SPE Online Education
Multiscale Imaging in the Petroleum Industry: Techniques for Characterizing Rocks and Screening Material Interactions
Recorded On: 12/08/2020
Multiscale imaging techniques are used across industrial sectors to provide both qualitative and quantitative information about both manmade materials, such as drugs and chemicals, as well as naturally occurring materials, such as meteorites and rocks. In the petroleum industry, multiscale imaging is a key component of rock characterization for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, allowing for variations in porosity, pore structure, and composition to be viewed and quantified. In addition to characterizing rock properties, imaging techniques are also used to pre-screen oil-field chemicals and visualize fluid displacement in core plugs and microfluidic devices. From large scale (e.g. X-Ray Computed Tomography) to nanometer-scale techniques (e.g. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy), imaging is often coupled to other quantitative techniques, such as elemental identification or crystal orientation mapping, to provide more than just a nice picture. Advances in force measurements, image analysis techniques, and simulations allow images to be transformed into actionable information used to qualify chemistries for reservoir applications, characterize reservoir properties, and support new research developments. This webinar provides a brief overview of a variety of nanoscale to centimeter scale imaging techniques used in the petroleum industry to characterize conventional and unconventional rocks, study rock-nanoparticle interactions, and image fluid displacements. Pertinent application examples will be discussed along with the impact and current limitations of each.
This webinar is categorized under the Data Science and Engineering Analytics technical discipline.
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Dr. Shannon Eichmann
Petroleum Engineer, Aramco Americas
Dr. Eichmann is a Petroleum Engineer with Aramco Americas. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Shannon joined Aramco in 2013 following an appointment as a post-doctoral researcher in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Rice University. Her research specialties include microscopy, nanoscale imaging, and spectroscopy for rock and materials characterization.
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