The RDR Fracture Foundation Program consists of a series of 12-month research projects sponsored by a consortium of companies. The aim of the Foundation Project Program is to provide pilot or "proof of concept" research in structural geology and its effects on petroleum flow for the hydrocarbon industry. Every year we run both Fault and Fracture Foundation Project research consortiums. The Foundation Projects provide cost-effective access to the latest applied and technical research in structural geology and fault seal analysis. Many of the research topics of previous Foundation Projects have been used successfully by our customers to decrease exploration risk, improve reservoir simulation models, and subsequent history matches.
2013 Fracture Foundation
- Outcrop mapping of fractures in a range of different rock types and structural styles
- Synthesis of mapped fracture patterns for controls and prediction: "The Fracture Matrix"
- Relationship of fracture nucleation, distributions, and styles to mechanical vertical heterogeneity
- Mechanical modeling to understand the key controls on fracture development and distributions
- Relationships of fractures to larger structural geometry
2012 Fracture Foundation
- Outcrop to surface matrix—from data to static model
- Fracture analysis, mechanical properties, and folds revisited: Skull Creek, regional synthesis, fracture mapping and interpretation, mechanical properties and modeling
- FaultModeller—modeling mode I fractures, new developments
- Modeling chalks—from well logs to fracture prediction
- Fractures in shales—a pilot study from the Woodford shale in Oklahoma