Zoya Heidari
Zoya Heidari Supervises a Research Program on "Multiscale Rock Physics."

Objectives and Plans
The main goal of Multi-Scale Rock Physics Research Group is to develop methods for reliable interpretation of multi-scale physical properties of the rocks measured in the laboratory or in the subsurface in challenging formations such as spatially heterogeneous, tight, unconventional (e.g., organic-rich mudrocks), and carbonate formations. The term unconventional refers to formations with complex pore/matrix structure and composition, where conventional rock physics methods fail to perform reliably. The roadmap that we propose is to integrate multi-scale formation data, from pore to reservoir scale. We develop experimental, analytical, and computational methods to reliably interpret multi-scale formation data (i.e., measured physical properties of rock-fluid systems in different scales) to evaluate static and dynamic formation properties for improved reservoir characterization and production planning. 

The long-term goals of the UT Austin Rock Physics Research Group include

Goal 1: To develop (a) new laboratory measurement techniques and (b) new interpretation techniques to characterize complex rocks such as spatially heterogeneous, tight, unconventional, and carbonate cores using NMR, multi-frequency electrical, and other measurements,

Goal 2: To develop rock physics methods, algorithms, and workflows for integrating multi-scale formation data in a format that can be directly and easily used in the petroleum industry to solve challenging problems in formation evaluation and reservoir characterization of formations with unconventional and complex rock physics, and

Goal 3: To train professional petrophysicists, rock physicists, and petroleum engineers for the future of the petroleum industry and potential scientists for academia.

Sincere gratitute goes to all the sponsors and supporters of our research projects. Our research activities been funded and supported since 2012 by industry partners including Aramco Services Company, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Equinor, and Wildcat Technology, as well as American Chemical Society (ACS) through ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Research Grant, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) through Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award, and Texas Oil and Gas Institute. A note of gratitude also goes to the W. D. Von Gonten Laboratories for making their facilities available for the experimental work performed in this research program.

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