest not only among rock physicists but also among reservoir geophysicists. We invite researchers to submit original research articles, as well as review articles, covering theoretical, numerical, and experimental aspects.

Read more  or download here.

Topics of interest include:

  • Laboratory measurements of hydromechanical properties of rocks 
  • Theories of poroelasticity
  • Effective medium theories 
  • Pore-scale numerical simulations 
  • Computations of effective mechanical or hydraulic properties 
  • Numerical upscaling approaches
  • Attenuation and velocity dispersion caused by pore-scale phenomena 
  • Studies based on images (e.g., SEM, X-Ray micro-CT) of the rock microstructure 
  • Interpretation of borehole pressure transients considering the hydromechanical coupling 

Manuscripts must be uploaded using the Geophysics online submission system ( and will undergo the standard SEG Geophysics review process, which includes a double-blind peer review by three reviewers. When uploading manuscripts, please select Hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale and their upscaling as the manuscript type.

The submissions will be processed according to the following timeline:

Manuscript submission deadline:

1 July 2018

Peer review complete:

1 February 2019

All files submitted for production:

15 April 2019

Publication of issue:

May-June 2019

Special section editors: Beatriz QuintalHolger SteebErik H. SaengerEva CaspariMaxim Lebedev

Photo credit: Kathleen Sell, 2018, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

Rock Physics related workshops at the 80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 12:59 PM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

Sunday 10 June 2018

H. Klemm (Maersk Oil)
H. Omre (NTNU)
P. Avseth (NTNU)

Monday 11 June 2018
WS10: Overburden Characterisation integrating Geomechanics, Pore Pressure Prediction, Rock Physics, 3D and 4D Seismic

M. Willumsen (GEUS)
I. Fabricius (DTU)

Friday 15 June 2018
WS18: Imaging the Microstructure of Reservoir Rocks in 3D and 4D

H. Osholm Sørensen, (University of Copenhagen)
D. Müter
K. Dalby

SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2017 in Houston is available

posted Aug 26, 2017, 6:29 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2017 in Houston is available

There are a total of 11 Rock Physics Sessions:

7 RP Oral Sessions:

RP 1 - Wavefields and Dispersion

RP 2 - Seismic-scale Applications

RP 3 - Experiments and Models for Shale

RP 4 - Rock Physics Modeling Approaches

RP 5 - S-waves, Carbonates, Fractures, and Oil Sands

RP 6 - Data Integration

RP 7 - Transport Properties, Fractures, and Microstructures

2 RP E-Poster Sessions:

RP E-P1 - Pore Space, Frequencies, and Minerals

RP E-P2 - Digital Rock Physics Advances

2 RP Poster Session:

RP P1 - Carbonate and Digital Textures

RP P2 - Rock Property Assessments

Dario Grana, University of Wyoming was awarded the EAGE’s Arie van Weelden Award for 2017

posted Jul 5, 2017, 3:09 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 3:35 AM ]

Photo during award ceremony

Dario Grana, a University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, is a 2017 recipient of EAGE’s Arie van Weelden Award. It is presented to an EAGE member “who has made a highly significant contribution to one or more of the disciplines in the association.”

“Though a young professional, Dario Grana’s career accomplishments would grace the CV of many a mature researcher,” his citation reads.

Grana has written or co-written 15 peer-reviewed publications, a book chapter and a book, “Seismic Reflections of Rock Properties.” His research topics include reservoir characterization; geophysical inverse problems; seismic history matching; and rock physics.

He has won funding as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on five research projects, with two other grant applications in review.

His teaching experience includes 10 courses, and he supervises six Ph.D. students and three postdoctoral researchers.

Grana, who came to UW after earning his Ph.D. at Stanford, has received numerous honors. In 2016, he was recognized by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) for his contributions to the field of rock physics with SEG’s J. Clarence Karcher Award. In 2014, he won the Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award from the Society for Petroleum Engineering, as well as the Eni Award from the president of Italy for developing an innovative method to obtain information about oil and gas reservoirs using seismic techniques.

Read more on EAGE award website

Special Issue Title: "Rock-physics - From microstructure to seismic signatures"

posted Jul 3, 2017, 2:51 PM by IARP Admin   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:48 AM ]

Special Issue Title: "Rock-physics - From microstructure to seismic signatures"

Call for Papers:

This special issue invites contributions which make novel theoretical, experimental and applied developments within the field of rock-physics. We invite extended and updated versions of papers published at the recent 4th International Rock Physics Workshop in Trondheim, as well as submissions from anyone presenting new, innovative results in the field of rock-physics. 

Rock-physics has received increased attention in the last decade due to the revolutionary exploitation of energy resources from unconventinals (shale gas, oil shales, tar sands). In particular, the investigations of nano- and micro-scale features of these types of reservoirs have proven to be an important part of the successful production of oil and gas from these plays. Also in the last decade, quantitative interpretation (QI) workflows where rock-physics constitutes a fundamental part, have become standard procedures in the petroleum industry. 
One of the big challenges in rock-physics, is to bridge the gap between the different scales, from nano- and micro scale, where most of the experimantal work is done, to the well log and seismic scale, where most of the applications are made. Also, with recent applications of seismic geomechanics, there is a need to better understand the relationship between static and dynamic rock physics properties. One of the key topics of discussions at the 4IRPW in Trondheim, was whether we are able to honor fundamental rock physics in our integrated and upscaled QI workflows. With recent focus on machine learning and big data analysis, there is also a question of the future role of rock-physicisits, and how we integrate rock physics with computer science. 

Suggested Topics:

We encourage the submission of papers covering different topics, from pure, fundamental research to more applied demonstrations and integrated case studies. More specifically, we suggest the following topics:

  • Fluid effects on rock physics: Dispersion (from sub-seismic to ultrasonic), attenuation and saturation dependenc
  • Geological processes and rock physics 
  • Rock physics of unconventional reservoirs
  • The impact of geomechanics on rock physics and vice versa
  • Novel laboratory techniques
  • Integrated use and analysis of multiple measurement techniques (elastic, electromagnetic, NMR, and others)
  • Fractured rock physics and anisotropy
  • Up- & down-scaling
  • Quantitative interpretation using rock physics and/or machine learning
  • Time-lapse seismic applications
  • Shallow / near-surface rock physics for environmental and geohazard studies
  • Deep crustal and geothermal applications


Contributed papers are welcome to be submitted to “Geophysical Prospecting” by normal procedure via the Scholar One system (, but notify upon submission the title of the Special Issue: "Rock-physics - From microstructure to seismic signatures". 

Important dates: 

Submission starts:                               July 15th, 2017              

Paper submission deadline:                October, 1st, 2017  (Deadline extended to October, 31st, 2017)

Acceptance/rejection notification:        February, 15th, 2018

Paper publication:                                May, 2018  

Editorial Board: 

Per Avseth, NTNU/G&G Resources: SI Guest Editor 

Andreas Bauer, Sintef/NTNU: AE

Ran Bachrach, Schlumberger: AE 

Mark Chapman, Edinburgh University: AE

Angus Best, National Oceanography Centre: AE and DE for Geophysical Prospecting.

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:





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