Reservoir Geomechanics

This interdisciplinary course encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, earthquake seismology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs.

The course considers key practical issues such as prediction of pore pressure, estimation of hydrocarbon column heights and fault seal potential, determination of optimally stable well trajectories, casing set points and mud weights, changes in reservoir performance during depletion, and production-induced faulting and subsidence. The first part of the course establishes the basic principles involved in a way that allows readers from different disciplinary backgrounds to understand the key concepts.

The course is intended for geoscientists and engineers in the petroleum and geothermal industries, and for research scientists interested in stress measurements and their application to problems of faulting and fluid flow in the crust.

Recommended Background


Introductory Geology and Geophysics
Familiarity with principles of drilling and petroleum production

    Course Staff

    Dr. Mark D. Zoback, Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University

    Arjun H. Kohli, graduate teaching assistant, Department of Geophysics at Stanford, laboratory manager, Stress and Crustal Mechanics Laboratory

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    Paid after free trial
    Online, self-paced, EdX
    Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability