Introduction to Geomechanics

Instructors: Amy Fox
Date: November 5 - 6, 2020
Duration:  2 days
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 850 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 1000 (plus GST)
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Course Description

The course is NOT a seismic geomechanics course. Rather, it is focused on conveying an understanding of why an accurate geomechanical model is necessary, how it is developed and how it can inform decisions made by various stakeholders within an oil and gas organization. A wide range of data types and analyses are discussed and prioritized. Class time is split between lectures, examples, and hands-on exercises.

Topics include: Geomechanics in conventional vs. unconventional reservoirs, in situ stress and pore pressure, mechanical rock properties stress determination (data types, modeling approaches), borehole stresses and wellbore failure, hydraulic fracturing, natural fractures and production and the effects of depletion and injection.


Amy Fox earned an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate in Geophysics from Stanford University, specializing in geomechanics. She has been involved in geomechanical consulting for the oil and gas industry since 1998, starting her career with GeoMechanics International (GMI) in Palo Alto, California. She then continued her career at large and small service providers. She moved to Calgary in 2011, and in 2015 she co-founded Enlighten Geoscience Ltd. At Enlighten she addresses a variety of geomechanics issues for a wide range of clients both in Canada and globally.