Abstract

Pore pressure remains a topic of fascination because it affects so many different aspects of oil and gas exploration and production. The implications of pore pressure and its sister technology, geomechanics, range from questions of maximum hydrocarbon column height (Can my structure meet my economics and not breach the seal?) to drillability (How many casing strings are needed to reach my objective?) to wellbore stability (What sorts of drilling cavings do I expect, and what do they mean?). Since the applications of pore-pressure estimation are as important to engineers as to geoscientists, a joint meeting was proposed, headed by SPE, with AAPG and SEG as cohosts. The meeting occurred in Galveston (at Moody Gardens) over 10–13 February, with the title “Integrating Stress and Pore Pressure Predictions for Exploration, Drilling, and Production.”

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