American Association of Petroleum Geologists

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An AAPG Hedberg Research Conference organized through the AAPG Research Committee

Critical Assessment of Shale Resource Plays

December 5-10, 2010
Austin, Texas USA
Conference Conveners:
Dan Jarvie
Worldwide Geochemistry (AAPG)
Mike Miller
Creties Jenkins
DeGolyer MacNaughton (SPE)
Lee Matthews
Cornerstone Eng. (SPE)
Bill Keller
Chesapeake (SEG)
Jean-Yves Chatellier
Talisman (AAPG, SEG, SPE)
Keith Shanley
The Discovery Group (AAPG)
Ron Hill
Marathon (AAPG)
Richard Moorman
Southwestern (SPE)
Gary Schein
Dale Operating (SPE)
Galen Treadgold
Weinman Geoscience (SEG)
Randall Miller
Core Labs (AAPG)

View Abstracts

As a cutting-edge research conference (not a shale symposium!), not only results and interpretations are solicited, but also open-ended questions, case studies, and theoretical issues for discussion among the participants from various professional groups and specialties with the following goals:

  • Discussed and delineated the current state of knowledge in unconventional shale resource systems
  • Discussed current research, work, or tests in progress that have the potential to advance both knowledge and productivity of these systems
  • Identified and framed those aspects that are not well understood and in need of further research and development
  • Fostered dynamic interaction among the scientists, engineers, and other professionals as well as companies and institutions that have and advance our understanding of these systems


The meeting was comprised of five days of interactive oral and poster sessions with all attendees required to contribute actively with ideas, research questions, and current knowledge. Conveners and attendees participated in select sessions as panel members to elicit discussion among the various disciplines represented at the conference. Two evening sessions were included in the conference. Core was on display with presentations and open discussion.


  • Shale resource systems and their characteristics
  • Key shale-gas resource plays: recap, results, and issues
  • Key shale-oil resource plays: recap, results and issues
  • Integrated study results including models, mapping, log and core correlations, and productivity
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy of shales and implications for reservoir development
  • Shale classification: Textures and mineralogy – calibration to wireline data
  • Geomechanical, rock matrix, fracture characterization of shales and productivity, well log characterization, calibration, and resolution
  • Components and processes of generation, expulsion/retention, and migration
  • Storage and fluid flow in shales; porosity and permeability of shale, well log and seismic deduced rock properties – calibrated examples
  • Seismic attribute analysis – calibrated to wireline and performance
  • Role of structure and fractures in production – calibrated, specific examples
  • Optimized approaches for horizontal well landing: case studies, comparisons
  • Environmental issues requiring further research
  • Core workshop presentations: detailed discussion of cores on display

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