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SPE Golden Gate Talk: George Moridis (Texas A&M)

October 4

Title: Some Recent Studies on Flow and Transport Processes in Porous and Fractured Media: Unconventional Resources and Exotic Subjects

Date and Location: Oct 4, 2018 and 365 McCone Hall, UC-Berkeley


The seminar covers studies related to present and recent projects on hydrocarbon recovery conducted by the team of G. J. Moridis at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at the Petroleum Engineering Dept. of Texas A&M University. These investigations focus mainly on unconventional resources and cover the spectrum from fundamental to field-scale studies. The presentation includes discussions (a) on the numerical simulation codes developed by G. Moridis and his team for the solution of complex problems of transport through porous media, accounting for coupled flow, thermal, thermodynamic, geomechanical, chemical and geophysical processes, (b) on the analysis of production from shale gas and shale oil reservoirs, including high-definition numerical studies of the associated coupled flow, thermal and geomechanical system behavior, as well as fundamental laboratory studies exploring the mechanisms of flow in ultra-tight media at nano-scales, (c) on the numerical study of hydraulic fracturing and of its potential environmental impact on shallower groundwater resources, (d) on gas production from a variety of gas hydrate resources, and (e) on proppant transport and emplacement during hydraulic fracturing.


George Moridis is a Professor of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the George and Joan Voneiff Professorship in Unconventional Resources at Texas A&M University. Moridis holds the ExxonMobil Visiting Professor Chair in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dept. of the National University of Singapore, in addition to being a visiting Senior Scientist in the Energy Geosciences Division of LBNL and a visiting professor in the Guangzhou Center for Gas Hydrate Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; he is also an adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept. at the Colorado School of Mines, and in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Dept. of the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Moridis is the author or coauthor of over 95 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, 3 patents and more than 210 LBNL reports, conference paper and book articles. As of August 2018, he has more than 10,500 citations. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for 2009–10, and has been a SPE Distinguished Member since 2010. He is a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee, and the recipient of a 2011 Secretarial Honor Award – the highest non-monetary award of the U.S. Department of Energy – for work on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Flow Rate Technical Group. He is on the editorial board of three scientific journals, an Associate Editor of four scientific journals, and a reviewer for 26 scientific publications.

Note: Pizza lunch will be at 11:30 and the presentation will begin shortly after. One suggested parking is at Stadium Parking Garage – Lot #386, 2175 Gayley Road, Berkeley CA 94720. Please RSVP by Tuesday October 2, 2018 to Dr. Souheil Ezzedine: ezzedine1@llnl.gov



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