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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...

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...

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...

March 12, 2019

Wouldn't that be nice, if we had a warning when an earthquake was going to happen? It's not for lack of trying. Researchers have been attempting for decades to predict earthquakes, but alas that nut remains uncracked, at least for now. Dr. Mirko van der Baan at the Uni...

December 19, 2018

That's not me in the picture, but I do have a rock that looks exactly like that. On my windowsill. Like most geologists I put rock samples around the house, the office, even in people's Christmas stockings ('tis the season, after all!). 

Yep, I love rocks. Tha...

August 20, 2018

When my father bought the little piece of New Hampshire woods where I grew up, he wandered down an old, overgrown dirt track that ran through it to a little spot under a big tree where he found an ancient, all but decomposed pair of shoes and a long-empty bottle of Dr....

May 11, 2018

I'm exhausted. GeoConvention 2018 is over, and I spent the bulk of today at the annual CSPG Core Conference. I know most conferences are old and fusty (see Velvet Chainsaw's website or Matt Hall's blog, both of which I am a fan), but they're still a way to share knowle...

April 18, 2018

I'm sitting at my desk reviewing my powerpoint for my SCA webinar later today (view live here, or archived afterwards here). It briefly went through my mind that I feel a little like I'm beating a dead horse, droning on (well, I don't really drone, but you know) about...

February 3, 2018

It's the weekend, and I'm taking a bit of much-needed time to catch up on my reading, including the latest issue of Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT). Just a few years ago, every issue had at least a couple of articles related to geomechanics, but I haven't seen mu...

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