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A Conversation on the Interdisciplinary Nature of Geomechanics in the Oil and Gas Industry

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

One of the most interesting aspects of applying oilfield geomechanics is arguably the amount of interdependency with other disciplines. While the pursuit of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches is increasingly common in our industry, this state of affairs can still be considered discretionary. This means that technical teams can freely judge the value of inviting the contribution from other disciplines given a state of imperfect information. One example of such condition is being unable to decide on the need of involving experts from other disciplines: Is it a lack of reliable data feeding our physics models or a missing piece of physics (or knowledge) captured only by another discipline?

Interestingly, such discretionary opportunities are very few in the world of geomechanics. Compared to many of the core subsurface and engineering disciplines in our industry, the application geomechanics is an essentially –and necessarily- integrated effort. This situation has interesting repercussions in modelling and communication strategies employed for geomechanics projects where the observations, measurements and results most likely belong to members of a different technical domain. While showing examples of the field applications of geomechanics, we will explore how geomechanical workflows have adapted to cater for the commonality of technically diverse stakeholders and how circumventing some of these challenges might find an audience in other disciplines, especially young professionals concerned with technical communication skills.

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  • 1A Conversation on the Interdisciplinary Nature of Geomechanics in the Oil and Gas Industry - Chapter 1
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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Adrian Rodriguez-Herrera