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Lecture Classes

Professor Zoback teaches an introductory class titled Sustainability and Collapse with Professor Russell Berman of the Comparative Literature Department. Sustainability and Collapse is part of Stanford’s Thinking Matters curriculum. Sustainability and Collapse explores both scientific and humanistic approaches to questions of environmental sustainability through a study of novels, historical texts, and works of biogeography. Students learn to ask how textual and visual images inform our ideas about what it means to live sustainably and consider whether those ideas are in accordance with or in conflict with scientific understandings of human uses of nature. This class is taught in the Autumn quarter.

Professor Zoback teaches a graduate level class titled Reservoir Geomechanics. The course covers basic principles of rock mechanics and the state of stress and pore pressure in sedimentary basins related to exploitation of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. Topics include mechanisms of hydrocarbon migration, exploitation of fractured reservoirs, reservoir compaction and subsidence, hydraulic fracturing, and utilization of directional and horizontal drilling to optimize well stability. Offered every other year in the Winter quarter, during alternate years from Tectonophysics. 

Professor Zoback teaches a graduate level class titled Tectonophysics with Professor Simon Klemperer of the Geophysics Department. This class investigates the physics of faulting and plate tectonics. Topics include plate driving forces, lithospheric rheology, crustal faulting, and the state of stress in the lithosphere. Exercises ask students to investigate lithospheric temperature and strength profiles, calculate seismic strain from summation of earthquake moment tensors, understand slip on faults in 3D, model stress triggering, and invert of stress from earthquake focal mechanisms. Offered every other year in the Winter quarter, during alternate years from Reservoir Geomechanics.

Research Seminars

The Stress and Crustal Mechanics Group offers a weekly seminar in which students and professors present their own research as well as current work by other scientists in the fields of tectonic stress, crustal deformation, reservoir geomechanics, induced and triggered seismicity, and global energy issues. Come join us!

Research Seminars

Autumn 2015 Schedule for Stress Seminar (GEOPHYS 385K)

Date Time Speaker Talk Title
September 23 12:15 pm–
12:40 pm
Rall Walsh A treatise on salmon pink shorts
September 30 12:15 pm–
1:05 pm
Arjun KohliWei WuFatemeh Rassouli, and Maytham Al-Ismail

Imaging shale reservoir rocks: Tools and applications

October 7 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Alex Hakso SEG practice talk: Indication of velocity changes in the Barnett Shale from microseismic multiplets
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Fatimah Al-Ismail

Plans for characterization of shale anisotropy

October 14 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Lei Jin SEG practice talk:  Identification of fault-controlled damage zones in microseismic data: An example from the Haynesville Shale
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Noha Farghal SEG practice talk: Identification of slowly slipping faults in the Barnett shale utilizing ant-tracking
October 21 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Fatemeh Rassouli
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Dr. Vikram Vishal Significance of fluid phase in geologic carbon storage
October 28 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Robert Cieplicki Merging passive and active seismic for geomechanics
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Gader Alalli Marcellus microseismic activity update
November 4 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Kevin McCormack Leak-off test analysis project overview
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm
Xiaodong Ma A geomechanical study of the Woodford shale: Stress variations along horizontal wells
November 11 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Huiying Tang Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing using DDM in Shale Reservoirs
November 18 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Richard Alt Earthquakes, inversions, and stress mapping in Oklahoma and Kansas: Reconciling the data
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Maytham Al-Ismail Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium in Nanoscale Pores by Molecular Simulation Techniques
November 25 Thanksgiving Holiday: No Talks
December 2 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Shaochuan Xu Variations of least principal stress due to viscoplasticity and its impact on vertical hydraulic fracture propagation
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Cornelius Langenbruch
December 9 12:30 pm– 12:50 pm Lei Jin Hybrid-dimensional finite element modeling of fluid flow, poroelastic stressing and shear reactivation in a porous reservoir embedded with a stochastic DFN
12:50 pm– 1:10 pm Wei Wu
December 16 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting: No Talks