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NGI Workshop: Unconventional reservoir characterization, management, and recovery factors

November 9, 2017 to November 10, 2017

Please note two different locations:

November 9th - 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm (includes reception and poster session) - Location: Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

November 10th - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm - Location: Black Community Service Center - 418 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Today, the United States is the world’s largest oil and gas producer. Production is about 25MM BOE/day and increasing due to expanded development of the numerous unconventional oil and gas reservoirs located in various parts of the country. Despite the success of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing in unlocking production from extremely low permeability reservoirs, recovery factors remain stubbornly low (typically less than 10% for tight oil and around 25% for gas) and wells deplete rapidly over a 2-3 year period. In this context, Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative is engaging a new unconventional reservoirs focus area to conduct research that will address improved recovery from these critically important reservoirs.

Key Topics to be Addressed

1. Reservoir Characterization and Play Delineation

2. Improving Recovery Factors

3. Utilization of Machine Learning and Data Analytics

4. Basin Modeling

5. Reservoir Simulation and Physics of Flow

6. Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics



Nov. 9th  2:00 - 5:30 - Technical Session (Presenters from Stanford and Affiliate Member Companies)

Nov. 9th  5:30 - 7:30 - Reception and Poster Session

Nov. 10th 8:00 - 3:00 - Technical Session (Presenters from Stanford and Affiliate Member Companies)



Attendance is restricted to registered participants and will be limited to allow for meaningful discussions and interaction. Registration is limited to companies that are members of at least one Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences Industrial Affiliates Program. A registration fee of $450 is required for this event and registered guests are also invited to attend the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative Industrial Affiliate Meeting on November 8th and 9th for no additional fee. 


Contact Info
650 723 5002

Travel Information


Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO)San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). Although San Francisco is the largest of the area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Where to Stay

Visit Stanford's lodging guide which includes website links, rates, and contact information of local hotels, B&Bs and motels.

Stanford has two properties for lodging:

  • Rosewood Sand Hill offers luxury accommodations at special rates for Stanford visitors, as well as a spa and fine dining restaurant.
  • The Stanford Guest House, on the grounds of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is an economical favorite of Stanford visitors.

Directions & Parking

Please note two different locations (Buildings are next to each other, and the same parking lot can be used for both days)

November 9th - 1:30pm to 5 pm (Reception to follow) - Location: Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

November 10th - 8am to 5 pm - Location: Black Community Service Center - 418 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

There is a parking lot next to the Tressider Union with metered spaces. Other parking lots can be found here.