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Stanford Natural Gas Initiative Workshop: Unconventional reservoir characterization and development optimization

By Invitation Only

May 30, 2019

Tresidder Memorial Union - Oak Room
459 Lagunita Drive, Ste. 6
Stanford, CA 94305-2072

Unconventional shale gas and tight oil plays in the United States currently produce about 65 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas (70% of total U.S. dry gas production) and about 7 million barrels per day of crude oil (60% of total U.S. oil production). In Argentina, Vaca Muerta shale oil production soared 52% and gas production increased by 193% in 2018, as did shale gas production in the Sichuan Basin in China.  Despite the success of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing in extracting these resources, recovery factors remain stubbornly low (typically less than 10% for tight oil and around 25% for dry gas). In this context, the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative supports an unconventional reservoirs focus area to conduct research that will address improving recovery and optimizing development in these critically important reservoirs.


Topics to be addressed include:

1. Reservoir Characterization and Play Delineation

2. Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics

3. Utilization of Machine Learning and Data Analytics

4. Reservoir Simulation and Physics of Flow

5. Reducing the Risk of Earthquakes Induced by Hydraulic Fracturing

Contributions from NGI affiliates are encouraged.

For questions about the workshop, contact NGI Managing Director Naomi Boness or NGI Faculty Director Mark Zoback

To request an invitation, please contact NGI Program Manager Claudia Baroni.

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Claudia Baroni

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

The nearest visitor parking lot is located next to the Tresidder Union, between Mayfield Ave. and Lagunita Dr. Other parking lots can be found here. Please note that parking on campus is very challenging and we recommend visitors to use public transportation or shared rides.