January 3, 2020

After a few days to relax, read, ski and other holiday activities I started to reflect on the challenging times the oil and gas industry has faced over the past few years.  Lots of colleagues have gone several years without remunerative work in the field they love.  Th...

December 25, 2019

It's the holidays, and as usual they were preceded by a flurry of activity as everyone struggled to get things either wrapped up or at least in order before they were upon us. I've been checked out, mostly, for the past several days, reading about a novel per day, the...

November 12, 2019

As I head off to the SPE/SEG Workshop: Injection Induced Seismicity - The Next Chapter in Dallas tomorrow, I'm reflecting on the overall trajectory of geomechanics as witnessed by yours truly (that is, probably not reflective of everyone's experience) along the course...

November 10, 2019


Writing blog posts is an interesting process.  There is the composition of the post itself:  the identification of a kernel of a subject, drafting a post, editing the post and finally publishing it.  And then, once you have sent it out into the world, the rea...

October 30, 2019

Petcinemetary - Podbean

This article is the last of a three part series.  Part 1: The Circle of Life (in the Canadian Oil Patch) can be found here.  Part 2: You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat can be found here.

If you have read this far, you probably either agree that th...

October 29, 2019

This article is part 2 of a series.  Part 1: The Circle of Life (in the Canadian Oil Patch) discusses some of the causes of the employment crisis in the Canadian oil patch and may be found here.

Like mammals at the end of the Mesozoic, there are a few junior...

October 28, 2019


This article is the first in a three part series on the roots of the employment crisis in the western Canadian oil patch, a possible path forward and, to wrap up, key workflow steps that might help.

Let me begin by...

October 25, 2019

 (My big brother, a middle child, who no doubt broke his leg because everyone, including our big sister, was too busy tending to little tiny me instead of looking after him. Image used without any permission whatsoever.)

Last time I wrote about a common question we get...

October 8, 2019

Here's a question we get all the time:

(hands thrown in the air)

We drilled all of our wells in the same direction and did everything the same, so why did some have problems and others didn't?!

And here's an example map of "all of our wells in the same direction:" (Note,...

May 21, 2019

One of the first geomechanics projects I ever worked on was in a fractured granite reservoir in Japan. The image logs were gorgeous. The natural fractures were abundant, and learning which ones were the most important was a (very geeky) thrill.

Tako Koning presented a f...

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