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oil and gas

Project Leader(s): 

Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Mariana Carrasco-Teja, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering Lead faculty member: Dr. Ian Frigaard, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

Cementing operations are carried out on oil and gas wells at various stages. Primary cementing encases the well in a layer of cement. The purpose is to both seal the outside of the well and provide structural integrity. The impact of poor primary cementing is felt both economically (reduced production rates) and environmentally (leakage to surface). In extreme cases poor cement can be a contributing cause of a blowout, (e.g. BP’s Deepwater Horizon incident).

Project Leader(s): 

Dr. Gary F. Margrave, & Dr. Michael Lamoureux, University of Calgary

Project team: 
Dr. Robert Ferguson, University of Calgary
Dr. Peter C. Gibson, York University
Dr. Michael C. Haslam, York University
Dr. Wenyuan Liao, University of Calgary
Dr. Jiri Patera, Université de Montréal
Dr. Cristian Rios, University of Calgary
Dr. Andrew Toms, York University
Dr. Yuriy Zinchenko, University of Calgary
Funding period: 
July 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

This project responds to the need for more precise tools to help oil and gas companies better understand where undiscovered energy reserves lie deep within the earth, and to manage and utilize existing reserves. Bringing together mathematicians and geophysicists, this team develops new algorithms to improve upon existing seismic imaging techniques that create accurate images of the earth beneath our feet.