Workshop 18

Fault characterization challenges and recent advances​ Monday June 10th | Room 14


  • Anita Torabi (University of Oslo)

  • Elin Skurtveit (Norwegian geotechnical Institute)


Faults are brittle deformation structures that introduce heterogeneity and anisotropy to their host rock, therefore influencing the geometry and properties of reservoirs. Faults can appear as pre- existing structures or form/be reactivated due to changes in the stress condition, which can cause seismicity and affect the fluid flow in the reservoir, over- and under-burden. Hence, studying faults is important for different applications such as waste disposal, hydrogen and CO2 storage, geothermal energy management, earthquake seismology, induced seismicity and geological hazard studies, petroleum exploration and production, hydrogeology, geotechnical and mining engineering among others. This workshop aims to bring together experts from industry and academia, who are working on faults from different perspectives and different applications. We aim to discuss the state-of-the-art, challenges and advances in our understanding of faults. The discussions are facilitated by keynote talks that are delivered by leading experts in the field. This one-day workshop includes invited speakers, group, and panel discussions. It would be highly interactive and dynamic; therefore, participants can ask their questions or bring new ideas into discussion during the workshop.

Sub-Topics that will be covered in the workshop:

Different aspects of fault studies would be included such as fault geometry and architecture; fault mechanical and petrophysical properties, fault seismicity, fault mechanics, fault growth, fault permeability and fault reactivation.

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Participant Profile

Participants from a variety of professions both from industry and academia, dealing with faults are encouraged to participate. This includes but not limited to geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering, seismology, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, geomechanics. Researchers/experts at all levels. Keynotes and invited speakers will be leading experts in the field.

Workshop Programme

08:45Welcome/Introduction - Anita Torabi
09:00Faults Exposed: exploring challenges and approaches to characterise fault connectivity and fault zone properties in seismic Data - Rebecca Bell, Imperial College, London -UK.
09:30Fault damage zone on seismic data - Charlotte Botter, Leeds University - UK.
10:00Coffee Break
10:30Fault permeability in porous sandstone reservoirs: a short review of controlling factors - Fabrizio Balsamo, Parma University - Italy.
11:00Complex slip dynamics of a fault zone: decoding and interpreting seismic observation using numerical model - Navid Kheirdast, ENS - Paris.
11:30Panel discussion 1: Fault architecture, properties and seismicity
13:15Characterization of subseismic fault zone heterogeneity for fault seal analyses - John Solum, Shell - US.
13:45Industry application of fault seal prediction methods. Experience from petrophysical data and fault process understanding - Paul A. Gillespie, Equinor - Norway.
14:15Fault Zone structure and fluid flow behaviour in shale-rich sequences - Chris Wibberley, Totalenergies - France.
14:45Panel discussion 2: Fluid migration in faults
15:30End of the Workshop