URTeC 2014 – Denver CO

 Joining over 5,000 oil & gas industry professionals in Denver, CO, EGI Scientists present at largest gathering of unconventional resource teams in the industry. 

The 2014 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) opened it’s second annual conference on August 25 with over 5,000 attendees and 230 trade show exhibitors, including EGI, and an impressive array of technical sessions, topical meetings, and interactive panels.  Among the technical presentations was Geologic Controls on Production of Shale Play Resources: Case of Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara authored by University of Utah Chemical Engineering graduate student and EGI Fellowship reciepent Manas Pathak; Dr. Jonathan Craig, Vice President, Exploration & Unconventional Resources and Global Exploration Strategy Advisor for ENI; Dr. Raymond Levey, EGI Director & University of Utah Research Professor; and EGI Affiliate Scientist and University of Utah Chair of Chemical Engineering, Milind Deo.  Professor Deo is currently conducting research on the subject as part of a related EGI group-sponsored project for our CA Members.

Pathak’s presentation was extremely well attended and well received by the large audience. It offered an opportunity for professionals in the unconventional resources field get a taste of the foundational research that precedes many of the EGI research projects. Pathak conducted an exhaustive literature search to lay the groundwork for his PhD work & dissertation. The Retention Factor aspect of his research caught the attention of several EGI CA members and led to constructive conversations throughout the conference. URTeC also represents a distinct opportunity for graduate students like Pathak to connect with current and future colleagues in both academia and industry.  Bridging the divide between students and professionals is a vital role that EGI plays in helping to further our mission in support of the industry as a whole.  URTeC “was a great gathering of people working on similar topics and sharing their ideas on shale play resources,” says Pathak.

Like Pathak, Britton Osborne and Kevin Neville (EGI Geology student staff members) also attended the event, welcoming the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the research being done in unconventional resources.  Both Osborne and Neville are currently working on EGI’s South American Shales, Phase 2 project. “URTeC was an ideal conference to listen to talks pertinent to similar projects I am currently working on at EGI” noted Osborne. One particular presentation on Variations in Shale Pore Types and their Measurement offered further “insight to techniques currently being used in industry and how I can implement those techniques in my research” he said.

For Neville, the combination of technical presentations and the opportunity to meet colleagues and researchers in the industry proved a valuable learning experience.  Of particular relevance to his work, Neville highlighted a talk on indentation experiments relating to Dependence of Micro-Mechanical Properties on Lithofacies, saying, I had been aware of nano-indentation, but learned of Vickers micro-indentation… multiple scales of micro and nano-indentation could provide valuable mechanical properties of the rocks being evaluated.”

In addition to presenters, student attendees, and EGI research scientists participating in Conference events, EGI also had a booth in the exhibit hall. The Informatics team had the opportunity to meet a number of Corporate Associate Members and convey the primary focus of current research projects, facilitate CA members access  to EGI.connect.com, and continue to build the relationships that help to sustain EGI’s vital research on behalf of the energy industry. If you attended URTeC and we missed you, make sure to visit us at egi.utah.edu until we return to URTeC for the 2015 conference in San Antonio.