2017 ERL Annual Founding Members Meeting

May 30, 2017 (All day) to Jun 1, 2017 (All day)


MIT ERL Researchers

Each year ERL invites our Founding Member companies to MIT for talks on our latest research, social events, and a business meeting.  This year's meeting will take place 05/30-06/01/17.  If you work for one of our Founding Member companies, you should have received an invitation in April.  If you did not receive an invitation and you would like to attend, please contact jkastorf@mit.edu ASAP.

New this year: Rock mechanics lab tours!  (more info below the agenda on this page)

Printable agenda with map

Agenda / Technical Program (subject to change):

Date Location Time Session Speaker Title
Tuesday, May 30 1-363 14:00-15:00 Einstein Lab Tour    
54-715 15:00-16:00 Evans Lab Tour    
54-209 16:00-18:00 Welcome Reception    
Wednesday, May 31 66-110 9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and Introduction Brad Hager  
9:10 - 10:10 Geomechanics of Earthquakes Yuval Tal The effect of roughness on small earthquakes
Chunfang Meng Modeling earthquakes induced by fluid withdrawal
Josimar Alves Da Silva Slow earthquakes
10:10 - 10:40 Break    
10:40 - 11:40 Induced Seismicity and Joint inversion Yusuke Mukuhira Integration of Induced seismicity and Geomechanics for better understanding of reservoir physics
David Castineira Joint inversion for induced seismicity studies
Chen Gu Bayesian moment tensor inversion and uncertainty quantification for induced seismicity – uncertainties from both the location and velocity model
11:40 - 12:00 Student and Postdoc Introductions    
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch    
13:00 - 14:00 Plenary Presentations Brad Hager Lab to field scale hydraulic fracturing and acoustic emissions
Kristin Bergmann Constraining the thermal evolution of carbonate reservoirs and basin history
14:00 - 14:20 Break    
14:20 - 15:20 Geomechanics of Hydraulic Fracturing: Field Scale Omid Moradian Effect Of Natural Fractures and Bedding Planes on Failure and Seismic Response of Shale
Farrokh Sheibani Bridging between Geomechanial and Geophysical Numerical Modeling: Evaluation of Seismic Efficiency and Rupture Velocity with Application to Generated Fractured Network Estimation Due to Hydraulic Fracturing
Saied Mighani Scaling of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations to Lab Experiments
15:20 - 15:40 Break    
15:40 - 16:40 Imaging and Inversion Ming Fang Denuisancing the effect of induced ground uplift on time-varying gravity using gravity gradiometry
Aimé Fournier The subterranean cocktail party: Identifying your seismic source among multiple random ones with time delays
Matthias Taus Fast solvers for seismic imaging
Greg Ely Fast nonlinearized uncertainty quantication for velocity model building and imaging
Depart from MIT Sailing Pavilion (51) 18:00 - 21:00 Dinner Cruise    
Thursday, June 1 66-110 9:00 - 10:20 Seismology and Wave Propagation Marwah Al Ismail and Dale Morgan On the Relationship Between Compressional Wave Velocity of Saturated Porous Rocks and Density: Theory and Application
Niels Grobbe The seismoelectric effect for inferring contrast values between layers of porous rock
Manuel Florez Torres Global characterization of Double Seismic Zones
Shujuan Mao Noise-based measurements of tidal and thermal induced seismic wave speed changes from large dense arrays.
10:20 - 10:50 Break    
10:50 - 11:50 Geomechanics of Hydraulic Fracturing: Lab Scale Omar Al-Dajani Hydraulic Fracture of Shale under Various Loading Conditions
Bing Li Comparison of Visual and Acoustic Emission Observations in a Four Point Bending Experiment on Barre Granite
Justin Montgomery Spatial variability of tight oil well productivity and the impact of technology
11:50 - 12:00 Concluding remarks Brad Hager  
54-209 12:00 - 14:00 Business Lunch For representatives of Founding Member companies  
14:00 Meeting Adjourned    


Lab Tour: MIT Civil & Environmental Engineering Rock Mechanics Laboratory (Einstein Lab)
Meet in MIT building 1, room 363, at 2pm on Tuesday 05/30

Several ERL related activities go on In the CEE Rock Mechanics Laboratory, namely hydraulic fracturing and fracture flow tests. During the lab tour both activities will be shown:

Hydraulic Fracturing: The experiments are intended to provide a more complete understanding of the HF process and to serve as basis for simulation models.  Specimens with preexisting fractures are subjected to biaxial external stresses and are internally pressurized with a liquid. The resulting fracture initiation and -propagation are observed visually (with high speed and high resolution cameras) and with Acoustic Emissions sensors.

Fracture Flow and Matrix Flow Tests: The experiments are intended to get a better understanding of channelization as affected by external and internal stresses and processes such as mechanical breakage and chemical dissolution. This will provide the basis for extending simulation models.  The flow of a liquid through preexisting fractures is tested under different external stresses and internal pressures/flow rates. This is done in modified triaxial equipment. The low pressure (200 psi) equipment, which will be shown, has been used for tests on calibration specimens (acrylic, mortar) and real rock. The high pressure (2000 psi) equipment has been designed and is being built. 

Lab Tour: MIT Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Rock Mechanics Laboratory (Evans Lab)
Meet in MIT building 54, room 715, at 3pm on Tuesday, 05/30

Students and staff from ERL,CEE, and EAPS have a long history of research aimed at improving knowledge of mechanical and transport properties of rocks at the laboratory scale and in utilizing this information to interpret physical processes occurring in the Earth. We believe that understanding spatial scaling of properties measured in cores in the laboratory, in the region around the borehole, and at field scales using seismic or electrical techniques, is particularly important for increasing the efficiency of resource recovery, improving safety and reliability of the storage of waste, and in utilizing and safeguarding water resources. Recent studies in the rock mechanics lab in EAPS have included investigations of changes in transport properties during the flow of reactive fluids; of the interrelations between fluid flow and brittle fracturing; of production of brittle damage during compressional failure; of acoustic emissions during failure and hydrofracturing; and of scaling of hydrofractures processes from laboratory to field. Join us in the laboratory for informal discussions about current laboratory techniques and experimental results.
(Note that the ERL Annual Meeting Welcome Reception will take place downstairs on the 2nd floor of building 54 just after this tour.)