This workshop, held June 9–11 in Santa Fe, explored physical and geochemical processes in shale controlled by diagenesis; nano-confinement and pore-scale coupled processes in shale; fracture and coupled processes of shale; and multi-scale, multi-physics behavior of shale. Please see the workshop website for the list of speakers, presentations, and the meeting agenda.
Shales at All Scales gathered 47 participants from many institutions.
- Academia (University of Texas; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford, and Texas A&M universities)
- Department of Energy management (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory)
- Geological surveys (United States Geological Survey, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology)
- Industry (Fracture Studies, Halliburton-Pinnacle, Occidental Petroleum, Schlumberger, Shell)
During the breakout sessions, participants mapped out research gaps to be filled in geomechanics and fractures; geochemistry; and geology, fluid flow, and transport. The workshop identified key research needed to characterize, understand, and predict multiscale-coupled processes in shale.
The workshop also included a field trip to the Cerrillos Hills area, New Mexico, which included examples of shale heterogeneity, lithofacies, and fractures in the Mancos shale.