Tapan Mukerji, Master's Program Advisor
Second-year Master student in Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF) group working under the supervision of Tapan Mukerji. Research topics focus on understanding of shale properties, specifically velocity anisotropy and dependence on pressure. The rock physics model helps facilitate the calibration process of reservoir/basin model down the road. The area of interest is organic-rich shale formations (Shublik and Kingak) in North Slope, Alaska. The data set is generously given by Great Bear Petroleum LLC. Possible measurements that could be conducted on core plugs (vertical and horizontal in different stratigraphic layers Shublik A,B,C and D) are: bench-top pressure measurements, high resolution SEM, Force Modulation Microscopy. Spatial variation in petrophysical properties will be explained based on distribution of kerogen bodies. Future work may include the cascaded reservoir characterization workflow to incorporate seismic data, rock physics and geostatistics to generate lithofacies/porosity/permeability maps. The driving forces and purposes are to aid the exploration stage and to propose possible targets for drilling.