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AAPG Hedberg Research Conference


Evaluating the Hydrocarbon Sealing Potential of Faults and Caprocks

December 1-5, 2002, Barossa Valley, South Australia


Search and Discovery Article #90009 (2002)


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Sequence Stratigraphic Control of Seismic Properties and Facies Variation in Deepwater Shales, Outcrop and Subsurface Examples, by W.R. Almon, W.C. Dawson, S.J. Sutton, F.G. Ethridge, and B. Castelblanco

*Petrophysical Assessment of Lithology and Key Physical Properties of Mudstone Caprocks, by A.C. Aplin, Y. Yang, S.R. Larter, and J.K.S. Moore

Calibration and Application of Permedia MPATH for Modeling Secondary Migration, by S.S. Boettcher, S.A. Barboza, and J. Bunney

Fault-seal Calibration Using In-Situ Buoyancy Pressure, by P Bretan and G. Yielding

Capillary Effects on Fault-Fill Sealing Mechanisms and Rates, by A. Brown



*Fault Seal Integrity in the Timor Sea Area: Prediction of Trap Failure Using Well-Constrained Stress Tensors and Fault Surfaces Interpreted from 3D Seismic, by D.A. Castillo, D.J. Bishop, and M. de Ruig

Sealing and Non-Sealing Fault Along a Major Wrench Trend in the Kakap Area of the West Natuna Basin, by M. Chalik

*The Impact of Fault Seal Properties on Hydrocarbon Migration Modeling of the Oseberg-Syd Area, Viking Graben, by C. Childs, Ø. Sylta, S. Moriya, D. Hermansen, J. Strand, and J.J. Walsh

*Potential of Unconventional Petrophysical Methods (Electrical, Electrokinetic and NMR) for Estimation of Flow Properties of Fault Seals and Other Tight Rocks, by M.B. Clennell

*Seals – It’s All Geomechanics!, by G. Couples

*Capillary and Hydraulic Seal Failure in the Taranaki and East Coast Basins, New Zealand, by D. Darby, S. Ellis, and R. Funnell

Sealing Characteristics of Marine Shales Interpreted in a Sequence Stratigraphic Context, by W. C. Dawson and W.R. Almon

*Geomechanical and Microstructural Properties of Siliciclastic Fault Rocks and Their Impact on Prediction of Fault Reactivation, by D.N. Dewhurst, R.R. Hillis, R.M. Jones, and S.D. Mildren

*Stress Paths Leading to Fracture Propagation at Various Stages in the Rock Cycle: What are the Processes for Driving Stress to Failure in Caprock Seals?, by T. Engelder



*The Fluid Flow Properties of Faults in Sandstones, by Q. Fisher, M. Casey, and R. Knipe

Fault Geometry and Reservoir Pressure Data, Cooper Basin (Australia): Issues, Problems and Lessons Learned, by T. Flottmann and R. Garth

*Stress History Analysis from 3D Restoration of Faults: Initial Results and Implications for Fault Reactivation and Hydrocarbon Leakage in the Timor Sea Region, Australia, by A. Gartrell and M. Lisk

*An Integrated Earth Modelling Approach to Simulating Fault Flow Behavior, by M. Gerdes, K. Mabe, A. Bernath, W.D. Wiggins, and W. Sumner

*Vertical Hydrocarbon Seal Retention in Deep Offshore Tertiary Basins, by D. Grauls, J. L. Montenat, and M. Lescanne

*Seals, Barriers, and Baffles of the North Monagas Overthrust Giant Fields, Eastern Venezuela: Implications for Multi-scale Compartmentation of Clastic Reservoirs, by J. I. Guzmán, J. De Mena, L. Benkovics, E. Roa, C. Márquez, M. Alberdi, J. Maguregui, E. Hernández, and J. Franquet



*Using Detection of Seismic Chimneys in Seal Integrity Analysis, by R. Heggland

Seal Failure Related to Basin Scale Processes, by C. Hermanrud, H.M. Nordgard-Bolas, and G.M.G. Teige

Evaluating the Predictive Capabilities of Seal Technology, by S. Hippler

*Discrete element Stress Modeling in the Otway Basin, Australia, by S. Hunt and P.J. Boult

An Integrated, Quantitative Approach to Assessing Fault Seal Risk, by R.M. Jones and  R.R. Hillis



