The 3rd International Workshop on Rock Physics was held from the 13th to the 17th April 2015 in Perth, Western Australia. The aim of the Workshop was to review recent advances in theoretical, experimental, computational and applied rock physics and to help steer future research. A big "Thank you!" to all who attended and helped make the Workshop a great success.
The Workshop had 107 participants in total. These included 28 students, 39 from academia, 22 from industry and 18 from national and international research centres. The participants represented 19 countries (number of people is given in brackets): Australia (37), Canada (3), China (16), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (5), France (4), Germany (2), Indonesia (2), Italy (1), Japan (1), New Zealand (2), Norway (8), Russia (2), Singapore (1), Switzerland (2), Taiwan (1), UAE (2), UK (6) and the USA (10).
At the end of the proceedings, a vote by the Workshop attendees decided that the next International Workshop on Rock Physics will be held in Trondheim, Norway, in the summer of 2017. The workshop will be organized by Professor Rune Holt of SINTEF and NTNU.
The following prizes were awarded:
- Best student talk: Lucas Pimienta (L'Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
Joint runners up: David Szewczyk (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Evert Duran (University of Auckland, NZ)
- Best student poster: Olivia Collet (Curtin University, Australia)
Runner up: Jan Borgomano (L'Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
- Honourable mentions:
Qiaomu Qi (Curtin University, Australia), Liqin Sang (Petroleum Institute, UAE; Texas A&M University, USA), Mohammed al Hosni (Curtin University, Australia) and Mateus Goes Castro Meira (Curtin University, Australia)
3IWRP Topics included:
Laboratory rock physics: methods and recent advances
- Quasi-static and frequency dependent elastic properties
- Dielectric measurements and link to elastic properties
- Petrophysical and micro-structural rock characterization
- Core flooding in combination with acoustic and CT imaging
- Relation between rock physics and geomechanical properties
- Water weakening
What rock physics is needed for unconventional resources exploitation
- Case studies and current industry practice
- Signatures of fractured rocks and hydraulic fracturing
- Influence of anisotropic stresses
- Shale oil and gas
- Coal seam gas
- Acoustic emissions and micro-seismicity
Rock physics for 4D – reservoir surveillance and CO2 monitoring
- Discrimination between saturation and stress effects
- How can we make AVO methodologies more quantitative?
- Integration with reservoir flow simulations
- Chemically-induced rock property changes
- Effect of opening and closing of fractures under varying stress and pore pressure conditions
- Feasibility of 4D monitoring in carbonates
- Integration with CSEM
Rock physics theory and numerical simulation
- Anisotropy and attenuation
- Frequency dependence, scale dependence and upscaling
- Digital rocks and insights from molecular dynamic simulations
- Anisotropic bounds and the texture of unconventionals
Transferring rock physics knowledge to current industry standards and emerging geophysical technologies
- How to integrate Q-estimates into seismic imaging workflows?
- Can rock physics help full waveform inversion?
- How does rock physics help in pore pressure prediction?
- Integration with geomechanics and geological context
- Upscaling, downscaling and cross-scaling