Module 8. Fracturing and Mechanical Stratigraphy

Course Details

Despite advances in imaging fractures in sub-surface datasets such as borehole image logs and a large collection of seismic attributes, the basics of fractures are poorly understood by most.

This module introduces participants to the process of fracturing and common fracture types. Several core and outcrop photos are used to illustrate the differences.

The course also covers mechanical stratigraphy and its control on production. Case studies from producing carbonate reservoirs are presented to develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between fractures and reservoir quality.


• Geologists
• Geophysicists who wish to better understand carbonate seismology and seismic stratigraphy
• Petrophysicists
• Engineers who wish to develop a better understanding of the factors that control distribution, reservoir connectivity and compartmentalization in carbonate reservoirs

• Graduate Students (Masters or Doctorate) who wish to develop a better understanding of the petroleum industry and the importance of carbonate reservoirs


The course assumes no prior knowledge of carbonates therefore we also encourage non-geoscientists and graduate-students to enroll.

Course Outline