Potential in Cretaceous and Late Jurassic Rocks of the Vulcan Sub-Basin, North West Shelf, Australia, by T. Kivior, J.G. Kaldi, and S.C. Lang

*Fluid Flow Behavior of Faults: Critical Variables, Uncertainty Limits and Prediction, by R.J. Knipe, Q.J. Fisher, G. Jones, D.T. Needham, R.K. Davies, H.E. Edwards, J. Ellis, S. Freeman, S.D. Harris, M. Kay, A. Li, H. Lickorish, G. Phillips, J.R. Porter, D. Condliffe, P. Jones, S. O’Connor, N. Odling, and A.C. Barnicoat

Seal Sequence Stratigraphy and Seal Geometry, by S.C. Lang, T. Payenberg, R. Root, and T. Nakanishi

*Capillary Seal or Permeability Barrier: Field, Experimental, and Theoretical Considerations of Caprock Wetting State, by S. Larter, B. Bennett, A. Van Duin, B. Bowler, K. Bond, A. Aplin, J. Buckman, R. Winans, and R. di Primio

*Quantifying the Impact of the Fault Modeling Parameters on Production Forecasting from Clastic Reservoirs, by G. Lescoffit and C. Townsend

A New Approach to Integrated Top Seal Evaluation, by M. Lisk and A. Butcher

*Evaluation of Late Caprock Failure on Hydrocarbon Migration Using a Linked Pressure and Stress Simulator, by A.E. Lothe, H. Borge, and Ø. Sylta

Seal Risk and Expected Monetary Value, by D. Lowry



Top and Lateral Seal Integrity in the Thrusted Terrain of Northeast British Columbia, Canada, by T.J. MacRobert

*Numerical and Geological Advances in Fault Handling for Production Flow Simulation, by T. Manzocchi, J.J. Walsh, C. Childs, and A.E. Heath

*Risking Brittle Failure of Caprocks in the Otway Basin, Australia, by S.D. Mildren, P.J. Boult, and B. Camac

*FAST: A New Approach to Risking Fault Reactivation and Related Seal Breach, by S.D. Mildren and R.R. Hillis

*The Corinth Rift Laboratory: Monitoring of Active Faults, by I. Moretti, L. Micarelli, J.M. Daniel, Y. Geraud, N. Orellana, and M. Diraison

*A Probabilistic Fault Seal and Fault Breaching Assessment of a Norwegian Shelf Prospect: Considering Variance in Paleo and Present Stresses, Fault Geometry and Lithology, by T. Murray and C. Guargena

*Common Characteristics of Proven Sealing and Leaking Faults, by S.J. Naruk, W.F. Dula, J.P. Busch, B.A. Couzens-Schultz, L. Garmezy, H. Griffiths, A.M. Gunst, C.A. Hedlund, E. McAllister, U.O. Onyeagoro, B.M. Ozumba, and A. Younes

Stress Regimes – Important Controls on Leakage Mechanisms?, by H.M. Nordgard-Bolas, G.M.G. Teige, and C. Hermanrud

*Fault and Top Seal Failure: Exploration Risk or Rather a Missed Opportunity for Evaluating Hydrocarbon Prospectivity at Prospect to Sub-Basin Scale?, by G.W. O’Brien, G. Lawrence, A.K. Williams, and M. Brincat

*Structural Uncertainty Modeling in Reservoirs (Havana-SUM): The Effect of Varying Fault Geometry and Transmissibility on Recovery, by S. Ottesen and C. Townsend



*From 2D to 4D Fracture Network Model, Structural Modeling of a Complex Thrust Trap: Implications for Top Seal: A Case Study From the Tarija Basin, Argentina, by Carlo Sanders and Massimo Bonora – presented by Titus Murray

*Importance of Seals and Flow Barriers in E&P Projects, by R.M. Sneider and J.S. Sneider

*Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Regional Seals Using Carbon Isotope Mud Gas Depth Profiles, West-Central Alberta, Canada, by B. Tilley, R. Miller, and K. Muehlenbachs

*Realistic Fault Description for Reservoir Modeling, by C. Townsend

Hydrodynamic Analysis in Faulted Strata - Implications to Fault Seal, by J. Underschultz and C. Otto

*Fault Seal and Fault Leakage in the Timor Sea and the Northwest Shelf, Offshore Australia, and the Northern North Sea, Offshore Norway, by D. Wiprut, D. Castillo, and M.D. Zoback